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Offline Qweaver

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The Trip to Alaska Starts
« on: May 24, 2014, 11:50:38 pm »
We waited until the mail lady delivered our "The Next Exit" before leaving Weston on Friday to have a few warranty items resolved by the PKG camper folks.  They resolved every problem and we hit the road for Hot Springs Village in AR. We got to the Ky/Tn. boarder and slept at the absolutely beautiful Tn. Welcome Center.  We got to the Village about 3:00 pm today and spent the rest of the day with great friends catching up, cooking and just plain having a good time.  We will spend a few days here and hopefully sail a lot if the winds co-operate.   We love "the Next Exit" BTW.  How did we get along without it?

BTW, how can diesel be $4.29 in Weston, WV and $3.55 in AR?  We were getting between 16 and 17  MPG traveling at 60 mph.  That will be our target speed for this trip.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 05:06:07 pm »
We had a great sail on Lake Ouachita and then spent 3 days making the drive to Addy, Wa.  Drove thru The Bad Lands park and to Mount Rushmore on the way and looked upon the wonderful landscapes of South Dakota, Montana and Idaho.  Wow!  And the trip has just begun. The ride down the mountain as you enter Idaho will get the juices running.  I set the cruise control on 55 and never had to hit the brakes.

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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 05:11:39 pm »
Trip is starting out good!!
By the way,anyway to post pictures as you go,like a dairy?
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014, 05:43:24 pm »
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The ride down the mountain as you enter Iowa will get the juices running

I'm thinking Qweaver means Idaho.  ??

Sounds good so far, and wonder how everything is riding.

Have a son, flew to Fairbanks last evening from MPS, then a train today to Talkeetna for 3 days, then to Healy, AK for 3 days, then to Anchorage, boards a cruise ship through the inside passage, and to Vancouver for a week. About 3 week trip.
So look forward to Qweaver's trip and hopefully photo's too.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014, 12:58:09 am »
Qweaver, you gotta try those trips down the mountain in a '55 chevy with my uncle throwin' the old three on the tree into neutral!  Scared the ever living billy heck out of me but he was grinning ear to ear, kept saying this is the only time you'll see her doing 75  :D.  Enjoy your trip!

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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014, 06:38:09 pm »
I'm happy to post pics but most everyone has seen pics of The Bad Lands and Mount Rushmore and other common tourist spots...usually taken by much better photogs than me.  To be there in person is a whole different thing tho'.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2014, 07:50:11 am »
I was in Addy,wa last oct looking at land but looking at idaho or north of flathead lake. When you get going soak.net is a great site for hotsprings. Be safe.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2014, 10:34:28 am »
We catch the ferry in Bellingham on Sat the 7th.  We plan to leave Addy and take the scenic Rt 20 but since we have time to spare we would like to visit any particularly interesting spots along the way.  Any suggestions?  This should be a great drive! My Silverado is a real mountain goat and just gobbles up the mountains both up and down. 


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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2014, 02:29:56 pm »
The North side of the Columbia River Gorge and the Olympic Loop in the NW corner of Washington.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2014, 05:38:58 pm »
Well, I can testify that Alaska is beautiful right now. We're going into Denali this afternoon, and they've been seeing lots if wildlife. Rain expected but so far holding off

This morning really went to the dogs ... literally. We visited Husky Homestead where they breed and raise Alaskan Huskies, and met Jeff King, multi- Iditarod winner. Great tour if you get the chance, and the puppies are adorable!

 

 

Fairbanks on Tuesday.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2014, 03:03:34 pm »
No internet on the Alaskan Ferry but I will post this when we get to Homer.  After 6 days, 6 stops and lots of beautiful landscapes we are anxious to get moving on shore.  The few hours that we have at each stop does not give us enough time to do any real sight-seeing.  Mainly just grab a meal and do some shopping.   The Bloody Marys at the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau  were the treat of the day.   
The three mile walking return to the ferry 2 minutes before departure time at the first stop added a little stress to the trip and a “we’ll never do that again” was agreed to!
Landed in Homer Today and spent the night on the Spit. Traveling to Soldotna tomorrow.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2014, 03:17:25 pm »
Spent Saturday at a friends beautiful home on the Kenai River.  The river runs at 11 MPH at about 40 deg.  Not a good place for a swim.  Church with Sarah this AM and planning for the next destination this afternoon.  We went to the stock car races last evening and cards with the friends til 1:am.  Stopped at  Norman Lowell's art gallery yesterday.  Talked with Norman at length and enjoyed his great art.  Don't miss it if you are in the area.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2014, 03:51:01 pm »
Q, where else you headed?
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2014, 10:41:54 pm »
Sounds good!!
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2014, 11:09:04 pm »
When in Homer, take a plane ride with Bill Decreeft (spelling?). He flies scenic flights in a 1929 Travelair 6000. Something you wont forget!! Awesome guy too! (If he's still in business...)

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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2014, 09:36:21 am »
Great thread - thanks for posting the updates!
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2014, 03:51:25 pm »
A friend of mine leaves friday on a motorcycle trip to alaska. He found this site of cameras throughout the state.

 http://avcams.faa.gov/m/acpomap.php?x=64.83777&y=-147.71639&z=6
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2014, 05:56:44 pm »
We did a two week cruise in 2011. My wife's company gives their employees a certain amount of money to be used on a vacation on their 25th anniversary. We went through Holland/America and our daughter rode for free! Total cost for us was our airfare from Mass to Washington and any souvenirs we bought. Trip of a lifetime! I would love to do what you are doing though and drive it. Maybe when/if I ever retire...?

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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2014, 10:57:34 pm »
We camped in a free spot on the way to Exit Glacier just out of Seward last night and will return there tonight.  We did the 8 hour boat trip today.  Saw lots of whales and glaciers,( Holgate,Bear & Aialik) pretty calm seas plus salmon and prime rib for lunch.  Major Marine Tours was the vendor and it was very well done.  The view from the water was awesome.  Sea Life Center tomorrow  and then back on the road unless we find something else to do here in Seward.  Maybe hike up to the glacier.  It's a 2 mile hike and I think I'm up to that.  Beauty all around.  These glacier fed streams just rip.  Best not to fall in.  Lots of fishermen along the Seward Highway on the way here.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2014, 06:40:41 pm »
We just arrived in Fairbanks and will spend a few days here.  We did the flight to Mount McKinley and the bus ride in to Denali.  Both were great and I'll post more with a few pics later.  This is our first internet and electric for days so we are using this afternoon to catch up with friends, edit pics and make plans for the next few days.
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