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North America » United States » Utah » Salt Lake City August 27th 2010

This morning we caught a free shuttle from the KOA to Temple Square. The shuttle is operated by the church, and volunteers drive the shuttle as service to the church and community. In the summer of 1847 Brigham Young led 147 Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley, and proclaimed it to be the right place to settle. The first of 10,000 Mormons (a nickname for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) to seek refuge from persecution, and now comprise 40 percent of the city's population. In 1890 the practice of polygamy was ended, and in 1892 LDS temple was completed. The shuttle driver informed us that their were church members that would take us on a free tour of Temple Square and the buildings if we were interested. We accepted the tour ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » La Grande August 26th 2010

After a nice rest at Riverbend RV Park we stuck out for La Grande, Or. traveling through the Methow Valley passing many orchards, more creeks and lakes. Stopped at a pull off for a view of Chief Joseph Dam, then traveled south by Dry Falls, Lenore Lake, and several area's named ______ Coulee. Had some pretty good climbs of better than 4000 ft. and Shelby had some trouble making some of the climbs, so we stopped at Wal-Mart in Moses Lake for him to buy an air filter to see if that will help. On to Flying J in La Grande, Or. Today we travel from Oregon through Idaho into Nevada, to spend the night in Wells, Nv., you guessed it at a Flying J Had both RV's washed before leaving this morning. This time ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Winthrop August 26th 2010

Got up the earliest that we have the entire trip due to Leta being so anxious to cross the border into the lower 48. Saw a fox, no picture, too fast for photographer. Frasier Canyon, no picture, it wasn't moving, don't know what happened to photographer. Followed the Thompson River for a while, then the Nicola River. Saw many lakes, streams,livestock. Had to go through agricultural inspection crossing to lower 48, but was nothing to what Leta and Shelby had to do on the way from lower 48 into Alberta, Canada on the way up. We all had to stop to fuel up immediately after crossing the border because we tried to spend as little money in Canada as possible. I think we all agreed we did not lose anything in Canada, and if we ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Osoyoos August 26th 2010

On previous blog Day 46, I talked about our anniversary, but I forgot to say that the day of fishing in Valdez was probably the best day of my Alaska adventure. If I had to choose one place that we visited to return to it would be Valdez. Monday, we all got up early to prepare for our trip back to the lower 48. I pressure washed the front of the RV to remove some of the bugs, and we started the first leg to the Canadian border. It is only 90 miles, but took 2 hrs. due to bad roads and stops for construction. At one wait for a pilot car to lead us through I took a short nap. This time we all crossed the border without delay back into Yukon Territory. We ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez August 24th 2010

After another shopping spree at Wal-Mart in Wasilla, the four of us set out for Glennallen, Ak. From there we part ways for a couple of days. Leta and Shelby will continue east to Tok, and Barbara and I will turn south for Valdez, Ak. I wanted to do some salmon fishing and Shelby decided he was not that interested, plus Leta had a date with a chain-saw carver to make her a bear. Barbara and I stayed at the Bear Paw Campground directly at the mouth of the small boat harbor, and Lowes River. It was one of the nicest and most reasonably priced campgrounds in Alaska. I went to town and booked a Silver Salmon fishing for the next day. Heard they were about 12 miles out where Port of Valdez joins Prince ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Homer August 24th 2010

Shelby feeling much better, so we all decided to go to Homer for our halibut fishing trip. We traveled again along the Kenai Lake, and Kenai River . Many mountains surround Homer which is touted to be the capitol of halibut fishin. We are boondocking at Homer Spit camping area. As soon as we were set up Shelby and I started the search for the type of fishing trip we were interested in taking. About noon we headed for the docks to catch the boat for our half-day fishing trip. We both cought the 2 fish limit and ended up with about 50 lbs of halibut filets. The ladies went shopping in town and rode around sight seeing, but all agreed anything they were interested in would be a better deal at Wal-Mart. They saw ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 24th 2010

Shelby finally went to the emergency room and the doctor prescribed some antibiotics and wanted him to stay in the area for a couple of days. He and Leta wanted us to go ahead with our plans of going to Seward today, so we pulled out early for Stoney Creek RV Park just a couple of miles north of town. After getting set up we walked down to the creek, and had a couple of eagles fly around the campground. of course we left the camera in the RV. Decided to eat out tonight, and the campground suggested Thorn's Bar and Grill for the best fried halibut in the area. Turns out they were right and we all had a very nice meal. We had all the makings for smores except dry wood. It was ... read more

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

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