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Aug 11, 2006 - Anchorage - the big city!

9-11 August 2006 Days 22-24 Anchorage, AK Anchorage was a bit of a disappointment - don't know what we expected, but it's just like any other city in the lower 48. Well, maybe not, but it seemed like it. The two best things we did there were: visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and make our first visit to a Costco. The Alaska Native Heritage Center was really quite interesting - there were examples of the ways many of the individual native groups lived, and each section was spoken about by a person from that particular native culture....

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Aug 7, 2006 - Anchorage, Alaska

Mile 9616 Since leaving Denali we continued to enjoy more of Alaska: Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Valdez, Skagway, Juneau, Hyder, Wrangell, and Ketchikan. This was the rainy part of our trip. It started to rain on the road between Anchorage and Seward. It was still raining when Rob went fishing in Homer, and when we toured the fish packing plant in Kenai, and when we cruised to the Columbia glacier in Valdez. By the time we got to Juneau we learned they had (so far) 69 days of continuous rain. It was still raining when we left...

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Aug 6, 2006 - Anchorage, Alaska

How can two heathen parents be raising a God-fearing daughter? Only the LORT knows? ;) - see picture for reference. When we crossed the border over to Alaska, "J" asked the young man how long it would be before we would get a signal for our Verizon cell phone. He said he had the same provider and that at around Tok we would start getting a signal. For some reason both of us translated this as "you will get a signal because Tok is a large enough town to support it" which then got translated in our minds to "a large city will at least have a...

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Burning Fuel

Aug 6, 2006 - Anchorage

Arrived in Anchorage after the short trip from Denali. Lots more pretty country. Got to see Mt. McKinley several times on the trip down. Had glorious weather the whole way. Got settled in camp again ... and went off for dinner at Sourdough Fred's or something like that. Dinner was only OK. We have had much better on this trip, but the company of the folks on the caravan makes it all worth while. There was a one man show after dinner, but it was pretty bad. The following day Paul went over to the Alaska Native Heritage Center. .Kathie wanted...

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Jul 29, 2006 - July 21 to July 27

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006 I rose early this morning because I wanted to compare the old bills we had against the amounts we had paid, since I had had to guess or estimate some and mailed them hoping they would cover what was currently owed. In all cases, I had paid enough to have a credit on the next bill. I paid all the bills that hadn't been paid and called a few of those coming due fairly soon for which we hadn't received a bill. After a couple of hours, the Peacher business was caught up and we had breakfast. We decided to skip the museum...

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Jul 24, 2006 - On the move to Anchorage

We woke up to a gloomy, overcast day. What a difference a day can make! We were definitely lucky that we had such a nice day to go into the park. We broke camp and headed toward the park entrance. After stopping to empty our tanks, we were back on the Parks Highway toward Anchorage. The initial plan was to stop in Talkeetna and take one of the flight-seeing tours over Denali Park and Mt McKinley. However, with the weather like it is, we now have our doubts on this one. The lady at the visitor center in Talkeetna called the outfit that does...

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Jul 12, 2006 - A Day With Tank Sherman

Trust the Airlines to be late. We were supposed to see Tank on July 11th around 9:30. So we decided to go to his hotel to meet him. Unfortunately, his plane never arrived - at least until after they closed the bar at the hotel. So, we went back to the RV park after taking photos of the Anchorage "sunset" at 11:45 p.m. Heard from Tank at 7:30 this morning and picked him up at the hotel. We went to the Portage Glacier and took the Ptarmigan tour boat to the Portage Glacier. Of course, Tank spent alot of time telling the vessel's captain how...

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Jul 11, 2006 - Portage Glacier to Anchorage

Drove to Anchorage and checked in at the Anchorage RV Park. As we drove into the entranceway, there was a beautiful red fox just standing there checking out a leashed dog being held by a camper. She then proceeded to lay down in the grass and stayed there while I changed camera lenses and got a lot of great shots. According to this woman, the fox has four kits and every evening brings them out to play with this particular dog who is owned by the park manager. I got within five feet of her to take the photos - pretty exciting for me. Of...

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Jul 11, 2006 - Anchorage, AK

We stayed at the Black Spruce Travel Camp on Ft. Richardson for a week, checking out the sights in and around Anchorage. While there, we heard an announcement that there was going to be a major tidal bore event in Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage, but that it would be happening just a half-hour from the time of the announcement. We looked at each other and said, "What the heck." Off we went. We heard a lot of comments once we got there about 45 minutes later, it was running late and we heard a lot of bs from locals about anther "Tidal Bore...

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Jul 8, 2006 - Seward

July 8, 2006 8:30 37579 Fueled up in a little burg just north of Anchorage. $2.91/gallon for diesel, $2.72 for gas. We will get about 1 more fill up at the low prices, and then it is back into the Yukon. We will stop in Anchorage and see if our diodes for the brake lights have come in. If not we will run around town for a few hours while we wait for them. Since we have no reservations anywhere we are flexible is where we go and what we do. If necessary we will rearrange the schedule and stay in Anchorage for a day now instead of later....

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Jun 30, 2006 - Anchorage for the 4th of July

Today we made it to Anchorage. We got such a late start that we were worried we wouldn't get here. Thankfully we had made a reservation because the park was full when we got here and there was a sign on the door that said No Vacancy. Thank you Dave and Connie for telling us about the Anchorage RV Park. It is a good one. We will stay put here until after the holiday. First I will go back and tell you the story. A little more than a week ago, our mail forwarding service (Alternative Resources from Sioux Falls, SD.) picked up our new license...

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The Beginning

Jun 27, 2006 - Broken down

We lazily got up to our way to Anchorage, with the Talketna Mountains on our left and the last of the Alaskan range on our right. I layed down to catch a nap and Bob stops in a rest area for a lunch. As we leave he feels the motorhome is not driving right, so he pulls off again. We get out and on the passenger rear side the tires are not in the right position and the body of the motorhome is sitting on the tires. Bob calls our emergency road service company for assistance. We waited for an hour and called them back. They finally told us...

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Our Alaska Trip 2006

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