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Aug 1, 2014 - Healy to Anchorage

We got up this morning to lots of clouds and rain. This proved the undoing of our flight. However we still had to head towards Talkeetna in case we could fly. After finding that the flight would not happen we headed towards Anchorage. The only wild life we saw was a bald eagle. We all had our RV's and or truck serviced then went shopping to stock up on food. We finally ordered in pizza for dinner and enjoyed a nice evening out side.

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Jul 29, 2014 - Trip to Seldovia

We took a boat trip across the bay to Seldovia. This was about 45 minutes boat ride from Homer on the trip over a saw a humpback whale about a 100 yards away. After arriving in Seldovia we walked around the town checking out the sites and talking with other people that came over. We met several couples from Arizona, and British Columbia and several couples from Southern California. Seldovia was a thriving fish village with five fish processing plants until the earthquake and tidal wave of 1964. This destroyed half of the town and it never...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Homer

We arrived in Homer on Friday and are staying at Heritage RV Park on the Spit. Homer Alaska on Kachemak Bay was made famous as "The End of the Road" in Tom Bodett's tales. Sunday we went sight seeing along the spit with the normal shops for tourist. Visited the Salty Dog Saloon which is famous for the dollar bills on their walls. Kelly and Charlean looked for the bill they left back in 2006. Peggy and I signed and dated dollar bill and added it to the wall. This area has a place they call the fishing hole where salmon are planted and...

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Jul 26, 2014 - More Anchorage

Friday, July 25 – Saturday July 26 Still raining when the alarm went off. Add raincoat to the jeans & jacket routine. This was a good day to spend inside. We chose the Anchorage Museum for today’s field trip. We could have spent many more hours there – if our brains could process any more information. There is an excellent display of Alaskan Native American Artifact “repatriated” from the Smithsonian Institute. The collection is extensive for each of the 11 Alaskan tribes and well presented. We started our visit with a docent led tour...

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Jul 26, 2014 - Alaska Tour - Anchorage, AK - Stop #13

Hello Everyone, Today we traveled southward from Denali, AK to Anchorage, AK. Along the way, we saw beautiful white capped mountains and finally got a good look at towering Mt. McKinley! Depending on which way you viewed it from determined if the peak was cloud covered or not! In Anchorage we had 5 days of touring and free time to explore. Our city tour took us to see Black Elk Crafts, Alaska Fur Exchange, Ulu Factory, Float Plane Harbor and Ship Creek! At Earthquake Hill, Jeannie Coushaine gave a talk about surviving the great 1964...

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Jul 23, 2014 - ANCHORAGE

Anchorage is much larger than most of the places we will be over the next 30 days so we decided to take advantage of it. We took the camper off the truck. I made an expensive trip to Jiffy Lube for an oil change, then a stop at a car wash. So far we have driven over 6,000 miles. We also loaded up on supplies and filled the propane tanks. Anchorage has a trail called the Coastal Trail. We took a bike ride on the trail. It is quite busy but provides a great view of Cook Inlet, Mt Mckinley, and sometimes a little wildlife. We crossed paths...

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Jul 22, 2014 - On to Anchorage

Wednesday, July 23-Thursday, July 24, 2014 The second half of the Parks Highway is much easier to drive than the north section – no road construction! The scenery varies along the way. We started surrounded by mountains, drove through a pine forest and then back to the mountains. There were a few small “towns” scattered along the way. Mainly these are a gas station or restaurant with a small campground or a few rooms/cottages for rent. Our first stop down the highway was at Wal-Mikes – no words can explain Wal-Mikes. It is a truly Alaskan...

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Jul 22, 2014 - A trip to the Zoo & Waiting for Sharon

Monday, Dick completed his efforts to help the First Baptist Church’s work day by cleaning the furnace filters. Sue helped him. Then, we went to the Alaska Zoo where most animals have had some serious problem that resulted in their care by the zoo. Afterwards, we overnighted at the Walmart again. Tuesday, we replenished the van’s fluids and washed clothes. We followed Sharon’s plane from Atlanta to Anchorage and picked her up for a quick, three-day sojourn.

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Jul 20, 2014 - "Boring" Days in Anchorage

A couple “boring” days – not even a Bore Tide to bore us; no boars; no salmon – but three moose and one bear. The moose were on our way to the Captain Cook State Park; they returned to the bush quicker than we could say “get the camera.” As we were slowing down for a 35-mph zone, a bear cub ran across the road; had we still been doing 55 mph, only driving gymnastics would have saved him. There are thousands of people in and around Soldotna and Kenai to “dip net”: the technique of sticking a net into river/bay water to catch salmon beginning...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Ancohage, AK

A free day to sleep in! First up was the Anchorage Air Museum. The gentleman at the desk was very helpful, so we took his suggestion and toured the museum first and then came back to see the movie. There were old wrecks, refurbished ones, and lots to read. They had a display of skids for landing on snow and ice. A hall of fame of bush pilots going back to the 1920s, all kinds of float planes with floats made out of seal skin as well as modern ones, and a PBY (a floating cargo plane) that went down during WWII in a lake. The movie was...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Anchorage, AK

July 19... Weather wise, Denali was such a disappointment. It rained from well before supper last night, right through till we left for Anchorage at 7:00 o'clock this morning. There were major puddles everywhere and the construction areas where something else. Anyway, the closer we got to Anchorage, the better the weather got. Pulled into our next stop at noon, had lunch, got in the Escape and went exploring. Found a car wash too, to get some of the road grime off. Went out for supper to a little strip mall restaurant for a feed of fish...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Ancohage, AK

We had another bus tour today around Anchorage. The first place we went was old town. In 1912 the city was sectioned off and put for auction. We went to see it and lo and behold there was an Ulu factory there! Our time was limited, so after seeing how the bowls were shaped and the knives were made, we left to see and hear more of the early history of Anchorage. Then we went to the 1964 earthquake site. People up here remember that like it was yesterday, and so many things changed for them because of it, especially the native people. The...

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