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Offline Qweaver

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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2014, 09:55:43 pm »
A few of my fears  allayed.  Some new ones.  The roads have been generally very good...a few rough ones but no worse than W. Va.  The Parks Hwy between Denali and Fairbanks has several construction areas that are dirt but not too bad.  The mountain roads thru Idaho, Washington and Alaska have a lot of un-guard-railed roads with little berm and sharp drop offs that would be deadly if you strayed off the road.  The road into Denali is just plain scary.  No bear scares but a few close encounters with moose. The view from the plane was awesome.


 
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2014, 01:00:34 am »
We are going to leave Fairbanks tomorrow and head south.  We don't really know where to go from here.  We want to visit friends in Powell River just before we get back to the US.  I'll get out the Mile Post I guess.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2014, 11:48:03 am »
We are leaving Tok this morning headed for Chicken.   We'll spend a day or two in chicken and hopefully on to Dawson City, Canada.  The road between Chicken and Dawson gets some bad reviews.  I wish I had some current first hand info.  Anyone?
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2014, 03:44:58 am »
Trip advisor or yelp google places and people usually make forum post on sites on where to visit i found out when i go through a town i look it up.
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« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2014, 07:46:35 pm »
We left Chicken at about 3:00am.  Very light but the sun did not get fully up until about 7:00.  It is about 105 miles but the road was closed at about 35 miles and did not re-open until 7:30.  Canadian customs does not open until 8:am so we just slept parked on the road until 7:30.  Customs made a complete search of our truck and camper.  We will have to repack to get it like we had it.   The road was very rough but plenty wide.  The highest mountain was 12,000 ft.  The road ends at a free ferry to get across the fast flowing Yukon river to Dawson City. 
> We can not use our cell phone in Canada but we have a deal where we can use pay phones for pennies a minute.  Inconvenient but do-able. Most RV parks have WiFi but we really need a phone to book places to stay.  The RV parks often fill up.  That road really lived up to it's reputation.  Rough on the US side not too bad on the Canadian side. 
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2014, 01:43:15 pm »
We are back at my cousins home in Addy, WA.  It was a 2 hour wait at the border to get thru customs.  I am amazed at how high the cost of living is in Alaska and Canada!  We've had a great time visiting friends and traveling thru the wilderness but the cost was astounding. I get so much more bang for the buck in the lower 48.  $6 per gal diesel and $60 camping sites can quickly upset the budget. Alaska and Canada have many beautiful places to visit...but so do most of the states in the lower 48.  We loved it but one trip will do us.  So it's on to Glacier and Yellowstone. 
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2014, 06:21:18 pm »
I was in Glacier last weekend! The east side of the 'going to the sun road' is pretty tore up, but the west side is new and awesome, I highly recommend it! We also did a day hike by two medicine lake, which was nice since it's a little off the beaten path and fewer people. Do you know which direction you're headed through Glacier? Any other plans in Montana? Bison Range between Flathead Lake and Missoula, The ringing rocks east of Butte is cool but the road was in bad shape the last I was up there, Lewis and Clark Caverns are neat and on the way to Yellowstone, as are Norris Hot Springs, and Red Rocks Wildlife refuge is west of West Yellowstone. Have fun and enjoy Montana's construction season  :D
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #27 on: July 12, 2014, 04:07:01 am »
Sounds like it has been quite the trip!  Am looking forward to seeing some photo's.
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« Reply #28 on: July 12, 2014, 12:21:30 pm »
I agree with the high cost of fuel :'( but where were you camping for 60 bucks a night?  Any we have stayed at range from 28 to 35 dollars.
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2014, 07:35:26 pm »
The first RV parks we called were $50 to $66 on the Spit near Homer.  They were full hookups with showers.  Most of the ones we stayed at were $25 to $35 with electric only or you had to pay for the shower.  We did stay at a lot of free sites, church yards, Walmarts etc.  Fuel in Alaska was reasonable and easy to find.
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« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2014, 06:40:08 pm »
We got back at our home at 5:30 today.  It was a great trip!  It's good to be home.  No flat tires, no mechanical problems...but it will be great to sleep in our king size bed tonight.  I'm about to take my first shower in five days. I'll just throw these clothes away.
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« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2014, 08:30:19 pm »
Nice to hear you had a successful trip!

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« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2014, 10:13:10 pm »
It's nice to go,but it's nice to come back home too.
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« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2014, 11:08:34 pm »

With total ferry costs @ $4000 and fuel @ $3500, not a cheap trip but when you consider all that we got to do and see...cheap enough.  I haven't added up all that we spent...and I don't intend to.  It was a lot.  But it was worth what ever it cost.  The number of OH MYs! that I heard from Sarah was payment enough.
We took a lot of pictures but I don't think I will post many.  They do not do justice to the real thing.  Oh My!!
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2014, 11:59:52 am »
If there is one outstanding dislike during this trip...this is it. Any mistakes on this road and you die!  And there are many just like this or worse.



 
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Re: The Trip to Alaska Starts
« Reply #35 on: July 22, 2014, 05:41:42 pm »
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!

Sounds like my grandfather in the late 60s/early 70s. He had an old Chevy van and come top of everyhill and he would throw it in neutral and cut the engine, drift till just enough speed to pull it down into third and pop the clutch to start. And that was when gas was 25cents a gallon.
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