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Jul 2, 2011 - Chicken, Alaska

2011-07-02 We’re In Alaska We drove 177 miles today and we are now in Alaska. Crossing the border was a pleasant experience, no searches, just a few questions, run our passports through a scanner and “Have a pleasant time in Alaska”. We had decided we really had to go to Chicken, AK so we turned northeast on Highway 5 for the 66 mile side trip to Chicken. Check’n out the Chicken! We have been telling our kids that we were going to celebrate our 46th anniversary (June 26th) with a dinner in Chicken, Alaska. Well, tonight is the night even if...

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Jun 26, 2011 - Yeah - Alaska!!!!

Finally, after 20 days and over 2300 miles, we arrive at the US/Canadian Border town of Chicken Alaska – yep, it really is called Chicken! We are all excited – we finally are going into Alaska. Minor problem though – the highway in Alaska is called “The Top of The World Highway” and we all received bump stickers that said we “survived” the highway!! Why, you ask??? This Alaskan Highway that we were so excited to get to was a DIRT ROAD!! This is Highway # 5 in Alaska (they only have 11 Highways in the entire state!!!) A DIRT ROAD!!!!!...

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Jun 25, 2011 - CHICKEN, ALASKA

Today is all about driving the "Top of the World" highway. We wanted to get to the ferry before the Caravan's lined up. We planned to get gas and be unhooked and ready to go the night before. With the 24 hours of daylight - we lost track of time and the gas stations had closed at 10:00 pm. We are driving around at 11:00pm thinking it was 8:30. We were the first in line for gas at 7:00. We did not hook up the car, being the tourist we are, we planned to take different ferry's so we could get pictures of the motorhome floating across the...

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Jun 23, 2011 - Chicken,AK

First day of all rain. Changed campgrounds to one with a better Wi-Fi signal and just stayed in Chicken rather then drive the dirt (mud) road to Dawson City,YT. Forgot to mention that we missed Chickenstock by 1 week. Well it stopped raining so Paula and I went Gold Panning for 4 hrs. Found quite a few pieces but boy are they small.

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Jun 22, 2011 - Chicken,AK

Left Tok at 10:40AM after more gift shops (sigh!). Got gas: $200 for 46.5 gal @ $4.299. The road to Chicken is not a very good road. A lot of pot holes, dips, frost heaves, loose gravel, hills and some mud. Sort of a dangerous road if you don't drive smart. Saw what was left of a big Class A motor home that had wiped-out the day before. Along the way we saw the top half of it still along the side of the road. Had to drive through the clouds part of the way which made viability pretty bad. Then we came upon a wrecker pulling out a mini-van...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Top of the World Highway to Chicken

The northwest takes great liberties with the word "highway." You've seen the Dempster Highway. Today, we had to make a decision as to whether or not we would try the Top of the World Highway. This route promises spectacular views along with a challenging road. It rained during the night, and we know what that does to dirt roads up here. Roland went to the visitors' center in Dawson to make inquiries about the condition of the road. They called the border crossing that is on the route and learned that there had been heavy rain during the...

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Alaska Bound

Jun 18, 2011 - June 15, 2011: Day 12-145 miles: Chicken, AK

We sleep in until 7:30. We leave the campsite at 9:30AM after a good breakfast. We ride the ferry back to Dawson City and go to the government free gold panning camp #6. Jan spends about an hour panning for gold but only finds some pretty rocks. Then we drive up the Dome Road and survey the town. Beautiful view. Then back to town and we go thru the Jack London cabin. Jack only spent one winter here but it gave him a lot of material for his books and stories. Jack got scurvy and had to go back to California. He died at age 40. We also saw...

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Aug 12, 2010 - Day 28/29 - Tok, AK and Chicken, AK

Day 28, August 11 was a day of normal housekeeping. Eddi and Marge did the laundry and I washed the coach, which had about 1000 miles of dust and mud on it. We did go over to the Tok Information Center and got some imformation and brochures about our future travel here in Alaska. The first photos are of a business,The Burnt Paw, in Tok with a grass roof. Marge noticed the lawnmower and took the photos. The Burnt Paw is a Gift Shop, Cabins and Bed and Breakfast. Day 29 - We spent the day traveling to Chicken, AK which is about 79 miles from...

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Cope's Trek

Aug 1, 2010 - Can you say Chicken Alaska

This afternoon we left for the next big adventure of our "Adventure" in Alaska by driving the Taylor Highway known as "Over the World Highway". This is about 160 mile dirt road with some very sharp turns and no guard rails. But there are some beautiful scenery along on this road, but yes you do drive it at about 25 miles per hour. We towed the jeep to our first stop known as "Chicken Alaska". This is a town with no electricity they have their own generator which creates all of their electricity and it gets turned off around 11pm and turned...

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Jul 31, 2010 - Chicken, AK

Campground: Chicken Gold Campground Before we left Tok we visited the Sourdough Campground Café for a great breakfast of sourdough pancakes, reindeer sausage, biscuits and gravy, pears and peaches. Oh my! Off we go to Chicken. The road is mostly paved and there are some tense moments for me with the drop-offs but basically it is an uneventful drive. The campground is quite nice but just really hard packed dirt. Downtown Chicken has 3 buildings-a gift shop, a saloon, and a café. They are all attached and the help runs between all three. Alex...

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North to Alaska 2010

Jul 18, 2010 - Chicken Alaska!

Today we took a day trip to Chicken, AK. The route to Chicken from Dawson City is closed due to a washout of the road but we were able to take the route from Tok after it was opened from a landslide. It has 125 citizens in the summer and can be as low as 8 during the winter. They still mine gold here but it the tourists who line the local businesses and pockets. Enjoyed a great BBQ chicken lunch. Soup of the day was chicken. How did the town get its name: the first few years there were gold miners there, they supplemented their winter food...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Back to Chicken and Tok Alaska

July 6, 2010 day 31 It rained heavily about 4 am this morning and there was thunder that woke me up. At least the rain was washing some of the dust off the truck. Carol and Stacy headed out about 8 am to drive to Chicken via the Top of the World hwy. The morning started out with high fog but cleared about 10 am. We spent the morning exploring more of Dawson before heading back the way we came. It was 1 pm by the time we were on the ferry for the return trip to Tok. About 10 miles out of Dawson we saw a moose and 2 babies in the middle of...

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