You might remember that earlier this year we took a harrowing trip out to Chatanika in an attempt to watch the outhouse races. We pretty much waved at Chatanika, turned the car around, and headed back to Fairbanks.
Well, we tried it again and this time the roads were much better!
Fairbanks is now in bloom but most of the areas out this way have not budded yet.
We reached Chatanika as evidenced by the Chatanika Lodge. No outhouse races this time of year, too bad.
We passed an old gold dredge.
The road eventually turned to that stuff between asphalt and gravel, still drivable, and we came upon...
Poker Flat Research Range.
Apparently they have a place to test rockets here in Alaska!
Looks top secret, doesn't it?
After awhile we decided to look for coffee and came upon this general store.
They did not have brewed coffee but did have some Starbucks cold coffee available. To begin with I was a little leery of the place but, always ready for adventure, I stopped.
The little river is still iced over.
How cute is this little street sign!
Gotta love Alaska!
We have come to terms with the fact that we will probably not see the Yukon River while here, but we believe the beauty we have seen will do just fine!
Can you hear the sound of the river? Beautiful!