Day 29, 6/27/15, Saturday
Weather: Rain until approximately 2 pm and then cloudy for the remainder of the day. Temperature was 56 in the morning, going up to the high 60s.
By 8 am we were on the road and heading in the direction of Anchorage. However, we first needed to top off the fuel because we knew there would be no services for over 200 miles. Also, we needed to take care of ourselves with a good breakfast. We went to a Fairbanks restaurant called “The Cookie Jar”. This was recommended to us as one of the local restaurants featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”. Thought of Paul Andrew, as we know he is a fan. The recommendation was right on.
We returned to Hwy. 4 (Richardson Hwy.) which was the one we had taken when originally coming to Fairbanks. Now, we were heading south toward Glennallen, five and one half hours away.
As we passed through the North Pole we stopped at the visitors’ center to see what points of interest there were besides Santa Claus. There is an area of town that is particularly noted for original settlers’ log cabins with sod roofs. The residents welcomed travelers. This was a most interesting area and an excellent photo opportunity.
We never did reach Glennallen mainly because of the rain, road construction, and many stops to ogle at the beautiful views, now that we are out of the smoke and rain. We had about seven mile of unpaved highway again-ugh! The views of the mountains are breath-taking. We took many pictures of the beautiful snow-capped mountains and glaciers of the Alaska, Wrangell and Chugach Mountain ranges. An interesting stop was at a stream/river overlook where we could see salmon going upstream to spawn.
We also were followed along the highway by the Alaska Pipeline, an engineering marvel. It was visible for miles as we continued southward.
By 6 pm, we decided to stop at a BLM (Bureau of Land Management) campground near Sourdough Creek (N 62.52404° W -145.52093°, elevation 1,889 ft.) in Sourdough Creek, AK.
An interesting fact, for future discussion, if anyone asks about the amount of daylight there was per day is that yesterday (Friday) the sun set at 12:44 am today and rose at 3:04 this morning. This was a total of 21 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.
Tomorrow we will move on to Glennallen
G & P