This hike was a good workout

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 24, 2010


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River View RV Park

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Monday, July 26, 2010

   We ate breakfast and then went for another hike in the park before showering and taking off for Fairbanks. This one was up to Bert Mountain Overlook. I don't remember what the rise in elevation was but it was 1.7 miles uphill all the way! We definitely warmed ourselves up in the first 20 minutes and started shedding layers until we were down to short sleeves for most of the hike. It took us 70 minutes to walk up and only 50 minutes to come back down. It was a nice view from the top. There was a trail but it had not been used like the one we went on last night. We didn't see any wildlife except a couple birds.
   The entrance to the Park was right next to the Alaskan Pipeline so we were able to get a good close-up picture of it as we were leaving. We stopped at The Knotty Shop along the drive. We learned that the burly wood is caused by arsenic in the soil where the spruce trees are growing and the burls are formed on the wood when it tries to heal itself from the arsenic which is poisonous to the tree just as it is to people. It forms layers upon layers and forms these huge burls on the trunk. They use it then to make wood products such as planters, bowls, etc. They also had quite an elaborate wildlife display that was tastefully done. I found a hiking hat that fits my big head. Wayne has already bought 2 Alaska caps to add to his collection.
   Our last stop before Fairbanks was North Pole, AK. I got some postcards to send to Madison and Porter. We didn't go to any of the Christmas shops they have that are open year around.
   We had several good choices for RV Parks in Fairbanks but chose one between the North Pole and the city limits of Fairbanks. This one had laundry, free Wi-Fi, pull through sites and free place to wash the camper and car. It was adjacent to the gas station and was on a gravel lot so ended up muddy around there but Wayne still did the car and the camper! I did 3 loads of laundry and then helped him finish the camper.
   This is the first RV Park that I've been able to use their Wi-Fi successfully. I tried a few times in Canada and could never get on so didn't know if it was their service, our computer or what. I still had trouble getting our e-mail through WRT so called a couple times on that. I'm still not sure we've solved the problem as it works occasionally but not consistently. Our broadband is working great where we have cell phone service but I take advantage of the Wi-Fi at the campground when they have it.
  
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