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Oct 14, 2013 - It was a "gale"-la event

October 14, 2013 Zion National Park, UT When we left Haines, AK on the Alaska Marine Hiway Ferry, the night was crystal clear with mucho constellations showing and the northern lights on the horizon. We finally were settled down after our turn at loading the rig into the bowels of the ferry. We were the first pick of the litter out of the many cars, U-hauls and various rigs waiting to load. Imagine our surprise when the attendent asked us to parallel park our trailer and truck in between another motor home and a car. I muffled something...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Who's feeding Skeeter?

Oct. 6th, 2013 Haines, AK When I sent the last entry w/ the pictures of the lynx, I really did have a couple of paragraphs typed up. Then I went to mess around with the map-manager, and lost the entry. It actually seemed OK to send the message, "We're Closed" with no verbage. A subtle statement, for sure. However, I must give credit for the lynx pix to one of our co-hearts who had recently hiked a trail we were on during our last days at Denali. I wish we had taken those snaps, but no. I had discussed the fact that I never addressed the...

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Sep 30, 2013 - America's Largest Nat'l Park

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 It's hard to get a photo of the largest National Park and Preserve in the USA, Wrangell-St. Elias. By itself, this park is over twice the size of Denali at 13.2 million acres. But let's not stop there. Canada boarders our park with Kluane National Park in the Yukon territories and that brings us to 24 million acres of protected areas of immense glaciers, 10 million acres of wilderness, 9 of the 16 highest peaks in North America, braided rivers and active volcanoes. Just imagine how bright the stars are in the night...

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Sep 27, 2013 - The Bucket List

Sept. 27, 2013 Friday afternoon. We're done with with our season of work at Denali National Park, the trailer is ready to roll and tomorrow morning we'll see Mt. McKinley in our rear-view mirrow. The closings progressed from the western end of the park to the eastern end. Jeffrey locked up the Wonder Lake Ranger Station on Sept. 18 as hundreds of Sandhill Cranes circled above. They too are heading south for the winter. Just to add a bit of suspense to the 85 miles return, it snowed the night before Jeffrey departed! Nor snow, nor rain, nor...

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Sep 21, 2013 - It got cold!

The fall in Denali NP was a treat of colorful slopes and tundra full of reds, oranges, burgandies and lime greens. Jeffrey and I captured time for a lovely hike around Cathedral Mtn. This area butts up to a wildlife closure wh/ for yrs. has protected wolf and bear denning areas. (thus the sign). There must be bear around b/c a new sign was installed this summer. The bears had rubbed and chewed the former sign into pieces! On Sept. 12, 2013, I departed from Denali NP for Kelli Dowd and Ryan Kimbrell's wedding in KC, MO. I was in ONLY a...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Fairbanks to Tok

Date: September 13, 2013 Tonight’s Location: Tok, AK Mileage: End - 23136 Start - 22925 Total Miles for the day: 213 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 41º High 51º Wildlife count: Pine Squirrel, Arctic Ground Squirrel Year List: 270 Birds: Black-billed Magpie, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes, American Robins, Black-eyed Junco, Gray Jay We were in no hurry to leave this morning, as we were only going to Tok, so it was a relaxing morning, even if we HAD been awake a few times during the night to check for the Aurora Borealis. Most of...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Alaska at last

Well after 6 days on the road, 4000 odd Kim's and almost as much in gas here we are in Alaska. Crossed the border. Boy are these yanks wankers. So much rigmarole. They took our newly purchased bag of tomatoes. We needed them for dinner. The border is out in the middle of nowhere. Don't they know how hard it is to find a store that sells tomatoes. I guess they have a job to do and they do it well. I wouldn't like to be stationed there. Absolutely nothing there. Had a slow leak in a tyre. Mike took it off in a place called Tok and had it...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Turning Tundra

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 It doesn't matter if you have a point and shoot camera or an expensive SLR with a 300 zoom...pictures just can't capture the explosion of color that is occuring every day now at Denali National Park. It's fall, and the tundra is a quilt of orange, reds, purples, lemons and yellows. It's happening, and it will happen fast! The cousins from Fla. came for a visit to DNP. Byron and Tina Traynor managed to capture their kids and son-in-law for an AK trip and cruise. We connected for a wonderful meal overlooking the park...

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Aug 29, 2013 - 66* 33' north

Aug. 24-27, 2013 The Arctic Circle is an imaginary line encircling the earth at latitude 66*33' North, where the sun does not set on summer solstice nor rise on winter solstice. We went there...and beyond. After a night in Fairbanks watching the northern lights, we headed to Wiseman, AK, population 12, or so. It's a living gold mining history town w/ 3 B&B's. Our hosts have worked hard to rehab old mining cabins, and a fine job they've done. Just like Fannie Quigley in Kantishna, our host has a permafrost storage area under the floor,...

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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 28, 2013 - Day 14: Tok

Day 14: 118 Miles We began this day at Beaver Creek which is just about 20 miles from Alaska. We started out on very bad roads which just got worse. There was lots of road work going on which slowed us more. Apparently the permafrost takes a horrendous toll on roads. In many places the ground is frozen year round at 18 inches below the surface. What this means is that the trees have a very difficult time growing and a woman at the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge told us that trees about 2 inches in diameter could be 150 years old. The trees are very...

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Off to Alaska

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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