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Dean & Linda Stock

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #300 on: September 14, 2009, 04:50:39 PM »
7:44 P.M. on September 12, 2009   Frustrating Day 113      Calgary, AB

   We left Edmonton today a little before noon, and the 3.5 hour drive took us 7.75 hours!  And we didn't even stop for lunch!  The road was smooth with moderate traffic that flowed well. 
   Our directions to the park were sketchy, but the person on the phone told us there would be big signs and we couldn't miss it.  Well, we did.  Our GPS takes in the information, but doesn't speak again until we arrive, and then she cheerily says, "YOU HAVE ARRIVED!"  She does much better in the Lower 48. 
   After we got to Calgary, our saga began.  If the RV park lady told us to go south on a highway, we should have gone north.  On the freeway, she had us continue going south, and as we passed the city limits I decided to make another call.  During each phone call, I repeated what she told me so Dean could hear it and I was sure what she said.  Each time we called, she told us we would have a long drive  (20-30 minutes), so we drove and drove, only to have to backtrack.  We finally put our heads together over a map and decided we were going to go how we thought it should be.  We looked out and saw 3 deer grazing and took that as a good omen.  We followed what seemed logical from the map and finally got here, only to find it was the most expensive park we've stayed at, I think. But the only other park near where we wanted to be said in Trailer Life that it closed September 5. We signed up for 3 nights, but if we want more, we may check out other parks or WalMart, if only for 1 night.
   It's Dean's birthday, and I had looked up steak restaurants in the AAA book on our way here.  However, we are tired and hungry, so we will probably eat in.
 
   Overnighted at Calgary West RV Park--$45.15! FHU, 30 amps, poor tv svs. on 4 channels, advertised WIFI is available only if you go up to the office, located atop a hill, giving us a great view of the city lights which probably contributes to the price.

P.S.  10:45  After 41 years of marriage, Dean still surprises me.  He did want to go out to eat, but somewhere close, so we went to VanGogh, an eclectic restaurant just 2 minutes away.  I had a wonderful Caesar salad, tender souvlaki, lemon potatoes, pita triangles, baklava, and rose tea. Dean had a hamburger and great fries.  We both brought home food.

Weather:  Clear, with a high of 80°
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #301 on: September 14, 2009, 04:56:13 PM »

September 13, 2009      Day 114      Calgary, AB

   We went to the VC at the Canadian Olympic Village (COV), avoiding the downtown VC.  Our Jeep is out of alignment, we needed a map, and they always have valuable info.  This VC saved us 172 miles of driving and a ton of frustration!  I wanted to verify my directions to the supposedly extraordinary dinosaur museum at Drumheller.  The VC man just tossed in their brochure.  Later in the day, while waiting for Dean to gas the car, I thumbed through it and discovered that the museum is closed on Mondays, contrary to the AAA book info, which showed shorter fall hours, but daily until October.  I called, and they are now closed on Mondays.  We will go to Drumheller on Tuesday.
   We didn't have enough time to go through the COV Museum, commemorating the 1988 Winter Olympics, but we did take pictures of the venue.  We could see the training or warm-up small "ski jumps" on the left, and Dean and I were both surprised how small the "landing" area is.  Canadians are like the Alaskans, very practical, and while they still use these facilities as jumps and ski runs during the winter, they use the slopes for bicycles before snow falls.  These are not your typical bikes-they are very sturdy mountain bikes.  The bicyclists put on ankle pads, shin guards, elbow pads, arm pads, wrist guards, and their helmet straps are cinched tightly.  We could not see them riding because of the topography.  Pardon the fenceline in the pictures.  Dean got the best shots he could without going through the Museum.
   We wanted to get to the Glenbow Museum as quickly as possible because we had heard that it was spectacular, and it is only open now from 10-5.  We spent about an hour circling, looking for parking, encountering all one-way streets (Wouldn't you think that 50% of the time they would be going the right way?), streets blockaded off to allow only for light rail, and streets that curve.  We saw one place where they wanted $20 for "all day" parking.  We finally saw a sign with a green "P", no prices, no name even.  We took a chance and went into this parking garage located on the back side of a building across from the museum and only paid $5.
   The museum was well worth the effort.  With a coupon available from the "Calgary Tour Book" that we were given at the VC, we saved $10.  Be sure to get this book, as it has discounts for ALL of the attractions.  You can also download this from the internet, which our friend at the Edmonton Royal Alberta Museum had done for us.
   The theme was "Mavericks", apparently a term popular here in Alberta long before Sarah Palin.  We went to the First People's section first and spent most of our time there.  They had many true artifacts from the 1800's and early 1900's, unlike many of the other museums where they have had reproductions because so many artifacts have been destroyed or lost.  The museum has modern architecture and light pleasing lines, but a reverence for the past and the "old ones" is especially shown in this area.  The quality of their relics is excellent, and their labeling tells not only of use, but of appreciation for what their ancestors went through.  There also is much talk of the future and what they will do to preserve their history, as well as adaptations, such as an appreciation for higher education.
   In one area they highlight the history of oil in Alberta and the people who have made that history colorful.  When the price of oil skyrocketed in the 1970's, Pierre Trudeau decided to tax oil heavily.  The oil companies went to 85% of production, with possible further decreases.  Eventually, compromise worked.  The taxes were raised, but not as much, and the proceeds were split between the federal government and Alberta (the feds had wanted all the revenue).  There is still a lot of oil being produced here, and that is how Alberta pays for their beautiful museums, smooth roads, and pretty mowed open spaces.
   Another area highlighted the cowboys and Calgary Stampede that is held in July.  I have developed a greater appreciation of art, and this statue of a horse made out of BARBED WIRE wowed me!
   Another, small section highlighted their government.  I found "Bible Bill" mentioned here again, just as in the Legislature in Edmonton.  This time they had an audiotape with him promising $25 and a lower cost-of-living to each Albertan.  I wonder if they ever got their $25.
   They had a whole floor of art-Asian, modern, and historical.  We only had 15 minutes to see all of it.  We enjoyed the Asian section, and wish we had longer.  Again, we closed the museum.  Another great day!

Weather:  Beautiful, high of 78°, but Dean forgot to turn on the heater, and I can't give you a number, but it gets really COLD here at night!

Overnighted at West Calgary RV
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #302 on: September 14, 2009, 04:59:16 PM »
Day 114 Part 2

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #303 on: September 14, 2009, 05:35:10 PM »
Hi Dean and Linda. Enjoyed all of your blogs.

Bet you'll be happy when you get back home. What a trip....

   What's the first thing you'll do when you hit home base?

carson Fl

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #304 on: September 18, 2009, 12:00:33 PM »
September 14, 2009      Day 115      Calgary, AB

   Dean took the Jeep in to have it aligned on the 14th.  Edmonton had great roads everywhere except for the pothole we hit twice, near our RV park.  In defense of Dean, there was little lighting and it was dark.  Anyway, Dean noticed the unusual tire wear, so he took it in.  A part had to be ordered, but it should be here tomorrow morning and they will come get Dean to pick up the Jeep around noon tomorrow

Weather:  High of 79°, about 20 minutes of rain

September 15, 2009      Day 116      Calgary, AB

   Oops!  We needed a left whatchamathingee and they sent a right, so they promised our Jeep would be fixed by about noon tomorrow.  Meanwhile, we are doing fix-its and cleaning. 
   I totaled up the savings on the Great Alaskan TourSaver coupon book, which cost $100.  I could have saved more if I had noticed that it had discounts in Canada on our way up to Alaska.  It saved us $444.  The Northern Lights Coupon book had many of the same coupons, but did not have the Stan Stevens Cruise, which was our #1 cruise.  That cruise cost $112, so buying the Great Alaskan TourSaver made sense.  However, the Northern Lights coupon book only cost $50, and we saved $134, as well as taking us out to eat at specific places, all of which were good and moderately priced.  They have nicer restaurants also, but Dean loves his shorts and I'm not comfortable going into a fine dining restaurant without being dressed appropriately.  The Northern Lights coupons were primarily Buy 1/Get 1 Free.  It had primarily activities and restaurants near Anchorage. For us, buying both paid off.

Weather:  High of 78°.

September 16, 2009      Day 117      Calgary, AB

   Good news!  They fixed the Jeep and Dean was back home by 10:30!  Bad news!
It cost $1000.  Better news.  That is what it cost in Canadian dollars, and the exchange rate is at about $0.93, so it really ONLY cost $930.
   By the time you get to be X number of years old, don't you think you've seen almost every animal in a zoo at some time?  Dean and I both enjoy zoos. We've been to most of the big ones in the U. S., as well as living near the San Diego Zoo.  The Calgary Zoo may not be as large, but it is the most interesting.  Their focus is on endangered animals and educating the public.  The biggest problem is shrinking habitat.
   Calgary has the greatest number of unusual animals that we've never seen or read about before.  We kept on saying, "What's that?"  Look at the pictures, and I'll post the answers tomorrow in the order in which the pictures appear.  Unfortunately, it was difficult to get pictures of many of the most obscure and unusual because the cages have a wire fence that makes photography challenging.
   We had a very enjoyable day.  I would put this zoo near the top of the "MUST SEE" list while in Canada.

Weather:  Record setting high of 30.4°C (about 87°F)
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #305 on: September 18, 2009, 12:04:54 PM »
Hi Dean and Linda. Enjoyed all of your blogs.

Bet you'll be happy when you get back home. What a trip....

   What's the first thing you'll do when you hit home base?

carson Fl
Thanks, Carson.  It's been the RV trip of a lifetime.  Others' posts have made it run pretty smoothly and have been a wonderful help.  I hope ours helps someone else with their planning and motivates others to go see what we've seen.

We'll do one more post probably.  We will tell of what we see at Banff & Lake Louise late in the season and encounter at the border.  The first thing I'll do when I get home is call my kids & friends.  Second is to sort through 5+ months of mail to make sure that when Dawn sent the primo pieces she didn't miss something important.

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #306 on: September 18, 2009, 12:33:03 PM »
September 17, 2009      Day 118      Calgary, AB

   If you took a guess on the pictures from yesterday, the answers are at the bottom of today's post.
   We got up early to make the two-hour drive to Drumheller to see the Royal Tyrrell Museum.  Be sure to stop at the Drumheller VC.  When Dean came out with ANOTHER map of Alberta, I thought he had lost his mind.  Everybody has been giving us maps, and we already had 2 from our AAA.  It turns out that if you buy a map—and you can imagine what I thought when he said he had spent $1.97 to buy this Alberta map—you find inside the map a Buy one/Get one free for the Tyrrell.  This saved us $10 (my cost, being so young).  Dean only had to pay the $8 senior fee. 
   Owned by the Province of Alberta, it is a beautiful modern museum, and no expense was spared.  They have unearthed 2 Tyrannosaurus Rex, and  lots of large Albertosauruses and other dinosaurs.  We learned about the Bearpaw Sea which reached from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean and contributed to the rich dinosaur in Alberta. 
   I thought I knew a lot about dinosaurs because my son was really into them when he was young, and we read lots of books together and visited museums.  This museum had so many that I had never heard of that my brain hurt from over-exercise by the time we left.  They also had a lot of other pre-historic fossils.  It was truly amazing, but I felt saturated by the time we left.  This is about the first museum that we've been to that we didn't close.
   Having been RV-bound for two days, I did not want to go home at 4:00.  TV from the air in Calgary is terrible.  We forgot to find out where the movies were.  So we decided to explore the Eagle Casino, which was sort of on our way home and listed in our AAA book. 
   We got into downtown rush-hour traffic! The Calgary Flames (hockey team) was playing their first game, and their hugest star was coming back for his first game since his 4-year drug rehab.  There were people everywhere wearing red hockey jerseys racing around, some in cars and some on foot.
   Dean accidentally drove by the casino and off the map, into an industrial area.  Edmonton was a dream to navigate, even without a map, because everything is numbered.  "Streets" got one way and "Avenues" go another.  But, Calgary had a lot of windy "Trails", probably a relic of the days when they brought the cattle to market, or maybe from the First Peoples.  And the streets have endings like 3rd St. NE and 3rd St. SW.  We changed our focus to just getting back to the RV park.  We had spent about 3.5 hours in the car.
   We had wanted to go to The Keg, which was recommended as a great place to have Albertan grain-fed beef.  At this point, I just wanted to eat and go home.  We saw an Earl's, which is a chain.  We each had a New York striploin, which was very good.
   We are headed to Banff and Lake Louise tomorrow.  Only one RV park in our Trailer Life may be still open, and it doesn't have WIFI.  Then we will be on the road, probably boondocking.  I will do one more post to tell about our border crossing and Banff & Lake Louise.

Weather:  Mostly sunny, a couple of 5-minute sprinkles, high of 74°F, but really cold at night.  When we got home at 10:00, it was down in the mid 40's.

Answers:  Asian Wild Horse, Red River Hog, Reeve's Muntjac, and Markhor  We have posted the information signs if you'd like to know more about these critters. My favorite was the Red River Hog with his long braids of hair hanging from his Mr. Spock-type ears.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #307 on: September 18, 2009, 12:35:28 PM »
Day 118 Part 2 More Photos
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #308 on: September 18, 2009, 12:41:56 PM »
Day 118 Part 3 More Photos & Answer #4 to the Zoo Animals


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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #309 on: September 20, 2009, 08:13:22 AM »
Great saga! I have enjoyed remembering the places we both visited and your superb narrating. Like the effective use of label photos with the dinosaurs.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #310 on: October 10, 2009, 04:34:57 PM »
September 18, 2009      Day 119      Calgary, AB

   We got a late start because Dean taught me how to post photos.  Why did we choose a day with 15 photos to post?  After I got about 11 photos cropped, enhanced, and straightened, I accidentally double-clicked, lost them all, and had to start over.  Suggestion for future Alaskan trekkers-learn how to do it before you come.
   The drive to Banff took about 2 hours on good road, no turns.  We stopped at the lovely VC to find out which RV parks might be open.  We chose the Tunnel Mountain Village II Park.  Number I is dry camping.  It is a pretty site in the trees.
   I wanted to see wildlife and we were told by the ranger to try the Minnewanka Loop.  It's only about 10 minutes from the RV park.  We didn't expect to see any wildlife because it was around 4:00 and still around 73°.  We stopped at each turnout, and at one of the turnouts we found a mama mountain and her kid who were grazing.  She was having a bad day and kept butting him, and we couldn't see what he was doing-just minding his own business.  Maybe she thinks it's time for him to move out and be on his own.
   We then went to Bow Falls, which were wide, if not tall.  A lot of water is running over them despite it being early fall.  I'm guessing that the source is the Icefields, which are 2.5 hours away from us.
   We followed the road past the falls, which I would NOT recommend.  It is poorly maintained, goes around the border of a very large golf course (Banff Springs), and you can't turn around because it is one way.
   The Keg has a restaurant here, and it had been recommended to us in Calgary.  The steak was delicious and tender, the twice-baked potato with the 3-cheese sauce was outstanding, and the salads were wonderful.  We may go there again tomorrow night, something we rarely do because I like to explore.
   We were headed back to the RV park when I reminded Dean that we wanted to do the Minnewanke Loop again at dusk, which it now was.  So, nice man that he is, he made a U-turn.  We were well rewarded. 
   The first sight was 8 mountain goats slowly sauntering slowly down the yellow line of the road.  As they passed by our car, they broke into a slow trot, their hooves click, clicking on the blacktop.  No one was feeding them, but they were obviously headed somewhere.
   Then we came across an elk way across a meadow.  He kindly started moving slowly toward us.  Meanwhile, across the street, we were hearing bugling, as this is rutting season.  The elk crossed the street, and when Dean's flash went off, he would look at Dean as if to say, "What ARE you doing?"  We must have spent 30-40 minutes watching him, even after it was too dark to take pictures.  He was so beautiful!  Dean is going to read his camera book tonight to see if he can't even get better pictures when we go back tomorrow night.

WILDLIFE COUNT!  It's so cool to even have one.  We saw 10 mountain goats, 1 elk, 8 Canadian geese, lots of ducks.

Weather:  High of 73°F, comfortable all day.

Overnighted at Tunnel Mountain Village II Park-FHU, 30 amps, no WIFI or TV, $38.20.  Electric only would have been $32, no water or sewer.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #311 on: October 10, 2009, 04:40:55 PM »
September 19, 2009      Day 120      Calgary, AB

   We set out early for Lake Louise, hoping to see wildlife.  We took the Bow Parkway which parallels Canadian Hwy. 1, but is less traveled.   We went to Lake Moraine and Lake Louise. We saw lots of beautiful blue-green streams, rivers, and lakes.
   We had an early lunch-11:30 at the Lake Louise Restaurant, and the food was not good.  I had mushroom soup, and it was watery, and egg rolls which were only about 2% filling.  Then a busload of about 40-50 Koreans came in.  The restaurant was well-prepared and served them efficiently, but neither Dean nor I could figure out what the meat was that they were served, with soup, what looked like canned vegetables, and fries.  Try the bakery/deli, the café, or the hotel.  After seeing how pretty Banff is & it has so many choices, I didn't expect Lake Louise to be so tiny.
   We ate early because we wanted to see the Icefields Parkway, which was only 1-1.5 hours away.  We knew we probably wouldn't get to go on a Sno-Cat, but at least we could see the icefields and maybe we would get lucky. 
   When we came out of the restaurant, there were large dark grey clouds coming in the direction of the icefields.  We will see them on our next trip.
   We went to see the Vermillion Lakes, which was a short drive off the main highway.  They really weren't very pretty, with lots of natures debris forming mats at the shores.  It's only a few minutes, and maybe it's prettier in the spring.
   We went back to the RV and planned the rest of our trip.  At dusk, we went out to the fields where there had been several elk bugling the night before.  We had only seen one, but we knew there were several out there.  So, we patiently sat and waited for them to make an appearance, as did two other cars.  As it was getting dark, we decided to drive 5 minutes down the road, turn around and come back.  About 2 minutes later, we saw an elk just sitting quietly watching the cars go by.  We got a picture, stayed about 5 minutes, and went back to our original stake-out.  Nothing showed up, so we went to home and to bed.

Wildlife Count:  1 elk, 2 Spruce Grouse

Overnighted at Tunnel Mountain Village II Park--$38.20 and another $20 to stay in Banff NP.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #312 on: October 10, 2009, 04:43:28 PM »
September 20, 2009      Day 121      Post Falls, ID

   It is good to be back in the U.S.  We don't have to convert speed, distance, liters, or money.  And gas is more than $1 less per gallon.  And we spell "correctly"-like "center" instead of "centre".
   Seriously, we found the cost-of-living to be much higher in Canada than in the U.S.  It isn't just gas; it's everything.
   Our drive was smooth, but the scenery was barren for miles because of the bark beetle.  I know I've mentioned it before, but miles and miles of matchstick dead trees is so depressing.  However, the water in the rivers was a beautiful blue-green, and we were entertained by people returning home with their 1940, 1950, 1960, and a few 1970 vintage cars and trucks that were in superb shape.  They all sparkled, and we took a trip down memory lane to the time I learned to knit so I could make Dean a mirror warmer.  Younger people won't know what I'm talking about, but they were a fluffy frame that went around the rear-view mirror in the front of the car.  Having one on your car meant you were taken.  We saw dice dangling from the mirrors, also.  We guesstimated the first 300 cars, and then we did an actual count.  We counted a total of 670 cars, and there were so many in one village we couldn't count them all as we went through.
   The border crossing was a piece of cake.  You can bring back 1 case of beer per person (at least into Idaho).  They asked several times about how long we had been in Canada, total length of trip, how long in Alaska, if we had any citrus, seeds, soil, tobacco products, spirits, wine, guns, and what we had bought.  We told him that we had bought $500 worth of souvenirs, and it didn't trigger any reaction. 
   This is the last normal entry.  A trip summary will follow after we get home. If anyone is actually going to Alaska, ask Dean for the Church's book while you are in Quartzsite.  We didn't use it because we had such good recommendations from previous travelers, and it is in brand-new condition.  Our Milepost is looking forward to retirement, as it has shed 3 pages, and anyone going needs the newest edition.  They tell about road construction for that year, etc., and that is important to know.  If anyone is going and would like my detailed itinerary in which I listed all the venues, hours they are open, cost, phone numbers, contact people, and addresses, e-mail me, and I will be happy to e-mail it back to you.  It is lengthy, about 30 pages when printed out.
   It has been a wonderful experience.  Thanks again to those who read, suggested, advised, and contributed to its success.  Your kind compliments made us feel so appreciated.

Overnighted at WalMart Supercenter in Post Falls, ID.  Very nice.  You can park wherever you want, and they give you 24-hours, which is about 12 hours longer than we'll need.
 
Wildlife Count:  2 pheasants

Trip summary to follow.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #313 on: October 10, 2009, 10:24:05 PM »
Thank you for your daily reports of your trip.  It brought back many wonderful memories of our trip to Alaska and Canada.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #314 on: October 11, 2009, 09:22:20 AM »
Thanks, its been a good read.
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #315 on: October 11, 2009, 05:06:29 PM »
Linda and Dean,

I'll miss your trip report.  You did a very nice job!  Very informative and I know it will be useful to future travelers.

Welcome home!

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #316 on: October 11, 2009, 07:42:43 PM »
Hi Linda,

I really enjoyed following your journey.  Your writing style left me interested daily  and many times gave me a chuckle with your " adventures." I'm glad you had no problem at the border crossings. 

Your journal will be a neat help to future Alaska travelers.  I think you got more out of  the museums and speaking to the locals than anyone else I know who made the trip.  Good job on photos too.  Thanks Dean.

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #317 on: October 11, 2009, 10:47:52 PM »

 I think you got more out of  the museums and speaking to the locals than anyone else I know who made the trip. 


I also enjoyed reading your museum reports and appreciate your tenacity in seeking and reporting local information.   I miss my daily "Linda's Trip" read.   Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into sharing your trip with all of us.  It brought back many memories of our 2000 trip and will be a terrific resource for those planning  trips to Canada and Alaska in the future. 

Margi

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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #318 on: October 12, 2009, 08:40:06 PM »
Linda,

Thanks for the memories revisited via your excellent journal.

Ken
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Re: Alaska with the Stocks 2009
« Reply #319 on: October 13, 2009, 03:24:34 PM »
Linda, thanks for you trip writings.  We didn't do anything this summer.  Couldn't even get the hubby off the couch to go to a near by state park for a day trip.  Thanks to you posts I took a trip through you.  So glad you did and had a good time.  Now I guess I'll have to find my own adventure from a book or movie.  Thanks again