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Aug 28, 2013 - Reconnecting in Tok

Wed Aug 28 As we packed up and hooked up in a light rain, the realization was starting to set in that our time left in Alaska is growing very short. We left Wrangell-St. Elias behind for now and drove 2 hours north to Tok, arriving at the Sourdough Campground in the mid-afternoon. They have a car/RV wash and though I wasn’t really inspired to do it, I figured that we had better avail ourselves of the opportunity and wash the trailer before moving onto our site. It surely needed it! After setting up we drove to Dave and Sue’s house. We had...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Day 14 - Even more beautiful scenery from Anchorage to Tok!

We left the comfort of the Residence Inn in Anchorage and looked forward to our drive to Tok. The weatherman was wrong in predicting rain today as we had sunshine and blue skies in Anchorage. But as we were driving away from the city we could see a dark band of clouds along the horizon - we expected to see rain right away but somehow we never caught up with it. We stopped at a viewpoint outside of Anchorage so I could take a final picture of the braided river below. I met a fellow up at the viewpoint who turned out to be a professional...

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Aug 21, 2013 - Termination Dust

Last night it happened. SNOW on the peaks and foothills, aka "Termination Dust." That's it, summer is over and we're heading to fall like a roller coaster heading straight down the cliff. We've got 'color' as they say in Alaska. Only it's not gold flakes in a pan; aspens, cottonwoods and tundra are turning bright yellows and reds. The blueberries are getting wrinkled - so I figure I scooped the last batch at Wonder Lake on Mon. Oh - let's revisit blueberries for the fun of it! We had visitors to Wonder Lake (the Hufstetlers from GA) last...

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Roving Rangers

Aug 18, 2013 - Day 8 - The “Rough” section of highway not so bad after all!

We heard so many bad things about this 135 stretch from Burwash Landing to the US border, that we really weren’t sure what to expect! As it turned out we had a fairly easy drive. Yes, there was quite a bit of frost heave and several short gravel sections, but we just slowed down and had no trouble with any of it. The hardest part of that drive was watching out for the unfilled pot holes! But I guess most people would say the worst section was between Beaver Creek and the U.S. border. It was all gravel road, but only for about 12 miles and...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Back home to tha Coach in Tok

It is Saturday and I am getting caught up on the Blog. We are rested after our Dawson City adventure. The black sand and gold are drying in the pan on the hood of the jeep. Ruth Ann did some house work and laundry in the washer and we are setting outside checking the weather. The sky is overcast but no rain yet and the temperature in in the mid 6os. We are looking forward to what we will do next. I hate to leave for the south this early. I am thinking of maybe driving back to Chicken and trying some more placer gold prospecting next week...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Heading South to Tok

8-11-2013 Palmer to Tok. It was raining this morning as we got underway for Tok. We didn't quite know what to expect weather wise today, but it cleared up quickly as we slowly ambled over a 2 lane hiway. We went up into the mountains up to 3200 feet at the highest point and enjoyed the views of the Mat-su glacier and the Mat-su valley. The two lane road was a pretty rough ride all day, so rough that all the toliet paper came off the roll and was on a pile on the bathroom floor! Considering we have air bags etc. that is a pretty rough ride....

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Aug 11, 2013 - A nice sunny drive to Tok

We got a mid morning start with the weather improved some. We saw a bear cub after some salmon near the hatchery as we were leaving. We headed north toward Tok and hadn't gotten 50 miles and the sun shown and the sky turned to partly cloudy. We continued and drove the 264 miles to Tok arriving about 5PM at the campground after filling the fuel tank on the coach. The Wrangell mountains were beautiful off to our east and south the entire drive. They are snow capped.

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Aug 10, 2013 - Blueberry stains

Aug. 10, 2013 I've never picked blueberries from the Alaska tundra. I've picked blueberries from our Ellijay neighbors who had 5 bushes that turned to trees for which you needed a ladder to pick the ripe ones. I've bent over in Maine to pluck the little units from under cover... but I've never picked blueberries while trying to balance on a mattress. Just across the dirt road from the Wonder Lake Ranger Station are a million zillion blueberries growing on the tundra. Local Alaskans know that the picking rate of such round units is speeded...

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Roving Rangers

Aug 5, 2013 - Whitehorse YT to Tok AK

We awoke well rested and felt almost at home. The B&B that we stayed in last night was really nice. We made a sizable breakfast and were out the door at 8:00 am and filled up with gas shortly after that. We hopped on highway 1, which is the Alaska ( ALCAN) highway in the Yukon and headed west. Most of the scenery this morning was much like what we had seen heading over to the Stewart-Cassiar Highway from Prince George BC on the Yellowhead Hwy ( BC16). Mountains, valleys, rivers, streams, and A LOT of coniferous trees. This changed as we...

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Alaska Bound 2013

Aug 3, 2013 - Returning Thru Canada towards USA

We have loved many things about this trip including the many miles of pristine scenery both in Canada and Alaska ... amazing sights that struck us with awe and wonder that our God would truly give us these great gifts to enjoy. There were many things, tho, that we didn't enjoy as much, such as horrendous roads, glacial dust that permeated every nook & cranny of our trailer and inevitable tire and mechanical problems it dealt. Whatever else is true, this one thing for me is really true: I wouldn't have missed it for the world! I have loved...

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Aug 1, 2013 - Trip to TOK

We have run into a problem with adding picturs. There is a limit of 150 pictures in 30 days and we have put in 129 already sotere will have to use some discression in adding pictures. On this day we moved from Chicken, Alaska to Tok, Alaska. On our way out of town we stopped to get some gas and this chicken was perched on top of a sign at the gas station. The town of Chicken had chickens perched everywhere. It would actually be hard to forget the name of this town with all the chicken reminders. Even the postmistress had chickens sitting...

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North To Alaska 2013

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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