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Friday, November 21, 2014

North To Alaska

North To Alaska

We just returned from a great visit with our family in North Pole Alaska and thought I would take this time to share some of the things we did, each day was a new adventure.   The Temperatures stayed around 20 degrees during the day, which wasn't bad at all and they have about 2 to 3 inches of snow on the ground.

The sun begins to peek up over the horizon at about 9:30 in the morning but this happens a little later with each passing day as winter sets in and the days begin to shorten.  It gets dark in the evening around 5:00.  The sun never makes it up over the tree tops during the day before it is heading back down.

Larry and I headed out on an adventure to the Chena Hot Springs.  It was a beautiful drive and we made many stops along the way just to look around.  This is the Chena river, it only has a thin layer of ice at this time but very soon it will be think enough to drive on.

We took a short hike down this winding path in the woods.  Since we didn't know where we were going and not dressed for cold weather we didn't go far.

Lots of beaver sign in the area.

It was about a one hour drive out to the Chena Hot Springs from North Pole.  It was worth the drive.  As we approached you can see the steam hanging in the air and all the trees are flocked in white.
It seemed very strange to be putting on bathing suites and heading outside into the snow to swim.  The water was extremely warm and just down right hot in some areas of the pool.  At one point we needed to get out of the water to cool off, by the time you feel your swimming suit begin to freeze it's time to get back in.  It was absolutely beautiful, we were surrounded by snow covered hills and mountains as we wade around in the steaming hot water.
We had a great time in Alaska, tune in next week and I'll share learning to milk a goat while in Alaska.
Have a Great Weekend!

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