2009 Alaska travel blog

McChord AFB Holiday Park FamCamp - Site A-8

What I was trying to shoot through to get the satellite -...

Christmas Tree Farm in the Seven Falls State Park area

Another Christmas Tree fram

Pink and White Dogwoods in full bloom

American Bison and their new calves

These calves were born in January

A Black Bear so black it's almost blue

A Lynx

An Otter taking it easy

Bighorned Sheep

Golden Eagle

Great Horned Owls

Snowy Owl

Trumpeter Swan - they have two pair of these and both are...

A Coyote

We arrived here in Tacoma after an "on and off" rainy drive. We had to get gas for the mothership before leaving Oregon and thought it was high at 2.29 but find it is at least 3.39 here in Washington. Oh well, I guess it is to get us used to paying more as we get ready to enter Canada and Alaska where it will be much higher. They did have room for us at the McChord AFB FamCamp so we will be staying there until Sunday when we depart for our last stop in the lower 48 at Ferndale, WA. The sites here are small but have full hook-ups. Cell service is good but there are too many 100+ foot trees all around us to get the satellite. Our stay here will allow us to get everything ready for entry into Canada next Tuesday, stocking up on food and a little maintenance on both vehicles.

Friday we went to a wildlife park called Northwest Trek just south of Tacoma. It is similar to the San Diego Wild Animal Park as it has a tram taking you around a 435 acre free-roaming area containing Bison, Caribou, Moose, Roosevelt Elk, Whitetail Deer, Black-tail Deer, Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, Trumpet Swans, and several other wild fowl. There is also a walking tour containing other species specific to the Northwest like Grizzlies, Black Bears, Wolves, Coyote, Red Fox, Bobcats, Lynx, Cougars, Otters, Beavers, Raccoons, Badgers, Wolverines, Porcupines and yes, even a Skunk. They also had Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Snowy Owls, Barn Owls and Northern Spotted Owls. The whole park covered 723 acres which allowed a great habitat for each of the animals that was exactly the same as they would have in the wild. I took a lot of pictures but the low light caused a great many to be unfocused.

Saturday we stayed around camp and worked on the mothership and Libby, doing the little things we have let go during all of the rainy and windy days the last month. On to our last stop before Canada tomorrow.

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