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Jun 9, 2015 - The Richardson Highway

Today we headed south down the Richardson Highway. We are headed in the general direction of Valdez, but first will stop at an old mining town called McCarthy. We had heard about this place from a fellow RVer at the Tetlin Campground and decided to check it out. On the way, we passed a place called Summit Lake. Every April they have a competition that turns this town of 200 residents to about 40,000. It is called the Annual Arctic Man and Sno-Go Classic. It is a team event with one person downhill skiing from an elevation of 5800 feet to...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Travel on the Denali Highway

On the Richardson Highway, heading to the desolate Denali Highway which is 136 miles of mostly gravel from the Richardson back to the Parks Road near Denali. We left Fairbanks after Dick got his blood drawn for his PSA test and I had a chance to talk with Lois and my friend Linda in Indianapolis. I also got a great newsy e-mail from my friend Miriam in Round Rock. You can go days with no communication…not even a radio! I have some music CDs for as we travel, and occasionally we have electricity and time for a movie. Most electricity nights...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Juneau to Paxson Lake

Day 30: July 1, 2014 Maryann’s birthday was taken up mostly by the ferry ride between Juneau and Skagway. We arrived in Skagway about 1:30 pm and went directly to Garden City RV Park. The weather was clear and warm. There were a number of families near us in the RV Park and some little boys were busy playing soccer – of course, the World Cup Matches were ongoing at the time. Day 31: July 2, 2014 We had a long steep (11% grade) climb out from Skagway and the truck didn’t have a problem. Shortly after reaching the top, we got to the border...

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Alaska 2014

Jun 5, 2014 - Denali Highway

The 80-mile drive from Delta Junction to Paxson, at the beginning of the Denali Highway, took 4 1/2 hours because of all the stops. We ended at Tangle Lakes BLM Campground with Bill and Judi. Cousin Ike (Bill's brother) and Debbie came up from their home in Anchorage. We had a great steak dinner thanks to Ike and Debbie!

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Aug 24, 2013 - Fairbanks to Paxson - a return trip down the Richardson

Sat Aug 24 The rain stopped overnight and after dumping, we left Fairbanks behind. We made a stop a short distance down the road at the Knotty Shop. Yup – been there before. Ginger bought two nice wine glasses. Don’t worry, we still have the plastic ones for guests - LOL! As we traveled south we noticed that there is now much more water in the Tanana River. It has rained several days during the past week. We stopped at the visitor center in Delta Junction – the end (or beginning if you are headed “outside”) of the AlCan, or Alaska Highway,...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Denali Highway

Thursday, July 4 Weather: Cloudy & showers much of the day Temp: 50’s much of the day – dipping down in the 40’s After a hot breakfast and packing up camp, we left the Teklanika Campground around 8:00 am and drove to the Visitors Center at the entrance of Denali. The Dog Sled Unit for Denali National Park was holding an interpretive program and we wanted to be there. We rode the shuttle from the Visitors Center out to where the dogs were housed and were able to spend some time interacting with the dogs before the program. The ranger doing...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Back on the Richardson Highway

Sun June 23, 2013 On our way south again on the Richardson Highway. The segment between Fairbanks and Delta Junction will be a repeat. On the way south we stopped at The Knotty Shop. Stop here! They give free ice cream to travelers displaying their ad in the Milepost but they also have an unusual and interesting collection of products made of wood. They also have a small gun collection and a nice full mount Alaska wildlife collection. I bought a bottle of birch syrup to try. They say it goes great on sourdough pancakes!? In Delta Junction I...

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Jul 2, 2012 - North on Richardson Highway

The next morning, we checked out of the lodge and continued east on the Glenn Highway. When we reached Glennallen, we headed north on the Richardson Highway. Our next destination would be the Tangle Lakes, where we would camp for a few nights. The views on this part of the trip were amazing.

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Jun 25, 2012 - the Richardson Highway

The weather in Fairbanks was just what we wet and cold travelers needed; we actually had to run the A/C now and then. Although there were some pleasantly forested rolling hills around the flatness that is Fairbanks, it could not compete with the stunning scenery in other parts of the state. So we began the route south toward Valdez and the mountains and glaciers with fingers crossed; the forecast is not particularly favorable. Our first stop on the road was at The Knotty Shop, a store that capitalizes on the burl knots that trees form...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Paxson

After getting an oil change, new fuel filter and tire rotation on the Pickup we stocked up groceries. We stopped by Steve Markham son’s house to retrieve the Geo and thank them for taking such good care of our shuttle, we headed to Delta Junction. We headed south on the on the Richardson Highway our goal is a return to Valdez and taking the Alaskan Ferry to Cordova to visit the Childs Glacier. We made it as far as Paxson where Spent the night. On our drive we spotted a cow moose and calf, Canadian Lynx and a porcupine, all brief sightings...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Alaska - day 4

6/21/11 – We left Tek campground around 7:30am. We wanted to have enough time to ‘spot’ along the highway, dump the tanks and get to the sled dogs by 10. It worked out fine. We didn’t see as many animals on the way out, but got to see a momma / baby moose right by the road. Dumping the tanks for the first time was a non-issue. We then went and dropped off the Lion travel bug we brought from Pittsburgh. Then it was off to the sled dog camp. That was great. We got to see/pet dozens of dogs and then there was a 1/2hr demonstration from the...

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Aug 24, 2010 - Tangle Lakes and Out

Aug 24th Tue. No luck so far on the hunt for river fishing. Stopped at a couple on the way to Glenallen with no luck. Decided we need to go back to Tangle Lakes, where I’m pretty sure I can find AG there. We make the 70 mile drive back up to the high country of Tangle Lakes, we cross the river only to find the State camp ground closed through the week and only open on the week end. Now I’m not just a little upset but I’m a whole lot upset. There’s a day use only site up the river a half mile, but with no over night camping. I know there’s...

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