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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.  :)

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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.
 
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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.


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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.
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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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« 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

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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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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!
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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.
 
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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.
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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
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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
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« 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.
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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.
 
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« 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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« 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!

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Long time ago is easy ... it's what I did yesterday I have trouble with.  ;D   Yummy razor clams are hard to forget.
 
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2012, 07:48:08 PM »
Here's a pic of RvForumites panning for fuel money.....

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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2012, 07:51:23 PM »
Great picture Terry, thanks  ;D
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« 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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« 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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« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2012, 02:15:06 AM »
Yep, panning for gold was not as romantic as it sounds ;-(  The sluice thingy was not so bad though.

Margi - We did go to Fred Myers!  Loved it.  And went clamming in Ninilchik!!  We plan on going back there after we leave Homer and get some more.  I made a to-die-for clam chowder but have PLENTY clams left.

Any good razor clam recipes y'all would like to share?????   mmmmmmm..getting hungry ;-)

p.s.  Great Panning Picture!!
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2012, 08:54:29 AM »
We've stayed at Fred Myers a couple times - one of our favorite stops. One time we were there a native with a bow & arrow shot a moose in the parking lot (near the back edge)!  It was perfectly legal - he was entitled to wild game and the bow was legit in the parking area where a gun might not have been.  Alaska ain't Kansas!
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2012, 09:16:28 AM »
Dip the razor clams in flour, then beaten egg with a tiny bit of milk, then seasoned Italian breadcrumbs.  Fry (in pan, not deep fry) in a combination of olive oil and butter.  Do not over cook or they'll be very tough.  My mouth is watering while I'm typing this!  :)
 
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #33 on: June 26, 2012, 02:17:00 PM »
The next batch of clams gets the Margi Fry Treatment!

We are in a rainy Homer, spent three days on the Spit (Full hook-ups at $60 a night!).  Found the local Elks club in a quaint section of old town Homer on the bay.  It has 8 spots with electric only for $25 a night.  We are Elks, so moved yesterday for a few nights.   Will go exploring after lunch...
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #34 on: June 26, 2012, 07:05:56 PM »
The next batch of clams gets the Margi Fry Treatment!

Turnabout is fair!   ;D   You made me so hungry for clam chowder, we mixed up a huge homemade batch and ate chowder for two days straight in rainy Oregon.  Delicious, but we cheated and used one of those huge tall cans of clams.
 
I continue to follow your blog and really enjoy reading it.  Thanks so much for taking the time to write it.
 
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #35 on: June 26, 2012, 07:15:24 PM »
Oh my goodness.  I just realized I left out a crucial part of the razor clam frying recipe.
 
After you have breaded the clams, and before you fry them, put them in the refrigerator to chill.  They should be in the refrigerator for just the amount of time it takes to drink a glass of wine (or two?).  This is a tradition Tom's brother started when we clammed on Pacific Beach north of Copalis Washington.  Who are we to dare break tradition?  ;D
 
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« Reply #36 on: June 28, 2012, 07:47:10 PM »
Chuck is loving the clams so much we stopped in Kasilof (close to Clam Gulch) to do some clamming when the low tides come back on the first.  I think Margi's recipe will get a workout next week!  Fried clams, fried clam sandwiches yum!
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« Reply #37 on: June 28, 2012, 10:07:18 PM »
Enoy!  We would love to be there clamming along with you.  Tom's a great digger.  I'm a good clam show pointer-outer.  "There's one, honey!"  We usually fry up enough to have left-overs.  They seldom make it to lunch the next day, but they're tasty for breakfast!
 
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #38 on: July 04, 2012, 11:57:33 AM »
Margi - WOW they were good!  We do have left-overs that were to be for sandwiches....however freshly caught king salmon changed that menu.  So it's to be fried clam sandwiches for fourth of July lunch! 

Happy Fourth to Everyone from Kasilof Alaska!!!!
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« Reply #39 on: July 04, 2012, 02:54:02 PM »
MOOSE!!!  Chuck and the pups encountered a moose while out walking.  The moose stalked Chuck... I think the moose was in love, but the moose scared him.  The dogs were unleashed to disencumber everyone in case of attack.  The dogs went on the offensive and chased Mr Moose to the woods, then returned to be re-leashed.  Good doggies.
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« Reply #40 on: July 04, 2012, 04:03:57 PM »
Margi - WOW they were good! 

We had the good fortune to run into razor clams at Costco in Roseburg flown in fresh from Alaska this week - $9.99 per pound.   We bought 7 pounds and immediately fried the first batch for dinner.  So good!  Will save the rest in the freezer and ration them out over the next few months.
 
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« Reply #41 on: July 04, 2012, 04:11:01 PM »
I'm glad to know costco has them!  I'll look for them when we get back to the states and I get a razor clam craving.  ;-)
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #42 on: July 04, 2012, 11:09:12 PM »
.....The dogs were unleashed to disencumber everyone in case of attack.  The dogs went on the offensive and chased Mr Moose to the woods, then returned to be re-leashed.  Good doggies.

It's not advisable to unleash the dogs. If that moose had decided not to run you would have had some badly injured if not dead dogs.

I lived in Alaska for over 20 years and have seen the results of dog-moose encounters. It was never good for the dogs.
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« Reply #43 on: July 04, 2012, 11:38:36 PM »
I'm glad to know costco has them!  I'll look for them when we get back to the states and I get a razor clam craving.  ;-)

They're a rare find at Costco.  Strictly serendipity.  We've only seen them there once before.  We have been able to order them in the past from Fred Meyer in Roseburg, but that's iffy, too.
 
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« Reply #44 on: July 05, 2012, 12:23:54 AM »
It's not advisable to unleash the dogs. If that moose had decided not to run you would have had some badly injured if not dead dogs.

I lived in Alaska for over 20 years and have seen the results of dog-moose encounters. It was never good for the dogs.

It is not adviseable to unleash the dogs in any large animal encounter; deer - large fine and may have injured dogs, bear, same thing only worse; moose, as Don advised and fine; elk more of the same.  Here in MT we also have the wolves and they will kill the dog.  Coyotes, same thing unless the dog is large and agressive but even then you may have to put them down due to infection, rabies, etc.

Get some instruction or books on dogs in the wild as well as humans.  There are a lot of do's and don'ts.
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« Reply #45 on: July 05, 2012, 07:59:58 AM »
Good thing that moose didn't have a calf nearby! They are extremely protective!
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #46 on: July 05, 2012, 11:10:53 AM »
Well, I agree about not unleashing the dogs, but I wasn't there.  Perhaps I should note that the dogs were under voice control and were not allowed within 20 feet of the moose.  (In my story I said they chased the moose, but it was really more bark than chase).  DH was prepared to send them back to camp and out of the situation.   

In retrospect, DH thinks the moose was being fed by the residents and was looking to see if he was going to put out food.  We talked to a woman here who said the moose were starving and folks had gotten permission to put out feed for them.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #47 on: July 05, 2012, 03:42:14 PM »
We talked to a woman here who said the moose were starving and folks had gotten permission to put out feed for them.

Very hard winter with recod snowfall made it a difficult winter for the moose.  But it remains illegal for folks to feed them.  Some groups got permissions to feed the moose this winter, but just not the average person.
On the dogs...I laugh every year when fishing here.  Folks have dogs of all shapes and sizes and Mr Bear often is attracted to the dog--often just wants to play.  Leave the dogs at camp....
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« Reply #48 on: July 05, 2012, 05:28:40 PM »
The Kindness of Strangers - DH lost his money clip the day we went king salmon fishing (got one!).  Retracing our steps, I called the Safeway store where we had stopped and a woman had fouind it and left her number.  Long story short, she was in the area of our RV camp and brought the money clip complete with money back to us.  Well-deserving of a good reward.  There are such wonderful people in this world.  Not including the guy here at the RV park who gets into his truck every morning and starts honking for about 5 minutes til his family has joined him.  (gets everybody outside to see what the hey is going on!)  Him I don't include.  LOL.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #49 on: July 11, 2012, 03:00:37 PM »
We are at Fort Richardson's Black Spruce campground by Anchorage.  This is the first time we have opted to stay on base (DH is DAV) and it really is quite nice.  It was a little bit odd this morning to look out the window and see a black bear foraging in the woods.  I wonder what rank he held?  E4 maybe?  There's quite a bit to do in Anchorage and we've had two long days so today is a day of R&R and RV cleaning.  Hopefully the bear will wander off and we can spend some time outside.  If it weren't for the other campers I might put on my Rolling Stones album...hehehe.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #50 on: July 11, 2012, 03:32:40 PM »
You could consider him an E-4 if you saw him working, an E-5 or above if he was standing, pointing and growling and an officer if he was standing with other bears and looking around.
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« Reply #51 on: July 11, 2012, 08:59:43 PM »
Anna, we drove right past you today in Anchorage.  We were on the Glenn Highway coming from Glennallen and stayed about  50 miles outside of Palmer at a very nice campground called "Glacier View"...gorgeous and it was sunny!!!. 

We are now in Seward parked in the dry camping section of Resurrection Bay.  It's cold and rainy!  But the campground is almost full.

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« Reply #52 on: July 11, 2012, 10:50:28 PM »
You could consider him an E-4 if you saw him working, an E-5 or above if he was standing, pointing and growling and an officer if he was standing with other bears and looking around.
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« Reply #53 on: July 12, 2012, 05:50:07 PM »
Roadlife,
 There is the BearPaw Festival in Eagle River over this weekend if your still around. ;)
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #54 on: July 13, 2012, 10:51:41 AM »
You could consider him an E-4 if you saw him working, an E-5 or above if he was standing, pointing and growling and an officer if he was standing with other bears and looking around.

Then he was definitely an E4.  LOL.

Thanks Derby!!!  We will try to go that.  Festivals are fun.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #55 on: July 15, 2012, 07:51:50 PM »
Thanks for the Heads-UP on the Bear-Paw Festival in Eagle River.  We had a blast.  It was huge.  Lots of rides, booths, games, food, doggies, and fun
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« Reply #56 on: August 05, 2012, 11:23:45 PM »
Nobody told me how exhausting a trip to ALASKA can be!  There is so much to do and see.  We headed up to Fairbanks which has loads to see and do and then took a three day jaunt to the Arctic Circle in Bettles, Ak of Ice Road Truckers fame.  Then Back down to Fairbanks, passing by North Pole to Tok, then through the Yukon and British Columbia to Haines Alaska.  Whew!!!

We had a few grizzly encounters on the way to Haines.  Then in Haines, one block off Main Street, right there in the middle of the road, was Bear Poop.  Which answers that age-old question.  Does a bear poop in the woods?  NO!!! A bear poops on the road in downtown Haines Alaska.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #57 on: August 08, 2012, 02:33:59 PM »
Anna, did you drive to Bettles? 

We are now in Fairbanks and like you, there is tons to do here.  We are taking a drive/fly excursion tomorrow leaving at 4:30 am...(I detest these early morning departures).  Someone will come and let Charlie out of the coach for potty walks.  The drive goes up the Dalton Highway only to Coldfoot, puts us in the Artic Circle then we fly back; about a 12 hour day.

Enjoy Haines, we loved it there.  Be sure and drive up to the lake and look for bears along the river.  There are supposed to be lots of grizzlies in the area.  Where are you staying?

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« Reply #58 on: August 08, 2012, 07:47:53 PM »
We stayed at Oceanview RV park in Haines - their Saturday night dungeness crab feed and potluck was really really good.  We loved Haines too.  We are in Skagway now - in the overflow section of Pullen RV park in the parking lot facing the harbor and cruise ships. 
Almost all the shops and businesses in Skagway are owned by the cruise ship companies.  Money pours into the town but pours right out again.  They get jobs and the taxes paid by the cruise lines.  Doesn't seem fair.  We took the White Pass and Yukon Railway trip today - Chuck was in heaven.  Great views.

About Bettles - We flew to Bettles - had a toursaver two-for-one coupon and did three days two nights for $1250.  I'm glad we did it.  Would I do it again?  Probably not, but Chuck would. :-)  Another couple we met did the tour you are taking and absolutely loved it.  Have Fun!!!
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« Reply #59 on: August 09, 2012, 02:12:59 AM »
Marsha,

Watch for the Northern Lights. A friend of mine said they were out a couple of nights ago.

Glad you're enjoying your trip. Your travel log is making Peg and I homesick.
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« Reply #60 on: August 11, 2012, 01:48:41 PM »
We stayed at Oceanview RV park in Haines - their Saturday night dungeness crab feed and potluck was really really good.  We loved Haines too.  We are in Skagway now - in the overflow section of Pullen RV park in the parking lot facing the harbor and cruise ships. 
Almost all the shops and businesses in Skagway are owned by the cruise ship companies.  Money pours into the town but pours right out again.  They get jobs and the taxes paid by the cruise lines.  Doesn't seem fair.  We took the White Pass and Yukon Railway trip today - Chuck was in heaven.  Great views.

About Bettles - We flew to Bettles - had a toursaver two-for-one coupon and did three days two nights for $1250.  I'm glad we did it.  Would I do it again?  Probably not, but Chuck would. :-)  Another couple we met did the tour you are taking and absolutely loved it.  Have Fun!!!

We were at that park from 7/31 to 8/7 in site 12 (we had the red Saturn Vue). It's a great park. We had a crab potluck 3 times in the week we were there. We had never had that kind of crab before. It's now one of our favorites!
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #61 on: August 18, 2012, 04:15:09 PM »
We probably even said HI!  :-)
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« Reply #62 on: August 18, 2012, 11:21:38 PM »
Time Flies!

Haines to Skagway, then down to Hyder, home of the bears.  Fish fear them.  Fish Creek in Hyder was full of salmon and Jaws the bear was out to play catch.  Glacier highway was stunning, and then it's a beautiful drive down to the USA.  We cross the border tomorrow into Washington.  Did that sound fast?  Sure felt like it.  I can't believe it is over.  Alaska was sure somethin'! as my grandpa would have said. 

I've never done a blog before and it was a fun experience.  Especially reading everyone else's blogs in tandem!!  In a few days or a week I'll sit down and do my reflections on Alaska.  Then think about a more sedate journal for the journey back east.  Thanks everyone for all your kind comments and sharing your experiences with me.
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Re: Road Life to Alaska
« Reply #63 on: August 19, 2012, 04:37:41 AM »
I really have enjoyed your Blog.  I think you did an outstanding job of putting your trip into words.  Between you, Betty and Sarge I feel like I have been there. (well, almost :-\)  Really enjoyed it!

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« Reply #64 on: August 19, 2012, 08:09:25 AM »
I think you mean Marsha and Sarge.

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« Reply #65 on: August 19, 2012, 08:33:25 AM »
You're right, I did mean Marsha.
Sorry Marsha.  :D
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« Reply #66 on: August 20, 2012, 01:12:24 AM »
Good job on your blog Chuck! Being that it was our first trip too, it was nice to feel like we were up there with familiar folks!  I had a great time with my journal too.  I already started a new one for the Western States.  I'ts kind therapeutic......
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« Reply #67 on: August 20, 2012, 11:54:16 AM »
  I had a great time with my journal too.  I already started a new one for the Western States.  I'ts kind therapeutic......

PLUS the journal gives you a written record of all things you've done.  good for when the memory begins to fail!

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« Reply #68 on: August 22, 2012, 01:30:14 PM »
LOL Betty!!!  Yep, the memory thing sure makes a blog/journal a valuable thing to do.  Already I don't remember everything we did!!
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« Reply #69 on: August 22, 2012, 01:41:33 PM »
Anna, great blog.  Congratulations on your "Blog" award!!! 

I liked how you catagorized everything; especially since I wanted to locate where you actually stayed in Muncho Lake and could go right to it. We are in Watson Lake and will be going to Liaird Hot Springs tomorrow then onto Muncho Lake.  We are going to stay at the MacDonald campground in Muncho Lake Provincial park.  Several people have recommended it along the way.

Today we are viewing the sign post forest in cold wet rain.... :-\

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