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Aug 24, 2019 - Our return north to Tok

Tuesday Travel prep day. Ginger did laundry and I did . . . what I do. We had dinner with the “Klutina Crew” – pizza at The Fat Mermaid. It was very good pizza but very expensive. Not so expensive for us because Randy and Kathy bought. Definitely leaves us on the owing end! We said our goodbyes and headed home. At 9:00 we headed over to the hatchery on Allison Pt – thousands of dead salmon and gulls but no bears. We left Wednesday AM. There was heavy smoke for some distance north. There are serious fires burning now as a result of the...

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Aug 9, 2019 - Exit through Tok

Back to Tok. We left at 8:30 am and arrived 3:15 pm, traveling 5.75 hours to go 282.7 miles with a brief scenic stop. After all our distress from the breakdowns, the financial and emotional drain, we are done. We are in going home mode. The others will continue on their own. By 10:00 am we climbed to 3,300’ with spectacular views of the huge Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range and the Matanuska Glacier to the south and the Alaska Range to the north. Naturally we came across lots of road repairs and delays. We got to witness the building of...

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Jun 23, 2019 - Tok, Alaska

The journey to TOK was 1.5 hours and 61.9 miles. We were glad for a shorter drive today as we were driving on such rough roads (what else is new?) with frost heaves and dirt/gravel highway with elevation changes and lots of forest. We stopped before the RV park and all got fuel. Conveniently located next to our RV park, Tundra RV. We took advantage of the free power wash that was behind the fuel station after fueling our motorhomes. We checked into Tundra RV. The owner, Anisa's mother, had passed away a few months ago so Anisa & her...

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Jun 7, 2019 - Tok

We made it to Alaska safe and sound. My preferred RV Park was indeed closed and may never reopen. It’s my understanding that the owner died and no one in his family wanted to keep it going. All the signs on the highway still proclaimed it to be a gas stop, restaurant, and RV Park. Not billboards, the state highway signs. Lots of people wishing they could get gas there I bet. We went on to Tok and stopped for the night at a self serve RV Park, called Alaskan stoves Campground. Ok funny story purported to be true: When they we building the...

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Trip Journal

North to Alaska 2019

May 30, 2019 - Haines

We finished up our Juneau stay by hitting some stores for a few things we wanted, had a couple campfires and were at the ferry terminal late on Tuesday (stayed there overnight) for an early AM departure on Wednesday. The trip to Haines was smooth and scenic. We saw whale blows and scores of sea lions on the shore. We spent two days and three nights in Haines. We stayed at the Oceanside RV Park near downtown. It turns out that Roger Schnabel, father of Parker from the Gold Rush TV program, owns the park. He, father John and Parker all...

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Aug 5, 2018 - Drive from Valdez, Tok, back to Whitehorse

After a fantastic stay in Valdez we headed back north through more beautiful country. On the road we continued to see more and more glaciers and then ran across a very interesting desert like area. It was actually a dry river bed that at one time was a drainage area for a number of large glaciers that have dried up. There was sand blowing around everywhere. Joey had a good time running in the sand. Passed by Destruction Bay, population 55, and growing. It got it's name during the construction of the Alaska Highway, when during a big...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Top of the World Hwy and Tok AK

We left Dawson City after a fun few days and headed west on the Top of the World Hwy. The Hwy gets it name from the fact that it is built on top of the mountains instead of the typical valley construction. Unfortunately we traveled on a very rainy day and we spent quite a bit of the trip in the clouds. We did however get a short view of a couple of caribou herds. There is always a question of how many miles you have to drive on unpaved roads on the way to Alaska. Well, the answer is really none. If you go right up to Anchorage or...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Tok

We did the drive to Tok, Alaska. It was a beautiful drive. A bit long. 430 miles from Haines. We went through both the Canadian border and back through the US border. No problems with either. We've been successful apple smugglers :) On the way, we saw mountains, lakes, rivers, gorgeous scenery, a moose and a grizzly. Doing the long drive today means tomorrow's drive will be much shorter. The days are getting longer as we continue on our northern route.

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Jul 4, 2018 - Happy 4th of July !!!!

We spent the 4th in Tok, sometimes ya just gotta love the spirit of small towns. There was a parade that maybe took about 15 minutes to pass by us, but the participants were having a blast. Afterwards in a small park near the parade route there were the usual July 4th activities, you know, food booths, art & craft booths & of course there were games for the kids. Also scheduled was a best baked cupcake competition ...guess who were the judges ??? Pete & Roger sorta got volunteered but the owner of the RV Park we are staying in. See.....she...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Top of the World Highway & Dawson City

The Top of the World Highway connects Dawson City, Yukon to Tok, Alaska. The road covers 187 miles & meanders along the mountain tops. Views from the highway are breathtaking at times, sometimes your traveling on asphalt, sometimes gravel. Orange flags are placed along the roadside, when you see them...you might want to slow down. Pot holes, heaves & just plain rough spots are present. We only drove to Dawson City in the Yukon & back, it was quite a trip.

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Jul 2, 2018 - Just out for a ride

All four of us piled into the truck on July 2nd...just to look around, it was one of those check out our surroundings day. We drove up to a small town of Delta Junction (which is the end of the Alcan Hwy), grabbed a buffalo burger & headed back to the rigs. Pulled along side of the Tanana River, there were signs with info about the Alcan Highway. The highlight for me was the moose by the roadside...they were so awesome....they kind of pay you no mind (unless you startle them)...then all you get with the camera is a butt shot.

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Jun 29, 2018 - Alaska at Last !!

JUNE 29th Finally heading into ALASKA !!!!! Pete & I got up early & pointed the truck towards Alaska...the last leg of our trip there. We had reservations at the Sourdough RV Park in Tok, that is also where we would catch up with Roger & ReeAnn. Time to check out our surroundings

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