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The two RV Gypsies at Chena Hot Springs
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Chena Hot Springs Natural Outdoor (ages 18+) Adult Rock Lake and hot tub, an Indoor family swimming pool and hot tubs. Open daily from 7am to midnight. Want to laugh? Karen Duquette is a South Florida girl who hasn't gone to the beach at home in South Florida in years, yet she got sunburned here in Alaska. LOL!
hot springs soaking area
hot springs soaking area
hot springs soaking area
hot springs soaking area
The Chena Geothermal Powerplant came online in late July 2006, putting Alaska squarely on the map for new geothermal technologies. Chena Hot Springs is the lowest temperature geothermal resource to be used for commercial power production in the world. Hopefully this will be the first step toward much greater geothermal development in the state. This plant can reduce the cost of power production, even in semi-remote locations such as Chena, from 30¢ to less than 7¢ per kwh.
hyrdro power sign
sign - Chena Geothermal Power plant
Chena Georthermal Power Plant
Chena Georthermal Power Plant
Fresh Alaska grown tomatoes and lettuce
Alaska grown sign
tomato plants
tomato plants
lettuce growing
tomato plants
tomato plants
tomato plants
what tomatoes are grown in
AURORA ICE MUSEUM & HOTEL
Chena Hot Springs Resort is home to the world’s largest year-round ice museum in the world, the Aurora Ice Museum! It was completed in January 2005 and stays a cool 20 degrees Fahrenheit inside year round. Keeping the museum icy cold in the heat of summer comes from the patented absorption chiller, the first of its kind in the world used for this purpose! Appletini Beverage served in an ice glass (the glass was not a glass, just ice frozen in the shape of a glass) to adults at an additional charge of $15 each. Normally, the two RV Gypsies would not pay that kind of money for a beverage, but they made an exception this time, due to the unique circumstances (and Lee doesn't even drink alcohol at all, so this was definitely a different experience for him, and he wasn't driving because the campground was right there on the grounds).
outside of the Ice hose
outside of the Ice hose
outside of the Ice hose
The Aurora Ice Museum gallery featured amazing ice sculptures created by 13 time world champion ice carver Steve Brice and his wife, Heather. They are also 4 time champions as a husband and wife team. Within the museum, they have created a two story observation tower with a circular staircase........But visitors could not climb up the staircase.
hand print in the ice wall
ice storage
The two RV Gypsies in the 20 degree Fahrenheit ice museum
- parkas were provided, but bring your own hat and gloves -
Lee Duquette
Karen Duquette
Below: Ever-changing colored ice crystal chandeliers which mimic the Northern Lights. There were 5 chandeliers, each with 70 hand-carved ice crystals that changed colors every 10 seconds. Fiber-optic lighting was used to create this feature. All other lighting was LED based which transmits no heat.
chadelier
chadelier
chadelier
ice statue and railing
ice statue and railing
ice castle
ice statue
staircase
Lee just doesn't know how to behave
- or does he?
Give Karen a martini and she is happy
even in this cold place
ice statue and  Leelaughing clipart dude
ice statue and Karen Duquette
inside the ice house
ice carving
Below: Ever-changing colored life-size jousters on horse back. Steve and Heather Brice spent 300+ man-hours and several ice blocks to create this.
Ever-changing colored life-size jousters on horse back
Ever-changing colored life-size jousters on horse back
Ice glasses for the appletini, & the ice bar with caribou-fur covered stools.
ice glasses
ice glasses
ice bar
ice bar
ice bar
ice bar and stools
The "appletini" served in a glass made of ice to adults who choose to pay an additional $15 per appletini.
appletini in an ice glass
Lee & Karen Duquette with their appletini
Karen Duquette with their appletini
Karen and the ice bear
 
Karen and the ice bear
ice bear
Ice bar, bear, and igloo
ice bar, bear, igloo
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
The ice altar - you can actually get married here.
ice altar
ice altar
laughing clipart dudean ice fireplace - can it really warm your hands?
ice fireplace
ice fireplace
ice bear
ice fish
The guide said that this was a singing igloo - everybody sounds good when they sing in the igloo - ha! ha! ha! Not the two RV Gypsies!
ice igloo
Lee in the ice igloo
Below is the largest ice chess set in the world. It's an Alaskan theme, with eagles, ravens, bears, totems, foxes and caribou as the chess pieces.
ice chess set
Karen and an ice chess set
Karen and an ice chess set
Lee and Karen and an ice chess set
ice chess set
ice carving
ice carving
Bedroom 1 - a polar bear bedroom - only $600 per night - no thanks!
Karen Duquette
ice table
Karen sat in an ice "outhouse"
Karen and the ice outhouse
bedroom 2 - with caribou-fur covered stools - only $600 per night
bedroom 2
Karen at the table
bedroom #3 - Christmas tree bedroom- only $600 per night
Karen checking out the ice bed
an ice Christmas tree
4th bedroom (Gothic)
bedroom 4
The two RV Gypsies returned to Chena Hot Springs and the Ice Museum with their daughter and grandchildren. New photos of that visit are posted at spot #27a on the Alaska menu. But if you just follow the arrow below, you will eventually arrive there.

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