Decided to make the drive to Chena Hot Springs for the day to see moose along the way, do a little bike riding, visit the ice museum and sled dog kennel, and maybe take a dip in the springs. Arrived right as the ice museum tour was starting so they let us join in and then pay afterwards which was against policy but nice of the tour guide. The interior is beautiful with the use of colorful lights to illuminate the ice. Very enjoyable. Rented our mountain bikes and received a map to some trails. Worse experience ever. Bikes a bit worn out and in need of new brakes. The longer trail had a long rocky stretch that was near impossible to ride with any enjoyment. Spent so much time focused on not falling that you could not enjoy the scenery and almost missed seeing the awesome beaver dam. Walked back later to take some pictures. Since our daughter was 14 we could not enjoy the outdoor hot springs and didn't want to be stuck inside so had to miss out. We walked around the outdoor rock pool which looked very inviting and discovered the natural pools which we could touch. Found an unoccupied camp spot along the river to eat lunch before venturing over to the sled dog kennel. Was surprised to see all the dogs on short chains which circled a pole each with its own wooden dog house. Was explained that this was the best option to prevent fighting due to the large number of dogs. The talk was very engaging and got to pet some of the dogs afterwards. For the price would have been nice to see dogs hooked up to the wheeled sled and demonstrating their ability. To see this and ride in the sled was an extra charge, way to expensive for our pocket book on top of what we had already spent. Were thrilled to see moose in the ponds along the road there and back.
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