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June 2014 – Greg and Bonnie’s RV Adventures

Archive for June, 2014

Kenai Alaska

June 30, 2014 - 4:49 pm No Comments
Rainbow, Kenai Alaska

Rainbow, Kenai Alaska

Salmon fishing on Russian River

Salmon fishing on Russian River

Mt. Redoubt leaving the Homer Spit

Mt. Redoubt leaving the Homer Spit

Rough waters in Katchemak Bay

Rough waters in Katchemak Bay

Eagle in flight

Eagle in flight

Million dollar view

Million dollar view

 

Sole or flounder?

Sole or flounder?

We spent last night in Kenai, Alaska at the Beluga Lookout RV park.  This was a great little park right on the ocean.   The weather was very mild when we arrived, and as the day progressed, the weather got rainy, and very windy.  We walked a while, and then it was so cold we came inside.   We were able to watch the bay, and around 10 pm the boats started heading out into the open ocean.  The water was so rough, the boats were dipping and flopping up and down.  Eagles played among the other birds.

 

This morning we left the Kenai peninsula and drove to Anchorage.   We are in the Golden Nugget RV park and the park is packed like sardines.  There are two caravans, and they are mostly huge RVs pulling tows.   Lord have mercy, we do NOT like being this tightly packed.  We enjoy the wilderness way better.

Tomorrow we will drive  100 miles or so to Talkeetna where we will stay for 4 nights.   Rather than going back into Denali, we are going to take the Hurricane Turn train out into the wilderness.  The rest of our visit will be enjoying the area before heading out of Alaska.

The photos today are from several days on the peninsula.

Homer Spit, Alaska

June 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm 1 Comment
Eagle in flight

Eagle in flight

On the Danny J going over to Halibut Cove

On the Danny J going over to Halibut Cove

Sea otter

Sea otter

Eagle on Homer Spit

Eagle on Homer Spit

Halibut Cove

Halibut Cove

We have enjoyed our visit on the Homer Spit.  had great seafood, halibut is king here and it is excellent!   Our campground is right in the spit, and although yesterday was cloudy all day, today was perfectly beautiful, although very cool.

We see eagles every evening here on the spit.   Getting a photo of an eagle in flight is another matter.  But I did get one that was very good.  Today we boarded the Danny J water taxi for the trip across the bay to Halibut Cove.   Only 125 residents live here and it is a quaint little village.  The only access is by boat.  There is one restaurant that caters to the tourists who come over by water taxi an there is a little artist colony as well.   After lunch of fish tacos, we walked around the colony and looked at paintings, pottery, etc.   We met a very nice couple from Houston, Texas, and we spent most of our time with them.

Tomorrow we will leave the Soit and head toward Kenai to spend one night.

 

No explanation necessary!

June 25, 2014 - 4:45 pm No Comments
GA football fan in Cooper Landing Alaska

GA football fan in Cooper Landing Alaska

GO DAWGS

GO DAWGS

Delta Junction to Grand View, Alaska

June 24, 2014 - 8:36 pm No Comments
Mama and babies near Delta Junction

Mama and babies near Delta Junction

Safely across the highway

Safely across the highway

Close up view of the Alaska pipeline

Close up view of the Alaska pipeline

Information on the Alaska pipeline

Information on the Alaska pipeline

More pipeline

More pipeline

We started the day with a drizzly rain but it ok because we drove slowly looking for wildlife.   It wasn’t long before Greg spotted a mama moose and two babies crossing the road ahead of us.   It seemed that mama told the babies to make a run for it so they did.  They all skittered across the road as quickly as possible.   So far this trip we have seen 7 mama moose and 5 babies.

we arrived in Glenallen around noon and we stopped at the caribou hotel and Restaurant for lunch.    It’s always a good sign when locals frequent the place, and arriving at noon, we found the place to be full of locals.   We saw a tray of hamburgers being delivered to a table and they looked so good we ordered them for ourselves.   Hands down, they were the best burgers we’ve had in a long time!!! So we really enjoyed our hot lunch.

because we are on the highway that heads down to Valdez, we’ve followed the Alaska pipeline all day.   It’s such an engineering feat and Greg really enjoyed seeing it up close.  We did not drive this part of the road on our last trip, so we have really enjoyed the scenery.

it occurred to me today that I better make some reservations for the upcoming week due to the July 4th holiday so as soon as we settled in our campground in Grand View, Alaska, I started plotting the next couple of weeks.  Everything worked out except for a couple of days we will have to camp without services but we can prepare for it.  Tomorrow we will drive toward Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Moose in the campground! Delta Junction, Alaska

June 23, 2014 - 5:18 pm No Comments
End of Alaska Highway

End of Alaska Highway

Moose in the campground

Moose in the campground

Moose in campground

Moose in campground

Having lunch

Having lunch

Moose, Delta Junction

Moose, Delta Junction

We awoke to a sweet drizzle so we took our time getting up and around.  Since we only had 100 miles to drive today, we had a nice breakfast of bacon and eggs, juice and coffee.  It was delicious!!  The rain stopped shortly and we started out.

we saw four moose on the drive as well as three babies but they are very skittish near the highway so as soon as we saw them they skedaddled into the tree line.  I was so hoping to get a photo but just couldn’t get one.

We stopped at the Visitor Center in Delta Junction to take a photo at the end of the Alaska Highway marker.  So we have now driven the entire Alaska Highway TWICE!!  We checked into our RV park for the evening, and as we were reading in our RV, Greg looked up and saw a MOOSE at the edge of the trees near our RV.   We stepped out of the RV and stood quietly while we watched the moose graze at the edge of the campground.   So finally some photos of a MOOSE!

 

Grizzlies, pancake toss, and Tok, Alaska

June 22, 2014 - 10:37 pm No Comments
Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway

The long road ahead

The long road ahead

Campsite on Lake Kluane

Campsite on Lake Kluane

View from our campsite Lake Kluane

View from our campsite Lake Kluane

Lake Kluane

Lake Kluane

Grizzly on the Alaska Highway

Grizzly on the Alaska Highway

We made it!

We made it!

Pancake Toss, Sourdough Campground

Pancake Toss, Sourdough Campground

Did it get in the bucket?

Did it get in the bucket?

We spent last night on beautiful Lake Kluane near Destruction Bay, Yukon.   I saw this campground on our last trip here and thought we would enjoy it and we sure did.  The owners of the campground told us to take the spot on the lake using two sites since they were not busy. So we parked the RV parallel with the lake and had the entire setting right out our window.   I have to tell you we hardly slept a wink however.   Yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of sunshine of the year.   Honestly the sun was blasting down for 23 hours.  This is not an exaggeration!!!  From around 1 am to 4 am, the sky was like dusk, and then sunup again.   So we were very restless.  Tonight will be better.

We were only a few miles from the campground this morning when we came upon a beautiful grizzly bear right beside the road, grazing on the fireweed that is so prevalent here.   We were able to stop right in the middle of the road, not one vehicle coming in either direction, and we watched the grizzly for at least 15 minutes.  He was within 6 feet of the RV, and he never flinched.   Then two more occasions we saw grizzlies on our morning drive.   The Alaska Highway was practically deserted so we could stop any time we wanted.

The roads between Destruction Bay and Beaver Creek, going toward the Alaska border, were the worst we’ve had on the trip.  We were expecting this however, so we were prepared to drive this 100 mile distance around 25 miles per hour.  Lots of frost heaves, gravel, etc.  At least it wasn’t raining.  We arrived in Tok, Alaska with another time change.  I think we are about 4 hours behind eastern time.   After we checked into the Sourdough Campground, we stopped by a nice gift shop and bought a couple of jackets for ourselves.  Bought a couple of things for the grandchildren.  Then off to the grocery store.  Then an afternoon of doing laundry.

We met an interesting couple while doing laundry.  They work for the Milepost, the travel guide for Alaska.   They travel around Alaska each summer and update entries for the Milepost.   She gave us such good information about some boat trips and train excursions.  They knew absolutely everything about Alaska!!!

This campground  has quite the social calendar.  Every evening they have a “pancake toss”.   The campground has a cafe and they are famous for their sourdough pancakes.   Campers get two chances to toss a pancake into a bucket.  If you get a pancake into the bucket, you get a free breakfast of pancakes and sausage.  One gentleman actually got a pancake into the bucket.  Greg and I both tried, and came very close, but didn’t get it in the bucket, but it was hilarious trying.

They also had a husband and wife team who sang country music and were very good.  Everyone brought their chairs and we enjoyed an evening getting to know the fellow travelers.  One couple danced and we had a great evening.

The Haines Highway

June 20, 2014 - 7:38 pm No Comments
The guy said he is walking 300 miles

The guy said he is walking 300 miles

Haines highway

Haines highway

haines Highway

haines Highway

We enjoyed our stay at the Pioneer RV Park in Whitehorse.  This morning we headed out for Haines.   I believe this was the most spectacular scenery we have had on this trip.   The weather was cold, rainy, and windy, but the scenery was so beautiful.   Snow covered mountains were on every side of us as we drove to Haines.  And the roads were excellent.   About 20 miles from Haines we had to do a border crossing from Yukon to USA and it only took a moment.  Then we had to use US dollars for purchases.  Didn’t really buy anything except some smoked salmon.   We are at the Hitch-up RV park in Haines and it is very nice.

The only road to Haines is one road in, same road out, so we will backtrack about 150 miles to haines Junction, and then onward toward Alaska again.   We should be able to spend tomorrow night at Resurrection Bay in a campground I saw on our last trip and thought it was so pretty I wanted to spend a night here.

 

 

Well howdy from Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon

June 19, 2014 - 2:04 pm 1 Comment
Motorcycle and sidecar

Motorcycle and sidecar

Bicycle on Alaska highway

Bicycle on Alaska highway

Alaska highway

Alaska highway

Entering the Yukon territory

Entering the Yukon territory

Stone sheep on Alaska Highway

Stone sheep on Alaska Highway

Mucho Lake, our lunchtime view from the View

Mucho Lake, our lunchtime view from the View

Alaska highway

Alaska highway

We have had a couple of interesting days, very much in the wilderness and beautiful scenery at every turn.   We started the Alaska Highway and spent a night in the Liard Hot Springs Provential Park.   We spent time in the hot springs, and we both agree they were HOT this year, hotter than our last visit.  Actually there are two sections of the springs, and we had to move down stream from the hottest area.   The camp has no services, so you are forced to spend quiet time reading and communing with nature.  We bought some firewood and had a nice fire after dinner.  It seemed an appropriate evening to have country ham, grits, and eggs for dinner, so that’s exactly what we had.

Our weather has been very cool with lows in the 40s and highs in the lower 60s.   So far we only had a couple of partial rain days.  But here’s something about the roads.   After driving 44,000 miles on our rig with not one scratch on it, on Tuesday while driving through rain, dirt, and gravel, we got 3 pings on our windshield in one day!!  Those pesky 18 wheelers drive like maniacs, and we generally try to get on the edge of the roadway when they come by, but this time it didn’t work.   Three pings in one day!!!  I will think of it as battle scars.  LOL

Today we arrived in Whitehorse.  We did some grocery shopping, and finally have decent WIFI so I can catch up on email and the blog.  We are skipping Skagway by road this trip, and will drive to Haines, Alaska, which we visited by boat last trip.   This trip we may visit Skagway by boat, and spend the weekend in Haines.  Well now that sentence sounds confusing.  You can only get to Haines and Skagway by road, but you cannot get from Haines to Skagway by road.   Both roads are one way in, one way out.  So last trip to Alaska, we drove to Skagway, and took a boat to Haines.  This time, we are driving to Haines, and then we can decide if we want to do Skagway by boat.

Fort Nelson, British Columbia

June 16, 2014 - 6:27 pm 1 Comment

We left Dawson Creek this morning after a good breakfast.   It rained off and on during the day, and the mud and rain on the roadway made a mess of the RV.  You should see the back end.  Then to add insult to injury, we paid $7.08/gallon for diesel fuel!

We’ve had difficulty getting decent wifi, so I can’t put photos out today.   We saw two foxes, four black bears, and strangely, TWO dead moose on the side of the road, at different times.   They both must have been hit on the road, and lived long enough to get to the side of the road.  We hated to see something so big and majestic killed in this way.  But the dangers of the road are great when mixed with wildlife.  You guys who live in the country know what I mean.

tomorrow we will get to Laird Hot Springs Provential Park.   The campground is beautiful with it’s of trees and quiet.  No services, but there is a wooden walkway over to the hot springs.  We will enjoy the springs, and enjoy the quiet time reading and walking.

Chetwynd and Dawson Creek

June 15, 2014 - 8:07 pm 1 Comment
International chain saw carving festival

International chain saw carving festival

We had a nice drive today.   The little town of Chetwynd was celebrating their annual international chain saw carving festival.   We stopped for lunch and then walked around the grounds to watch the carvers do their work.  It’s really very interesting to see their elaborate carvings.  The winner is selected by committee, and the carvings are donated to the city of Chetwynd.   They display the carvings up and down the highway through town.

We arrived in Dawson Creek and took photos by the famous sign designating the Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway.  We will be in and out of service this week but will post when possible.

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