10 Fairbanks Suburbs

Trip Start May 09, 2011
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Trip End Oct 15, 2011


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Monday, August 29, 2011

After installing a used tire plus shopping, headed to the Steese Highway which ends at Circle (original settlers miss-guessed its location with respect to the Arctic Circle). The first night we randomed camped next to the Chatanika River by Cripple Creek. This was a really peaceful spot that deserved the extra day of exploring and fishing. This area had a fire in the past three or four years but is recovering nicely.

Bright and early, we set off for Circle which turned out to be a nothing town unless you are on a canoe trip from Whitehorse on the Yukon River. Retraced our steps to Central, a town twice the size as Circle, and headed out on the Circle Hot Springs road where we camped at an abandoned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campsground besides Ketchum Creek. This place was just what the doctor ordered, quiet but next to a bubbling creek.

Completed the Circle Hot Springs Road (place is shut down) and started heading back on the Steese Highway where we found another BLM campground twenty miles north on an old
mining gravel road where we settled in at the Orphir Creek campground at the end of the road. Lots of weekend warriors hunting and using ATVs but it is a pleasant place...

Headed out to complete the Fairbanks Suburbs by heading to the Chena Hot Springs which is about sixty miles from Fairbanks. We arrived just in time for a picnic lunch then enjoyed two hours in the outdoor spring; amazing the number of tourists at this resort, especially from the far East which is fairly close to Alaska. We then hit pay-dirt when searching for a campsite; at a canoe launch site there was a simple campsite with picnic table and fire pit adjacent to the Chena River. Great spot except dead Salmon that had spawned were on the beach AND Bogie decided to roll in them. Even after a bath he still stinks.

Heading for Fairbanks for supplies then we will begin the Denali Parks (State and National) phase of our trip... Stay tuned for another update in a couple of weeks...

Tidbits:
  • A frog's life is easy; he gets to eat what bugs him.
  • Scrounging firewood has become a way of life; stock up when available.
Google Map Links (locations courtesy of SPOT; see www.findmespot.com):
August 24&25 Cripple Creek Bureau of Land Management (campsite 62)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=65.27311,-146.64619&ll=65.27311,-146.64619&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

August 26 Ketchum Creek (campsite 63)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=65.50932,-144.69339&ll=65.50932,-144.69339&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

August 27 Orphir Creek Bureau of Land Management (campsite 64)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=65.36597,-147.07924&ll=65.36597,-147.07924&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

August 28 Chena River random spot (campsite 65)
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=64.8838,-146.69839&ll=64.8838,-146.69839&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1
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