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Road Life to Alaska
« on: May 19, 2012, 12:45:16 PM »
Hi everyone!

I've been reading that some of you are headed to Alaska.  We are too and hope to see you on the road.  We've made it from Alabama up to Cochrane ( a wee bit west of Calgary) where we sit with a broken me.  A sinus cold which came on suddenly and hopefully will depart just as quickly.  I haven't been sick with a cold for years and years.

So I've been surfing the net and re-connected with this site.  I lurked here quite a bit when we first started rv'ing.

We hope to continue our journey north tomorrow.

At DH's insistence, I recently started a blog of our travels for family and friends.  I hope to keep it current with our trek to Alaska.  Maybe we'll intersect at some point.  :)

Road Life to Alaska

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012, 03:29:18 PM »
I read through your blog from the beginning to Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe sounds delicious!) and enjoyed it very much.  Looking forward to reading more as you travel north.
 
Margi

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 05:05:35 PM »
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Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe sounds delicious!)

Wow, it took me 6 trips to buy the ingredients from the store.  Then I pretended I was was a good cook, ala Julia Child. Apron, glass of wine in the hand and proceeded.

  Halfway through the process of adding all the ingredients my glass went empty. Then I proceeded to add more ingredients, another glass of wine, then continued stirring. Getting towards the end, golly, the glass was empty again. Oh well...  I'm almost there

  Now turn on the heat, wait for things to bubble. My-my it'll take a long time. Ok, one more glass.

  I set the timer but forgot when I started it. Bubble..bubble... what time is it? 

  The rest is history. I woke up the next morning and had a wonderful cold breakfast.

This story is fiction from a fictional character.  


  Just trying to funny. Have nothing else to do. Excuse my intrusion.


Carson, 
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 11:51:34 PM »
I read through your blog from the beginning to Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe sounds delicious!) and enjoyed it very much.  Looking forward to reading more as you travel north.
 
Margi

Carson, I just found this log, and I really enjoyed your pictures, especially the coyote's rump--it brings back memories of so many pictures where we totally missed.  At least you got part of him.  I saved your recipe; it sounds good.  I hope we get a chance to meet you.

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2012, 11:35:20 AM »
Dean and Linda -

Just saw your trip report!  You are a bit ahead of us, but we might just run into each other.  We plan on being in Alaska til mid-August.  Right now we've made it Dawson Creek.  Had a good nights sleep and will go out exploring later today.  We've seen intermittent rain showers this morning, but nothing to keep us inside.

Any must-sees in Dawson Creek? 
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2012, 12:36:50 PM »
You are way ahead of us.  You will get to see more wildlife before the heat drives them up the mountain.  We are cutting out our extra stops in the Lower 48 to speed up our trip.  We got delayed a little by mechanical issues---we wanted everything to be perfect before we left.

 I don't know if you are aware, but we were in Alaska 3 years ago, and we have a log day-by-day from then in RVForum. At the top of each entry, I listed where we were, so it is easy to scroll through to where you are or are going to be.   It might be helpful for you to know what we did and saw, as well as listing where we stayed, amenities, price, and what we thought of each site.  At some places, mile marker (MM) numbers may be helpful to you.

 I hope you are feeling well.  We hope to meet you.

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 12:43:27 PM »
Dean and Linda -

Just saw your trip report!  You are a bit ahead of us, but we might just run into each other.  We plan on being in Alaska til mid-August.  Right now we've made it Dawson Creek.  Had a good nights sleep and will go out exploring later today.  We've seen intermittent rain showers this morning, but nothing to keep us inside.

Any must-sees in Dawson Creek? 

Free of charge wx report.....  http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=CAXX0110

Enjoy your trip.
Carson, 
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roadlife

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2012, 03:33:25 PM »
Thanks!  I'll be checking out the links.

Definitely be looking at your past trip.  Thanks Linda.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2012, 06:38:12 PM »
Roadlife,

There are several of us going to Alaska this summer, we are one of them.  Right now we are in Canyonville, Or and will be heading up to Portland/Seattle then crossing into Canada on June 1.  Around the middle of June, we'll be in Alaska and plan to stay until the end of August/first of September.

There are several logs on Alaska travel in our library.  Dean and Linda's is probably the most recent.  Be sure and read all of them, they are full of all sorts of information.

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2012, 10:32:28 PM »
Wrapping up our visit with daughter and family. We will head out from Grand Junction, CO on June 2, headed north.

See you there!
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2012, 11:05:58 PM »
Michael,

Great!!!  We need to all somehow keep in touch.  Hopefully all of our paths will cross at some point....or at least be close by.

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012, 01:42:07 PM »
Carson, that's exactly how I cook it!!!  But we usually do get to eat some the first night.  :-)


Wow, it took me 6 trips to buy the ingredients from the store.  Then I pretended I was was a good cook, ala Julia Child. Apron, glass of wine in the hand and proceeded.

  Halfway through the process of adding all the ingredients my glass went empty. Then I proceeded to add more ingredients, another glass of wine, then continued stirring. Getting towards the end, golly, the glass was empty again. Oh well...  I'm almost there

  Now turn on the heat, wait for things to bubble. My-my it'll take a long time. Ok, one more glass.

  I set the timer but forgot when I started it. Bubble..bubble... what time is it? 

  The rest is history. I woke up the next morning and had a wonderful cold breakfast.

This story is fiction from a fictional character.  


  Just trying to funny. Have nothing else to do. Excuse my intrusion.
Road Life

currently in Alaska
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2003 Allegro Bus 2 slides
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 10:07:12 PM »
At the present time I have some commitments and would not be able to head north until the first of July. If we were to go back to Alaska we would like to stay for at least 10 weeks. How long would it be safe to stay in Alaska before we headed back south? I don't want to be caught by bad weather.

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roadlife

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2012, 10:01:38 AM »
The rule of thumb on how long to stay in Alaska.

I asked this same question at a rally.  The answer I got was "Don't get there before Memorial Day and don't be there after Labor Day."

We've been off-grid (kinda) for a few days.  We left Fort Nelson and slowly meandered the Alaskan Highway all the way Toad River.  A couple hours drive.  The next day we made it 45 minutes to Muncho Lake and I refused to leave.  It is one of the most beautiful spots I have seen.  No power grid in this area, no wi-fi, no tv.  Just the wild raw beauty of the place.

I captured lots of pics and put them on the blog.

Enjoying keeping up with everyone's trips!
Road Life

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2012, 11:14:38 AM »
I really enjoy reading your blog, especially love the pictures.  You're bringing back so many good memories as you travel along.  Muncho Lake is indeed one of the world's most beautiful spots.
 
Margi

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2012, 08:20:00 PM »
Thank you.   ;D

I've never done a blog before so it is kinda new to me.  I really don't know what I am doing but I am very happy that you are enjoying it.
Road Life

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2012, 11:25:14 PM »
Anna,

I checked out your blog and got even more excited about heading into Alaska.  I also left a comment on your blog!  I've been "tweeking" my website so that I can get it up and running; but it's a slow process.

Keep us posted!

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2012, 06:52:15 AM »
Marsha - I've been keeping up with your trip reports too!  Your Oregon Postings are bringing back memories - DH is from Oregon and we will be headed that way in September.

We are in Kluane Lake this morning, about 15 miles from Destruction Bay and 130 miles from the Alaskan border.  Reports are the road is going to be VERY slow with frost heaves, humps, repaving projects, and things that go bump in the daylight.   ;D  Sounds like it may be a 4-5 hour drive.

I'm a bit trepidatious about going through customs with a freezer full of meat (from the US but unmarked).  We shall see.

Kluane Lake is still mostly frozen and it is a bit cold.  The campground owner said this is quite cold for May, it is usually much warmer.  Besides that she said look out for the bears.  :o
Road Life

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2012, 10:00:18 AM »
We are HERE!!!  Hello Alaska.  A little bit shaken, a little bit stirred, but here we are. ;D
Road Life

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2012, 10:06:48 AM »
Yipee......I think you are the first forum member to get into Alaska. 

We are in still in the Olympic Peninsula and will cross into Canada the middle of next week.  It is damp and cold here.  We are running the heat pumps constantly except for the middle of the day. Heading into Seattle on the Bainbridge ferry this afternoon for the underground tour and to see Pike's Market.

By chance there is a wooden sail boat regalia this weekend, so lots of beautiful sail boats coming into the harbor.  They have 2 races this afternoon and one tomorrow.  It's fun to watch.

Keep a look out for bears and take pictures.

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2012, 11:16:20 AM »
We are now in Valdez.  The trip through Thompson Pass was jaw-dropping, then the narrow canyon just big enough to hold the road and a river, towering mountains with waterfalls on each side.  YIKES!!  But beautiful.  The Valdez waterfront is so picturesque, charming.  We go on the glacier cruise today.  Can't wait to see the glaciers calving and the all the sea life, especially the whales.  Yesterday we got to see the eagles come to feed - I was excited and had to get loads of pictures.  LOL.  I think we will have to stay here at least four days.
Road Life

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2012, 07:42:36 PM »
Your blog is so fun to read!!

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2012, 12:42:51 AM »
 ;D

Went panning for GOLD today! 
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2012, 11:14:29 AM »
I love reading your travel blog.  Read on it today that you are headed to Soldatna. 
 
Be sure to check out the Fred Meyers store in Soldatna.  They carry some merchandise you'll never see in their other locations.  We picked up our razor clamming gear there and hit a minus 5 tide in Ninilchick.  Yummmm.  Also, during a minus tide in Ninilchick, lots of eagles perch on the cliffs ready for clean up duty.  You can boondock at Freddies, but we stayed at a state park closer to the the inlet.
 
Margi

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2012, 11:49:57 AM »
Margi, how do you remember all that stuff.  I can't remember where I was a week ago!

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2012, 12:11:40 PM »
Margi, how do you remember all that stuff.  I can't remember where I was a week ago!

Marsha~

Long time ago is easy ... it's what I did yesterday I have trouble with.  ;D   Yummy razor clams are hard to forget.
 
Margi

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2012, 07:48:08 PM »
Here's a pic of RvForumites panning for fuel money.....

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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2012, 07:51:23 PM »
Great picture Terry, thanks  ;D
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2012, 08:47:05 PM »
I don't think I found enough to pay for a gallon of diesel :)
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2012, 10:11:22 PM »
And  the little gold I found, I had mounted in a locket with  a chain. I'm sure I am upside down on this deal.  But I did gain a new  respect for the early gold miners. Ahhh yes the beauty of RV travel!!
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