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Jun 10, 2014 - ALASKA AT LAST

So sorry I haven't sent out an update. It's been so hard to get good WiFi. I has taken me about 1 1/2 hours to get 10 pictures to upload. There is no 4G here to speed things up. Since we left Dawson Creek, we have over-nighted in Fort Nelson,BC; Laird River Hot Springs,BC; Watson Lake, YT; Whitehorse,YT; Skagway, AK with a boat trip to Juneau; Haines Junction, YT, then on to Tok, AK where we are currently. We leave in the morning for a week in Fairbanks, then to Denali National Park for another week. Things are going well. A few chipped...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Tok Alaska

After a late start, it seems our start is getting later and later, we headed for the American border right outside Beaver Creek. It was a breeze. Tom even got in the correct lane this time! Funny how the Alaskan Highway seemed to become a better road in the US, at least for a little while. We traveled through the Tetlin Wildlife Refuse Area which is supposed to have a lot of migrating birds and wildlife. They must have been doing something else because we didn't see much of anything, including birds. However, We did discover an old wooden...

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May 22, 2014 - Whitehorse to Tok Alaska

We spent the night at Pioneer RV and it was pretty cold. We left around 8:20 a.m. PDT with 41 degrees registered on the coach system—had a pretty heavy frost. A few miles/kilometers north of Whitehorse we were supposed to watch for elk and livestock along the roadside! We spotted several horses, but the picture didn’t turn out too clear as I took it out my window which doesn’t work. Never did see any elk though. So the first pictures I took were of the Kluane Range Ice Fields; they are awesome so hope you enjoy them. Then there was a micro...

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May 21, 2014 - Alaska Hwy...Michelle the Musher, Carcross Desert, Tagish and White River, YK

Just south of Whitehorse, on the way to Skagway where we will go on the return trip, are the towns of Carcross and Tagish. Along the route that day was the splendid Emerald Lake and unique Carcross Desert. Near Carcross we stopped at Caribou Crossing which is owned and operated by Michelle Phillips, a competitive dog sled racer (musher) for over 14 years. Here she keeps her dogs and equipment and a small collection of other critters. She gave us a personalized tour and briefing on what happens in a dog sled race. Very interesting. Not much...

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Oct 23, 2013 - Peddle to the Metal

Where can you find warm temperatures in October in the lower 48? That was what we wondered, and what we were seeking. As we drove off the ferry in Bellingham, WA we knew we had to go south asap. Forget that we really wanted to visit Olympic NP... it was closed. :( So, our goal was to drive down to Zion NP in southern Utah, which was OPEN. Nice temps, nice hikes, nice food. Further south ='s warmer temps... so off to southern AZ and NM. We treated ourselves w/ a hold up for 2 nites at Faywood Hot Springs in the desert of NM. Can you spell...

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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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