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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, 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 - 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 - 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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Jul 13, 2015 - Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska's roads in permafrost areas are terrible. In the summer the solar heated asphalt melts the permafrost underneath and the road sinks. In winter the area under the road refreezes and frost heaves raise the road. The roads from Destruction Bay to Tok were extremely rutted, but the road from Tok to Glacier View was worse: resulting in everything in the closet being thrown out, clothes came off the rod and shoes on the floor and the shelf were thrown forward. Scott could find only one of his white shoes and found it after he put the...

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Jul 12, 2015 - Anchorage

Hello everyone, We are in Anchorage. We left Fairbanks Friday morning and stopped off at Denali State Park that evening. On the way we had to stop and see Skinny Dick's gift shop, very interesting. Next day took the shuttle bus into Eielson, in Denali park, about a 8 hour round trip. Saw some caribou and moose. The Moose was the only animal close enough for pictures, to bad couldn't get more. Left Sunday morning for Anchorage, had dinner at Moose Tooth pub and pizzeria, very good. Monday we will probably make our way to Seward or Homer,...

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Alaska or Bust

Jul 10, 2015 - Anchorage - the Kids are coming!

July 8. The kids are coming! We are very excited that some of our kids are able to come to Alaska to visit. Ryan and his wife Becca are coming from Brooklyn New York. Jesse is coming from Everett WA. Justin Baker, one of my extra adopted kids is coming from Seattle. I can’t wait to see them! Since our rig is still awaiting repairs, we decided to rent a motorhome to see the sights in. So we left Fairbanks today, to make the drive to Anchorage to go pick one up. It is about a seven hour drive down the George Parks Highway. Along the way we...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Anchorage, Alaska

Yesterday we arrived in Anchorage. We traveled 113 miles. We saw some of the burnt areas from the recent fires that caused so much smoke on our trip. We passed through Wasilla but unfortunately we were unable to see Russia. Today was fun. First we went on a city tour of Anchorage. The pictures of the small trees are growing in permafrost. (ground frozen 2 years or more) One in five people in Anchorage flies planes though they may not all have licenses. We ended our day having dinner with my cousin. We had a lot of catching up to do as it...

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Perkins Alaska Trip

Jul 5, 2015 - Back home in Anchorage

7-5-15 Fairbanks to Anchorage…..home at last! Woke up to a cloudy day. We all stood around wondering if we should attempt a “Fun Fly” contest. Fun Fly events can be just about anything the contest director dreams up and are usually very entertaining to pilots and spectators alike. Sundays at W n W are short as many of the Anchorage crowd needs to get on the road to go to work on Monday. I remember those days. At 8AM or so it began to rain. That settled it and most of the Anchorage crowd started to move out. I had planned to stay till Monday...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Mayors Midnight Sun Half Marathon

Race day is here. The pain from my diverticulitis reminds me to take my antibiotic and Advil. With determination and anxiety, Kathy and I start out to the race site. Delaney Park, downtown Anchorage. We are met by a sea of people and lines at the port a potty's. My first stop. Kathy and I take some pictures. I am talking to myself. I hate running, how did I get myself into this mess? Usually my sister-in-law Lynn get's me into these things. This, I did on my own. No training and now diverticulitis. Well, the Alaskan state anthem starts...

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Rolling Vacation

Jun 18, 2015 - Back in Anchorage

Anchorage Thursday 6-18-2015 It is Thursday morning and we are presently in Anchorage, after arriving here on Wednesday. We had decided to stay here so we could replenish a few items before heading to Valdez and it looks like we are staying an additional day. I started looking at a sway issue I have been having and decided to readjust the Motor Sway Bars to see if I could improve the control going down the road. By the time I started I had blown a good part of the day so we decided to stay one more day. Our neighbor Dale from Texas has a...

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