Page 2 of Linger Longer Lodge II Travel Blog Posts


North America » United States » Washington » Port Angeles September 13th 2013

day uhhh i dont know does it matter a long time leisel here theres a lot of hustle and bustle going on today nicole is coming tomorrow for a mail run so i thought id try my paw at the blog we had a good drive to the olympic peninsula monday got in to the elwha dam rv park best rv park by a dam site went out to dinner i stayed in the car we got up real early tuesday there was a lot of rushing around and for the first time this trip i saw the suitcases come out that usually means i stay at home alone then i saw my suitcase come out so i stayed real quiet so they wouldnt change their minds but i stayed close so they wouldnt forget me ... read more
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North America » United States » Washington » Lynden September 9th 2013

Day 72 of the Retirement trip It's hard to believe it has been a week ago today that we have left the group in Smithers, BC. Looking back, we drove 206 mls. from Stewart/Hyder to Smithers. We had drinks with Jim and Connie and made plans to see them in Arizona in November. That night the group had a farewell dinner. We went around the room telling what we liked the most or our favorite memory. I spoke for Pat and I and said I would definitely miss the Trip Log to keep track of where we were going, that all the amazing views along the way were my favorite. Finally, I added a thank you to the group for all the help they gave us "Green horns", getting us through our first big adventure. Jack ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Hyder September 9th 2013

Day 41 - Monday August 26 Skagway to Teslin, YT 160 Miles As we left Skagway we knew we were on the homestretch of the trip. We got back on Highway 2, then took Hwy 8 over to the Alcan again to Teslin. We had stayed in the same RV park on day 5 now with so many adventures behind us. This time we went over to the George Johnson Museum. He was a remarkable First Nations man who lived during the building of the Alaskan Highway. He had purchased a car even before the highway was ever built and gave taxi rides for a $1. He also was a photographer who captured the life and times of his people. That evening we played a trick on the group and joined them in our shower robes ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway September 6th 2013

Day 38 - Friday August 23 Whitehorse, YT to Skagway, AK 104 miles We turned on to the Klondike Highway headed south the views again were beautiful. We passed Emerald Lake with rainbow-colors resulting from the blue-green light waves reflecting off the white sediment on the lake bottom. The pictures do not do it justice. We also passed Carcross Desert, Bove Island in Tagish Lake, the Yukon/British Columbia border and proceeded to the Alaska border. Before reaching the border we drove the windy roads through the rocky valley of Summit Lake and reached White Pass Summit (3290 ft.). To add to the adventure it was foggy again that day and our visibility around shear cliffs was about 75 feet. We crossed the Captain William Moore Bridge a unique cantilever bridge over Moore Creek spanning a 110 ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Tok September 5th 2013

Day 35 - Tuesday August 20 Valdez to Tok 258 miles It was still rainy and foggy the day we left Valdez and headed to Tok. We had been to the same RV park when we had the group RV wash. After a long drive we had dinner and an ice-cream social with the log briefing and off to bed. Day 36 - Wednesday August 21 Tok to Kluane (Clu on ee) Lake/Destruction Bay 227 Miles Rain had previously washed out all the summer road work that had been done on this portion of the Alaskan Hwy and we were back to horrendous frost heaves and wash board roads. Our wagon master named it Bottom of the World Highway because it was just as bad as the Top of the World Highway. Just after the border ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Valdez August 30th 2013

Day 32 - Saturday, August 17 The drive from Palmer to Valdez was 260 miles filled with more amazing views. My life list has always included a land tour of Alaska and I have not been disappointed. At every turn there has been breathtaking scenery that we never tire of. Each river, lake, mountain, valley and glacier have their own unique glory. We did have some rain and low clouds, but even with that it adds to the texture and beauty. We saw the Matanuska Glacier and River, along the Richardson Highway were the Wrangell Mountains, and got a picture of the Worthington Glacier along the Thompson Pass. Around one turn was the Bridal Veil Falls on the left and the Horsetail Falls on the right. Astounding. When we arrived at the Eagle's Rest RV Park ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska August 28th 2013

Day 29 Wednesday August 14 - We carpooled first thing in the morning to the Kenai Fjords National Park to view the Exit Glacier. We went on a nature walk and guided tour lead by one of the park rangers. We enjoyed breathtaking views as we listened to the ever changing life of a glacier and how the vegetation starts after it recedes. That evening the group went on a cruise to Fox Island for dinner stoping several times to view wildlife in the Resurrection bay. Day 30 Thursday August 15 - We rode our bikes over to the library to watch the video on the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake that hit this area. It was very interesting to hear the accounts by survivors. Later we visited the Alaska SeaLife Center, the only rescue facility for ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Seward August 14th 2013

Day 28 Tuesday August 13 Homer to Seward 175 Miles We woke up to this glorious sunrise streaming into our front window, but there was a shroud of clouds covering the entire range of mountains. It was eerie to think that the mountains were hidden just behind them. Before we left, the veil was lowering and we could see the tops of the mountains for the last time on the spit. We retraced our path up to Kenai and headed east, then picked up Alaska Highway 9 at Tern Lake Junction. We pulled into the City of Seward Parks and Recreation Caravan Camping area around 2:15. We are right on the water at the Seward area of Cook Inlet. We had friends over for fresh halibut that they caught yesterday. Then took a walk down the ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Homer August 13th 2013

Day 24 - Friday August 9th Half way through the tour Anchorage to Kenai 173 miles Soon after leaving the RV park we turned onto the Seward Highway, listed in the Reader's Digest "The Most Scenic Drives in America". A two lane road winding South following the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. (See the top of the map) A railroad track just below the road followed the same path. Breathtaking views at every turn. Unfortunately it was very cloudy that day and we could not see all of the majesty, but what we saw was magnificent. We stopped at Beluga Point to enjoy the views it was very windy and a chill in the air that will stay with us for the next few days at least. At about 50 miles there was a side ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 12th 2013

Denali National Park to Anchorage 239 Miles Days 21 - 22 - 23 August 6, 7, and 8 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday We made a stop about 68 miles into the drive and we saw the top of Denali, and so did Leisel. There was a town named Houston along the way population 1340 and only a post office noted on the trip log. We got gas in Wasilla. Anyone recognize the name? It is Sarah Palin's hometown where she was mayor before becoming governor of Alaska. But, that is not where she can see Russia from. Then on to the Golden Nugget RV Park. This was an exciting stop right off the bat. Nicole and Jason have been collecting our mail since July 1st and that was the address we left for them to ship ... read more
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