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Jeff

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Back to Alaska
« on: June 12, 2015, 10:34:49 PM »
We crossed the border into Canada this morning at Sumas, WA and are spending a couple of days in Harrison Hot Springs, BC. After years of wishing since our trip in 2007 we are headed north again.


This trip will be a bit different as we are going to hop on and off The Alaskan Ferry System starting at Prince Rupert BC with 3 day stops at Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Skagway, and a final ferry destination of Haines before continuing our drive north.


We are traveling with Helen Harmon,  a friend from Washington who had planned an RV trip up here with her husband who died from a tragic accident shortly after her retirement. She has downsized to a Class C and always said she would love to go with us if we returned so here we go!


Helen has a friend Joanne traveling with her and the four of us will be joined by our daughter Jami and her family in Anchorage at the end of the month. They will be with us for six days and then our two granddaughters Emily and Kate will stay with us for another 11 days before flying back to Hawaii.


We are really excited!

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 11:43:26 PM »
Have a great trip and keep us informed!
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2015, 05:32:41 AM »
Sounds like a wonderful trip Jeff. Safe travels.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2015, 06:31:39 AM »
Jeff,

Have a great trip. Alaska is back on our schedule, but not until 2017.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2015, 06:43:40 AM »
Enjoy yourselves. I wish we were making that trip. We want to make it again. Using the ferry sounds like a neat way to do it.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2015, 06:45:26 AM »
We are jealous! Have wanted to go back ever since our 2002 trip but never made it. Have fun!!!
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2015, 07:30:21 AM »
Have a great trip.  Looking forward to your posts.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2015, 09:10:11 AM »
A trip like that is on our bucket list. Will be anxious to see some photos.
Have a safe trip with no hiccups.
Wish I could have been a stowaway.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2015, 09:32:10 AM »
I'm suffering a huge case of envy.  We loved our trip in 2000 and always intended to return.  Never happened.  Will look forward to your trip reports.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2015, 09:49:06 AM »
    Jeff and Sue, enjoy your trip, and the company.  It will certainly be different from a trip down east to Maine.  Donna and I are jealous, as that has always been on our bucket list, but given the distance from NS and limited timing in the US, it just hasn't move to the top of our list.
    Again, enjoy and keep safe.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2015, 01:03:01 PM »
Good luck and dodge the logging trucks when possible!
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2015, 04:53:12 PM »
Can't wait to read your updates and see the pictures Jeff... and dream. Safe travels.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2015, 10:52:36 PM »
You still there Jeff? Haven't heard from you in awhile. Was wondering if we should send a rescue team out. :D

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2015, 11:05:33 PM »
I'll bet they're having too much fun to report in!  ;) ;D

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2015, 03:02:00 AM »
We have been busy but drove up through British Columbia to Prince Rupert on great roads, boarded the Alaskan Marine Highway System (AMHS) Sunday for a six hour sail to Ketchikan.


We spent a great three days there including some fishing and departed last night for Wrangell for a real change from the crowds of cruise ship passengers at Ketchikan. I will try to cover a little more detail as we head further up the Inside Passage.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2015, 01:59:39 AM »
We had great weather at Prince Rupert and stayed at the Prince Rupert RV Park just up the hill from the Alaskan Marine Highway System (AMHS) terminal. We sailed last Saturday for Ketchikan aboard the ferry Matanuska, the first of five legs we will be aboard. We arrived in Ketchikan around 5:00PM and proceeded to the Clover Pass Resort, a fishing resort with a motel and about 30 full hookup RV sites about 15 miles north of Ketchikan. Clover Pass offers boat rentals, fishing, whale watching, and touring charters, a small store, and fish processing. Its friendly staff was very helpful and accommodating. We were lucky enough to get one of eight sites facing the water with a beautiful view out our windshield.


Judy and I rented a boat for a day of Halibut fishing and managed to get our limit of two fish each which meant dinner of grilled Halibut that was delicious.


Ketchikan is a community of 8,000 permanent residents who are invaded by 6000-10,000 cruise ship passengers every day of the season. The ships pull in by 8:00AM and have all departed by 3:00PM each afternoon. They spend the day touring Ketchikan, flying seaplane tours of the area, taking whale watching our fishing charters, checking out the Totems all over Ketchikan, and of course buying over priced jewelry and Alaska artifact. By 3:00PM Ketchikan is a ghost town where you can walk into any restaurant and be seated immediately. We were here on a cruise in 2004 and at that time our ship was docked at the only dock and one more was anchored and ferried their passengers ashore. Now there are 3-5 ships tied up to the new docks each day.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2015, 02:33:11 AM »
Glad to hear from you! I'd love to take that ferry system with our motorhome. I got Alaska's promotional material sent to me last year, and it had a lot of info on the ferry system. On a sad note, I see that a tour plane out of Ketchikan just crashed today with nine lives lost. Tragic. Thanks for the update! (and the pics)

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2015, 03:18:23 AM »
We spent Tuesday afternoon and evening parked at the AMHS terminal at Ketchikan and toured the town after the cruise ships departed. While parked we met several members of a Chautauqua touring group from the NW US that were touring most of the Inloand Passage towns. They are  in Wrangell with us and we plan to see the show.

We arrived in Wrangell at 5:15AM just in time to see our two weeks of beautiful weather turn to rain which is forecast on and off for the next three days. We drove a mile or so through town to the Alaskan Waters RV park where our sites were available as we and one other 5th wheel who were on the ferry with us were the only occupants in the eight site park.

Wrangell couldn't be more different from Ketchikan. It is a small community of 2,000 with fishing and lumber based industry. Everyone is extremely friendly qand you cannot enter a store or restaurant without getting engaged in a conversation. We had lunch at  local tent supporting their local Queen contest, spent a couple of hours at the  Nolan Museum which is a beautiful facility celebrating the local history going back to the first native settlements through today.

We stopped in a hardware store today, met one the the Chautauqua group and were invited to a seafood pot luck tonight where we were told to not bring anything as there was always too much food. Dinner was great with a great evening of talking to more tour members and local residents.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2015, 05:56:02 AM »
Great photos Jeff.  Is the 2:30 AM sunrise an early start or late evening?  When I was in Stockholm years ago, I remember the very short nights.  It's strange to finish dinner at 10:00 PM in a relatively dark restaurant and then walk out to a street with what looks like late afternoon sun. 
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2015, 10:23:06 AM »
Gary the sunrise is on the ferry to Wrangell between naps. We departed at 11:15PM just before dusk and the  Sun remained just below the horizon, coming back up at 2:30. It did get fairly dark which it will not do by the time we get to Farbanks in a a few weeks.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2015, 04:27:21 PM »
Plenty of Smoke in Fairbanks right now though..... :(
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2015, 01:50:23 AM »
We will not be there for a month so maybe the smoke will clear.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2015, 02:46:39 PM »
We just spent 30 hours on the AMHS ferry Matanuska traveling from Wrangell to Juneau with stops at Petersburg, Kake, and Sitka. The trip was absolutely beautiful including narrow channels too small for cruise ships, glaciers, and whales. We had four hours on Sitka for a quick guided tour of the town and dinner and arrived in Juneau at 4:30AM this morning. We had cabins for both nights and really enjoyed the trip.


An update on residential refrigerators. Our Samsung AC-197, which has it's own inverter, was on batteries for 30 hours and the battery voltage was still 12.2 volts (under load) when I went down to the car deck this morning. Yesterday afternoon after 20 hours or so the voltage was 12.4. Our 12 pounds of frozen halibut was still solid as a rock!


With our four Trojan T-145s we could easily go a couple of days if necessary.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2015, 06:25:27 PM »
I have been "out of touch" and have just started reading you log. Sounds as if you are having a great trip. DW and I have driven up and have done the cruise. We would love to do the ferry. Love your pictures. Looking forward for more reports.   :-)

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2015, 07:02:20 PM »
This is a great thread.  Thanks for posting.
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2015, 07:45:59 PM »
I just found this thread and really enjoy it. My wife and I are planning a similar trip in a year or two. The ferry idea is great. We did a cruise up there five years ago and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to get back.

I'm looking forward to your next posts.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2015, 04:00:02 AM »
We arrived in Skagway yesterday along with the daily cruise ships. (Even Disney is doing Alaska now) Today we drove up over White Pass to Carcross to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Arrived back in plenty of time to watch Skagway's midnight fire works.

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2015, 07:32:41 AM »
Thanks for posting the photos. Brings back memories...
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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2015, 08:36:48 AM »
    Thanks from me too Jeff, only I know that it is going to cost me big time.  I have shown most of the pictures to Donna, and now Alaska is back on top of our Bucket List. 

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Re: Back to Alaska
« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2015, 10:33:04 AM »
Really enjoying your posts. We made the all land route in 2010 and you're really making us get the itch.  We hope to do it next year!

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