Sunday Morning on the River

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® AREC License #15292
Greetings from sunny and slightly chilly Fairbanks, Alaska.

We made the decision late Friday to head to our favorite spot on the river for a weekend getaway. This particular area is located in the Chena State Recreation Area, approximately 50 miles from Fairbanks, on the banks of the Chena River.

We found this little oasis a few years ago while exploring the many access roads that lead from Chena Hot Springs Road to the Chena River. We have a couple of favorites - one in particular we were lucky to get is a secluded area tucked away on a bend in the river that affords us a measure of privacy from the rest of the riverbank camping folks. It's not an easy order to get the 'ol girl in there but it's definitely worth it.

Chena River State Recreation Area - Our Playground To the east all we see out is a long stretch of the Chena River and the hills beyond. Moose, fox, beaver, robins, jay's and squirrels are regular visitors to the area. Just around the corner is a wonderful little deep hole that grayling are known to frequent. Follow the path along the river and you'll find several areas where the fishing is second to none and the scenery will take your breath away.

The tiles beneath my feet were warm this morning and yet I still shivered when I noticed the temperature was a very cool 34 degrees outside. Brrrr. With the coffee brewing and the boss sleeping I slipped on my shoes and stepped outside to greet the morning. Brrr indeed. The wind off the river made me instantly wish I had been wearing long johns. I peeked around the back of the motorhome to look at a tent occupied by a young couple that rolled in last night about 8:00. I imagine they were snuggled together in a warm sleeping bag; cozy as a two bugs in a rug.

We've spent many a night in a tent in our early years. Somehow the ground didn't feel quite so hard back them, or perhaps we were just more flexible. There are days I feel like a sellout for abandoning the purist ideals of basic camping but the second my feet hit the warm tile floor and I sat down and fired up the laptop while watching the river flow by from the comfort of my easy chair those feelings of guilt began to fade.

It's going to be a glorious day today despite the weatherman’s threat of a morning shower. Corned beef hash, fried eggs and English muffins with fresh ground Seattle's Best is on the menu for breakfast. Pull up a chair and join us and let's rejoice in all the Lord has provided! After breakfast we'll take our fly rods and head up the river to see what Nemo and his buddies are up to.

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Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

Jesse, How fun!! I love Seattle's Best, fly rods, and rivers! The sweetie was on a river trying to catch a King this weekend - no luck.

May 18, 2008 10:22 AM #1
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

JESSE - Alaska truly looks like an amazing place to visit.  I hope to get there someday to experience it first-hand.  For now, stories like these will have to do.

May 18, 2008 10:23 AM #2
Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

Wow, this looks like a gorgeous place.  I live in a resort area and I love the lake.

May 18, 2008 10:31 AM #3
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

So did you see Maynard?

May 18, 2008 10:45 AM #4
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Jesse, the picture is beautiful!!  I'm not much of a camping kind of girl, but it sounds like you have all of the comforts of home while enjoying the great outdoors :)

May 18, 2008 11:09 AM #5
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

I would love to there with you! It looks so pretty...someday a road trip will be in order!

May 18, 2008 12:54 PM #6
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


Even though you're one of my favorite bloggers on shouldn't refer to Kathy like that..."It's not an easy order to get the 'ol girl in there but it's definitely worth it."...LOL, Thanks,   Fran

May 18, 2008 01:00 PM #7
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

Jesse - What a beautiful retreat.  Thanks for sharing the photo - I'm definitely at peace in the outdoors and appreciate all that it has to offer.  I've put "tour Alaska" on my bucket list.

May 18, 2008 01:59 PM #8
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX

Jesse - what a pretty river and it looks so relaxing. I would love to see all the wildlife that comes into your camp! My husband used to be stationed in Anchorage while in the Air Force and he loved to catch those pretty little grayling. I know you have fun fishing in that river!

May 18, 2008 02:54 PM #9
Roberta LaRocca
Simply Vegas Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507

Jesse, Looks like a wonderful getaway where you can relax.  Enjoy and keep warm!

May 18, 2008 05:40 PM #10
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Jesse, I have always enjoyed visiting AK. There are just so many pristine places to visit and all you need to do is get off the beaten path.

May 18, 2008 09:26 PM #11
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Jesse - You do such a great job of highlighting the beauty in Alaska!  It looks simply breathtaking through your pictures and you offer such a wonderful perspective!

May 18, 2008 10:21 PM #12
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Jesse, Great looking place to be.  I've never been to Alaska but it sure looks inviting.

Don R.

May 18, 2008 11:29 PM #13
Lori Franks
Real Estate Consultant - Brookings, OR
Brookings, Oregon

Jesse- I hope you weren't referring to your better half when you stated Ol' girl!!  Great picture by the way, looks like Alaska finally got a thaw!

May 19, 2008 11:13 AM #14
Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ

Jesse, If you keep posting those pictures I swear the OL' Girl and I are moving your way. Got Room?

May 19, 2008 01:05 PM #15
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