Alaska 2008 travel blog

At the pub in Haines

14% grade at Chilkat State Park--Haines, AK

People Watching for the Bore Tide

People After the Bore Tide (Didn't Happen)

Ski Lodge--Girdwood, AK (July 5!)

Hatcher's Pass (See the "U" shaped valley?)

Gold!, That is Gold! (See it right there, look really closely)

Linda in Hatcher's Pass

Mt. McKinley (view from Hather's Pass)

View on Glenn Higway on the way to Anchorage

View 2 Glenn Highway


Finally, we are at a library with internet.

In a nutshell, we have been spending more time seeing Alaska than writing about it. From Tok, we traveled to Valdez. Along the way we spent a day exploring the road into Wrangell-St.Elias National Park. We were informed that it is the largest national park, four times the size of Yellowstone. We tried our best to make the drive to McCarthey, but the road conditions were too rough for the truck and camper. We enjoyed our day going as far as we could. At Valdez, we did not quite know what to expect. We had not heard much about it other than the pipeline and oil terminal. We found the sceney to be outstanding, but not really much for us to do. Trails either went straight up, or long distances and then you turn around and come back. We would have stayed a little longer, but the fuel system on the Dodge was playing up.

Jim called the Dodge service in Anchorage. The service manager wanted to avoid stranding us over the 4th of July, so he made a strong appeal to get in for service right away or wait until after the 4th. So we pulled out the stops and made it from Valdez to Anchorage in one day.

In Anchorage, we met up with our friends that we met in England. Their daughter's family lives in Eagle Creek (Anchorage suburb). Our truck was at the Dodge service for two days and we had a rental car. With our friends, we explored Hatcher Valley, the Cultural Center, the Heritage Museum, some of the tourist shops, and then the Moose's Tooth (Pizza Pub).

We stopped at Wally World to get supplies before heading south to the Kenai Peninsula. Fuel was $4.99/gal (diesel). That may be the last time we see less than $5?

Continuing our travel, we chose to tour the Kenai for the next couple of weeks before heading north to Denali/Fairbanks. We are starting to think we will run out of time.

For two nights we are at Bird Point Overflow State Park. The camphosts are friends we met in Livingston a few years ago. They came to Alaska and stayed. We have had a great time catching up with friends

In the next couple of weeks, we will be seeing more friends and it sure adds to the enjoyment.

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