|casual life around the campfire|
|A raven friend|
The highbush cranberries were ripe. I picked enough to make sauce for a lunch dessert. I also noticed that there were other red berries that might confuse the careless picker. Closer to the ground were some very poisonous baneberries. I knew this because I had read "Alaska Wildflowers" by Verna Pratt.
|The highbush cranberries are on the left and the poisonous baneberries are on the right.|
|We shared a bowl of real Alaskan cranberry sauce. Lots of little flat seeds that we left in the bowl.|
The 27th we drove the rest of the way into Chena Hot Springs. This is a very interesting place. The owner has worked hard to maximally develop the hot springs. Besides the RV park, lodge, restaurant, gift shop and hot springs pools, he has developed power generation from the hot springs, lots of green houses, horseback riding trails and an ice museum. We soaked in the hot springs, ate a lovely lunch at the restaurant and walked all over.
|The outdoor pool|
|The dragon is a BBQ on the other side|
|Flowers with pools in the background|
|I liked this bridge|
|Outdoor vegetables too.|
We were walking back to the RV in the parking lot when William spotted a Moose coming our way from the RV park. Luckily there was a small island with small trees on it between us and the moose. We kept the island between us and the moose. He was headed for the main resort at a trot when an employee came out on a four track and steered it back off into the woods. I don't think that was even a very old bull moose, but it was still really tall. Moose have 4 thoughts. "Chew, run, charge and Huh?" I think this moose was was stuck in "Huh?"
We wanted to just camp on a gravel bar by the river, so after trying a few spots we finally found a very good one.
|North Fork of the Chena River|
|Nice driftwood campfire and I found a palm sized piece of Alaska Jade in the pebbles. I was looking for a gold nugget.|
|Retired Pig? William chose the background|
|Me and the pipeline|