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Hi, we are a family from Southern California, Dad(Brice), Mom (Karrie), Dillon, Jacob, and two dogs (Remington and Winchester). We are driving to Alaska in our Motorhome towing our Jeep. We are leaving June 14 and will spend the next 33 days on our Road Trip of a lifetime. Follow our adventure as we explore Canada and Alaska. From gold mining to fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing we will share our stories on the North to Alaska Web site.
Click on the points on the map to see what we did at each location.
14 days and counting!!!!
We will be leaving early for our trip - stay tuned.
We pulled into cocolalla, Idaho on June 15, and headed to Dick and Jan Shellhart's mountain retreat. They are long time friends from Southern California that moved north to Idaho in 2004. We took a tour of Sandpoint Idaho where we saw a black bear, deer, and wild turkeys in the morning. In the afternoon we cruised Lake Pend Orielle in a 26 foot Rinker cabin cruiser, and finished off with dinner at an Italian restaurant in Sandpoint. Today was a day spent with great friends in a beautiful spot I. Idaho. Tomorrow it's across the Canadian border and up to Banff.
We left Sandpoint Idaho at 7 am this morning and drove up highway 95 to 93 through the Rockies, and ended up in Banff, Alberta . We are camped at Trailer village 2, which is a great provincial campground. The campground is well maintained and affordable at 38. Canadian a night for full hook ups. Tomorrow we are up early for a trip to grande prairie and continue North to alaska!
This morning we left Banff and headed for a quick photo in Lake Louise and then headed up highway 93 and into the Ice Fields of Canada. This is one if the most amazing drives I have ever taken. The views are spectacular and every turn on the highway brings an even more awe inspiring view. We saw tons of wildlife including bears, sheep, deer and elk.
Tonight we are staying at camp tamarack just outside grande prairie.
We left Grande Prairie and stopped at Costco for gas (this membership will pay for itself.) Then drove to Dawson Creek for a photo op and back on the road. Roads are good down here, but if we only knew what we were in store for...
We live in Moreno Valley, California, and I requested an old sign from the city to hang in the Watson Lake sign forest. It was pouring rain when we stopped. but we hung our sign anyhow. Bring your own sign and add to the collection!
Gas was 1.41 a liter.
We pulled into the Yukon Motel and RV park along lake Teslin for the night. WIFI only worked at office, no cable tv, no sewer even though add states full hook ups :(. Rv spot gets you a 4 cent per liter discount on gas (1.41) That's 5.32 a gallon in us dollars! Also, make sure you avoid using US cash, because no one gives you the 10% difference.
We woke up to light rain at Toad River Rv Resort and headed out to Liard Hot Springs. Before we left we prepared a breakfast of eggs, bacon, cheese and potatoes in the crock pot and hit the road. Liard Hot Springs is an amazing must stop place. Jump into your swim suit and experience one of natures special places.
We left Liard Springs and continued north in light to heavy rain. Along the way to Watson Lake we saw numerous black bears and bison along the highway. Gas prices have dropped slightly.
After a long and bumpy day on the Alcan we pulled into TOK RV resort for the night. This is a nice well maintained rv park although prices were a little high at 50 bucks with my good sam card. Gas is reasonable again at 4.06 a gallon. Tomorrow its up to Fairbanks.
We stopped here for supplies and gas, then headed back out on the highway. The Yukon wins the trophy for worst road with a 115 kilometer section before the US border full of severe frost heaves and endless gravel breaks(these suck when you are pulling your jeep). We did see our first grizzly in the Yukon near Kulane Lake.
We pulled in to the Rivers Edge RV Park and promptly set up at the Rivers Edge. Weather is great, facility is top notch. On Monday we drove the Dalton Hwy to the Arctic Circle and tried a little prospecting. The drive was memorable, Gold prospecting not so good on the river we selected, better luck next time. Its a long drive and we logged 450 miles round trip on our drive to the Arctic Circle (take that off my bucket list).
Caribou at mile 14 in the Savage River Drainage.
A shot from the Stampede Trail
Today we went to Denali National Park. The weather has taken a turn to rain, and a lot of rain. We saw several moose on the highway and some very nice caribou in the park. We are staying at the Denali Motel and RV park and we are enjoying their hospitality. Took a Jeep run down the Stampede trail made famous by the Into the Wild movie, but the river was too high to cross.
Well, it is still raining and raining a lot. We like the rain, and living in Southern California we don't see very much of it. We had planned to river raft today, but honestly no one wanted to be in the rain. I know it sounds kinda funny but it was a cold and rainy day. We did a little shopping for souvenirs and just took it easy.
Its still raining, looks like Denali may break a rain record! We are out of camp and on the road to Anchorage. Very light traffic, rain has everyone holed up. We are stopping here for gas and supplies, then heading to Cooper Landing for some Sockeye fishing. It snowed on the pass to anchorage today.
Today we spent the day at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers trying to catch Sockey Salmon. This is where Combat Fishing was born. Most of the people here were friendly and made for great fun. This is the early run so not as many salmon running as in mid July, but we still managed to take home 8.
We made reservations at the Kenai Princess Lodge and RV resort, for the next four days. This is the best place we have stayed. Friendly staff, Great Location and excellent services.
We started the day with a great breakfast at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. Blueberry Pancakes and great views were on the menu. After breakfast we headed back down to the Russian River for a few more Reds. Dinner was marinated carne asada. A great end to my 47th birthday.
Today we took a break from fishing and went down to Seward. The road is in great shape and the views continue to amaze us. Highlight of the day was a hike to the Exit Glacier and lunch at the Seward Harbor. Tomorrow its down to Valdez.
Amanda at the helm of the Valdez Spirit. She gave us a great tour. She was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The crew did a great job taking care of our every need. Food was great and timely. All in All this was the best part of our Alaskan Adventure. Thank you Colleen Stephans.
We are in Valdez aboard the Stan Stephens glacier and wildlife cruises about to debark on a 9 hour cruise to the Mears Glacier. Everyone has been very friendly and we are excited to get started!
Time for some salmon fishing! Who invited the Grizzly Bear?
America the beautiful!
Jake says "Got One!"
Dillon says, "Fish On!"
Limits of Pinks from Allison Point, Valdez, Alaska
We had a great time in Alaska, but now its time to head back to California. First stop Destruction Bay, Yukon. We made good time on the worst section of road on the Alaskan Highway. Be careful on the shoulders, a big motorhome slipped off the road and rolled. Everyone was ok, but vacation was over. Tons of bears, including this one that said hi. The bottom of the mirror is 6 feet above the ground.
WE decided to go down the Cassiar Hwy, so we detoured to Carcross for a quick trip to Skagway. ON the way to Skagway we conquered the worlds smallest desert in Carcross YT.
Skagway, AK is a regular stop for most cruise ships going to Alaska. So shopping is the name of the game. We got into town at 530, did a little shopping then went to Skagway brewery for a little dinner, thinking we would do some more shopping after dinner, Nope. They roll the sidewalk up at about 630. Good news is its just souvenir shopping, but the wife was still a little bummed. During dinner a storm rolled in, lots of fog back to carcross.
We started the long drive home today down the Cassiar hwy. The North section was tough. Huge pot holes and a narrow road almost to Dease Lake. We stayed at Dease lake rv park. Owner was a little grumpy but location amenities and price were ok. stay close to office for best wifi. thankfully the road does get better. Next stop Jade World.
Heading down the Cassiar. Amazing views and and a full service campground in town. We stayed at a great rv park called Fort Telkwa, right on the banks of the river. Super wifi and everything including rv pressure wash was included for 30. a night.
We passed through P.G. on the way to Williams and a little rv park called Big Country in the town of Lac La Hache. Very quaint place on the hwy, blink and you will miss it. it's the only rv park with a pool! The owner was very kind and shared many stories of his 28 years as the owner. Pull in, take a dip in the heated pool and spend a night here. we saw our twin at Costco in prince george
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