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Three (3) generations wending their way from Virginia to Alaska and back! The Grandparents, Bob and Eulene, retired minister and educator; the Parents, Robert and Karen, amateur photographer and CPA; and our chaperone, Jared, rising 9th grader!
Click on the points on the map to see what we did at each location.
We arrived in Weaverville mid-afternoon and began the process of re-packing the Gray(T) escape van. It's amazing what you can pack in a mini-van!
The Gray(T) Escape begins in Richmond, VA. Over the next 45 days we will drive to Alaska and back! Three generations traveling together...what a wonderful family vacation! Join us via our blog! Blessings!
The Bean,Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
The Moody Church
Worship at The Moody Church! Warm, welcoming people, good music and a good sermon by Dr. Paul Nyquist. We had a wonderful afternoon of sight seeing on the Chicago River with the Chicago Architecture Cruise, highly recommend, and Millennium Park! Great day!
St. Cloud Campground and RV Park! Nice campground, clean bathrooms and showers.
What a great place to take a break! The Mall of America is terrific! Lots of things to do and see!
Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Wild horses, bison, deer, and beautiful views! Great history!
St. Mary Campground, Glacier National Park
Billings from the bluff!
Glacier National Park! The views are truly spectacular! Every bend in the "Going to the Sun Road" leads to another incredible vista! Logan's Pass was a favorite for us!
Lake Louise holds a special place in our parents memories and it lives up to it's billing!
This morning we headed up to Lake Moraine. The tree lined roads hid the gem that is Lake Moraine! The pictures do not do it justice. From the emerald green waters to the snow capped peaks...truly beautiful!
The beginning of our journey up the Alaska Highway!
Toad River Campground...beautiful location, good food, and a great place to stop along the Alaska Highway!
Muncho Lake is Spectacular!
Discovery Yukon Lodging and Whiter River RV Park. Amanda Harris is terrific! A fabulous place to stop! Highly recommend this campground! Spotless facilities! Great people! Lot's of Alaska Highway history!
We needed a new tent and the staff at Coast Mountain Sports was very helpful. They took the time to help us find just the right replacement gear we needed. Thanks so much!
Alaska Border Crossing!
Fairbanks is a neat town to visit. Chena's Grill has great food and a nice ambiance.
SalmonBake restaurant is a good place to eat near Denali National Park...the food and service are good! The walls and foundations are being moved by the permafrost...
In Denali National Park we took a bus ride into the park...the Kantishna Experience...90 plus miles into the park with running commentary and information from our bus driver and a park ranger. Well worth the time and money! We were not able to see all of Mt. McKinley, but we did see up to about 12,500 feet...awesome!
Renae and "Paco" made us feel welcome when we spent the night at the Talkeetna Denali View Lodge. We spent about an hour just watching the moose off the back deck. It was a lovely way to unwind!
If you are going to Alaska and Denali, you need to take the time and drive down to Talkeetna. Neat town with good restaurants and great people.
Seward is a great town! The views are spectacular!
Captain Renee and the crew of the Glacier Explorer provided a terrific day in Kenai Fjords National Park.
We drove out to the spit and ate at Captain Pattie’s Restaurant. We had a good dinner of Chowder and Salad, Scallops, and grilled fish platter with Shrimp, Scallops, and Halibut. Dessert was a Chocolate Cake with raspberry sauce. We even bought coffee cups before heading back to camp.
Take the time to drive up Skyline Drive in Homer. The views are amazing.
On the way from Seward to Homer, we stopped at Exit Glacier. The walk from the parking lot to the glacier was easy and worth the time.
If your looking for a great sandwich in Soldotna, this is the place! Odie's does draw a crowd at lunch time, but it is worth the wait. Delicious!
Grand View Cafe & RV Park is a nice spot to camp. The restaurant has good food.
If you are in Anchorage and are looking for something different...give Sack's Restaurant a try...good food and good service.
The hike up to Worthington Glacier is well worth the time. Awesome! You can walk right up to the face of the glacier.
The visitor's center at Wrangell-St. Elias is definitely worth a stop. The exhibits and multi-media presentation are well done. The views are spectacular!