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Aug 15, 2011 - Pine Lake, Yukon

Our original plan had us moving only about 30 miles north to Kathleen Lake, the only developed campground in the Kluane National Park. However, the camp sites didn't have a view of the lake, there were irritating bugs, it cost more, AND the firewood was $8.50! It didn't take much discussion to decide to leave. We returned to Haines Junction and dumped and took on freshwater. Then, we drove east on the Alcan to Pine Lake Provincial Park. We were true pioneers. We built our best fire of the trip using the free firewood. We baked sweet...

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Alaska Bound

Aug 13, 2011 - Haines Junction, YT

Today is the day we had been dreading – our drive along the rough stretch of the Alaska Highway passing the foreboding sounding “Destruction Bay.” We left Tok with good weather and hoped it would last for the long drive we had ahead of us. Our first stop was the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge Center because it looked like a nice stop and we wanted to see what was there. They had several displays including a cache (a small wooden cabin on stilts) where the natives stored their food and supplies for the winter. Once inside the visitor center, I...

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Alaska

Jul 31, 2011 - Haines Junction YT, Canada

We left Beaver Creek at about 8:00am, and traveled to Haines Junction, Yukon. We had traveled this part of the AlCan before and it was the worst part of the trip. We have spoken about frost heaves, gravel breaks, and bumps before, but this is really the worst stretch. The key word is "SLOW" and you will not have too many problems. We saw some Eagles and a pair of Trumpeter Swans along the way. We had lunch by a lake, and Joanne cooked us a brat, with chips, milk and a cookie for dessert! :>) We got to camp about 2:00pm, setup and then...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Fast travel day

Wednesday: On the road for another 212 miles to Haines Jct aand Whitehorse. We only had about 25+ miles of the wavy road left to go. Finally got on the good portion and was able to go the speed limit the rest of the way. We stopped and took pictures of the 2 Dall sheep that we saw alongside of the road. In Whitehorse we pulled into Hi Country RV Park and set up. Very nice park. Then off to Walmart and a grocery store to restock.

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Jul 26, 2011 - Back in Canada

We had our sourdough pancakes and reindeer sausage breakfast before heading out into the rain. Stopped at a small RV repair shop and had the oil changed and everything looked at for the trip back home, he also repaired the low point drain I knocked off the 2nd or 3rd day in Nebraska. It was still raining when we left Tok and most of the way to the Canadian border. The Canadians wanted to look at my shotguns and liquor, a woman border agent tried to unload my Remington 1100 as a pump, after I told her how she still almost got her fingers in...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada

Got to bed last night around 9 or 10...or at least Dave did...Ann's a nightowl... 1:30 People with a crying kid came to room next door. Listened to that until the kid calmed down. Ann was still up and on the computer. 2:45AM Still awake...Ann still up...says she can't get to sleep. Doesn't like bed. Will be glad to get back in camper. Thought I'd never hear that!!! 3 AM OK...lets shower and get outta here!!! 4:10AM Checked out of hotel. 4:30 Coffee and McMuffins in hand from the drive thru and we're on our way south... 8:10AM At Tok RV Park...

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Jun 18, 2011 - A Major Road Trip

Our three days in Skagway passed by quickly, and so the time has come to drive north into the Yukon. We had filled the car with gas the night before to the tune of $4.65/gal. There is only one gas station in the whole town of Skagway, so it can pretty much charge whatever it wants. Before we left town we stopped to buy stamps and take a few more photos of town, but by 10:00 we were driving up the Yukon Highway headed into Canada. The scenery was incredible with beautiful views around every corner. Arch and I commented that we thought it...

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Alaska - June 2011

May 23, 2011 - 6th entry

The weather on the way from Watson Lake to Teslin was very strange, at times it was raining on one side of the road and sunny on the other. Watching for wildlife on the road was a must, Bison, Caribou and Moose don’t often move for vehicles on the road. Most of the vehicles have moose guards on the front of them. The scenery on the way to Teslin was even more beautiful than we have seen yet. The River under the Teslin Bridge was frozen solid. We stayed in a campground just on the other side of the bridge. The campground was not open because...

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Sep 11, 2010 - Day 59 - Tok, AK to Haines Junction, YT

Today we traveled from Tok, AK east into Yukon Territory to the Kluane RV Kampground in Haines Junction, YT. This will probably be the longest day that Eddi has to drive, about 6.2 hours. When we leave there tomorrow, most of the driving legs will only be about 4 hours, since she is not that used to driving the coach. This leg of the trip is also the worst as far as road conditions go. There is a lot of frost heave and damaged road between the Canadian Border and Destruction Bay. The campground that we stayed at on the way to Alaska,...

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Cope's Trek

Sep 10, 2010 - Travel Day To Haines Junction

I know I have started many of these blogs with "Oh, what a day". But, believe me this has really been one of those days. We traveled from Tok, crossed the Border back into Canada, to Haines Junction, Yukon Territory for a total of 292 miles. Doesn't sound like that many miles, but it seemed like 500. These roads are unbelievable. We really think they have gotten worse since we traveled them the first time. We got our RV spot in the park and as soon as Tommy got the gas turned on, I began preparing dinner. We ate and absolutely collapsed. I...

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Sep 10, 2010 - Beauty and the Heaves

Date: September 10, 2010 Tonight’s Location: Haines Junction, AK Mileage: End - 52878 Start - 52585 Total Miles for the day: 293 Weather: partly sunny, a few periods of drizzle, with sun breaking through making rainbows Temperature: start 47º High 51º Wildlife count: wild horses, trumpeter swans, ducks, camp-robber jay, sandpiper, Brant (goose), pine squirrel, Arctic ground squirrel We had a relaxing start to this day, which we knew would be the most difficult day on the Alcan Highway for frost heaves. We took extra time to prepare for the...

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Aug 10, 2010 - Haines Junction

It was dry overnight and partly sunny, 60 degrees in the morning. After three construction delays, we crossed the border into Canada and twenty miles later, cleared customs. We had lunch in Beaver Creek, at Buckshot Betty’s, where we sat with another retired Air Force couple from Omaha. (We miss the original “Omahas.”) Then it was the “joys” of the Alcan to Destruction Bay; when we stopped, we found that the couch had actually moved away from the wall; we had thought it was fixed in place. Drove around Kluane Lake and mountains –...

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