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Aug 19, 2015 - PIcking up Jesse in Anchorage

Last night we stopped near Talkeetna, and today drove on to Anchorage. Jesse is flying in again to go fishing on the Kenai with us. He found it to be fairly inexpensive to fly from Seattle to Anchorage so it makes for a nice long weekend. Sorry Ryan and Becca could not come back too. We stayed at the Cabellas in Anchorage again. Free spot and close to the airport. After a late night game of cribbage, which I won, it was time to turn in.

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Aug 17, 2015 - Kids start school

I finally got to meet most of the kids I am going to work with. Kindergarten and first graders don't start until next Wednesday so still a few to meet. Basically the rest of this week was working with teachers, firming up schedules and learning about the kiddos.

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Aug 11, 2015 - Started work

New hire orientation. They gave me a brand new MacBook Air. Then they bored me for the next 2 days showing me how to use it for working in the school system along with yur standard new hire stuff (HIPPA anyone?) etc. Then for the next for days I went to the various schools I was going to be working in meet the teachers, set up a tentative schedule and did some more start of year mandatory training.

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Aug 10, 2015 - Day 34

Packed up earlier than necessary to walk downtown again to river to watch fishermen. Salmon jumping and men were catching but throwing some back. Went to Ula store near trains and river. Ron bought Ula knife and board and earrings (Alaska forget me nots) for me.Took Ula shuttle back to hotel and talked with driver who is local. She described how her whole family fish when salmon are running and can/freeze/dry salmon for winter. One more bus ride to airport with couple going home to New Zealand. Full plane returning to Seattle, the shuttle...

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Aug 9, 2015 - Arrived in Alaska

When I arrived in Anchorage, the weather was overcast but it was still beautiful. Went to my friend's house (who were out at the time rafting),brought in my suitcase and then went exploring. Found a local coffee shop and then a cafe that reminds me a little of Elmos. When I got back to my friends' they were home and spent the rest of the evening visiting. These pictures attached to this were taken along the coast trail in the day or so after my arrival.

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Jul 29, 2015 - Anchorage to Denali NP

July 29, 2015 – Anchorage to Denali We spent a day in Anchorage doing all the wash, going food shopping, fueling up, getting Bob’s hair cut and my nails done and, naturally, making a stop at Cabela’s. For the first time in several days, we were staying at a RV park, Golden Nugget, that had electric, water and sewer hookups and best of all, fast internet 4G coverage. Things that were taking hours to do elsewhere were done in 30 minutes! There is something to be said about being connected. The RV park was otherwise schlocky but boasted a huge...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Anchorage and Back...again

On the way back to Anchorage we stopped by a rest area that had a small lake. Mike took a long nap so I went fishing. The only thing I caught besides weeds was a small freshwater clam. Now that takes talent! Actually I think I foul hooked it on the bottom somehow. While fishing, a float plane landed in front of me, then parked about 25 feet away. It had stopped to pick someone up, then took off again. Cool. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, and Mount McKinley is out. A lot of buses and tourists are stopping for photos. One was a bus load...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Land & Sea Tour of Alaska!

We flew out of Sea-Tac to Anchorage arriving a little after 1PM. Our friends, Marv & Phyllis, arrived from Chicago shortly before us. Marv was our Best Man and the 4 of us were fast friends until we we started having kids and we moved to Crown Point and sort of lost track of each other. We “found” each other again on Facebook, visited a few times, and wound up planning this cruise to Alaska! We all retrieved our luggage, entrusted it to the Norwegian Cruise Line staff, and got on the bus to the Lakefront Hotel about 10 minutes away. We...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Anchorage

Short drive from Seward to Anchorage this morning. On the way, we visited the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. They accept injured or orphaned Alaska wildlife and try to rehabilitate them and return them to the wild. The ones that can't be returned to the wild (like the one-winged Bald Eagle) are used for education programs. I mentioned the 1964 earthquake previously. Turns out it was a huge event for the entire area. The little town of Girdwood had to completely relocate several miles up the side of the mountain. As a result of the...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Anchorage, Alaska

Within the Anchorage city limits live an estimated 1500 moose, 250 black bear and 60 brown bear. The closest we’ve been to large wildlife has been the salmon running at Ship Creek and pelts at the Alaska Fur Exchange. News flash! Our daughter, Heather, flew from Fullerton, CA to spend a week with us! On Friday it rained buckets all day and we took her on a driving tour of Anchorage and Ship Creek! Lucky for the citizens and friends of Anchorage, Saturday morning was warm and sunny; perfect for the Anchorage Market and Festival downtown. 300...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Gold Nugget RV Park

We spent the first day getting familiar with the area. Shirley did the laundry the cheapest we did on the whole trip. We then went onto Joint Base Elmendorf (AFB) and Richardson (Army). This was easy to navigate and Shirley visited the Commissary for groceries. On leaving to find the Post Office we spotted a sign for the FAMCamp and swung in for a visit. It looked like a good setup with water and 30A electric. We went back to JBER so Shirley could visit the Xchange and I got a haircut. We came back to the RV for lunch and then headed...

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Jul 14, 2015 - Eagle River 6/20-22

Saturday, June 20, 2015 Talkeetna to Wasilla Big Bear RV Park Miles today: 76 As we drove down the Talkeetna Spur Road out of town, there was a road named “Foulhead Fern Road.” Kind of fitting for a funky little town! On the Parks Highway, we passed by part of the burn area from the current Sockeye Fire. There were firetrucks along the way and groups of firemen putting out hot spots. At times smoke was drifting up from the undergrowth. Fire can lay low under the underbrush and linger for days (or months) in this part of the world. In one...

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