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Aug 14, 2014 - Tok to Canada Today

We arrived at Mt View RV in Palmer on Friday after fueling up at SAM’s Club in Anchorage. Diesel was $3.979/gallon. It was $3.939 when we were there in May! After we got situated we drove back to Anchorage, had dinner at Red Robin with David and Lori Gillam, then got what groceries at SAM’s that we wanted. On Saturday we took a drive to Palmer and Wasilla. We drove up Hatcher Pass past the lodge and to where the Hatcher Pass Loop takes off. It is a dirt road and ends up farther north on the Parks Hwy. We decided we had gone far enough. We...

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Aug 12, 2014 - Valdez, AK to Tok, AK

We got up to more rain this morning but just sprinkles. Jim, Bob, Tony, Lon and Terry went back to see the salmon being processed at the fish ladder. They take the eggs from the returning females and fertilize them, millions every year. The tide was really low so they saw lots of salmon and sea gulls feeding on them. I will attempt to put a video on later of this event. They also went by the Peter Pan Fish processing plant and picked up enough salmon for a couple of meals. UMMMM! We had a nice drive today but saw no wild life. We sat out in...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Tok AK

Well we are back in Tok Alaska, the first town on the Alaska Highway inside Alaska. That means tomorrow we are officially on our way back to Merritt Island. Of course it will probably take us 6 weeks to get there including the planned, and maybe unplanned as of now, side trips and stops. Since Dianna does not need to be back by September 8th for her Red Hat event, there is no hurry in returning. We can make shorter driving days and maybe stop in the Smoky Mountains when we pass through them. Tomorrow we head for Kluane Lake on the Alaska...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Mystery in Alaska (unlike the movie of almost the same name)

Today, we began our trek back south. The only way out of Valdez is to take the Richardson Highway north to Glennallen. Then, the Tok Cutoff to the northeast, where we overnighted at Tok. Everyone driving to or from Alaska passes through Tok. As we went through the Thompson Pass (at some 2600 feet) "just" north of Valdez (mile 26 of the Richardson Highway), we noticed a set of poles and cables with a solar power array at the top of the "hill" above us. While it was not truly hidden, almost none of it was visible from the highway. We took...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Tok, AK

We left Valdez at 7:20 this morning. What a beautiful drive the A-1 was between Glenallen and Tok. From high elevation plateaus to mountain ranges on either side of the hwy. The snow capped Mt. Wrangell (14,160 ft) and Mt. Sanford (16,237 ft) were stunning. We pulled into the Sourdough Campground at 1:30 just in time for the sky to open up and pour rain. Got the last pull-thru site they had. All the rest are reserved for a caravan coming in later today. Going to stay here a couple of days and go up to Chicken tomorrow.

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Jul 28, 2014 - Day 40 Chicken to Tok

Today was a fairly easy day, driving from Chicken, AK to Tok (pronounced toke) along the Taylor Highway. The 80 mile trip was beautiful along the lonely road. Only 2 cars passed us, but yet the campgrounds are full in the evening. I guess everybody wanted to stay in Chicken for another day, but I can't imagine why. We took a picture of Bertie next to some beautiful fireweed. Fireweed is a common wildflower along the roads of the North, and is the territorial flower of the Yukon. Fireweed is named for its ability to flourish in burn areas....

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Jul 27, 2014 - Tok, AK

A travel day from Fairbanks to Tok. Yes, we’ve been here before, but today we’re coming in from a different direction. We were given an optional side trip and we decided to take it. It was to Rika’s Roadhouse. We were all set to see a real roadhouse and have lunch there, but found out they were closed. Rats. We could look around, though. There were signs up displaying what was there and we read those. A little disappointing. When we got in to the campground, we had a drivers meeting and then we headed out to Fast Eddy’s for some food. Good...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Kluane Lake to Tok, Ak

We left this morning and knew we would have a rough and long day. The roads were worse than either of our other two trips. We made several stops along the way and managed to make the drive, 280 miles, in 7 hours. Not many animals on the drive, but we are being patience. After arriving at Tok Jim, Terry and Bob washed the truck, our 5th wheel and Bob's RV. We all were able to set out and had a great happy hour. Everyone but Janette and Lon, they had left overs that needed to be used, went out for dinner, just next door. We had a great...

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Jul 25, 2014 - Back to Tok

Fri., July 25th – Not much to report today as it was a travel day back to Tok. It feels like we’ve made a giant 6 week loop around the state of Alaska and come back to our point of entry. Upon our arrival here, we learned of an earthquake in Juneau that disrupted internet service all the way up here. Also, the scenic train ride we had on our schedule for Haines just derailed, injuring 19 people. That excursion will be dropped from the itinerary! Tomorrow we cross the border and begin our trek back over the rough and rugged Canadian roads to...

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Jul 23, 2014 - Anchorage; Glennallen; Valdez; Chitina

Our second trip through Anchorage included grocery shopping/restocking, cooking and freezing meals in preparation for our return trip down the Alaska Highway, and a day of R&R. We did take an afternoon to visit Earthquake Park where, back in 1964, 75 homes were lost when the community (which was built on sandy bluffs) fell into Cook Inlet during the most powerful earthquake recorded in U.S. and North American history (second strongest ever recorded in the world) - recorded at 9.2. The aftershocks on that day included 11 at more than 6.2,...

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Jul 17, 2014 - Canyon City Hike, Dawson City, Top Of The World Highway, Chicken & Tok

While in Whitehorse, YT we took the Canyon City hike. It is part of the Trail of 98. All part of the gold rush. The next day we left Whitehorse and drove to Dawson City. It was not long in terms of miles but a lot of 30 mph roads. We passed through Carmack and totally missed the fish ladders and trails. Our next stop was at 5 Fingers Rapids where we took the 227 steps down to the trail. It was about ½ mile hike out to the rapids and well worth the hike. It was fun watching canoes going through the rapids. They were loaded down to the max. A...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Tok

Driving today was a breeze compared to yesterday. 78 miles from Chicken to Tok, AK and it only took us 3 hours. The road was paved for most of the way. The landscape didn’t change much from yesterday, same rolling mountains, but you could see really big ones in the distance with snow on the top. When we got here there was a car wash and RV wash! Everybody got in the act. You could not believe how much dirt was on the truck and the camper. I’d given up looking out the rear windows of the camper because they were so dirty. It did my heart...

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