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Jul 31, 2013 - Homer to Beaver Creek, Yukon

July 27 - July 31 We left Homer and headed back to Anchorage. Our mission now that we are back on the road is to hook back up with our caravan in Tok. Traveling along the highway we come upon Cooper Landing and discover that the combat fishing is indeed in full progress. This area is the center for salmon fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. They come from all over the world to fish here. All the "pullouts" for RV's and cars were full of fishermen along the highway. We spent the night at the Golden Nugget Campground. Charlie was lucky enough to...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Tok, AK

Thursday, July 25, 2013 we drove from Valdez to Tok, Ak. We are back at Tundra RV Park, the same one we stayed in as we came into Alaska. We will stay here until we get the mail. We looked for moose all day but it rained most of the way and the fog was real heavy out of Valdez. We saw no moose but we did see one black bear crossing the road but it was too far away to get a picture and by the time we got there it was gone. The road was not the best and the driving was very tough. Friday, July 26, 2013 we rested and went downtown Tok. You...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Back at Tok

Back on the Alaska highway at Tok. We stopped here to do some grocery shopping and buy gasoline. I stocked up on cheese, hamburger, hotdogs and chocolate. Not only because these things are cheaper in the United States but because you cannot buy them in Canada without trans fat. Trans fat is not a fat, but a preservative. It makes things last a few days longer on the grocery store shelf. It is known to clog up your arteries and cause heart attacks. It is banned in some countries. In the Untied States it is not banned but most products do not...

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Jul 30, 2013 - The Lake House

July 30, 2013 (really?) We've decided to admit that our time together at Wonder Lake Ranger Station is rather like visiting at a wilderness lake house. It's quiet, it's private, it's 2 football fields away from Wonder Lake, it's 85 miles into the wilderness and it has a drop-dead view of the largest mtn in no. America, Mt. McKinley. Right now the fireweed is lining the park road w/ a swath of pink for those 85+ miles. It's mother nature on steroids. Quick wilderness myth re: fireweed. Old timers say when the blooms on the fireweed reach the...

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Jul 28, 2013 - Tok, Alaska

On the way to Tok we stopped at Delta Junction to tour the visitor's center, and get pastries. We also stopped to get pictures of the "End of The Alaskan Highway" sign. Deleta Junction claims it is the end of the highway and so does Fairbanks. We also go pictures of the giant mosquitos. At Tok we just stayed for the night and did not do anything as this was the second time the caravan had been here (we missed the first time because of our breakdown).

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Travel 2013

Jul 18, 2013 - travel day

Up at 7:00 because my phone started ringing and it was a wrong number, I could get back to sleep and Buddy was already up so I just got up and had coffee and started getting ready to go. We left around 9:10 heading N on Alaska Hwy 4 then picking up Alaska Hwy 1 N in Glenallen stopping by the store for a fountain coke (hard to find up here). We had not traveled this road yet and it was a very nice scenic road with lots of mountains and pines, not much for places to stop but up here that’s common, we did come across a Yard Sale and were able...

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Jul 16, 2013 - Critters galore

July 16, 2013 The way one travels thru Denali National Park is on shuttle or tour bus. The bus drivers are very convincing that the green/tan colored school bus act as a 'blind' to animals, and therefore their movements are not concerned w/ the buses stopping along the road. Visitors are instructed to keep their voices low and their body parts inside the bus, as well as camera lenses. Does it work? Seems to. We've been treated on the last 2 rides into the park to a plethora of sightings. Brother Steve visited last week and we ventured out...

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Jul 4, 2013 - Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July in a Nat'l Park is rather quiet. It's against regs to set off fireworks... re: animals and fire safety... and in Denali we don't have enough darkness to see them anyway. I must reflect that at this holiday of family gatherings and BBQ's, there are 19 families of an elite Hot Shot team from Prescott, AZ that are not celebrating today... but mourning the loss of their loved ones in a terrible wildland fire incident. Thank you for your efforts, may you all RIP. Our local hot shots were called back into the Wonder Lake area for...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Valdez to Tok, AK - Day 31

July 1, 2013..Day 31. We left the RV park in Valdez and went downtown to the Valdez Museum. We viewed a film about the ExxonValdez oil spill. After the museum, we walked across the street to Anne's Place where we viewed a film about the 1964 Alaskan earthquake and all the devastation. We left Valdez and headed north on AK Hwy. 4 in light rain. We saw Pump Station 12 (for the pipeline). The sun finally peeked out about noon in time for us to stop for lunch alongside Pippin Lake. We turned north on AK Hwy. 1 at Gakona, AK. We encountered more...

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North to Alaska 2013

Jun 26, 2013 - Fire in the Kantishna Hills

Long weekend at Wonder Lake. HOT, dry, mosquitoes on steroids. On my 3 day weekend, I boogied out to Wonder Lake to visit Jeffrey - who has to work while I get to play. This time I was accompanied by our friend from Ellijay, GA, Kelly, who is visiting DNP. We took the shuttle bus out at 4:10, arriving at Wonder Lake at 9:10pm. The next day, Kelly and I were able to jump on the tour bus and head to the historic mining district of Kantishna, 9 miles away. There we enjoyed seeing the cabin of Fannie and Joe Quigley, pioneers and miners who...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Haines, to Tok, AK

Monday, June 24, 2013 Weather: Beautiful sunny day Temp: 80’s We woke up to the sound of the rushing river next to our campsite that lulled us into a deep, restful sleep last night. After removing our sleep masks and our eyes becoming adjusted to the brilliance of the sunshine filtering through the spruce trees onto our tent we amused ourselves for a while watching the swarm of mosquitoes between the tent & the rain fly, just waiting for us to climb out so that they could have breakfast. Wilmer had “lost” his lens cap so he retraced his...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Mile 1278 - Tok, Alaska

Today we drove the final stretch of highway to the Alaska border. The Alaska Highway in this area is in terrible condition. It is full of pot-holes, heaves, dips, long mud and gravel sections. One stretch of gravel and mud was 22 kilometres. Although the road was bad, it was very scenic. There are hundreds of small, unnamed lakes, many with a resident pair of Tundra Swans. About noon we arrived at the Alaska border. No problem at customs. We stopped here for some photos. Laura took my photo with one foot in Canada and the other in Alaska....

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