Apr 2016

Day One on the Alaska Highway

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The next morning, we took some time to clean out our sewage tanks (since we had not been able to do that since we left West Yellowstone. One thing I am picky about is keeping those tanks clean - I know it drives Mary crazy that I am so picky about it, but we do not have any issues with odors or clogs that so many RVer have. We met some people from Knoxville, TN in the RV park that were also heading to Alaska. The were searched at the Canadian border.
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Milepost 0 - The Alaska Highway

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We left Jasper and headed to Grande Prairie, Alberta. In Jasper all the deciduous trees had leaves on them. By the time we got to Grand Prairie the trees were just starting to bud out. The road between Jasper and Grand Prairie is a logging road and The Milepost (a book published each year for people driving to Alaska) did not recommend it, however, we talked to some people from Grande Prairie who were pulling an RV larger than ours and they said the road was fine. Taking the road shortened our travel by several hours. Read More...

Jasper, Alberta

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Jasper has certainly put its best foot forward for us. We have met friendly locals who happily recommend restaurants, bike trails and hikes to us. The weather has been outstanding - warm sunny days. While Jasper National Park's winter RV campground could use some updating at least it is open and provides electricity.

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Creature Comforts

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Since we left Boise on April 17th, we have slowly been giving up creature comforts. We have not had TV since we left Boise. On April 21st, we crossed the border into Canada and lost wifi (the wifi we have for the RV is only good in the US). At the campground in Banff, there was a faucet so we could fill our water tank when we arrived and a dump station where we could empty our tanks when we left. This means we had running water in the RV. While there was no water or sewage at our campsite and getting water and emptying our tanks took a bit of effort, we did have a working water system in the RV. Read More...

Icefields Parkway

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Mary got up early this morning and we were on the road by 8:30. The elk were waiting at the campground exit to tell us goodbye. They were in the road and on both sides of the road. I thought Mary had gotten up early because was excited about driving Icefields Parkway, but I was wrong. Between Banff and the start of Icefields Parkway is a bakery that Mary loves. She suggested we stop there for breakfast. We had breakfast at the bakery and Mary left with a L-A-R-G-E bag of assorted pastries. Read More...

Banff & Lake Louise

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We like the Banff / Lake Louise area. We expected the towns to be pretty deserted this time of year since it is after ski season and not yet tourist season. We were wrong. There are quite a few people in town and in the campground. We were also wrong in our thinking that the trails would be muddy and possibly snow covered. It looked like the trails have been snow free for quite a while - they are dry. Our thinking was based on what we had read about the area in early spring (April & May) we were pleased to find that we could hike and bike on the trails and that areas that are generally closed because of impassable roads are open. Read More...

On to Alberta, Canada

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Leaving Yellowstone did not start out too well. The truck developed some odd electrical issue while sitting in West Yellowstone - it had no lights and the fuel gauge read zero (Mary was sure it had 3/4 tank of fuel). When the truck has no lights, the RV has no lights. We figured it must be a fuse issue so we got out the manual, found the fuse box and realized that there were way to many fuses for us to start messing with and according to the manual you had to disconnect the battery to check some of the fuses. Read More...

Yellowstone National Park

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We arrived in West Yellowstone, MT early afternoon. The town appeared to be deserted - nothing was open, there were very few cars. The RV park (the only one open) was vacant except for two RVs (one appeared to have been unoccupied for a long time). The owner of the RV park asked if we planned to eat out and warned us there weren't many places open. We parked the RV and got it set up before heading to Yellowstone National Park. Read More...

Go!!!!!

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Here is the most up to date route plan. Of course things are always subject to change along the way. We do not have a time table for travel, but we have figured out that we will be driving at least eleven days (perhaps more depending on what we find along the way). We have tentatively planned stops, but no set days for arriving at those locations. Read More...

Farewell to Boise

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We have spent an extended time in a lot of place and enjoyed all of them. Boise is special in many ways. Of all the places we have been, we have made more friends in Boise. Boise offers all the things we look for in a place to settle down for a while - mountain biking, skiing / snowboarding, hiking, kayaking. Read More...

Set...

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We are to the point where the "to do list" is getting shorter rather than longer. Every time we relocate, I make a list of things that have to be done before we can move on. As we do things, we think of more things that must be done and for a long time no matter how many things we check off the list, the list gets longer. I am always pleased when the list starts getting shorter. Read More...

Ready.....

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Within a week, we will be back on the road. In keeping with our fluid (as opposed to static) planning, we know where we are going, we just don't know how we are going to get there. We have had a planned route for a couple of weeks, but based on new info found on the Internet, we are looking at changing our route. A warmer winter in Canada means the route through Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper is in good shape and a few campgrounds are open. Read More...

Melancholy & Excitement

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There are many things we love about our vagabond lifestyle. We love going new places, seeing new things and meeting new people. We have met many people and made many friends on the road. Despite what we see, hear and read in the media, we have come to realize that 98% of people in this country are wonderful human beings. The great majority of people we have met are caring, compassionate and doing the best they can to take care of themselves. Read More...