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Jul 19, 2015 - Glacier View

Yesterday we spent the day in Anchorage museums and a festival. Today we drove a short distance, arrived early, and spent the afternoon here watching the Dall sheep on the mountains across the street and drinking cheap wine. We finally got the good weather, so I was able to post a few scenery pix. Temps have been in the low 50s in the daytime since we got to Alaska. We had 60s today. We are on the home stretch now. In a few days we will put the camper on the Alaska ferry and take the inside passage to the south. I will not be posting then....

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Jun 15, 2015 - Matanuska Glacier

Did I say the other day that if you had seen one glacier then you had seen them all? NOT! Today our journey takes us down the Glenn Hwy toward Matanuska Glacier. This glacier is the largest glacier accessible by personal vehicle. That's right; you can actually drive down to the glacier where you can then go anywhere on it that you want but only after you sign 5 pages acknowledging that it is dangerous and the park does not assume any responsibility for any injuries or death. Really encouraged me to move forward! One of the things I have had...

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Aug 6, 2014 - Valdez to Tok

Monday, August 4, 2014 - Wednesday, August 6 Happy Birthday to our brother-in-law, Jerry Hackenberg. Hope you had a great day. Our day started out with rain and 53⁰. We spent the morning catching up on emails and paperwork. My, the information we have accumulated on this trip – purge, purge, purge! About noon the sun came out and things were looking brighter. We stopped at the Salmon Gulch fish hatchery. Talk about a fisherman’s dream. The salmon were so thick you could walk across the stream on their backs. The water was absolutely...

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Jul 20, 2014 - En route to Glennallen

Sun., July 20th – We took our time driving the Glen Highway between Wasilla/Palmer and Glennallen. Even though it was very overcast and drizzling at times, the views of the many lush pine covered mountains, the Matanuska Glacier, and the braided rivers along this route were breathtaking. We could only imagine what it would have been like on a clear day. At the Richardson Hwy junction, we turned south in the direction of Valdez. We chose to stop early at a pull-out near the river so Steve could try fishing a bit in the Klutina…a hot spot for...

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Jun 24, 2014 - To Glennallen. Copper River.

We drove off the highway to Chitina on the Copper River. The king and red (sockeye) salmon spawned from this river are famous here and throughout the West. The salmon heavily marketed in the lower 48 are caught in the salt water but fishing is still popular far upstream. Check the ingenious fish wheels in the pictures.

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Jun 21, 2014 - Glenn Highway North

Not much today since we are on the move to Valdez. Stayed in a nice RV park on Tosolna creek. The names of so many streams and lakes end in "na." It means "river" in the Ahtna language. There's the Tanana, Nanana, Tosolna...but haven't found a Banana River yet.

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Jun 9, 2014 - On the Richardson Highway

After we broke camp, we started down the Richardson Highway. What views. We have seen a lot of mountains on this trip but these were magnificent! The Aussies said it was a better road than the Tok Cutoff but I beg to differ. This road had a lot of "frost heaves" but you couldn't go to fast because you were looking out the window and stopping for pictures. The Richardson goes from Delta Junction to Valdez and cuts between the Alaskan and Chugach mountain ranges. It was actually the first road gold miners came to in 1898. Right out of Delta...

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Jul 24, 2013 - From Anchorage to Glennallen

Got up at 4 a.m. and was on the road by 5:30 for the long drive from Anchorage to Valdez. If you look on a map at the distance between Anchorage and Valdez, it does not seem too far. However, there is no direct road between them because of the mountains. To get from Anchorage to Valdez, first you must travel east to Clennallen and then south on a different highway which curves to the south-west, back toward Anchorage. We arrived in Valdez at about 2:30 p.m. It is at least a six-hour drive in a car, not including any stops. With the trailer...

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Jul 21, 2013 - Wasilla to Glennallen

Saturday, July 20, 2013 I picked up the GPS unit from the UPS office. Rand McNally said they sent me a new one. We will have to see. Judy is at Wal-Mart and is going to get her nails done while she is out. I am trying to catch up on the journal. The pictures are a little out of sync but I will try to catch up so they make some sense. I cooked pork chops on the grill and Judy fixed corn, green beans and potato salad. Great meal. Just sittin around watching TV. Sunday, July 21, 2013 we drove from Wasilla to Glennallen and stopped for the...

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Jul 15, 2013 - Palmer - Glennallen

Monday, July 15 Weather: Overcast gray sky & cool in the morning, warm sun and cool breezes in the afternoon Temp: 50’s and 60’s Woke up to overcast, gray skies this morning and long sleeved shirts felt good. Wilmer worked on the journal while I made breakfast and packed up the tent and gear. Breakfast, we worked on the journal and posted some new pictures. Everything is just so beautiful and it’s difficult to decide how many pictures to post and which ones we should just keep until we come home. We worked on the journal until 12:00 noon...

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Jul 8, 2013 - Glenn Highway

Monday, July 8, 2013 Weather: Rainy in Valdez then more sunny as we headed north Temp: Mostly 50’s and down into the 40’s in higher elevations, fresh snow on the peaks along the Glenn Highway Janie wasn't feeling well, so she slept in while I went down to the lobby to use the wired computer in the business center to make flight reservations for us to fly out to the bush village of Aniak, AK. Lloyd Leinbach, who grew up on the farm next to us, along with his wife, are doing mission work in that village for the summer and invited us to come...

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Jun 15, 2013 - First Day in Alaska

Wow, we got to Alaska & it's hot - in the 70s today! It made for a wonderful drive. The roads were better today - longer stretches of good road but still lots of 25-35 mph thru frost heaves. We read in the Milepost that Black Spruce grow so slowly that a tree 2 inches in diameter may be 100 years old. Black Spruce thrive (think that's a relative term considering the previous statement) where few other plants survive. They spread their roots in the boggy, shallow soil (muskeg) above permanently frozen ground. So we decided if we see Black...

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