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Jun 17, 2014 - Anchorage

We've only had two really bad times with mosquitos. The first was the stay at Pickhandle Lake in the Yukon and the 2nd was last night. We try to go in and out of the door quickly. It seems that they can find their way into the camper when everything is closed up. There were 7 of the little buggers in the bathroom this morning! My mosquito language wouldn't surprise most of you but you should hear Linda! She's getting really good at smacking them. We drove the Hatcher Pass Road for 26 miles but it was closed after that. They were grading it...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Anchorage...Family Time, Father's Day, Fred's Birthday

Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is pretty much just that - a big city. What made this visit special, though, was a weeklong visit from Dyanne, Rick, Carol, Louie, and Janet. Together we sampled Alaskan cuisine, downed local brews, Segwayed around downtown Anchorage (did you notice Carol's punk helmet?), and tried to party till dark. That last one is a real challenge up there in June. After the segway experience we stopped in a local watering hole and found an Alaska classic beer that we had not seen before nor since - Morning Wood...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Anchorage

Ted and I ended up on different flights. So we arrived at different times. Jon and Katie were very patient with us (we didn't have our car yet)so Jon picked us up and we all ate at a restaurant close to our motel and on a lake where there were lots of float planes coming and going. After dinner, Ted got our car and we are ready!!!!!!!!!!

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Jun 10, 2014 - Anchorage at GAHR

We have made it to the Great Alaskan Holiday Rental parking lot. Now to pack and get ready to vacate the RV tomorrow morning. From here we will stay for the night in the city and then take the train to Fairbanks. The train ride is 12 hours. I have never been on a train that long so it will be interesting. And, since the sun doesn't really set, it will be sunny (hopefully) when we get there around 8pm. I must say that it rained all 100+ miles to Anchorage. This made for a few pretty cloud pictures.

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May 24, 2014 - Visiting in Anchorage

Called Marvin’s brother, David, last night to let them know we had safely arrived at the Black Spruce Travel Camp on Fort Richardson. He invited us to come over the next afternoon for dinner as he had found a recipe for a potato soup using a crock pot. Had a really nice visit and delicious meal; however David’s birthday was on Sunday—so suggested we call Marvin’s sister, Linda, to see if we could all get together for a birthday meal together. So Sunday we all met at Longhorn Steak House for dinner. Memorial Day, had a number of errands to...

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May 23, 2014 - Tok to Anchorage

We woke up to frozen water this morning at Sourdough Campground so had to wait until after 9:00 a.m. to get on the road from Tok to Anchorage. The thermostat in the coach only registered 40 degrees this morning, but it obviously was much colder during the night. The day turned out to be a beautiful day, sunny and not too breezy. The mountains and glaciers are gorgeous,but the roads were pretty rough from Tok to Glennallen; however, they cleared up on the way to Palmer except that it has lots of curves and switch backs and steep hills! We...

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Apr 27, 2014 - Home again in Anchorage,. The 2013/2014 trip concludes

4-27-14 Haines Junction, YT to Anchorage, AK. Epilog Got up as the sun was rising over the tree line. A perfect day, sunny, daytime temperatures will be in the 50’s. Great day for a homecoming. I was so anxious I was on the road by 6:30AM. Early Sunday morning I had the road pretty much to myself. I got to Kluane Lake in time to see the sun rise (again) over the mountains. Beautiful. The lake is still frozen. I’m no expert on lake ice, but I’m pretty sure this one will not be out till June. Between Kluane Lake and the Alaska border the...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Back in Alaska

Back in Alaska Julie and I are back in Alaska to warm up! Most of the lower 48 has been colder than Alaska so far this winter. I (Bob) have been back for about a month and Julie has been home for two weeks. We have attended to business and celebrated belated Christmas and New Years with family and friends. We have especially enjoyed reconnecting with our grand-dog Sadie and George the cat. Besides seeing everyone we have missed for several months we were treated to a weekend in a cool cabin in Seward, Alaska compliments of daughter Kate and...

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Oct 14, 2013 - And we're off!

October 14th, 2013 We are heading out once we get the last packing and details done, by then there should be plenty of daylight! Hope to get to the Alaska/Canadian border today then into Canada tomorrow. Will probably be "off the grid" for a spell but hope to check in a few days. There should be plenty of phone and WiFi by the time we get into central Alberta. Gonna be fun!

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Oct 6, 2013 - Bob and Julie head south, 2013

Bob and Julie head south, 2013 10-6-2013 Anchorage, Alaska With termination dust on the mountains and a chill in the morning air, it’s time to think about heading south again. I will be done with work in about a week (my summer temp job) and Julie retired last May. Julie’s retirement is the game changer that makes a long road trip possible at this time. We plan to drive south much like we did back in 2010 with Colorado as our initial destination. After we take care of business in Colorado, we will head further south, probably Arizona. After...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Left Homer, Football with cousins

Date: September 8, 2013 Tonight’s Location: Anchorage, AK Mileage: End - 22371 Start - 22130 Total Miles for the day: 241 Weather: mostly sunny, rained on us during football game Temperature: start 53º High 60º Wildlife count: Moose cow and calf Year List: 268 Birds: Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Bald Eagle, American Robin, Trumpeter Swan, Canada Geese We had a relaxing start and left at 9:20. Amazingly everything went back into its own place. We only hit a little construction on the way up – finishing touches are...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Anchorage

On this day we spent the majority of the day on a bus tour of Anchorage. Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage is in the heart of the state’s south central gulf coast. Located on the upper shores of Cook Inlet, the Anchorage bowl is on a low-lying alluvial plain bordered by mountains, water and dense forests of spruce, birch and aspen. Cook Inlet’s Turnagain Arm and Knik Arm define the broad peninsula that is the city’s home, and the rugged Chugach Mountains form a striking backdrop. More than half the state’s population lives in Anchorage and...

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North To Alaska 2013

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