Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog

Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip

Herbert travel blog
Welcome to my Alaska RV trip journal.

After approximately 8 months of research and planning I will be starting my trip to Alaska in my RV on May 31, 2012. I started out by reading other trip journals online. I then made a list of places and things I wanted to do and see. After that I used Microsoft Streets and Trips to plan my route. My trip will last approximately 90 days.

In preparation for the trip I ensured all maintenance for my RV and tow vehicle were completed and up to date. After reading and hearing about individuals whose tow vehicle suffered paint and window chips I searched and found Coastline Cover Company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and purchased a tow vehicle cover that covers the front end, up over the hood, and to the top of the windshield. Hopefully this will eliminate any damage to my tow vehicle.

I made reminder cards of the RV plus tow vehicle's height, width, length, and weight in US and metric measurements; mph/kph conversions; distance in miles and kilometers; gas prices in liters and gallons; celsius to fahreneit conversions, and money conversion (US/Canadian). I put all this along with my printed route and daily activities into a 3-ring binder for ready reference to use in conjunction to my "The MilePost 2012."

Many individuals purchase the 2 for 1 coupon saver book for Alaska; however, I will be traveling by myself and my small dog so that would not work for me. I found that many of the things I want to do offer discounts for early booking so I reserved them and almost all my campsites in advance to ensure I would be where I needed to be on certain dates. Where possible, I chose campsites that offered dog walking while I would be away for the day like the 13 1/2 hour Denali Back Country tour, ferry boat day trip from Haines to Juneau, Brooks Falls in Katmai NP for bear viewing, and the White Pass & Yukon Skagway-Carcross Round Trip Rail/Bus Combo trip. I will have to find a kennel in Fairbanks for my four-day trip on the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay, then flying to Barrow and a flight back to Fairbanks.

I will be traveling in a 2005 Alfa See Ya motorhome towing a 2009 Saturn Vue.

Click on the date to follow along.....

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
77 
 
 
Stewart, BC
 
78 
 
 
Hyder, Alaska
 
79 
 
 
Hyder
 
80 
 
 
Houston, British Columbia
 
81 
 
 
McLeese Lake, British...
 
82 
 
 
Rosedale, British...
 
83 
 
 
Tillamook, Oregon
 
84 
 
 
Salem, Oregon
 
85 
 
 
Sutherlin, Oregon
 
86 
 
 
Oakland, Oregon
 
87 
 
 
Salem, Oregon
 
88 
 
 
Salem
 
89 
 
 
Weed, CA
 
90 
 
 
San Jose, CA
 
91 
 
 
March ARB, Moreno Valley,...
 
92 
 
 
Twentynine Palms, CA
 
93 
 
 
Twentynine Palms
 
94 
 
 
Trip Summary
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