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North America » United States » Alaska » Kenai August 22nd 2010

Today we head back south through Anchorage to Kenai Penisula. We had to stop off in Wasilla for our Wal -Mart fix, and to once again look for Sarah. No luck on Sarah, but we picked up the needed supplies for the next few days. We drove through some beautiful mountains along side the Kenai River, and some feeder streams. We chose the Beluga RV Park in the town of Kenai. It was very cramped parking but if it had not been cold and raining it would have been some nice scenery. It was at he end of the pinkies, a species of salmon and residents were allowed so many days of net fishing, and I have never seen so many people along the banks of a river in my entire lifetime. Faith, Barbara, Marcus ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Denali August 16th 2010

This morning we break camp at Fox Run Campground, and head north about 200 miles to Denali and the Denali National Park. We found two spaces at the Denali Rainbow Village and RV Park in downtown Denali. We were backed into the rear side of the stores that lined the main drag of Denali, and were so close together you could hear the neighbors sneeze, but it was convenient to downtown shopping. Faith and Marcus went for a walk window shopping while I cooked a supper of country fried steak, rice, gravy, and green beans. Not much to do after eating seeing as it has turned rather cool and has started a light rain. Today, Monday, Faith and Marcus drove about 15 miles into Denali National Park, which is as for as you can take ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Palmer August 14th 2010

On Wednesday it was rainy and foggy when we left Tolsona Wilderness Campground, but we did manage to get some photos of Matanuska Glacier as we traveled to Fox Run Campground in Palmer, which is near Wasilla. Fox Run will be our home base for the next few days. We had a pot of homemade soup and fried cornbread for supper tonight. We watched the DVD "We Are Marshall." Thursday we decided to visit the Musk Ox Farm where we learned of their unique role in Native Alaskan Culture. The Musk Ox, which is a prehistoric ice age survivor, has an underhair beneath their very coarse, heavy, and long outer fur covering called qiviut. This underhair, qiviut, is finer than cashmere and warmer than wool. It is also pretty expensive. Today's market value is around ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska August 8th 2010

We left the glacier and found our way to the Tolsona Wilderness Campground just outside Glennallen. We saw signs of moose, but that was all. We did make friends with an arctic ground squirrel, who seemed to like crackers, and saw two rabbits in the campground. We had to drive to town to get a phone signal to call Faith and get gas for the truck. We did not partake of food at the Caribou Restaurant as steak was $21 and salmon was $18. Leta made chicken, rice, and blackeyed peas. Jack baked cornbread. The next day was laundry day again. Had to work on the RV again today, then we made a fire and Jack cooked beef vegetable soup for us to have the next couple of travel days. After dinner we watched a ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska August 8th 2010

Today we traveled on the Richardson Highway. The motorhomes were filthy by now, and Jack and Leta could not stand it a minute longer. We had to stop for them to wash them. No telling how many quarters were fed into that machine! It probably would have been cheaper to go to a truckstop for a wash. Close to Paxson, we boondocked in a pullout, where we had a beautiful view of Gulkana Glacier right through the front windshield of the RV. We had cubed steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, and corn. We watched two DVD's that night! ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska August 7th 2010

On our way to North Pole, a town that celebrates Christmas all year, we stopped by the Delta Meat Sausage Plant. We ate samples of reindeer, elk, and bison. We made our purchases and moved on to the Delta Junction, where we saw the last mile marker of the Alcan Highway. We arrived at Santaland Campground, home of the World's Tallest Santa, on Thursday. The street names are named after Santa's reindeer. Candy canes, elves, and lights were everywhere. The next day we visited Santa's reindeer and his house. Santa was there and asked us about Jasper! We bought some ornaments and attended a book signing by Martha Wagner, a homesteader from the 1950's, who was also the first female mail carrier in Alaska. On Saturday we took a 12 hour journey to the Arctic ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok August 7th 2010

We have driven extra miles the past two days. Guess we are anxious to get to Alaska as we will arrive a day earlier than planned! Tok, Alaska here we come. The last 128 miles the road from Canada was worst than a road in a third world country. The dips and numerous potholes were unavoidable so we felt as if we were on a roller coaster. Our wildlife sightings for the day were a bald eagle and a mountain lion. We had an uneventful crossing into the United States. Leta was relieved and glad to be back in the states. We checked in at the Sourdough Campground for the next three days. Jack made chili for supper. Our second day we did laundry, worked on the RV, and did some grocery shopping. Jack and ... read more

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse July 25th 2010

This morning we cover about 70 miles of the same road that we traveled yesterday again passing Muncho Lake and Liard Hot Springs. As we get started we hit some road construction, and as we come to a stop we look to our right and there are some buffalo grazing along the right of way as if the construction crew had placed them there for our enjoyment. As we travel through Watson Lake toward Whitehorse the temperature begins dropping, unofficially around 43, officially pretty dadgum cool seeing as about three weeks ago we were all in 100+ degree temperatures. The weather goes from bad to worse. We now are looking at snow capped mountains, and begins a light but very cold rain. Traveling through the Southern Lakes Region of the Yukon we cross the third ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia July 23rd 2010

This morning, after a breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and bacon we head north in our dinghy's to visit Muncho Lake, and Liard Hot Springs. We only made it a couple of miles up the road when we noticed smoke from my vehicle. Found a wide pull off, and after Shelby and I investigated found we had a transmission line that had vibrated loose. Fifteen minutes later we had the probloem repaired and were on our way again. The pictures of Muncho Lake by no means capture the full beauty of the lake. The water was the clearest most beautiful shade of green I have ever seen. Later we found out that the glaciers had ground the minerials up to a consistency of flour, and that was what caused the greenish-blue color of the lake. Liard ... read more

Heading up the road toward Lake Muncho area, and have decided to look at a campground in Toad River to stay over at a couple of days, while we visit the lake area, and Liard Springs. Turns out Toad River was an excellent choice for a stay, and we all enjoyed the campground very much. We got in some wild life viewing, had fire rings on all sites, and were surrounded by beautiful scenery. This was also the time for a hair cut, and I had my last smoke, and made a pot of Hunting Club Stew. This is an update to yesterdays blog. Barbara did an excellent job of capturing a couple of pictures of a bear, and some bison on the side of the road, particularly when you realize we were traveling somewhere ... read more

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