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Two adults and two cats
traveling to Alaska from Central California.
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Golden Ghost Town near Grants Pass Oregon
June 22nd - we arrived last night in Grants Pass Or to visit family for a few days. Today we ate at our favorite restaurant twice. Tap Rock. Way to much eating.
June 23rd. - visited the ghost town of Golden today. What a beautiful setting. Everything so green
Visited the Southern Oregon Lavender festival today. We to four different lavender farms. Each was different. Great day.
made it to our RV camp ground around 4:30pm. Took us 1 hour to go from the southern end of Portland to the north end. Jantzen Beach RV Park. Don't see any sign of a beach but it is a island. Lots of shopping around, but staying in 90 Degrees was hoping for a bit cooler. Oh well just one night, air is working great.
Everything went well on the drive up lots of green hills
made it to Mt Vernon. Nice RV park. Did a bit of laundry. Tomorrow the Canada boarder.
Long drive but we stop at Cabelas and spend 2 hours looking around good thing they have a place to eat right in the store. They also let you camp overnight.
we had a beautiful ride into Canada this morning. No problems getting in all that worry about chicken and eggs, weren't even asked.
Our camp ground is beautiful, Coquihalla Campground.
Wifi not very good had to come to office to check in.
Not sure where we will be tomorrow. We will check in when we can.
We are at Lac La Hache, BC staying at the Big Country Campground and RV Park. Pretty nice place.
The drive was very green and lots of water. Very pretty.
Just had a bit of a scare. Lilly snick out through to cat box area were Brent had an outside door open. She is back inside didn't go any farther than the 5th wheel. That has never happened before. Silly cat......
Photo was taken just North of Cache Creek.
Amateur Radio station is not working out very well...problems with the HF antenna.
Brent and Lilly at one of our rest stops
Happy Canada Day everyone. It is a national holiday here in Canada. Most things are closed and most RV campgrounds are full. That is why we had a 9 1/2 hour drive today. The area we were headed to were all full. So here we are in Chetwynd which is where we headed for tomorrow. We decided it was time to get out of the truck so we are going to be spending 2 days here. The town is know for all of its woods cravings. We are staying at the Westwind RV park. It is ok not beautiful like the ones we were going to stay at but still good.
We saw so many beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers today. Meet some very nice people who even gave us their card to call if we come back through on our way home and we can stay on their 30 acres. Wow. They staff at the visitor center ask us to stay and enjoy there Canada Day celebration. We will be enjoying Canada Day celebration here in our 5th wheel with the girls. Maybe we will see the fireworks from here.
a wood craving from Chetwynd
well we spent our day of rest checking out the town. Chetwynd isn't very big so it didn't take us very long. Had a chocolate raspberry donut from Tim Hortons, a must according to the people of BC It was pretty good. Marsha doesn't really like donuts but it was good.
Brent spend the morning getting his radio station working again. He is excited about that.
We did check out a lot of the wood cravings around town. Pretty interesting.
Annabelle and Lilly spend the day resting. What they do best.
Moving on tomorrow. We decided instead of driving to Dawson Creek the start of the Alaska Highway we are going to go through Hudson Hope. Everyone we talk to around town said it really the prettiest way to go. We will let you know.
We have stopped at the Sikanni River & RV park. It is in the trees which is nice but the sites are dirt so mud! Marsha hates mud. But we are safe inside the 5th wheel listening to the rain.
A funny thing happen this morning. We are driving along a pretty curvy road and Brent says did you got the tea glass off the shelve. No..we pull over as soon as we could Brent says I will clean it up. He comes walking back to the truck with tea cup in hand with the tea still in it. Pretty amazing. Not a drop spilled.
We are FINALLY on the Alaskan Highway.
We figure if we drive 300 miles a day we will be in Denili by Friday our reservations are for Sunday. Yeah a little extra time to stop and look at a few things. And get to visit a friend in Fairbanks.
Water fall along the highway, which has been a really good road when you consider all the hype about how rough it is. I don't think it is any worse than Freeway 99 between Visalia and Sacramento.
Float Plane on Muncho Lake
Our campsite was wonderful our site backed up to the lake.
Driving to the lake we drive along it for miles so beautiful
Great place. We loved Whitehorse and needed more time there. Had lunch at a cute little place. It is only open for the summer as it is on old tent building and it is to cold in the white. Klondike Ribs and Salmon, I think.
Meet a couple of people who were on a Holland American tour. They were on the land portion and were having a great time.
We went to the grocery store and they have on interesting idea to help in stopping the homeless from taking their carts. You have to put a dollar in the box on the cart then when you return it you get your dollar back. The dollars in Canada are coins.
Long drive today.
Will add more info and pictures of where we have been and seen later. Some places Wifi you get just enough time to check emails and some dont have any.
We hope to be to Fairbanks tomorrow.
Some wonderful things we have seen
Back in the USA.
Marsha,s 2nd cousin Bill and his granddaughter stop by this morning. They had never met. It was nice to get to meet and get to know him. Had a good visit. We then went to Santa Claus House. Christmas all year round. So fun. The town of North Pole was streets name with holiday themes and light poles painted like candy canes.
Have lunch at a diner that looked just like Dimples Dinner in Visalia.
Got laundry all done so we are good for a couple of more weeks.
On to Denali today
Forget to mention Marsha cousin is Santa Claus.
arrived at our RV campsite around 11:30am. Very nice park. About 10 minutes from park entrance.
After getting settled we went on to park to check it out and set up a time to take bus ride into the park. We are leaving at 2pm tomorrow and it is an 8 hour ride. 4 hours in and 4 hours back. We choose the last trip in for the day in hopes to seeing more animals. We will see. We get back in at 10pm which is on big deal here because the sun doesn't really set
We also check out the town(?) of Denali also. The whole town is only open from end of May to middle of Sept. Had a nice dinner of seafood chowder and halibut and chips. Then strolled along the boardwalk and check out shops and had a bit of ice cream. Most of that was in the rain. It was great. Love the rain.
Picture is inside Denali Park. Can't seem to picture more than one picture per location.
Denali in the back ground. Do you see it?
wow, we did the Denali Park 8 bus tour. At first thought well this wasn't worth it. but about 1 1/2 hours into it we a Dahl sheep. Pretty cool. Then a grizzly bear! exciting...the scenery was amazing.
The animal sightings is as following:
a few sheep
2 snow shoe bunnies
Ptarmigan Family (Alaska state bird)
a moose and her baby
5 girzzly bears
Because of the weather no Denali mountain sighting.
We had a wonderful time. So beautiful.
Best view of Denali on the way to Wasilla.
Hope to go back up to Hatcher Pass Gold mine area and hike to a lake tomorrow.
Old building at the gold mine.
And the flowers are blooming.
We hiked about a mile and came across this beautiful lake.
Today our friends Lynda and Herb took us for a boat ride. It was amazing. Herb took us to a sandy spot on the river where he built us a little fire and then we roasted homemade Italian sausage and put our feet in the water and enjoy our sausage hotdogs and homemade brownies and the quite of nature. It was wonderful.
Our nephew Jim arrive around 7ish this evening and tomorrow we will head to Anchorage to put up our niece and head to Portage.
we were here 7-16 - 7-17
Portage Glacier RV Park.
Had to leave Lynda’s today, What an amazing time with we had with her and her family. Marsha even got to learn had to throw some pottery.
Jim headed to Anchorage to pick up Michelle, we went on through Anchorage to meet them on the other side. They ended up being a few minutes ahead of us as there was no problem or lines at airport.
On to Portage Glacier RV park. Beautiful views out all of the windows. A bit warm had to use air conditioner.
Got all set up and headed to Girdwood. Pretty little place. Huge hotel and tram ride up the hill We didn’t do the tram. Ski lefts were taking people and their bikes up and then people would ride their bikes done a trail that was just under the lefts No thanks
Then to Cold Creek gold mine. Cute little place. There was a wedding going on there so there wasn’t a charge to go in. Yeah.
After that checked out Portage Glacier and Boyer Glacier – beautiful, amazing, wonderful and awesome.
Sure wish the sun would go down just a bit.
Got up in time to make the 10:30 tunnel crossing into Whitter today. Michelle had booked us on a 26 glacier cruise that left at 12:30. Got checked in and walked around Whitter a bit then broader in our opinion the best little cruise.
Amazing is a word we have been using a lot on this trip. Well this was double amazing. We have seen glacier before and were amazed, but today we were on a smaller ship and could get in really close. The glacier were calfing, the water was so blue and the sun was out.
If you are ever in Whitter, take this cruise. Phillips 26 glacier. Worth every penny spend and more.
What a beautiful place.
Day 1 Arrived at Homer today and will be here for 9 days. Our view of the ocean is wonderful except for Jim and MIchelle camper in right in our view. But we can sit outside and see the view.
We got sit up and did some grocery shopping, had some dinner, walk the beach and went for a ride around town.
Day 2 Spend the day checking out Homer. Breakfast at Two Sister, on to Harbor Master to get boat checked in and wonderful lunch on the spit and of course ice cream. Also went to the Hardware, sporting goods, pharmacy, fabric and anything else you may need store.
Day 3 Up around 7:30 text from Michelle need to go fishing now as this afternoon doesn't look good for fishing. So off to fish.
1 silver salmon-raw white flesh one
3 cods -one a keeper
1 small halibut-not a keeper
ALL caught by the master fisher person - Michelle
It was a beautiful day. The sky, mountains and ocean were glorious.
Couldn't go out fishing today. So we checked out the local winery. Pretty nice. We went fishing in the pond which is an area where when the tide comes in it fills ups and the salmon come in. Not so easy. No fish for us. But it was a beautiful day to be out.
Went out in the boat to do some fishing. 1st halibut -0- next salmon -0-. So not good day for fishing but again beautiful day to be out on the ocean.
Andy came in this morning. We went to the store and look around a bit. Back to the pond this afternoon. -0- fish but it is still beautiful. We just love being out in the clear, clean , cool air.
We all went out this morning for fishing. We saw beautiful glaciers and mountains and the sea was wonderful, but no fish. Michelle and I came in around 1:30 and the boys went back out.
Brent had a great time. They got into a pod a whales, he loved it. They went over to Soldovia and checked out the harbor. Brent said it was pretty. They came in around 6:30. No fish but Brent had a great time.
Brent and I choose to stay in this morning to check out more of the towns sights. Michelle, Jim and Andy went out fishing.
We had a great time walking around the spit and had a nice lunch. As we were eating lunch Michelle called and said they had 3 halibuts and were going for three more, the limit. By the time we finishing eating lunch she texted they had 2 more and were going for 1 more. As we were back to the truck she texted they were headed in. Limit caught.
It was decided that they needed to take us out in the evening so we could catch our limit. We left around 5pm and headed out. We caught 3 halibut. Brent had caught his first halibut, so excited for him. We got back in around 9:30, made fish and chips for dinner and packaged up the day’s catch. In bed by 12.
All the boys went out fishing today. Michelle and Marsha stayed in. The boys caught their limits. They had a great time, so great it was decided we will stay one extra day in Homer and then head to Seward tomorrow so Jim, Michelle, Andy and Merle can go out one more time. Brent and Marsha will stay in and check out more of Homer. Because we added an extra day in Homer we have to move the 5th wheel from spot 2 to spot 5. Better view Yeah...
This morning we moved the 5th wheel to our new spot. Pretty nice. Meryl took all of us out to breakfast this morning at La Baleine Cafe on the spit. It was great. Michelle and the boys headed out fishing. Brent and Marsha took a drive to the end of the road. What wonderful view. We also check out the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center it was amazing and really fun.
The fisherman/lady catch their limit again today. They had to get the boat out of the water and get the camper back on the truck as they had a 5:30am salmon fishing trip planned for tomorrow. Brent and Marsha and the girls will leave in the later morning to head for Seward and meet up with everyone. There is a promise of salmon for dinner tomorrow. Yeah....
Finally make it to Seward. A bit of a trying day. As we were leaving Homer we discovered the water pump was not working and the toilet was plugged. We discovery that Homer has no RV repair. (Job op for someone)
So we went into Soldotna, Found a lovely lady who help with the water pump. She suggested going on to Seward and get a plummer. There is not a plummer in Seward but it was suggusted from someone to try a rental company. So Marsha checked with them but we would be in Seward after they close. They said they would come out to the 5th wheel in the morning. So we had to use the RV park bathroom for the night and morning. We really missed having our own bathroom. In the mean time Brent fixed the water pump. He is so good.
Michelle and the boys went fishing, Michelle and Meryl both caught salmon. Jim had one but the guide missed it with the net.
We had fresh salmon for dinner. It was a nice way to end a not so good day.
Brent and I want for a ride out to Exit glacier after dinner.
After the pluming guy came by this morning and fix our problem in about 5 min. So blessed yo have our bathroom back.
We all went into Seward to check it out. First back to Exit glacier for a really long hike. So amazing.
Then into town to look around about.
We boarded our dinner cruise around 4:45. The trip out was nice. Got to Fox island and had a amazing dinner of salmon, prime rib and crab leg. Awesome!!!! Then the cruise continued on around some different island. Finally saw puffins.....yea. Also a lot of different types of birds and sheep, What a great time.
Tonight is our last night to be all together. We set around the camp site and shared pictures and stories. Tomorrow we will travel to Anchorage then on the Palmer. Michelle, Jim, Andy and Meryl are staying in Anchorage as Michelle and Andy fly out on Sunday.
We have had a amazing time together.
Today we left Seward and the coast of Alaska. We loved the coast of Alaska. We left everyone in Anchorage, so sad but will see Michelle and Jim in about 8 to 10 days. we traveled on to Grand View Cafe and RV park milepost 109.7 Glenn Highway. Very nice place to stop for the night they even have a little cafe.
Long day as we didn't arrive here until about 7:45pm of course we didn't leave Seward until 12 and stop in Anchorage for pizza at Moose's Tooth
You may have notice we haven’t posted anything for a few days. We didn’t fall over the world. The Wi-Fi is hard to find and if you do find it at some of the RV parks you get just enough to check email or you have to pay. So you are going to be getting a lot of days at one time. And maybe a picture or two. When we find a Wi-Fi that will let us post pictures we will do that. Hope you are still with us. It makes us feel good that you would even take time to read our little post. Thanks
Jim and Meryl traveled with us today. We like traveling with someone. Rode was really, really gravelly and wet from the water trucks. Boy are our units dirty. We did see a moose in a pond, but we was eating so only saw his back. Stayed at Tok RV park. Ate dinner at Fast Eddies.
Jim and Meryl were waiting for us at Fast Eddies this morning so we got to travel another day with them. Long day we stopped Village Bakery in Hanes Junction and decided we didn’t like the look of any of the RV parks and moved on. Because it was around 7pm we had a bit a trouble finding a RV park, finally found one in Whitehorse Hi Country. Had a big scare, as Marsha was taking Annabelle out of the truck to the trailer Annabelle got scared and jumped out of Marsha’s arms and run. We had to chase her for quite a bit. Poor thing was scared and yelling and we were calling her so she would calm down. Finally, she run into the woods with us right on her she sat down and cried as we all were crying. Brent got her and got her back to the trailer. We were all so afraid but she is ok and so are we.
Today we also left Alaska. What a sad day for us. As the song says we Left Our Hearts in Alaska. We know it is supposed to be SF, but ours is in Alaska. This state and the people touch us so, as always. The air is so clean and the colors are so amazing. We know we will be back again and again. If you have never been either by cruise ship, plane or car we hope you will put it on your bucket list.
Jim and Meryl are with us for part of the day as they needed to keep going. We stayed Boya provincial park on the Cassair highway, it was recommended by other travelers. It was so nice and very quiet. Right on a lake, we took a walk and got to see a beaver.
Stop at Jade City where Jade is mined and sold. Short day for us stopped at Mountain Shadow RV park. As we were waiting for a rig before us park, we watch as he backed his rig up and over the end of his space which went down a slope. They are all ok but have to have a tow truck come out and pull it out. We feel so bad for them, but the RV park has a couple of room so they get to stay safe and dry as the tow truck can’t come until tomorrow.
Tow truck arrived as we were hitching up. Pulled the trailer right out and the owner was driving it as we left.
We choose the Cassiar highway for at least two reason. One, so we could say we did it. The other because you are supposed to see lots of wild life. Well we are just about at the end of the highway and so far, the wildlife count is one beaver…. oh well we can say we did it.
Our Garmin, which has been a great help this whole trip failed us today. We were traveling to the Casssiar RV park. The Garmin sent us down a road with turn out to be a little one-way thing. After about 2 ½ kilometers we decided this is way wrong. So Brent, which is an amazing backer upper, back about 1 ½ kilometers until he could get us turned around. We finally got turned around and found the place on our own. Not a fun thing for him to do or Marsha to sit through.
After that we decided dinner out was called for and had a great dinner at the 37 Grille. Brent had a great hamburger and thought of Wayne, saying Wayne would love this burger.
After dinner did a bit of laundry and took a hike to a fish counting place. Interesting.
Tomorrow we are headed to Prince George. We need to do some food and water shopping and it the next biggest town.
Just a side note…we have decided that in Canada the rules for passing another vehicle is pass on double yellow or solid yellow lines because is when most cars and trucks seem to pass us.
Made it to Prince George. Huge thunder storm on the way here. Pretty uneventful day.
after amost 7000 miles of travel the truck needed some of it services done. So we took time out of traveling and stop by Sunrise Ford in 100 Mile House BC and had that done. We then travel on for about an hour or two and stopped at Willow Spring RV park for the night. Nice park they had a pond where you could ride their paddle boats. Shold cross bac into the USA tomorrow.
Made it back into the States today. The Garmin took us a different route and we didn't realize it until we were more than half way there. It was a long steep way. Not sure why it took us that way. But it did get us where we ere going.
At the boarder crossing the boarder guy only question was what was our trailer license number. Well we didn't know that. But Marsha had paper work that showed it. We think he was just playing with us.
Spend the night at the Cabelas in Lacey.
We made it back to Linda's and Dick's today and plan on spending a few days. Laundry and such.
Linda had a nice dinner ready when we arrived.
we arrived at home around 9pm tonight. Annabelle and Lilly were glad to be home. Brent is now really retired kids return to school today.
Had a wonderful time saw so many amazing things.
Thank you for following along with us.