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Dec 7, 2018 - Earthquake!!

Earthquake!! (Note: Not a normal sort of Travel Journal entry, but then this was an unusual event and a lot of folks have been asking Julie and I about it so…here is a special earthquake edition of “Bob and Julie Head South”) On Friday, November 30 at about 8:30AM AST, we experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Anchorage. It was our biggest earthquake since the big one in 1964. It has now been a week and about 3,000 aftershocks (not a typo), since the original event. We were very lucky that no one was injured and that the damage, at...

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Nov 12, 2018 - Glen Haven to Anchorage, AK

Glen Haven, CO to Anchorage, AK 11-12-18 We got up early and did our final packing and prep for the all day air travel adventure ahead. Kate drove us into Estes Park so we could catch the shuttle to Denver International Airport. We got a great breakfast at Notch Top Restaurant then were delivered to the Visitor Center by 9:30AM. We said our goodbyes to Kate with the knowledge we would be seeing her in about a month as she will be coming to Anchorage for the holidays. Shuttle rides into DIA take 1.5 hours and can be memorable in themselves....

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Oct 5, 2018 - Summer of 2018 in Anchorage

Summer of 2018 Had a very good summer in Anchorage, Alaska this year. The weather was mostly good and September was one for the record books. It’s definitely fall now, time to put the RV to bed, winterize the cabin, and make plans to head south again. This time we will fly to Colorado, hang out with family and friends for a while, then head to California for a model airplane convention. After that, over to Las Vegas to visit with friends. We head back to Colorado to visit with more friends and fly back to Anchorage just before Thanksgiving....

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Sep 15, 2018 - Another Beautiful Day in Anchorage

Plan for today was to go to the market...opened on weekends until mid-September. Today is exactly mid-September but the market was not opened! We wander the streets of downtown. There were more people here than last weekend when we arrived. We had a fun time looking all of the cool t-shirts in a shop with funny sayings related to bears and moose. One of the favorites was a shirt with a car with the decals of the stick figure family and one bear saying to another "Look there's a menu"! We returned to the Glacier Brew House to eat and had...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Baked Alaska Waffle Cone

When we checked out today the receptionist said we had the nicest suite in the hotel. I told her I didn't know how we got it as I booked a standard room. She said it was a complimentary upgrade. Don't know why us but it was lovely! Uneventful flight to Anchorage. Had the taxi drop us off in town for lunch as our Airbnb was not ready. We decided to walk as it was less than a mile and after all it wasn't a cobble stone street and we didn't have a huge suitcase plus our carry-ons and I wasn't wearing flip flops...flashback to Amsterdam 2010!...

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Sep 8, 2018 - Too many hours without sleep

A long day in airports and on planes. We have been adjusting our sleep patterns for this trip and I have been staying up until 3 am so I did not go to bed as we had to leave at 4:15 for the airport and by the time we arrived in Anchorage I was working on 36 hours of no sleep. The Welcome to Anchorage sign said it was 68 degrees. It was warm in the sun but a little bit cool in the shade. We took a walk to downtown to find the Glacier Brewery to have dinner. Downtown Anchorage and bascially only 2 streets wide and maybe 1/2 mile long. It was...

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Aug 25, 2018 - Denali to Anchorage Airport

Saying goodbye to Alaska today, we left at 6am. I must say that Alaska put on a show for us! As we left Denali, we were caught within the mist and fog. Then this curtain lifted to reveal amazing sharp peaked mountains dusted in snow. Absorbing its beauty, and taking lots of photos, the mist and fog would come upon us again, then another curtain lift and another show. Then to top it off, the sun started to rise and provide us with extra highlights to be amazed at. This experience went for about 1.5 hours into our nearly 5 hour trip. Still...

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Aug 16, 2018 - Anchorage

Finally arrived in Alaska! 10 hour trip to Hawaii, a 12 hour stopover in Hawaii, and 6 hours to Anchorage, with little sleep, we were exhausted. We hired our car, then decided to go downtown, on the wrong side of the road ... What were we thinking. Couldn't get into our accommodation until 1.30pm, we ended up having a small lunch at Middle Way cafe, then going to Kincaid Park, parking and having a snooze! As soon as we got in our accommodation, we slept for 3 hours, then that night I think we were unconscious for 11 hours. Hoping this is...

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Alaska, Canada, Fiji

Aug 12, 2018 - Anchorage

We arrived in Anchorage on Thursday after a very nice drive from Denali and was blessed with a beautiful view of Denali all the way to Anchorage. On Friday we took an excursion by rail from Anchorage to Whittier for a cruise to view several glaciers in Blackstone Bay. Blackstone, Beloit, Northland, Rippon, Marquette and Laurence Glaciers to name a few, all along this bay. The train went through two tunnels on the way. One was a mile long and one was 2.7 miles long. The interesting thing about these tunnels is they are shared with vehicle...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Day 10 - From the Wilderness to the City

Another loooong day! Up early and on the same Kantishna bus again soon after 5 a.m. to return to the front country of the park. Some of you may be think we'd be groaning and complaining about another 6-hour bus ride in a school bus on a one lane dirt and gravel road, but we were all excited to do it again. There isn't a minute of the road that is boring. The landscape is mesmerizing and every mile is filled with spectacular photo opportunities and the possibility of spotting wildlife. Our driver/guide narrated throughout the trip, sharing...

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Living Our Dream

Aug 6, 2018 - Anchorage, Former Tent Camp for Alaska Railroad

Anchorage was not a priority port for us because we spent a week here when we drove the RV up. We were surprised the ship actually docked in Anchorage instead of Seward. The Port area is restricted and you walk from the ship to a shuttle bus which took us to the Egan Civic and Convention Center. We took the Red Trolley tour around the compact city, which was fun. The young man narrated and he was full of fun, corny facts about Anchorage and Alaska in general. We decided to have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe; we hadn't done that before and it...

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Adventures for 2018

Aug 5, 2018 - Riding the rails from Seward to Anchorage

We docked very early in the morning at Seward which is a deep water port south of Anchorage. Our train was a short walk away at the end of the pier. Many passengers took the cruise-train to Anchorage but others took a bus directly to the Anchorage airport, or began tours south on the Kenai Peninsula, or stayed in Seward for hiking or canoe/raft experiences. The train was very comfortable and had high windows that were great for photos of the scenery we passed. This was a pleasant morning. In Anchorage, we had scheduled a city tour on a...

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