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Aug 10, 2014 - Day 52 Anchorage AK

We pulled into Anchorage on Friday early afternoon and I had business on the base (Elmendorf) to take care of, while Phil took the motor home in for some minor repairs. That pretty much took care of the rest of the day. Saturday we didn't do a whole lot but ride around the town and planned our route to the train station for today's ride on the Alaskan Railroad. The train left at a decent hour (9:45) and we were lucky enough to get into the only double decker car on the train :-) Our train was heading south to the towns of Girdwood, Portage,...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Anchorage Tour

Anchorage, AK Kevin of Salmonberry Tours picked us up promptly this morning. There were only 7 on our tour as we explored Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. There are about 710,000 people in the whole state. Close to 300,000 of them live in Anchorage. Fairbanks is home to roughly 100,000 while the capital, Juneau, has only 50,000. But remember that there are no roads into Juneau. It can be reached by plane or boat only. Anchorage was established in 1914 as a tent city. Imagine living in a tent year round in Alaska! One of the places on our...

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Aug 7, 2014 - An endless day

Anchorage, AK We hit the road at 6:30 this morning. 14 hours later we were in our hotel room, mightily sick of airports (four of them) and airplanes (three of those). The flights were okay though we did have a delay in Dallas that made our connection in Seattle pretty tight. In fact, we walked off one flight and onto the next. Our luggage made it, too, which is pretty remarkable. Anyway, our hotel is right on Lake Hood, home to Lake Hood Seaplane Base. Jim was pretty excited to be right on the lake until he realized the planes come right...

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Aug 5, 2014 - Anchorage-Flattop

Tue Aug 5 - The weather is a little better today with temps in low 60's. We got a somewhat early start and drove to Potters Marsh to view the wildlife on an elevated boardwalk. We saw two eagles, salmon runs beneath the bridge and quite a few sea gulls feasting on all the dying fish...LOVELY! We then drove to Alaska's most popular hike, Flattop Mountain, and started our climb from the Glen Alps Trailhead. It's a total one-way distance of about 1.5 miles and a total vertical climb of 1,280 feet. The trail gradually becomes more rocky and...

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Aug 4, 2014 - Anchorage

Mon Aug 4 - Cloudy & chilly today. We walked around town in a light drizzle, checking out all the gift shops. Everyone pretty much has the same items, but fun to read all the raunchy & funny t-shirts. After lunch, we set out to look for the salmon viewing at a place called Shipcreek. We found the river and could see hundreds of salmon making their way upstream...quite a site to see! There were also a lot of people fishing along the banks. We talked to a local who fishes daily, and he mentioned that the license for locals is $15 a year to...

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Aug 3, 2014 - To Anchorage

Sun Aug 3 - Today's weather calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 66. Loving this cooler weather! Our plans are to drive to Talkeetna, and then on to Anchorage, about 230 miles today. Talkeetna is where they filmed the TV show Northern Exposure and is a quaint little town. Would have liked to stay longer, but had to move on. The drive is absolutely beautiful with clouds hanging as low as I've ever seen. There's a couple of pull offs to view Denali on the way to Talkeetna, and if we're lucky enough, we'll get the chance to see the...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Seward to Anchorage

Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, 2014 Foggy, Foggy Thursday! Awoke to fog so thick you couldn’t see 30 feet in front of you. We were in the 3rd row from the beach and could not see the ocean. We did some housekeeping, took showers and dumped the tanks to pass the time until we could see well enough to start out. By 11 AM it had started to lift some so we headed for Seward. About 20 miles north of Homer the fog disappeared and we had another beautiful sunshine day. We had a very uneventful trip to Seward (thank you, Lord!) and arrived...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Anchorage

Another beautiful day. Bob had vertigo when he woke up today, bed rest for him. Jeanette and Lon when looking for a freezer and the rest of us, except Bob went to Earthquake park for a walk. We then prepared a lunch of chicken,grilled potatoes, cooked carrots, bread and a great salad. We had a great day to sit out and enjoy the sun. Good day.

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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 - 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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