Don, Joan & Brooke to Alaska travel blog

Dave & Cara in their RV crossing the Yukon River

Getting back into the mountains

Starting on Top of the World Highway

A view from the top

Approaching the Poker Creek border crossing

Border crossing

Another view from the Top


Top of the World!!!

Half of the town of Chicken :)

Another view

The road

'Squirt' after a 'rough' day

More gravel on Squirt than on the road!

Part of the 800 mile trans-Alaska pipeline above ground

FAIRBANKS, AK: (June 28- July 6) Upon leaving Dawson City, after a 4 hr. wait to board the ferry, we crossed the Yukon River (a five minute ferry ride) and headed over the ‘Top of the World’ highway to Chicken, Alaska. What an awe inspiring experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the view but Stumpy, and especially Squirt, suffered a bit (see pictures) travelling over the gravel and dirt road with all the bumps and hollows and recent coating of calcium chloride - to try and keep down dust!! We drove into Alaska at Poker Creek the most northerly US border crossing (population 3). It is open from 9a-9p for about 4-5 months or as long as the highway is open (the highway is closed all winter). On to Chicken, AK. (population 23 and it is closed in the winter) which consists of about 6 buildings. But that didn’t matter to us. We were able to get an RV site, with 20 amps, for the night and could relax after a ‘rough’ day on the road… 

Drove from Chicken to Tok and spent a couple of days. We are back on paved roads although we still have to watch for frost heaves and dips. Got mail and did laundry and all that good stuff. Then on to Fairbanks. Didn’t see much wildlife on these legs of the trip just good scenery. We relaxed, shopped, did some maintenance on the RV’s such as oil change, etc. and explored. We went to the Pioneer Village on July 4th and checked that out, explored around town and also checked out the pipeline, which is pretty interesting.

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