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Jul 28, 2013 - Back to Anchorage

7-28-2013 From: Portage Bay, Williwaw campground To: Anchorage. This morning we are headed back to civilization again. To the land of TV, internet, cell phone service, and washing machines! We will see Spike’s Mom again and hopefully his brother (we didn’t connect w/ him last time), as we spend a week here to replenish everything before we head out again.

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Jul 23, 2013 - Anchorage and Denali, Alaska

Well, we left Dawson City for the second time. This time successfully. After 12 days we got on the road. We left Dawson City at 4:30 in the afternoon. The road to Chicken, Alaska, on the Top of the World Highway is really, really a bad road. At times I could only drive 5 mph. It took us 5 hours to drive 79 miles. At one point I thought I had another problem. When we stopped at customs at the Alaska border I could smell brakes. The brakes on the trailer were at 500 degrees. I readjusted my brake controller and then the problem went away. I...

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Jul 22, 2013 - Back in Anchorage

We are back in Anchorage because there is only one road going in and out of the Kenai Peninsula. We will stop here for two days to do shopping, laundry and other maintenance. Then on to Valdez. It is hot! Whoever said that Alaska was a cold place has only been here during the winter. It was a bit cool around the coast, but inland it is hot. Today's temperature was 33 degrees C. By 9:30 p.m. it had cooled down to 31 degrees. By sunset, which is about 11:30 p.m., it was finally down to about 27. After sunset, it gets somewhat dark, but still...

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Jul 22, 2013 - Anchorage

Friday July 18 After another stop at Wal-Mart we left Fairbanks at about noon. About 20 miles down the Parks Highway we stopped at Skinny Dicks Halfway Inn for lunch and a beer. Then we stopped in Nanana and continued on to Denali National Park where it was raining. We were disappointed that we could not get a campsite for four days and couldn’t even get on the tour bus ($49 each) for at least two days. We looked around the visitor center, watched the movie and drove as far as we were allowed. Since the weather was not going to let us view...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Talkeetna to Wasilla to Anchorage

This past week has been very busy. So what is new.. We spent last Sunday visiting the remaining two Denali visitors centers and had supper at a local brewery where I had a Yak burger. That was a first! It was good but a little overcooked and dry. Monday and Tuesday I worked and the weather rained some. We pulled out Tuesday afternoon early and headed toward Anchorage. We traveled very slow and only made 140 miles Tuesday, 47 Wednesday and 75 Thursday. We stopped near Talkeetna on Tuesday and I fished a small lake at the CG with no success....

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Jul 14, 2013 - Anchorage, Alaska

WiFi here in the summer is not great and actually challenging. So trying to update this once again. July 7 Travel Day to Denali July8 When we left our campground at the North Pole/Fairbanks, across the street is this lumber company where they strip the trees and start construction on the log buildings. Most buildings are made of wood for the simple fact that is holds in the heat. The log homes and building are beautiful and are every where. Barely down the road we had our first fire alert. We heard there were something like 300 fires in...

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Jul 14, 2013 - Aniak - Anchorage

Sunday, July 14 Weather: Cooler with high thin clouds Temp: 60’s in the morning with temperatures going into the 80’s when we reached Anchorage Life in Aniak is pretty laid back. Wilmer and I were awake by 6:30 and we packed up our bed and got our bags ready to go. We will be flying out of Aniak at 12:10 today. We had the place pretty much to ourselves (except for the occasional insect) until around 8:00. We all got dressed for church (Wilmer & I in our jeans and hiking boots) and we had sourdough pancakes with rhubarb sauce for breakfast...

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Jul 13, 2013 - Spencer Lake Iceberg Float

(To view photos, click on "Show All Photos" to open photos, double click on first photo to enlarge to screen size, then scroll to bottom of photo, click on "Slideshow", then click on 5 sec. or 10 sec. to automatically advance photos). Saturday, July 13, 2013 - We had time for a leisurely breakfast at The Hotel Alyeska before catching the shuttle to Girdwood train stop to board the 11:00 a.m. Glacier Discovery train to Spencer Whistle Stop to catch the Spencer Glacier Iceberg Float tour. I doubt I'll ever get Tommy on a train again in the...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Train to Anchorage

(To view photos, click on "Show all photos", then double click on the first photo to enlarge to screen size, scroll to the bottom of photo and click on slideshow, then click on 5 sec. or 10 sec. to start automatically advance photos). Thursday, July 11, 2013 - Awoke to sunny skies today; that's a good sign! No rushing this morning, we catch the Denali Star train back to Anchorage today at 12:30 p.m. so there's time for a leisurely breakfast and a walk before leaving. We boarded the Denali Star train at noon and was seated in the glass dome...

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Jul 9, 2013 - stayed over

Laundry again today, came back put laundry away then off to Taco Bell for some lunch, a trip to Wal Mart, then Buddy decides to go by Best Buy one more time, he had his eye on a Westinghouse that was priced good then I found a Sharp on clearance and talked him into buying it instead only a little more money and much better TV, a stop at Fred Meyer for some groceries and fuel, and back to the RV to install the TV and fix some dinner which was Hamburgers, broccoli, and asparagus on the grill and corn on the cob. I don’t know where they get...

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Jul 8, 2013 - stayed over

Up early and off to the Chevy dealer for oil change and fuel filter change in the truck, then stopped at an RV store for a floor vent, stopped by a the mall Buddy wanted to check on getting a haircut they were more than he wanted to pay, then we decided to have McDonalds for breakfast, we just layed around most of the afternoon, left at 3:30 as I had an appointment with a guy at Best Buy to go over some things on my computer, got that all taken care of then Buddy got a haircut I walked over to Kohl’s to shop and wait on him, then we decided...

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Jul 7, 2013 - stayed over

I slept in this morning, got up we had coffee, cereal and half bagel for breakfast, then we took our bed stuff down to wash, then decided to ride over to Target looking at a TV they have on sale, Buddy wants a bigger one for bedroom, walked over to Best Buy also looking at theirs, I also made an appointment to take my new laptop in Monday and sit with a tech to go over a few issues I am having, we went back to Target bought the one on sale, took it home and found out it won’t work with our bracket so we had dinner (ribs, baked beans,...

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