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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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2014 Alaska Trip

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 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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Alaska Trip

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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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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