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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 28th 2019

You may well have been wondering why it has been so long since my last post; alternatively of course, you may well have been relieved to have had some respite from the trials and tribulations of the Famous Five. Well, the fact is, we have been aboard our cruise ship for the last 8 days and even with the ship's 'super value', 'special offer', 'one time only', 'bargain basement price' for a week's access to the Wifi, it would still have rivalled the amount that America paid Russia to purchase Alaska way back in 1867 - for those that are interested, America paid $7.2million! In fact, we even thought about just paying for the Wifi for the last day on ship (when we were at sea all day), but at $55 per day, PER DEVICE (!), ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 26th 2019

After yesterday's fun and games, we all managed to sleep remarkably soundly and were pretty well rested for our longish drive to Denali National Park today. Our hotel, the 'Towneplace Suites by Marriott' was unusual (for an American hotel) in providing a 'free' breakfast and we all met at eight to refuel before our trip. We checked out, left our broken suitcase with reception for them to chuck in their dumpster(!) and loaded up our new vehicle, a Toyota Sienna people carrier, which is just about big enough for the five of us and all our baggage! We are off to Denali for a couple days and will then be back to Anchorage for a proper look around where we will be staying at the Hilton Anchorage for a further couple of nights. Yesterday evening we ... read more
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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage June 21st 2019

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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 11th 2018

The drive from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood AK to Kenai River Lodge in Soldatna AK was slightly over two hours, which gave us time to stop at the Soldotna Visitor Information Center. The visitor center has a wealth of information, had answers to all of my questions and has a number of incredible animal mounts including a World Record King Salmon – 97 pounds, 4 ounces and 58 ½ inches long – caught on May 17, 1985 on the Kenai River over which our room window looks. The motel is unique in that it owns the riverfront property and restricts fishing there to motel guests. We were able to watch several successful fisherpersons (both on the motel property and the public park across the river) land what appeared to be nice-sized keepers. Other features of the ... read more
Incredible Works of Art
A Fully Operational Carousel with Stationary Animals
At 11,069 Feet, Mount Spurr Is the Highest Volcano in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage September 2nd 2018

Thursday Aug 30 Today we were able to have a leisurely breakfast provided by our hotel before we slowly made our way to the airport to turn in our rental car. We had wanted to make a complaint about the condition of our vehicle when we picked it up, but will have to do that via email. This is the story: when we picked up the SUV at the airport, we had not noticed the large nail in one of the tires, as well as a small bulge in the side wall, because the airport garage is quite dark. We noticed this later in the day, and had to wait to replace the tire until we got to Fairbanks, at Enterprise’s cost, which took several hours out of our day. But that wasn’t really the issue. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage April 26th 2018

A second red eye flight from awaii landed me in Achorage Alaska at 7am. Groggy as hell I made my way to my extremely modest hotel down near the local soup kitchen where I checked in and crashed for a few hours of real sleep. I woke, wandered around the snowy, 'spring' time town, picking up a restorative grilled cheese ruben and found the bike shop that would really make Anchorage special for me. It was run by a great guy called Pete who told me all the local points of interest (ok I mean bars) and rented me a bike. Not just any old thing but a bike with studded tires and fat wheels specially designed to ride on snow and ice. I was skeptical but headed off on the Tony Knowles Coastal trail - ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage March 13th 2018

I head home tomorrow evening, so this is my last full day here. I had thought I'd venture out today on a last adventure, but after some road experiences on the past two days, I have reconsidered going very far from the city. As I said in an earlier post, the roads in the city tend to be navigable, but snowy and icy. When venturing farther from Anchorage, either north of the city or south and west toward the mountains, the road conditions can deteriorate quickly if you're in a rental car not really equipped for rougher conditions. Driving around here has been a treat, because I have gotten to see some vistas that I would have missed just being at the hotel. The mountains, while certainly always present, just appear suddenly when I don't necessarily ... read more
Yum! Biscuits Soft as a Cloud!
Welcome Furry Friends!

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage March 12th 2018

The Comms Room is starting to feel like home. The photo here is of the wall showing of the checkpoints and their status, open or closed, and how to communicate with them (sat phone, internet, etc.). We are notified as soon as a checkpoint is open and staffed, and waiting for competitors, and later when all personnel have left and the checkpoint is closed. As the back of the pack straggles out behind the leaders of the field, the entire race can be strung across several hundred miles. Occasionally teams very far back would be "encouraged" to move along or scratch, especially if they are the only team still there, and have been resting for quite some time. I guess that's the informal dog sled racing version of sailing's "time limit expired," which disqualifies racers who ... read more
Darwin Prospects
Frozen Portage Lake
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage March 11th 2018

This race is always full of unexpected events. Due to heavy snow, storms, and high winds, one of the checkpoints has closed before it opened, since the planes have not been able to fly in the checkpoint supplies and mushers' drop bags. As you can see on the map, the trail goes mostly west until it gets to Grayling on the Yukon River, where it heads up the frozen river to Kaltag before heading west again. That stretch is about 125 miles long, with the Eagle Island checkpoint about in the middle. Eagle Island is the checkpoint that closed, meaning that all mushers had to pick up all their supplies for a leg that will be twice as long as they planned. The change was announced late enough that some of the teams in the lead ... read more
Denise's dog
Another of Denise's dogs
Frozen Falls




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