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Chena Hot Springs

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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A nice sunny day and several float planes take off on the float pond next to the campground. They are really loud but also really enjoyable to watch. There also is a small airstrip on the other side of the float pond where small bush planes take off and land. The small bush planes only need a very short runway. They take off almost immediately. We're really glad that we decided to stay at this RV park; we really enjoy watching the planes.
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Late morning we head up to the Chena Hot Springs, an hour drive north of Fairbanks. Along the way we see two moose beside the road, but Jere doesn’t stop and he will continue to hear me complain about not stopping throughout the rest of the day. We see 5 moose today along the road to/from Chena Hot Springs.

The hot springs are nice, but we’re disappointed to find out that their only outdoor pool is Adults Only. It is so nice out today, we want to be outside. The outdoor pool is very nicely landscaped with rocks and flowers. The indoor pool is warm, but not nearly as ‘inviting’. I complain to the cashier about the resort not being family friendly, and she explains that the outdoor pool is not chlorinated and children are more susceptible to infections. Later as I’m taking my shoes off, she admits that the nice outdoor pool is 'adults only' due to a number of complaints from older adults about some misbehaving kids. She says it’s unfortunate that all kids suffer due to the actions of a few misbehaved kids. They can’t afford to lose their many older summer tourists, so they instituted the adults only rule. Oh well. Despite our disappointment, we have a good time enjoying the pools and relaxing in the sun on the outdoor patio.
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On the way back to the RV we stop at Creamer’s Bird Sanctuary and Wildlife Refuge, which is on the northern edge of Fairbanks. We see several Canada geese and ducks. Then I spot these very large birds in the distance and I say “they look like baby ostriches”. Jere looks at the info board and we find out that they are sand hill cranes. Creamer’s Field is apparently known for it’s sand hill cranes. They are very large birds!
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We spend the evening doing chores and relaxing at the campground.

Posted by jengelman 13:38 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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