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Old 05-11-2006, 03:26 PM   #15
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I WANT to do that trip!!!!!!!! I wonder how long would it take us to get to Alaska from MN?

That trip is for sure on my list of things I want to do before I grow too old!!

Are there enough spots to pull over and camp all along the way?

You know what scares the bejeebers out of me? MOUNTAIN roads! I'm scared in a car alone, I'd be a basket case pulling the Scamp!!
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:43 PM   #16
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This is my retirement dream trip!
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Old 05-12-2006, 09:42 AM   #17
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I feel so stupid! I got my Golden Age Passport at Fort Smith the day before Easter. We spent three nights in our Casita at the Overland RV Park and I didnít remember that you had moved to Van Buren. I could have seen all of your Alaska photos.
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Old 05-13-2006, 06:38 AM   #18
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Deb in MN -

It is a little over 3000 miles from Minneapolis to Anchorage. We took 10 days to go 4000 miles, but we would have liked to be able to spend more time in many places. The mountain passes on the Alaska highway aren't really all that bad, but I guess it is a matter of what you are used to. The majority of the trip is flat easy driving on a decent paved highway. Boondock campsites can be hard to find for lack of secondary roads off the main highway but there are some old gravel pits here and there and rest stops where overnighting is common. There are plenty of campgrounds with hookups if you plan ahead. Buy a copy of the "Milepost" magazine for a mile-by-mile description of the roads and facilities.

Craig - Loved your pictures. Nice silver salmon you got there. I used to float and fish Willow Creek frequently. Also loved the salt-water fishing out of Valdez. I hope we can make it back up there soon.

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Old 05-13-2006, 10:33 AM   #19
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Ditto. Buy this book and have some fun. "Traveler's Guide To Alaskan Camping" by Mike and Terry Church. About $20 for the 2005 version from Amazon. I bought it just for the heck of it and am having a great time reading and dreaming about the trip. If I drop before I ever make it at least I have enjoyed it a bit.
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Thank you for sharing your pictures. We too would like to make that trip!
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Great photos, Dave! Thanks for sharing!

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Old 05-15-2006, 04:00 AM   #22
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Hey Deb, come along with me. I'll virtually be by myself as the caravan I was going with meet up with on June 14th in Dawson Creek won't be there until about the 16th. I'm not willing to loose 2 days plus I was going to be in Dawson Creek a couple of days prior to the 14th. So, I've decided that if I'm going to be by myself, then what am I waiting for, I'll leave Dawson Creek on June 11th for Alaska.

It'll only take you 3 days maybe 4 to get from Minnesota to Dawson Creek. BC. So hit the road on the June 5th and meet me in Dawson Creek on June 11th. I'm coming back by Ferry but you could meet up with the caravan as I will be in the same vacinity as they from Anchorage back to the Alaskan highway. It'd be easy for you to join them for the trip back.

Oh, and I don't do 400 miles a day. That's what David would have averaged with 4000 miles in 10 days. I figure the most I'll do is one stretch that is about 300 miles. I like to dilly dally. Plus I doubt I'll ever do the trip again so I'm in no hurry. Other than I do have to be in Haines, AK on July 17th to meet the ferry.

My trip will be a total of about 10 weeks, door to door. I'd make it longer but I've got a commitment to participate in a golf tournament mid August.

So there you go!!! What are you waiting??? Hitch that little Scamp up.
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Old 05-15-2006, 04:05 AM   #23
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Criag,

What's your impression of the Alaska highway??? I was given plans for a rock guard for the front of my Jeep. I wondered if it was really necessary as all I've been reading lately is how the highway is nearly completely asphalt, no more if any gravel stretches. I know there will be road construction due to frost heaves but other than that it sounds like a rock guard really isn't necessary any more.

What do you think??
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Old 05-15-2006, 09:14 AM   #24
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The Alaska Highway is in very good condition. Most of the Yukon portion is better than many highways in the lower forty-eight. The exception would be from Kluane Lake to the Alaska border. That section is what they call chip seal. It is a hard packed fine gravel that is very abrasive to painted surfaces and plastic parts like fender flares. The area around wheel wells was most susceptible.
A friend told me all the horror stories about the flying rocks and I took all that to heart. In addition to a bra on the front of my Tacoma, I protected the headlights with clear plastic covers and put some heavy screen (hardware cloth) in front of the radiator. That may have been overkill but I was glad that I did. The windshield was insured and changed my deductible to $25. The only rock to hit my windshield was on the four lane going into Anchorage. I covered the lower front of the Casita and with a double layer of duct tape. A single layer was not thick enough.
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:04 PM   #25
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Craig,

Thanks for the info. on the highway. It was just last year that you drove it so I value your assessment as compared to people I know who haven't been on the Alaskan highway for many many years.

I've heard that they are working on the Kluane to the Alaska border stretch. I have a feeling it won't be completed within the next 30 days when I'll be passing through.

I did make the gravel guard out of PVC and hardware cloth, which wraps around the front of the Tow vehicle. However, I'd been reading how good the road is today and thought maybe I wouldn't need it. I think I'll keep it as I'll pass through the Kluane/Border area twice, the second time to get to Haines and the ferry.

Any way, thanks again.
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Joy, I will speak for everyone here and wish you a safe and exciting trip! We have been talking about going next year so can't wait to hear of your adventure, and what to do and not to do.

A trip of a lifetime!

Best of luck.

Pat and Marilyn and Elvis
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:05 AM   #27
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Joy,

It sounds like you have done your homework and have your trip well planed. I hope that you have allowed two or three days in your schedule to explore Haines and Skagway. For some reason, very few travelers have much to say about that area but I enjoyed Haines as much or more than any other stop on me trips. In my opinion, the drive from Haines Junction to Haines should be on anyoneís list of the most scenic highways in North America. It is only a short ride by water taxi (fast ferry) to Skagway. For travelers taking the Inside Passage ferry out of Haines, there is no reason to take a vehicle. Most attractions are a short walk from the dock. One day tours to Juneau and Glacier Bay National Park originate at Haines. http://www.haines.ak.us/

For anyone contemplating an Alaskan adventure, there are a few essentials that will help with you trip planning or save you some cash.
Murray Lundberg lives at Carcross and travels most of the northern highways frequently. While it is not a substitute for the Milepost, his web site is the best source for up to date highway information and the photos are wonderful.
http://www.explorenorth.com/bio.html

The TourSaver offers many two-for- one discounts on popular attractions. It costs $99.95 but we saved that much on just one Kenai Fjords tour. There is little or no saving for solo travelers but families often buy two.
http://www.toursaver.com/

This photo of the Haines Highway is typical of most Yukon highways.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:39 PM   #28
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Patrick, Marilyn & Elvis....thanks for the good wishes. Lily and I are going to have a great time and trip. I purchased a laptop last week so I'll be able to check the site occasionally as well emails. Portability and WiFi are wonderful.

Craig,
I do plan to visit Skagway. In fact, I don't want to pull my trailer down and back up nor do I want to take a sea taxi there. My plan is that on the way up to Alaska I'll stay in Whitehorse for a few days. Then I'll take a day trip to Skagway without the Scamp.

I was originally staying in Haines the night before catching the ferry but I've now added an extra night. This gives me 2 full days as my ferry trip isn't until evening.

I just received an email from BC ferries that one of their ferries sunk last March. It happened to be the ferry I was scheduled on. They've changed my reservation to another ferry however the 15 hr. trip will now be 18 1/2 to 20 hrs. I'm thinking about cancelling that leg of the trip which was to take me from Prince Rupert to Vancouver, Island. That's a long time for Lily to be in the hold, with me able to visit once every 5 hrs. for just 15 minutes or so.

I was given a heads up on the Alaska ferry system and found that they are currently repairing the fast ferry I was to take from Juneau to Sitka. Currently they've only cancelled the June sailings. July is questionable. This is a good reason to have my new laptop so I can check my emails.

Sitka is a tough port to get in and out of. You may have 1 night or you may end up having to stay for nearly a week. I might end up cancelling Sitka, although I don't want to.
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