Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Good Bye Santa! Good Bye North Pole.

Flowers at a pull-out we stopped at along the Parks Highway.

This plaque is in memory of George Parks whom the highway is...

Jonathan at the memorial. You can see the smoke in the background.

In the far distance you can see the plumes of smoke from...

A helicopter passes overhead.

When we arrive at the campground these flowers are in front of...

An up close view.

Jonathan loves the big rock in the campground.

The helicopters continue to take buckets to the fire. The sky over...

Jonathan is still playing on the rock with Tom and the RV...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

Nenana RV Park and Campground, Nenana, Alaska

North Pole to Nenana

The morning was spent doing odds and ends around the RV and running errands. Jonathan and I ran into Fairbanks one last time to pick up a few things at Walmart, stop at a bank, get gas and pick up Glenn Beck's book I've been wanting to read. The couple at the TEA Party told me I could get a copy at the Interior Alaska Conservative Coalition and where it was so I stopped there. It was an interesting conversation. Tom did a couple last minute loads of laundry while finishing up work for the day then packed things away for the drive.

When we pulled out of the campground, Jonathan wanted to blow the horn so when we got out on the highway Tom let him do that. He thought it was pretty cool.

The drive to Nenana wasn't too bad. We had a little bit of rain and saw a double rainbow at one point. We couldn't see the scenery at the pull-outs like we had hoped because of the smoke from the forest fires. We could see the fire way off to the right at one point and the helicopters were flying back and forth. Hopefully the fires will be put out soon and the smoke will clear.

We arrived in Nenana around 5:30. The campground was totally empty. We walked up to the office and the sign on the door said today was the day they drive into Fairbanks to get groceries and to go ahead and pick a campsite so we did. The couple who run the campground also drive the shuttle bus into Fairbanks so we heard stories about that when they got back. They are from Florida but their kids live up here in Fairbanks so they come to Nenana for the summers and run the campground. It gives them something to do and their kids and grandchildren come down on the weekends to see them and they stop in to see their kids when they run up to Fairbanks.

We got hooked up and settled in for the night after watching the helicopters go back and forth to the fire with water buckets.

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