Alaska 2013 – Part 9

On the way to Chena Hot Springs

On the way to Chena Hot Springs

I felt a little better this day after resting the most of the previous day, and didn’t want to waste the holiday anymore, so despite Mr Goh’s insistence to stay “home” and rest, I decided that we should visit the Chena hot springs. After all, it may do me some good to soak in the warm water too! It was a really long drive there – about 2 hours one way. We actually wanted to stay a night there because of the long drive but were unable to get a room. Oh well, we saved some money then. The location of the hot springs made it favourable to view the aurora, and it was popular with the Japanese (According to Japanese mythology, a child conceived under the Aurora will be specially blessed, or a consummated marriage will be particularly fulfilling. Quoted from here)

The hot springs was wonderfully warm, very much welcomed by me, but you do have to bear the cold and icy grounds while getting to the hot pool! We didn’t bring our camera to the springs which we regretted because we saw other people taking fun pictures! It was seriously so cold that your hair gets frost on it within a minute. Some dude wet his hair and he looked like he had a head full of gray hair within 5 minutes. Super funny! But it being a hot spring, you couldn’t spend the whole day in there – no good for blood circulation. So we got out and showered and went to visit the ice museum.

Look at how thick the door is

Look at how thick the door is

The ice museum is a year long display museum, so the temperatures must be regulated and entrances and exits are minimized to prevent huge loss of temperatures. All the ice sculptures are created and maintained by 15 time world champion ice carver Steve Brice and his wife Heather Brice.

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Having visited the Ice Park a few days before, the ice museum didn’t seem very interesting to us because it was a smaller display. But the rooms were interesting and I couldn’t imagine who would want to stay there overnight… it’s such a hassle if you need to visit the washroom at night because you’d have to suit up and go out (there’s no toilet in the ice museum). There was also an option in the entrance fee to get a glass of apple martini in an ice glass, which we didn’t get since we’re not fans of alcohol.

Strong winds blowing up the powder snow

Strong winds blowing up the powder snow

It was our dating monthsary that day, but we decided to keep dinner simple that day. We dropped by the supermarket on the way back for some canned soup (for me), potato salad, roast chook and we also got some fresh produce – celery sticks, sliced mushrooms and tomatoes. The balance of ingredients went into a chicken salad the next day. I think the chicken salad was yummier than this. LOL

"homemade" dinner

“homemade” dinner

That night, we decided to treat ourselves to a good meal on our last night (the next day), and so made reservations for Turtle Club. Our last day in Alaska, blogpost coming soon!

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