After a productive morning of dusting, vacuuming and bathroom cleaning, Gary and I took off to Chena Hot Springs Resort – about 50 miles east of us. It was threatening thunder showers all day, but we had a nice ride through countryside that really reminded me of Vermont.
Here are the Hot Springs –
Somehow, once we got there, we just didn’t feel like paying $10.00 each to sit in giant hot tub. So we saved ourselves the money (and the need to put on those swimsuits) and checked out the ducklings in a nearby pond.
Have you ever seen ducklings swim half under the water?
Maybe they just aren’t strong enough to stay all the way above water?
Here are a couple of other shots from around the grounds –
The Model T of Snowmobiles!
The wildflowers are bustin’ out all over up here. We’ve heard a lot about
Fireweed – a wildflower that is one of the first vegetations to appear after a forest fire. (It’s also the Provincial Flower of British Columbia.) I thought I spotted some today
but when I googled a picture of it, it didn’t quite match. Maybe they just aren’t open all the way yet? Whatever they are, they sure are purty!
Other beauties along the road (yes, I did make Gary stop so I could take these pictures!)
So, Saturday One – Chena Hot Springs –
Saturday Two – The Arctic Circle!
Man, I love these three day weekends!
Tonight, after a lovely dinner provided by our hosts, I loaded up with bug spray and took a little walk around the camp. I hadn’t checked out all the different areas and since the evening was so very lovely it seemed like a perfect opportunity. Want to come along?
This is where we are parked.
We’re very cozy (and close enough so I can yell at Rosie if I need to borrow a cup of sugar!). Jay and Naomi and Pete and Ellen are parked on the other side of this building (where we meet for devotions, break and games).
I took the pictures standing in the same place, so even though we aren’t all together, we are certainly all in the same neighborhood!
I hadn’t checked out the horse barn, so I wandered over that way.
Along with their horses (they have quite an equestrian program here)
they also have a petting zoo of sorts.
Busy place, that barn!
But, on with the walk-
This is the building where we ladies have been sewing. Once it’s finished it will be used as cabin space for campers. Right now it’s pretty cluttered with our sewing stuff as we’ve been working on curtains. (We’ve completed 17 pairs, with 9 more to go!).
I’m not sure who gets to sleep in the tent – maybe some of the summer staff?
The cabins and dining hall are down at the “lower camp” – just a short walk down the road,
But I thought I’d explore a path down to the lake
I had spotted something white high in one of those pine trees on the other side of the lake and thought it might be a bald eagle.
It was just a seagull. I guess they get to make nests too!
Looking back from the observation deck you can see the dining hall (left) and another building.
It’s pretty scenic, but the permafrost does an amazing job each year of skewing the buildings and generally wreaking havoc with the roads and floors. The camp is hoping to move the camp center (mostly the dining hall) to up on the same level where the horse barn is. It’s a couple of years down the road, so meanwhile they’ve put up a “temporary” building to use for activities.
I think it’s working well for them!
But a walk around this camp didn’t only bring me to buildings and animals and Lake Li-Wa. (Here’s another lake shot I really like -)
But it also had a lovely selection of wildflowers along the way.
Back up the hill….
A good walk, and a nice quiet evening.
The sun should be setting about 12:32AM today (and it comes up just two and a half hours later at 3:08AM). This daylight thing is pretty crazy!
Off to the dark bedroom!