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Jul 13, 2016 - MatSu Campground

Today was laundry day and a day to take care of some maintenance items on the motorhome here at Matsu campground. The main thing I did was to add water to the batteries, they didn't take much. I was glad about that because they are new batteries. It was such a nice clear day here that the host suggested that we take a ride north about 20 miles for a view of Denali. There are a lot of people that come through here and never get to see the mountain because of fog or clouds or rainy weather. We took care of that today and got to see a...

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Jul 12, 2016 - Willow, Alaska

After about having a heart attack after seeing the baseplate on the Tracker about to fall off, I called a repair shop that I found on the internet. The guy was real nice and said to have the Tracker over to his shop at 10 am, I was there at 9:30. He was confident that he could have it back together by the middle of the afternoon. I was really surprised when he pulled up to the motorhome around noon with the Tracker done! There are still some good people in this world, my faith in mankind has been renewed. Got back on the road north around...

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Jun 4, 2015 - GAH HQ, Anchorage, AK to Willow Creek State Rec Area, Willow, AK

Thursday, June 4, 2015 GAH HQ, Anchorage, Alaska to Willow Creek State Rec Area, Willow, Alaska 93.8 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confuscious It was a slightly noisy night but we slept ok. Noise started for real at 6, finally rolled out of bed at 7. It was another cloudy day, 50 degrees in the morning. We did more Anchorage research and then got dressed. Made tea and updated yesterday's trip journal. Tried to get a plan together, but the weather is making it hard. They are predicting rain today...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Susitna Landing

Susitna Landing is a nice state park which fishermen on the Susitna River use. It has a great boat ramp and electricity! Two fly fishers came in the evening. They were "spey casting" to king salmon using a large bead head fly with a red yarn trailing body. 13' 3" double-handed fly rods with a sinking fly line that reminded me of a clothes line. Spey casting does not lift the line back in forth high in the air is a series of false casts like Ed does. It was more like a leap frog, roll casting method. Ed has a video of the technique but...

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Jul 2, 2011 - Denali to Talkeetna to Willow

We spent the morning going back and forth from the Mercantile to the Visitor's Center in Denali. We probably put 50 miles on the RV just doing that! I updated the blog at the Mercantile while everyone else went back to the Train Depot to get tickets. They picked me up and we went back to the Train Depot to drop them off. They took the 12:30 train from Denali to Talkeetna and Jack and I had a nice quiet drive south. :) We stopped to gas up in the small town of Cantwell and only got 8 gallons since it was $5.50/gallon. OUCH! Talkeetna sits at...

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Jun 7, 2011 - Flight Seeing

Day 23 Miles: 204 Total: 5241 Campground: Willow Creek Resort, Willow, AK What more can you say – another wonderful day in Alaska. The morning was spent catching up on logistics such as laundry and real showers, and topping off the water tank and dumping the waste water tanks before driving back to Talkeetna for our flight seeing. As luck would have it, yesterday’s clear blue skies turned to gray overcast today. But, we did get our flight in over the mountains and glaciers. Our pilot Tony, and the trusty DHC-3 Turbo Otter took is into the...

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Jun 30, 2010 - June 29th, Willow, Alaska

We left Byers Lake campground heading South this morning. We did see a moose on the way to the Willow Creek campground where we will spend the night. We traveled 112 miles today. There is a large salmon run in Willow Creek going on now. Tori and I walked to the creek, more like a river, and were able to see quite a number of king salmon jump out of the water. Fishing is allowed for several days then banned for several days. This pattern continues until the run is over. They want the fish to get upstream without fishing pressure but still...

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Sep 2, 2009 - Independence Mine and Hatcher Pass Rd.

30 miles in 3 hrs i bet cha can't guess whose above entry that was?? This is not good, my sisters have my mother and Jenn (gordon’s friend) encouraging me to write more. But I haven't told anyone that the only time I want to "journal" is when I’m upset...! Gordon's sisters are worried about him and want to fly up here to 'be with him'? My sisters are trying to console Mr. G and let him know everything is going to be ok, that he needs to relax more and rest on his sabbatical? Sister's he's got about 200 pounds of fish in his brand new...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Driving the Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine

From our guide books we had discovered there was a scenic road from Palmer we had to explore. The road goes from Palmer to Willow and crosses the Hatcher Pass. . The first part of the road was paved but after the Independence Mine State Historical Park it became winding and very rough. We stopped at a number of viewpoints along the road which gave great views of rivers and mountains. We stopped at the Independence Mine State Historical Park and had an excellent guided tour as well as some exploration of the site on our own. In 1897 (before...

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Aug 12, 2009 - Willow

We left the camp ground a day early after I made homemade French toast, using Cousin Shirleen’s homemade bread. Breakfast cooked over a open flame, h’mmm so good. So much for purchasing a 3 day bus pass. Wonder lake was only 19 more miles (1 ½ hours) past Eielson or we could have taken a 7 hour Ranger Lead Hike, but I believe I remember Charlotte’s exact words, “I am not getting back on that Bus”. My temperature gauge indicated an outside temperature of 28 degrees this morning. Frost was covering everything and we saw ice a couple of time...

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Aug 1, 2009 - 4 nights at Willow Creek

We had pretty good weather here. Sometimes it was warm and sunny and then the dark clouds and rain would come. We enjoyed it here with the river so close and the friendly people - mostly Alaskans. Christian went out one night with some guys going down to the mouth of the river to catch the silvers. It was combat fishing and he really doesn't like that. He learned from a few guys here how to tie some different flies. We drove down to the Sportsman's Warehouse in Wasilla and got a fly kit that was recommended and he has been busy with...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Willow

It was still raining this morning, but stopped just as we were leaving. The weather was looking better as we went north (have been checking it on the internet). We got to Willow Creek RV Park, which just so happens is on Willow Creek. We're parked just a few yards from the creek and looking right at it. Christian had those waders on before we were hooked up. It was sunny and HOT! About an hour later, black clouds started heading our way and the rain came. It rained hard for maybe a half hour or so and then cleared up. We had some blue sky...

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