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Old 03-17-2009, 01:59 PM   #29
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I started a diary blog for the trip to document it.
http://ronsalaska.blogspot.com/

It is way early but I am posting things about getting ready
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:47 PM   #30
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be sure to budget plenty of TIME. and money of course. but time is what many shortchange themselves on not realizing the distance and vastness of the land.

some online resources, just a few of the many available

http://www.milepost.com
http://www.alaska-highway.org
http://www.state.ak.us/local/visitorHome.html (state website visitor info)
http://www.dot.state.ak.us (links to ferry system, AKRR, etc)
http://www.travelalaska.com
http://www.alaska.com
http://www.anchorage.net
http://www.explorefairbanks.com
http://www.kenaipeninsula.org
http://www.hellobc.com (British Columbia)
http://travelyukon.com (Yukon)
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:42 PM   #31
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Our first trip to Alaska, (flying/rental) was in August. The weather was perfect, and very few bugs of any kind. My cousin owns a small primitive cabin she built over twenty years ago near Denali, and spends every summer there. She reports bugs throughout June & July, and sometimes a lot of rain in August. We lucked out. Whatever the weather.... Alaska is unbelievable. I love looking at all the photos posted (as well as my own at home), but a 35 mm can never truly capture the majesty of wild Alaska.
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Old 03-17-2009, 10:19 PM   #32
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I forgot to mention and don't recall if it was in The Milepost -- Driving through Northern BC and Yukon Terr, many towns have a community center that includes a swimming pool and showers -- I'm sure they have a lot of attendance during the Winter months!
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:01 PM   #33
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These have been great. I've been wandering about campgrounds along the ALCAN, are there campgounds, are they easy to find, Private or Public, are there many Canadian National or Provincial Parks/Campgrounds. Do these tend to have showers, water, dump sites, etc. also any problem with bears at them?

I know, the Milepost will tell me all this, but I want to wait a year to get one, updated version.

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Old 03-18-2009, 12:39 AM   #34
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Yes, there are campgrounds along the way and you will find them in the Milepost. As I said in 2006 RV travel was down and most campgrounds weren't even 1/2 full until you get to Denali and Anchorage. I would imagine with this economy you'd find a like condition.

There are RV parks with hookups and then there are also campgrounds without, depends on what you want. The Canadian provincal campgrounds don't have hookups.

I think the only campground I heard mention of Bears was Liard Hot Springs, BC.
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:37 AM   #35
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It's always a good idea to be "bear-aware" up here. Eyes and ears open, keep a clean camp, make noise when you hike, etc. And then you can get a good night's sleep in your hard-sided egg...
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:14 AM   #36
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Hi Ron and anyone else passing through Terrace this year

Would love to have you stop in for coffee on you way to Prince Rupert. Send me a private message and I'll send you our phone number and directions to our place. Happy travelling all.

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Peruse The Milepost at your local library or over a cup of coffee at BarnesIgnoble/Borderless.

I went in the Spring, and the grizzly/brown bears were all over the roadsides, filling their post-hibernation bellies with grass -- The lady in the tourist office at McKenzie BC said they had about 16 collared grizzlies in the area and were expecting trouble that year because they had fenced off the former dump and made it a transfer station.

The bear incident at Liard (Properly pronounced lee-ARD by Canadians and improperly LAYERED by Alaskans) Springs was apparently a combo of a mother bear with cub and local dump closing.


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Photo of grizz in Kluane NP, YT -- They were all in the fields eating dandelions!
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Old 03-18-2009, 06:54 PM   #38
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My wife and I made the trip in spring of 2007. We were the ones running around Canada and Alaska with bubble wrap taped to the front of the trailer. Here are a couple of my favorite pictures of bears taken on the trip
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Old 05-22-2009, 07:13 PM   #39
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We are leaving PEI June 22 and towing our 16 ft Scamp to Alaska. Planning a 2 month Trip. Stopping in Sask. for Canada Day then onward and upward. Looking forward to meeting some fiber owners on the trip.

Jerry & Vivian
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We are leaving PEI June 22 and towing our 16 ft Scamp to Alaska. Planning a 2 month Trip. Stopping in Sask. for Canada Day then onward and upward. Looking forward to meeting some fiber owners on the trip.

Jerry & Vivian
Wow! We should have an Alaska egg sightings thread.
I'll be just a few days behind you and unless you are going via the Cassiar then we'll shift directions at Prince George.
This is my third trip... all of them different. This time its 16 day ferry trip from Pr Rupert to Skagway and then back home with lots of fishing everywhere!!! wheeee!.

Take a sign! and nail it in thee sign forest. I'll be putting one up for Best Friends animal sanctuary this time.
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:52 AM   #41
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I live in the Yukon Territory... which you'll have to drive through to get into Alaska. Our portion of the Alaska Highway is in pretty good shape (it's mostly chip sealed). It starts to deteriorate as you get closer to Alaska (pot holes and construction). We have a LOT of campgrounds here, but they'e likely not the type you're used to... outhouses, no showers, but the wood is free! I would encourage anyone to make the trip, it's absolutely beautiful in this area. Just keep in mind that you'll have to do some real camping!

My boler fares very well on these roads!

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Whitehorse, I loved Whitehorse area. I stayed an extra day when on my trip in 2006.
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