Visit to Chena Hot Springs

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Chena Hot Springs

The day dawned with beautiful blue skies, so we headed toward Chena Hot Springs.  As we drove along the Chena Hot Springs road we notice the Alaska Mountain Range, with the snow covered peaks off to the south leading us to believe that just maybe Mt. McKinley was visible.

The drive to the hot springs took over an hour.  Shortly after leaving the campground we passed two moose having breakfast in the stream.  Then we passed the dramatic mountain range.

We had planned initially to take a dip in the hot springs, but after talking to the locals who indicated that the sulfur in the water tended to destroy bathing suits we opted to just put our hands in the warm water.  The temperature of the water at the time was 106 degrees.  While we were there we talked to a resident of Fairbanks, who told us where we could get a look at the mountain if it was visible. 

So after returning to Fairbanks, we stopped at the pipeline and then went to the overlook.  Sure enough, slightly hazy was Mt. McKinley over 125 miles away. 

Then it was back to the trailer for lunch.  After relaxing for a bit, we visited Santa Clause House and spoke to Santa, stocked up on food for the next few days in Denali, and had a late dinner.

Tomorrow we make our way to Denali.  Hope that mountain stays out.

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Chena Hot Springs
Chena Hot Springs
Testing the waters
Testing the waters
Fred checking out the temperature
Fred checking out the temperature
At he pipeline
At he pipeline
Mt. McKinley from Fairbanks
Mt. McKinley from Fairbanks
Pair of moose
Pair of moose
Ducks at the hot springs
Ducks at the hot springs
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photo by: schochon