Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 31 – Saying Farewell to Alaska

This morning, we awoke to a light rain pitter-pattering on our roof.  We got underway early to begin our return 66 miles back over the challenging, and often jaw-jarring Taylor Highway in and out of clouds engulfing the higher elevations … Continue reading

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July 30 – Chicken, Alaska

Sitting down this evening, it occurred to me that it was last August when I first suggested to Debbie that we might drive our motor home to Alaska “next year”.  Throughout our fall trip to New England and the Canadian … Continue reading

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July 29 – Drive from Valdez to Tok

With a long drive and a couple of planned stops ahead of us, we left our campground around 7AM.  After retracing our route through Keystone Canyon, we climbed back up to Thompson Pass where the visibility dropped to as little … Continue reading

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July 28 – Columbia Glacier

Shortly after we awoke, we were asked if we felt the earthquake.  Actually we slept right through what was measured as a 6.4 quake shortly before we woke up. Debbie and I took an early walk from our campground to … Continue reading

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July 27 – Backtracking on a Free Day in Valdez

As there were no group plans today, laundry and getting caught up on some paperwork took precedence.  After lunch, Debbie and I set out to retrace some of the roads we’d traveled coming to Valdez, as we’d seen very little … Continue reading

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July 26 – Second Day in Valdez

The Valdez Museum was our first stop this morning.  As with literally every other museum we’ve seen on this trip, there was not enough time to see everything.  Among the exhibits were The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Several old Fire … Continue reading

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July 25 – Valdez

Today, we drove to the city which has become best known as the site of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.  In the for-what-it’s-worth category, I found it coincidental that this 1989 accident and the 1964 Alaskan earthquake both occurred on … Continue reading

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June 24 – Palmer to Glennallen

Our journey continued for another 132 miles south on the Glen Highway to Glennallen; the halfway point between Palmer and Valdez.  Leaving Palmer, the road begins to resemble a roller coaster … with many hills to climb and descend while … Continue reading

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July 23 – Palmer

Debbie and spent much of the day touring Palmer.  Our first stop was at the Visitor’s Center Museum and Gardens.  It continues to amaze us at the huge diversity of plants and the sizes of vegetables which are grown in … Continue reading

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July 22 – Driving from Homer to Palmer, Alaska

No sooner had we left our Homer campground than we drove into a cloud where visibility dropped to less than 1/10 mile before suddenly lifting … after which we had a beautiful day.  Our route, in fact the only route … Continue reading

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