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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 20th 2008

Needless to say, we slept-in this morning after a late night last night. Dave was “under the weather” and did not want to do much of anything, but it was such a beautiful day, sunny with no clouds in the sky, and I wanted to be outside. We had planned on doing the hike up to Lower Dewey Lake, which is a short but steep hike. Instead after lunch we drove downtown and treated ourselves to ice cream cones and drove to the harbor to eat them. Then we headed up the Dyea Road to the scenic overlook of Skagway and then to Smuggler’s Cove. While Dave “rested his eyes” in the car, I took some nice nature pictures along the beach. Usually there are seals and eagles around, but I did not see any today ... read more
A beautiful day in Skagway
Only 1 large cruise ship in on Friday
A gull of some sort perhaps?

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 19th 2008

A cloudy day, but no rain. Not bad for a day with a 70% chance of showers. A hike this morning up to the Gold Rush Cemetery and Reid Falls, yielded a surprise. As we were approaching the cemetery on the gravel road, a black bear suddenly appeared and stood looking at us. We were a good distance away and so I told Dave that we needed to turn around and go the other way. He had not seen the bear yet, but knew that something must be wrong. That’s when he looked straight ahead of us and the two of them just stared at each other, and then the bear turned to the side and walked away. He climbed over the railroad tracks and swam across the Skagway River. What a relief! It’s a little ... read more
Bear swimming across river
Soapy Smith
Carolyn at Reid Falls

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 18th 2008

Yesterday’s sun and warmth has been replaced today with a cold rain. We decided that we would drive over to Dyea (pronounced Die E). The ride to Dyea is on a twisting gravel road which is very well maintained and very scenic. Dyea was and actually still is the starting point for the Chilkoot Trail which took the stampeders to the Yukon Gold Rush. There are famous photos of the Chilkoot Trail, which shows hundreds of men, tied together, climbing a very steep mountain with heavy packs on their backs. Because men were showing up in Dawson City with no supplies, there was a famine there. The Canadian Government decided that each prospector needed a ton of supplies before they could enter Canada. The men needed to lug that ton of supplies up this mountain in ... read more
Road to Dyea
This used to be a warehouse in Dyea
What used to be the town of Dyea

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway June 17th 2008

Leaving Whitehorse and the Alaska Highway behind, for the last time this trip, we traveled down Alaska Route 2, the South Klondike Highway toward Skagway. This drive is one of the most scenic drives in North America. The road follows lakes and streams as it winds through valleys and over the mountains. Emerald Lake is just that, a lake that looks like it is emerald green. It glistened today in the sunshine as we stopped to marvel at it’s wonder. Soon we came to “The Smallest Desert in the World”, the Carcross Desert. The area was once covered by a glacial lake. When the glacier retreated, the sand that was left behind is being constantly blown around by the winds off of Lake Bennett, and nothing will grow in it. Next stop was in the small ... read more
Bove Island
South Klondike Highway
Carcross on Lake Bennett

North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse June 16th 2008

Haines Junction has a monument which has all of the animals you will find in the region on it. There is also a Quonset Hut which is a church. As a typical tourist a took a few pictures as we were out for our morning walk. Leaving Haines Junction, we are headed for Whitehorse. As we traveled along the Alaska Highway today, a coyote was grazing on the side of the highway and was very curious of me as I snapped a few pictures. In Whitehorse, we were able to get the van serviced, for the second time in 3 weeks. We have put on another 4,000 miles since we last passed through here. The service man tried to charge me $63 for an oil change. I told him I was in 3 weeks earlier and ... read more
Dave walking in Haines Junction
Mountains from Haines Junction Center

North America » Canada » Yukon June 15th 2008

Three days of sunshine, life is good. Heading out of Tok on the Alaska Highway proved very challenging. The road was in deplorable condition with dozens of gravel sections in the first 90 miles in the US. The Canadian side was worse between Beaver Creek and Haines Junction. There were red flags every few hundred feet and you needed to slow way down for all the dips and bumps in the road. We passed a motor home which had been towing a Jeep Wagon. I say “had” because they were now separated, with the front end of the jeep gone and the tireless front axle, which had been pushed up into the driver’s compartment, was now buried in the gravel on the side of the road. Dave has been talking with numerous campers who have had ... read more
Far off mountains
Trumpeter Swan Family
Dave fixing lunch at scenic overlook

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok June 14th 2008

Happy Days are here again - The skies above are clear again. What a great and glorious day. The sun is shining, it’s in the 70’s and we have no place to go and nothing to do. Woo-Hoo! We slept-in, did laundry, walked the bike trail for a couple of miles, Dave started reading a book and I caught up on emails and blogs. In the afternoon, we visited the visitor’s center and some shops and then we went to Fast Eddy’s and had coffee and dessert. Dave had the great Forest Pie with berries, apple and rhubarb with vanilla ice cream on top and I had the Chocolate Rockslide, a brownie with the ice cream and chocolate syrup all over it. Boy were we bad and boy was it good! Stopping at the local NAPA ... read more
Walking along the bike path
Yellow Daisies

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok June 13th 2008

Feels like summer, as we woke up to blue skies and the sun shining brightly. I was really daring and decided to wear Capri pants today for the second time in a month. Dave actually took off his flannel shirt. We must be Alaskasized because we were really warm with the temperature at 50 degrees as we started our morning. Good-bye Glennallen. Traveling out on the Tok-cutoff, we had excellent views of the Wrangell Mountains to our south in the morning and then the Mentasta Mountains to our south in the afternoon and the Alaska Range to our north. Half way to Tok, we stopped at Midway Service, where Dave went in for a coffee to go and I tried getting online for their free wi-fi. After 30 minutes and not being able to get online, ... read more
Wrangell Mountains
Wrangell Mountains in background
Tee Pee in Gakona

North America » United States » Alaska » Wrangell June 12th 2008

Leaving Palmer, hopefully for the last time, we once again headed east on the Glenn Highway. This road has become very familiar to us this week. The clouds hung low all morning and we had no views at all of this beautiful area and would never have known of it’s beauty, had we not passed through here before and gotten to see the incredible views. Kennicott Mine, McCarthy and the Wrangell/St. Elias National Park and Preserve are on the menu today. We are doing a lot of back-tracking, as the road to this area is back down toward Valdez. The gray morning turned into blue skies and sunshine in the afternoon. What a lovely day it turned out to be. We took the Edgerton Highway, a paved road, toward Chitina (pronounced Chit-na) and had great views ... read more
Begining of McCarthy Dirt Road
Bridge over Copper River
Dip-Net fishing on the Copper River in Chitina

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 11th 2008

It feels like home here at the Homestead RV Park where we just spent our third night. Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t spend a week waiting for a new radiator. Just before 10 am, we received a call from Sarita at Colonial Honda stating that the radiator had arrived and to come right down and they would install it as soon as possible. Thirty-eight mile drive to Anchorage and 3 hours later, with a new radiator installed under warranty, we headed back to Homestead for the night and will resume our journey tomorrow. (Again we can’t stress enough the wonderful service we received from Colonial Honda in Anchorage. It is very difficult being broken down on the road, and even more so in ... read more

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