May 2016

Week One in Alaska

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Thank goodness for GPS. We are still trying to find our way around Anchorage both on foot/bike and in vehicles. We have found grocery stores, a laundry mat, a car wash and other necessities. We also have a mailbox at the UPS store; hopefully we will be able to find the UPS store again so we can get our mail. Read More...

Free Advice & Observations - Worth Every Penny

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This post is for RVers planning their first trip from the lower 48 to Alaska. We crossed the Canadian border on April 21 and arrived in Anchorage on May 5th. My first piece of advice is to purchase the latest issue of The Milepost before leaving home. Use the book to help you plan your route. There are some things the book does not tell you - dates a campground is open, which are the nicer options for RV parks, etc. Good Sams RV Park Finder was very helpful for finding info about the RV parks along the way. In addition to using The Milepost for planning, we used it every single day of our journey to check for diesel fuel locations and what we could expect along the way. Read More...

Anchorage

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No one would ever describe our lives as boring, but occasionally things get a little more exciting than we like. Today was one of those days. We got up this morning anxious to start finding our way around Anchorage. I wanted to go by the school we will be baby-sitting for the summer (through the Camper Host program) and Mary wanted to go by REI and check-in. Read More...

Tok, AK to Anchorage, AK

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I wish I could say the road conditions from Tok to Anchorage were good, but they were not. It was another day filled with frost heaves, potholes, long gravel sections, and road construction. The scenery on the drive was beautiful and we saw several moose and trumpeter swans. I'm not sure any of that makes up for the road conditions. The good news is that on our way back to the lower 48 we will get the worst driving days over at the beginning of the trip. Read More...

Day Four & Five on the Alaska Highway

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We decided to take a rest day in Whitehorse, YT. Whitehorse is quite the city. Mary says it a town because of it's population (about 28,000) but I say it is a city because everything is relative. The population of the entire Yukon is about 37,000. Whitehorse has a Walmart, public transportation, a prison, an airport (you can get to Whitehorse from anywhere), multiple fast food establishments, government buildings, paved roads, parking meters and lots of things that make it a city instead of a town. Besides that it is all relative and in the Yukon Territories, Whitehorse is the one and only city. Read More...

Day Three on the Alaska Highway

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Moxie and I got up about 5:30 this morning so we could go for a walk around the lake. We were on the trail by 6:00. Moxie loves her morning walks. The first half of the walk was between the lake and the back of businesses along the highway. About a fourth of the way into the hike we entered into a wooded area which continued throughout the remainder of the hike. The hike was a couple of miles long and at one point I wondered about wild animals in the area - especially since we were out early and that is when the wild animals like to eat their breakfast. Read More...

Day Two on the Alaska Highway

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Today was probably the very best day we have ever had on the road. It started with breakfast at the Triple G Getaway in Fort Nelson. We were seated at the bar on stools made from horse saddles. Mary was taking pictures and one of the staff told her that to take pictures she had to have a hat and a beer in her hand. We were the first customers of the 2016 season and before we left we knew everyone who worked at the place and had agreed to come back.

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