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DMD2Alaska

Dad, Mom, Daughter travel on motorbikes from their homes in Tennessee and Michigan to Seward, AK.

Because it's an adventure after all.

Click on the points on the map to see what we did at each location.



May 22, 2015

Boni B&B- The Family Suites

North, North, North; great day for North!! Nashville to Indianapolis today!! Really got started and a good test day for most of the gear!! The only troubles I had, was the edge tubing around my windscreen kept falling off-- it might end up 86'ed.

Mom and Dad made it to Indy the fastest they ever had before, even with a stop for dinner!! No traffic and the most beautiful weather you could ask for!!

We've been asking for prayers and were saying a lot ourselves. We don't think God is quite done with us on this Earth yet, but pray for safety and guidance. We don't want to end up in some back woods with fighting cock farms-- yes that's happened before.

Seeing my nephews was such a breath of fresh air. They have so much energy and love life!! My sister and brother in law were excited to see the whole group come! Their B&B is always beautiful and welcoming!!

We all spent some quality time on the porch swing and J and I got to play some pretty competitive games of cornhole.... okay-- Maybe not so competitive, but cornhole all the same. :)

On the ride today I left with a farewell party of one, but so many special people in my thoughts as I left. I will miss my 'normal' life but it's definitely a sacrifice I'm willing to make. My roommate is holding the fort down at home; letting the dog pee twice a day and making sure the mailman can fit mail in the mailbox every once in a while. :)

I also spent some time this morning reading through some of our old dmd2alaska.blogspot.com posts. Wow!! We've had some ups and downs!! The decisions and blessings we've had to get to this day- alone- has been amazing. A gift.

Things said today:

I'll grow a beard.
Have you ever been on a snipe hunt?
An entire office wide discussion about divining rods and subterranean water
Do you remember who I am? Football player.
They're not going to Alaska; they're not going to Alaska; they're not going to Alaska... Etc...

Things I saw today:

The batman building in dowtown Nashville
Welcome to Kentucky
Welcome to Indiana
A dead coyote on the side of the road
A torched and burning motor home in downtown Louisville
2/$4 Red Bull - don't mind if I do...
Trike Biker Gang - complete with trailers
ONLY 4 bikers waved back from south bound riders!! Oh the humanity!!! :O
A small bird chase a hawk while flying
A beautiful sunset at the Boni B&B

Signing off,
The daughter


















May 29, 2015

Bear World

Here's my full story:

Our experience at BEAR WORLD in Rexburg, ID was not what we were expecting, but we sure got our monies' worth!! We walked in (after paying our $17.00 entry fee) to the gift shop and went to the bathroom.... shocker. We passed through all the stuffed animal bears, stuff your own bear and bear trinkets, to find the baby bear complexes just outside! They were so cute and playful!!! When can I feed them? When can I feed them? When does feeding time happen?.... The only opening we have today is at 5:00pm... It's 9:30am.... Do you live in the area? ummmmmmmmmm.........nope. :( sad face

So feeding the baby bears was out-- playing with the baby bears with the sound of our swishy rain gear was IN!! I'm guessing they'd never heard the high pitch sound of nylon and polyester rubbing together-- lucky them-- (in walks mom) and all the baby bears stood up on their hind legs to get a good look at WHAT THE HECK was making that sound, then they all ran to safety behind the large cement 'rock', then they all huddled together and creeped back out. I learned very quickly that I could make the same noise with my Frogg Toggs. I'm sure you can guess what happened next. One bear in particular was terrified of this noise, but also wanted to hang around my part of the fence because I was indulging in some Huckleberry Ice-cream too. Back and forth, back and forth-- I'd lure him over with the scent of the ice cream cone, then I'd swish my rain gear together and he'd run away...... then he'd come back over..... you get the point. After about the 11th time I'd made him run away, dad called me a 'meany pants!'

This wasn't even the highlight to our BEAR WORLD experience!! I haven't even told you about the free roaming range we got to drive through. First, we couldn't drive through on our motorcycles, so we got to borrow the 'courtesy van.' Throw back to when this van was built-- Delorean sales were doing great. That was 184,000 miles ago. But WE got to borrow this 5 star vehicle! With dad at the helm, we drove into the 'park.' The first animals in sight were your standard, basic deer. Mostly unimpressive. The deer were mostly unimpressed by us too, I'm sure. Then we got into some elk- which was cool- and even the 'rare white elk' was seen lounging in the shade. We were reminded over and over again to keep the vehicle moving and to not roll down our windows. The buffalo looked stuffed, but I think one winked once.

And then we had made it to THE BEAR RANGE. 54 black bears and 3 grizzly bears! My, oh my! The excitement was building! Within the first 10 yards, there was a wolfe laying in the road like roadkill. I'm not even sure he moved when we passed-- I call it a wolf, but it could have been the owner's husky or something. The grizzlies were no one near where we could really see them, then some black bears were off in the distance, BUT THEN... we came around the corner and there was a black bear walking down the street-- didn't really move when we came near it and he sniffed dad's window like he would have had a sweet treat for him--- well maybe he did-- dad WAS the sweet treat. We didn't have anything for him, so he just continued to lope along. It was a few turns and bends until we saw a few 'active' bears. At first, one bear looked like Ava my Great Dane), trying to take a poop. Then dad said, "oh look, he's shakin' his tail feather." Then simultaneously, everyone in the car realized that THE BEAR was humping a lady friend bear. Oh he was shakin' his tail feather all right. We appropriately stopped the vehicle and snapped as many photos as we could before we all fell to the floorboards laughing!