One morning we woke up to visiting Bald Eagles. Continue reading Bald Eagles in Valdez
The 9-hour tour was a perfect way to discover all of what Prince William Sound has to offer – amazing glaciers, exciting wildlife and a rich history. The cruise toured the majestic waters of Prince William Sound from Valdez to Meares Glacier. There was great scenery along the way. Check out the amazing size and shapes of the icebergs. It was an overcast day with … Continue reading Glaciers, Mammals and Birds of Prince William Sound
Spending 2 weeks in the Valdez area: included a 4 day side trip on the Alaska Marine Highway, by ferry thru Prince William Sound, to Cordova; kayaking; saw a 208# Halibut catch; bicycle riding; and a great glacier and wildlife tour thru Prince William Sound to Meares Glacier. We were fortunate to see a very large calving glacier. CLICK on this link to see a … Continue reading Valdez, AK – June 23 – July 8
Bridge to Nowhere or Million Dollar Bridge. Leaving the 5th wheel parked in Valdez, we took a 3-hour ferry ride, along with the truck, to Cordova. Cordova is a small city located near the mouth of the Copper River at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. Cordova is a uniquely Alaskan community, shaped by its dramatic natural setting, … Continue reading Million Dollar Bridge, Cordova, AK – June 24 – 27
In a park of 13.2 million acres (6 times larger than Yellowstone, bigger than Switzerland, 9 of the highest 16 highest peaks in the USA, more than 150 glaciers) and one road, there is no viewing vehicle better than an airplane. Since we love airplanes, and fantastic scenery on a sunny blue-sky day, David and I seized the opportunity to flight see this park. Here … Continue reading Flightseeing Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve June 22, 2013
For approximately 30 years, (1906 – 1936) men bore tunnels deep into the earth in search of copper and the Kennicott Mine flourished. It was a town of 5,000 souls, the ultimate company town 100’s of miles from nowhere, and in the early part of the last century, when transport was by horse or walking, nowhere was really far away. The copper was not always … Continue reading Kennicott Mine, Kennicott Glacier, Root Glacier June 21-23, 2013
We will be staying 2 nights in the Kennicott Glacier Lodge in the Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Stay tuned for great photos. Continue reading Americas Largest National Park – June 21 – 23
Reindeer; MuskOx; and Caribou were all visible during our visit to LARS or Large Animal Research Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks. To the Northeast of Fairbanks is Chena Hot Springs, where we took a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs. Along the road from the Hot Springs we saw this moose taking its own soak. One evening in Fairbanks we went to the Alaska … Continue reading Musk Oxen before departing Fairbanks
Sunrise is 2:58AM and Sunset is 12:48AM. But the sky is never dark; the sun does not actually set as it rides along the horizon until it is time for it to rise again. We arrived in Fairbanks from Tok on June 11 after a relatively short drive of a little more than 3 hours or 200 miles on what seemed to be the best … Continue reading Midnight Sun, Fairbanks, AK – June 11 – 18, 2013
There are two ways to drive to Tok, Alaska from Whitehouse, Yukon. One route is north over the legendary Top of the World highway (via Dawson City, Yukon and Chicken, Alaska). This route is gravel and dirt road. Another option is the Alaskan Highway, mostly paved, many frost heaves and construction areas. After talking to many folks that traveled each route, we chose the Alaskan … Continue reading Top of the World Highway – June 8 – 9, 2013
We made it to Alaska!!! After driving nearly 2,200 miles we arrived in Tok, Alaska where the sun sets at 11:43 pm and rises again at 3:15 am. Last night we stayed in a wonderful RV park 33 miles south of Beaver Creek, Yukon. There was a community campfire (everyone off loading the firewood obtained in Canada which is not allowed in the USA). We … Continue reading Tok, Alaska – June 7, 2013
We are in Alaska!!! Skagway for one day!!! I suppose we should start from the beginning, we are staying in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. One of the popular excursions for Alaska cruise ships ported in Skagway is to travel by rail over the White Pass, and follow the Yukon Trail. Whitehorse is on the inland side of that pass. A lovely day. Some overhead clouds but … Continue reading White River Yukon Trail Railroad to Skagway, June 4, 2013
Dawson Creek is the only place I have ever cruzed down Main Street along a parade of trailers and rigs and every old geezer sitting proud like kids in the candy store. What a great kick-off to a great trip. The people really look after each other here, some guy waved us down because one corner of the spare tire holder had broken (and two … Continue reading The Alaska Highway, Stories from the road The long and winding road . . . . . .
We drove today for over 5 hours and arrived in the western part of the Yukon in a major town named Whitehorse. We are 100 miles Northwest of Skagway and 600 miles east of Fairbanks. We are considering changing our Alaskan point of entry from Skagway to Fairbanks. Our plans are to Leave Haines and Skagway to last. Stay tuned for photos of Whitehorse. Continue reading Whitehorse, Yukon – June 3 – 5
This is the first time we boon docked, meaning no water, power or sewer. We had filled our fresh water tank to 2/3 at the last RV park. However, we did not clean the tank before filling so the water did not taste good and we believed it may have had some bacteria in it. So, no water to drink. No problem, we had plenty … Continue reading Muncho Lake, BC – May 30 – June 2
We made it to Watson Lake in the Yukon yesterday. So far over 1600 miles with 600 more to the AK border. Today a 5 hour drive to Whitehorse, Yukon. No cell service and only occasional Internet. We boon docked (no power, water or sewer), yes we used the generator a few times and our fresh water tank was nearly full, on Muncho Lake BC … Continue reading Watson Lake, Yukon – June 3
Fort Nelson is at the 300 mile marker of the Alaskan Highway. We arrived here after driving 250 miles in moderate rain. 40 miles from here the rain stopped and skies cleared and temps rose from the upper 40’s to 65. The RV park is full with folks from the lower 48 going to Alaska. Diesel is the most expensive thus far at $1.50 per … Continue reading Fort Nelson – May 29
With clear skies and temperature of 65, we kayaked Charlie Lake. This was our first time out in the kayaks of the season and felt great. We were told by one of the locals that the last ice on the lake was two weeks ago, and estimated the water temp at 40. We kayaked for 6 miles along the west side of the lake. Our … Continue reading Charlie Lake – May 27 – 29.
It took a couple weeks to get to the beginning of the Alaskan Highway but we are here, mile 0. The best part is everyone we meet will be headed in the same direction, the adventures club. The roads are windy, the hills are green with a little fresh white stuff on top, and we are happy campers. Around here, driving down the Main Street … Continue reading Only a 1,000 miles to go to the Alaskan border!
Two weeks ago we left Denver for an Alaskan adventure with Camp Casa (RV). Today we arrived here which is just north of the town of 100 mile house along highway 97. Next stop is Prince George. Why Prince George, a stop at COSTCO. Continue reading Lac La Hache, BC – May 25, 2013
We crossed into Canada spending the night in Chilliwack, BC. While still set up in Anacortes WA, David went outside to check the propane level in our tanks, he saw a bulge in one of our 4 hydraulic lines which feed each of the four slide outs. A bulge would delay our trip until repaired and line replaced. Called around and most mobile RV service … Continue reading Border Crossing – May 22, 2013
We picked up the RV last Wednesday and set it up in a great RV park in Anacortes. Been running errands and stocking up on food and other things. Now we are trying to organize things better. All the repairs are done. We arrived in the area last Tuesday to review the list of repair items with Camping World. Planning on playing on Monday since … Continue reading RV set up in Anacortes, WA – May 15 – 22, 2013
We departed Denver, with a very loaded and well packed car, after what seems like a very short two month stay. Amazing but it all fit. First stop is Cody, Wyoming just east of Yellowstone National Park. We arrived at 6pm and enroute and 80 miles from Cody we stopped at Thermopolis State Park to soak in Hot Springs. The next 80 miles was very … Continue reading Departed Denver, May 11, 2013