After leaving the Icefields Parkway we worked our way toward Whitehorse and Dawson City in the Yukon. Whitehorse is the junction where you take either the Alaska Highway west into Alaska or do the Klondike Loop north to Dawson City and cross the Canadian-Alaskan border by driving the Top Of The World Highway. We choose the Klondike Loop and crossed the boarder on June 21, the longest day of the year. In Alaska that means 23 hours of daylight on that day. We stayed 2 nights in Whitehorse at a very nice, clean campground called Hi-Country Rv and Campground. We left there on the 21st, had lunch in Dawson City, took the ferry across the Yukon River, drove the Top Of The World, did the boarder crossing, and drove the Taylor Highway to Eagle, Alaska where we set up camp. That was all in one day! This post will have pictures of Whitehorse and Dawson City, cool towns with all the history of the Gold Rush to look at, then tomorrow I'll do Top Hwy. , Taylor Hwy. and the city of Eagle. Top of the World and Taylor Highways are each 60 mile dirt stretches of hairpin curves on the side of the mountains and I can't believe we did all that in one day.
Good Night All, Thanks for tuning in. Love, Dave and Barb
Furby would like to share some pictures of places he has been on his vacation. He also would like to show you some of the animals he has encountered on his trip. Hope you enjoy Furby's adventures !
This post is from Furby,he would like to say hello to some very special people who are missed very much!!!!
We can't use the 'photo send' feature on texting here in Alaska or in Canada but we can get attachments in email. Would love to see new shots of all you hooligans. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight we would like to share some pictures of our hike onto the Matanuska Glacier. It is located on the Glenn Highway just east of Palmer. The last few posts we have shown scenes from the Canadian Rockies- Icefields from back in June, but yesterday we were finally able to walk right up on a glacier here in Alaska. We know we keep saying each day seems greater than than the last, but we can't help it since it really is the truth.
Last, but not least, had to get some flowers in! Goodnight all, love you, Dave and Barb And a big kiss for mom!
Hello again ! These next shots are of the hike at Bow Summit. The trail was about two feet wide, sometimes mud, or dirt, or ice, or a foot of snow. Remember this was June, however the elavation was 6840 feet. The views were breahtaking. The one thing that was really sad was that my batteries died right at the top and there was the most fantastic view of a Payto Lake with the most vivid turquoise color water and I have no pictures to show.
( A quick note about this blog site. If I send two posts in the same day the last one appears first. I know it's confusing but I'm trying to get caught up so bear - no pun intended- with me and just enjoy the pics. )
That was the end of the battery power but the rest will always be in our memories. All our love!
Before the Icefields photos, I have to tell you today the 13th of July is a very special day. Oh, we went on the best drive since the Icefields. The road was called Hatcher Pass, north of Palmer. But that was nothing compared to getting our first picture of a moose !!!!! Since the beginning of June, we have been looking for all the moose that everybody says are all over the place but have only seen a couple moose butts heading back into the trees, no pictures there. At last, here is a cow and calf standing only a few feet from the car as we came around a curve on a dirt road. I didn't roll down the window because I thought it might spook her so the photo isn't real clear.
You will have to wait for Hatcher Pass photos, I want to get back to the Icefields photos because after those will come Alaska and I'm trying hard to get caught up to the present. We made it to AK on June 21, only twenty-three days ago and you can't imagine all the things we have seen.
The next pictures were along the road right by the camp.
This post is getting very long , so I,ll close for now. I want to do another one of the hike we did this same afternoon. See you in a minute!
The Icefelds Parkway goes through Baniff National Park and Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. We camped about half way across the Parkway at a rustic campground at an elevation of 6900 feet and it was worth every chilling moment. Here are pictures of our campsite and the drive.
Love you guys, talk to you soon!
This was my first time at the Rockies and I couldn't stop taking pictures. These were all taken on June 6, what a way to spend a birthday!
I am going to post these pictures of Glacier and then do another blog of the Icefields Parkway that we did next.
Before I start the catch up part of the journey, here are a few of the wildflowers in Alaska that grow abundantly on the roadside, in the rocks and near the snow.
Going back to the begining of June, we dropped the Aliner off at the Windmill Storage Center on June 6 and paid for four months of storage. We found out the pass was closed for two more weeks at East Glacier so we stayed there one night and walked some, then headed for West Glasier to use the boarder crossing at that side. We spent time in Whitefish, MT before crossing on June 10. Here are some pics.
Well, that's all for today. We moved camp today to Palmer, AK and even have 4G on our phone. Might be because we are only 45 miles or so from Anchorage. More tomorrow, Love, Barb and Dave
We are still in Valdez. The 1st and 2nd picture were taken in the harbor. Then, when we got back to the camp at 8pm, this is the view we had from our tent door. We were literally inside a cloud. Today is raining so we are at the library doing some blogging. Had a great lunch at the Highway Potatohead Cafe.
Now I'll get back to past journeys starting with June 1 , entering Montana. We're back on good old Hwy.2 heading you know where, WEST.
We stopped at a wayside to have lunch and this guy brought his to join us.
In the next blog we drop the camper off in Kalispell, MT at the Windmill Storage Center on Juen 6 and go tent camping in Glacier N.P. and near the town of Whitefish, both fabulous places. Then cross the boarder into Canada on June 10. Talk soon. ( or what ever you call it ). Love to everyone!
First I will show you our campsite for today, July 10, 2014. Blueberry Lake State Campground, Valdez, AK . Elevation 2080 ft. surrounded by mountains and very private, only 15 sites total and only 24 miles from Valdez.
Now, going back to the end of May, our next side tripe off of Hwy.2 was the Teddy Roosevelt National Park, North Entrance. This is located in the Badlands of North Dakota almost to the Montana boarder. Stayed 3 nights, fee free. Here's some pics...
Today is July 1, 2014, seems like we left home yesterday, seems like a year. It's actually been 45 days, which really seems impossible with all the things we have seen. Coming back from the Arctic Circle our trip odometer passed 7500 miles and we still have 8 to 10 weeks before we get back to Montana to pick up the camper from storage to head south. The picture above was taken yesterday on our way back from Galbreth Lake, 115 miles north of the Arctic Circle along the Dalton Highway. For 2 nights we had 2 different campsites so I guess that makes North Pole, Alaska our domicile. We left our big tent set up near North Pole, at Rivers Edge campground (great place with super nice owners and hosts and really hot showers only 9 miles from Fairbanks). Then we drove up the Dalton Hwy. and pitched the small tent at Coldsfoot, at the BLM campground Marion Creek for two nights and drove the other 115 miles up to Galbreth Lake. This took us past the line where there is no more forest. The mountains and valleys had beautiful green colors as you drive by but when you walk around there are so many flowers of different colors and sizes, so of course we spent hours photographing them. I won't show you flowers right now though, because I need to go back a few weeks and do a photo essay of where we've been living in the wilderness with no internet and very rarely a phone signal.
The last blog was us leaving Lake Superior, so I'll give a condensed itinerary then do some pictures . We left the Upper, into Wisconsin, and followed Highway 2 west. We only traveled a short distance into Minnasota before we took our 2nd side trip, the 1st being the "Porkies" on Superior. The side trip was to Lake Itasca State Park, 60 miles south of Hwy.2, and lasted a week. The park is a huge old-growth hardwood forest and also includes the site of the headwaters to the Mississippi River. There is a fantastic outdoor interpretive center and stairs where you can walk across the Mighty Miss. Since it was Thursday of Memorial weekend we actually camped 5 nights at a nearby rustic state forest campground at Hungry Men Lake with only 14 sites as opposed to Itasca with it's 224 sites. The 1st night we had the whole place to ourselves. Signs were posted near the boat dock that this was a Loon Nesting area and we were certainly serenaded each night.
Bond Falls on Hwy. 45 on way to the " Porkies"
Hungry Men Lake and Lake Itasca State Wilderness