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North America » United States » Alaska » Alaskan Highway August 3rd 2013

So, jetzt bin ich wieder bei heute: Nicht viel zu sagen: Delta ist ein Ort, den man kaum bemerkt, nur dass halt etwas mehr Autowracks rumstehen - daran erkennt man eine Stadt. Ansonsten zieht sich alles ewig lang der einen Strasse entlang. Es gab im Motel kein Fruehstueck, also fuhren wir erst mal 160 km bis Tok, dort Fruehstueck. Dann nach N abgebogen, nach Chicken. Dies ist eine ehemalige Goldgraeberstadt, im Sommer hat sie die riesige Menge von etwa 30 E, im Winter nur 15. Es steht noch Maschinenzeugs rum aus der Goldabbauzeit, und in den Fluessen der Umgebung sitzten Maenner mit kleinen Wannen und sowas, um doch noch ihr Glueck zu machen. Chicken ist der einzige Platz auf einer Strecke von 200 Meilen (360 km), wo etwas los ist (jedenfalls im Sommer). Die Strasse wurde ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Alaskan Highway August 23rd 2011

I hope everyone enjoys joiningon our Adventure in Alaska. Getting all of our papers together today, and we are all zipped up and ready to go!!!... read more

July 11, 2011 – TESLIN, YK TO SKAGWAY, AK “ALASKA ISN’T JUST A PLACE YOU VISIT, IT’S A FEELING YOU EXPERIENCE, AND REMEMBER FOR A LIFETIME.” This was one of the most beautiful days on our trip thus far. The scenery was so dramatic words cannot do it justice and the camera just cannot capture the scope of its majesty. Once again we were blessed with beautiful weather – warm and sunny with clear skies, so we were able to see all the mountains along the way. Driving by the lakes the water was not only an interesting green colour from glacier water – but also still enough to capture some lovely reflections as well. Coming down into Skagway the highway has a long 9% grade for 11 miles. Halfway down we cross into Alaska and ... read more
2011-07-11 Totem Poles at George Johnson Museum
2011-07-11 Native canoe and Teslin Lake
2011-07-11 Beauty along Hwy. 2 to Skagway

We arrived in Haines on the Ferry from Juneau and headed up the Haines Highway to Haines Junction where the Alaskan Highway (Alcan) begins. We had been warned that the road was not very good through most of the Yukon. Don says: "This was the worst road on the earth." We had to drive 30 mph and often much slower. There were stretches where the highway is narrow and curvy, where it lacks center lines and ample shoulders. And then there were GIANT POTHOLES. We had to constantly watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks where the pavement has failed or is under repair. Sometimes the gravel gaps are marked with little, orange flags; sometimes they aren’t. And that asphalt paving can ripple like a roller coaster track in places where “frost heaves” are caused by seasonal ... read more
Dezadeash Lake
Alcan Highway

North America » United States » Alaska » Alaskan Highway January 10th 2011

Americans like to chat. It is not uncommon for them to strike up conversations with complete strangers. In Britain or Australasia you would be considered somewhat abnormal to behave this way. I like it. I suppose the theory goes that if you're still conversing after 5 or 10 minutes then there is a mutual agreement that neither of you are crazy?! Or possibly that both of you are crazy in which case you'll be lifelong buddies. Americans love to socialize. It is an endearing and largely inherent American character trait in the Yankee makeup. The problem I have with Americans abroad, and for that matter any nationality who speak English as a first language, is their general expectation of foreigners to automatically speak and understand English regardless of where they are in the world. Yes, it ... read more

Waiting on the ferry dock in Petersburg was a slim young woman and two little girls. We identified ourselves, hoisted our bags into her SUV and drove to the Nordic house B&B ( try to google them). Oh, it is so sweet! Beautifully decorated, with an enormous kitchen stocked with anything you might desire for breakfast. On the table was a plate full of homemade chocolate chip cookies( much better than the Doubletree Hotel), and a note book with all sorts of info about the town complete with menus from several restaurants. There was a comfy living room with two sofas and a well stocked library. The dining room table and the sofas looked out of large picture windows over a harbor. There are two telescopes for closer viewing of the eagles that soar all around. ... read more

Slept late today - - didn’t get up until 6:15 !!! We broke camp and got in line at the ferry loading parking lot at about 10:15. They finally started loading the ship about 11:15 - - we were almost the last two rigs on - - the wait listed people were after us, about 4 of them. Ship departed at 1:15 (an hour late). It was an hour of delightful scenery down to Haines. Since we were almost the last on, we were almost the first off. They crew were very good at giving driving instructions to back us to the point where we could drive straight out. Pretty drive up the Haines Hwy to Haines Junction. The only eagle we saw for sure was at Skagway while waiting to load onto the ferry. ... read more
Ferry Matanuska
The vehicle waiting line
Eagle in flight at Skagway

Je pars d'Anchorage avec ma Beetle fraichement louee en direction de portage Glacier. Quand je consultais mon guide de voyage et qu'il parlait de "scenic drive" en direction de la Peninsule du Kenai, j'avais du mal a imaginer ce que ca voulait dire. Je comprend des que je sors d'Anchorage. La vue est magnifique; des montagnes a perte de vue, la mer et des lacs... C'est une route en plein milieu de la nature. Je m'arrete a plusieurs reprise pour admirer le panorama et croise un groupe de Texan tous etonnes de me voir faire ce voyage en solo. Ils me prennent en photo et repartent dans leur gros pick up. En arrivant a portage lake, on m'apprend a l'office de tourisme que le trail que je voulais faire est encore trop enneige et que sur ... read more
Turnagain arm
Ma voiture !
Portage Lake

On June 28, we finally reached the Alaska border crossing only to see the height clearance was marked 13 feet—at least 6 inches too short! What were we to do? The high-clearance RV lane was closed for construction. The commercial/truck lane (which had no canopy) was blocked by cones from the lane we occupied. A sign clearly stated that travelers should NOT get out of their vehicles unless instructed to do so by a Border Patrol officer. So, of course, Bill (driving the coach in front of ours) got out of his vehicle to investigate and went right into the building. By this time, we were blocking at least a dozen vehicles behind us. The officer finally told him the height clearance was actually 13 feet 6 inches and we should proceed. So, we sneaked under ... read more

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