Pete& Jan's 2018 Travels travel blog

Discovery III


We sat in the very last row of seats on the stern

Lined up & waiting to board

Passengers loading

Looking over the stern of the riverboat at the Chena River

A wave & off we go, the boat will turn around &...

Looking at Discovery I


This is the only power that moves the boat, so it is...


Bush Pilot taking off


Awesome !


Turning around & coming back in for a landing



Nice place to sit & watch the boats float on by

The original Discovery, built in 1958 (if my memory recalls that correctly)

Saw a few unusual things on the shoreline


Lots of beautiful & huge homes


Crew members were introduced to us, a few were of Athabascan Indian...

Cabin made of white pine

This is an interesting house


I'll take the house on the right

Sled dogs getting ready to show us how its done, there is...

Coming up on the Chena Village



Explaining how things are done in the fishing camp

Smoking the fish


Bees on the fish....pass



Time to turn around, we have a stop at the Chena Village...


Looking back over the stern

Aren't they adorable ?

Getting off at the village so we can learn about the culture





Explaining what the different decorations meant on the clothing

Beautiful !

Looks warm


Telling about the different cabins & the pelts that were used by...







The growth on the roof helped to insulate

Taking about the life of the Dog Sled teams

Beautiful dogs

All of the dogs in this pen are retired

Pete took this shot of the Bald Eagle

This gentleman was awesome, explaining all about the history of the area...

On our way back to the home dock

This dog jumped into the river as the boat was going by,...

Gotta win the lottery

Almost back to the dock

Time to hit the gift shop & head out for some lunch....

If your in the Fairbanks area, don't miss the Riverboat Discovery. It was a perfect day for a 3 hour cruise on the Sternwheeler, Discovery III, our cruise took us up the Chena River. We learned about the history of the cruise line, the late Susan Butcher (an Iditarod Champion) & her champion sled dogs, also we had the chance to walk around the Chena Village (an Athabascan Indian Village) for a look back in time.

We watched a bush pilot in action, taking off from from the Chena River, flying overhead & landing close to the boat, that was pretty cool.

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