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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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Jun 30, 2014 - A day at Sourdough Campground

The camp was almost full this morning. By mid-afternoon, only a few of us were left. This evening again, lots of campers, especially another Netherlands tour group like the one that was here when we were here sometime last week, I guess. Paul is still in awe of their organization. They arrive with multiple cars. In an hour all the tents are up and dinner prep is underway. I think it is a case of having done this many times and of having many workers and volunteers. Missed the pancacke toss again. Dave, our host, came over as I headed past...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 30, 2014 - Sun, 6/29. Denali Highway

Up at 6:30 to leave for breakfast by 8:45, as planned. However, we got out a little late as we found that we have a non-functioning right turn signal. The closest place to find a replacement is Tok. On to breakfast at the Cantwell Cafe. The food was good. I had prime rib with eggs and potatoes. The beef was not so nice. We were on our way slightly before 10:00 am After some debate we decided to take the Denali Highway. It's 135 miles, 35 of it paved. Paul wanted an adventure. We wore thru a safety chain which dragged on the road and lost...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 25, 2014 - Alaska! Made it to Tok - June 2014

The official Canadian-US International Border is located at Historic Milepost 1221. There is a rest area with markers and interpretive panels telling of the amazing challenges of building the northern portion of the Alcan Highway. An interesting factoid I found in the Milepost talks about the boundary line between the Yukon and Alaska originally being defined in a treaty between Russia and England in 1825. The US accepted this version when it bought Alaska from Russia in 1867. When gold was discovered in the Klondike in 1896, an argument...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Tok - then on to Fairbanks, AK

We arrived in Tok, AK, Friday evening, and parked at the Tok River Recreation Area about 8pm last night. After eating in the RV, we went to bed earlier than usual. With all the time changes, you hardly know the time! Yukon was in the Pacific Time Zone, and Alaska Time Zone is one hour behind. So we are 4 hours different from Eastern! Tok has about 1400 people, and seems quite small, mostly motels and campgrounds! Gas was $4.06 a gallon, much better than the $5.85 we spent one time in B.C. The highest price for gas we saw was $1.77 a liter....

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Jun 21, 2014 - Haines back to Tok

Long driving day made longer by road construction and a bike race. But we did see two bears and a moose (now Ted is happy), maybe trumpeter swans. The skies were clear and we could see mountains and the clear waters of the lakes. Happy to be out of the car. Tonight the shortest night, plus I don't know what time zone I'm in!

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Jun 17, 2014 - Mon, 6/16 Destruction Bay to Tok

Paul woke up at 1:15am, looked out and saw blue sky and daylight. We heard that daylight lasted 21 hours and 3 min. The solstice is approaching. I do appreciate the blackout curtains on this camper. We were on the road to Tok, Alaska at 8:30 after breakfast for us and Flutie. We had a brilliant blue sky and cold wind. Saw badland type formations at the Duha River. Paul saw a fox cross the road but I missed it. The road from about 70 miles east of Beaver Cross, on the US/CA border was the worst, nothing but an obstacle course of swlales,...

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To Alaska and Back

Jun 17, 2014 - Fairbanks to Tok

Gorgeous mountain view as we passed Delta Junction toward Paxson for 60 miles. Then we returned to Delta Junction to head east to Tok. It started to rain and be cool. Spent night at a B and B. Met some interesting people from all over the globe. One man had driven in from Dawson City and gave us the road update. Know tomorrow will be a long hard drive.

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Jun 13, 2014 - Tok Alaska

We made it to Alaska. Actually this it our second time in Alaska. On the way here we took a detour and went to Skagway. They did not have free Wifi there and the next place did not have it either. Here in Tok I can use the smartphone to send this. My little computer is also giving me connection problems. The road from Kluane Lake to the border was the worst of the whole trip. At times we were down to less than 10 mph. Tomorrow is a rest day then off to Dawson City Canada via the Top of the World highway. It is 180 miles with 60 miles of...

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