Our Ninja Bat Mobile sat at Chena Hot Springs for three days. When I went to start it on Saturday morning for the drive to the ferry at Haines I had no faith that it would start without assistance. The thermometer at the Activities Building read minus 30. At best it would take a jump start. If that didn’t work the resort could bring out … Continue reading Alaska Highway, January 2014
We hit Fairbanks twice. We spent the night on the way to Chena Hot Springs at a hotel between first and second avenue and on Cushman. I first was here in the winters of 1974 and 1975. It was pipeline boomtown and Cushman was the wild west, or perhaps the wild north. Second Avenue was, as I remember it, called Two Street. This time we … Continue reading Fairbanks
Yesterday I posted my letter from Chena Hot Springs and promised more pictures from the Chena Ice Museum. The ice sculptures were carved by Heather and Steve Brice and are lit by colored LEDs. There is a wedding chapel, a bar, and you can even buy drinks in ice glasses. Many shots are the same carving using different lighting. Enjoy. Continue reading Chena Ice Museum
Steam rises in the cold air and we cross a creek that is running freely, not frozen. We’re at Chena Hot Springs — off the grid, no mobile phone, no internet. Public radio still gets to places in Alaska where other communications don’t reach. To run my credit card the resort had to use one of the old fashioned machines that makes carbons. My new … Continue reading Chena Hot Springs, 2014
January 2004. We spent the last two nights at Chena Hot Springs, 60 miles North East of Fairbanks. The springs were discovered in 1905 and became a resort for bone weary gold prospectors. When we arrived the temperature was reasonable, about 20 below. The springs are easy to find by the steam rising from the valley floor. This valley is particularly cold because high mountains … Continue reading Chena Hot Springs
We decided to come to Chena Hot springs because the resort has built the world’s first year around ice hotel. This takes a little explaining. The resort hauled a high arched Quonset frame surplus from Prudhoe Bay and fit it out with cooling coils. This keeps the temperature inside at 28 degrees F. They sprayed the refrigerated Quonset with water to make it icy and … Continue reading Chena Ice Hotel and Museum, Chena Hot Springs, Alaska
In 2008 Suzi, Kevin and I took a flightseeing tour of Denali. We flew on a K2 Aviation Otter from Talkeetna and landed on a glacier. It turned out that this was the last day of the season where the planes could land on a glacier because as the summer progressed landing became unsafe. This is another post from the archives. Continue reading Denali Flightseeing.
When I posted the Autumn pictures from the MatSu valley and the archive pictures from the Alaska Highway I began thinking of fall experiences in Alaska. In August 2008 Suzi and I took the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali Park. By late August the colors in Interior Alaska had started to change. Continue reading Autumn on the Alaska Railroad