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Jun 23, 2011 - Santa & RV Maintenance Day

We did laundry this morning while we planned our day. After calling lots of shops looking for someone to repair our windshield and do an oil change we set off for North Pole and SANTA! Jack dropped us at Santa's house before heading to the Glass Doctor. The girls were thrilled to visit with Santa, but of course once we got there they acted like Santa was going to eat them for lunch. A little bribe went a long way and they sat on Santa's lap for a picture. The gift shop was filled with hundreds of ornaments and christmas trinkets. You could...

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Jun 22, 2011 - To North Pole we go

I awoke to the pitter patter of rain on the roof, a sound I love to hear! We were so lucky to have had a beautiful day in Valdez yesterday. We said 'goodbye' to Valdez and started around 9am. Our drive was hilly the first half of the day. At noontime we finally back-tracked to Gakona Jct, and split off from the road we drove to Valdez. It was nice to see new scenery, the mountains were contrasting reds, browns, and blackish-purple. Amazing views even with the cloud cover. We stopped for lunch and the kids explored a stream flowing into a...

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Jun 22, 2011 - North Pole - Fairbanks

We were in no hurry to go anywhere today! We began to give consideration to our next camping spot near Denali National Park. We had given thought to staying at Riley Creek inside the park. After considering its cost for dry camping (no water, no power) and the $4 showers, we decided it would be cheaper to stay in a public campground. Using my notes from RV Park Reviews, I called the one with the highest rating. He was very nice in telling me that he could accomodate me through Wednesday, but he was booked afterward due to the 4th of July....

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Alaska Bound

Jun 21, 2011 - Driving to Fairbanks

Happy Summer Soltice! We had a late start today. It was nearly 11 before we left the campground. Of course we had to go in search for the free fudge for which we had a Tour Saver coupon! Although a purchase was not necessary, we came away with more than the free 1/4 pound. Then we filled up with gas at a station that offered free pressure car wash. We needed one badly! While there, other RVers were coming in. We began conversing with them and sharing horror stories. One couple from Virginia is meeting friends in Denali that are from...

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Alaska Bound

Jun 18, 2011 - June 16, 2011: Day 13-248 miles: North Pole

We wake up at 5:30AM. Jan takes a few pictures and we head out by 8:00AM.We stop by the “town” of Chicken which consists of a café, a bar, a liquor store, and a souvenir shop. We wait at the café for homemade blueberry muffins to come out of the oven. We purchase two, a scone, and a brownie. We get a cup of coffee and then head on out. Temps are in the 40's. We head for Tok. By 10:00AM, it is 48 degrees. We are above the tree line. Very pretty views. We are on the Taylor Hwy. It gets cloudy by 10:15AM and we hit a little rain. By 10:50AM,...

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Jun 13, 2011 - North Pole, AK

Today we took a ride to the North Pole, Ak to pick up our mail and to visit Santa’s House. It was really nice with many gifts. The PO is decorated with Xmas things all year long. Tomorrow we leave for Denali Park for a few days, hopefully many good pictures will be taken.

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Sep 8, 2010 - Wash, Cook, and Rest

Date: September 8, 2010 Tonight’s Location: North Pole, AK Mileage: End - 52384 Start - 52233 Total Miles for the day: 151 Weather: a few patches of sun, mostly overcast, some drizzle Temperature: start 48º High 52º Wildlife count: moose, red squirrels, raven, gray jay (camprobber), Spruce Grouse Up early this morning and left for Fairbanks. Beautiful foliage, but the fog on the mountains all throughout the trip obscured the views out over the valleys. Arrived at North Pole a little before noon. Set up and started laundry. Didn’t have...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Day 32 - North Pole, AK

Today was a quiet day again for us. I was able to watch my first NASCAR race since leaving home. We also went next door to the Santa Claus House to spend some more of our hard earned green. At least we don't have to worry about the exchange rate. I again took some pictures of the reindeer. Yesterday I used the auto-focus on the camera, so today I used manual focus to see if I could get better pictures. We then went into the Santa Claus House to see what they had. If you wanted any kind of ornament, I think they had it. They had gifts from...

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Cope's Trek

Aug 14, 2010 - Day 31 - North Pole, AK

Today was a slow day for sightseeing. Both Eddi and I went to get haircuts. Attached are more photos of the Santaland street signs. Next door to the campground is Santa Claus House which we will visit tomorrow. They have four reindeer in a pen behind the building and we saw them when one of the keepers was giving them some treats. Their names were Blitzen, Comet, Cupid and Dasher. Blitzen was kind of a loner, whereas Cupid and Dasher were bugging her for more treats. Following our visit with the reindeer, we headed out to a place called...

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Cope's Trek

Aug 13, 2010 - Day 30 - North Pole, AK

Today we traveled from Tok, AK to Delta Junction, AK, the official end of the Alaska Highway. We traversed roads that paralled and crossed the Tanana River, part of the Tanana Valley State Forest. It was established as the first unit of Alaska's state forest system in 1983. It encompasses 1.81 million acres and extends 265 miles from near the Canadian border to Manley Hot Springs. In Delta Junction, we picked up our pin and certificate at the Visitors Center and also took some pics by the monument. Also at the Visitor Center are two...

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Cope's Trek

Jul 20, 2010 - Santa told us......!

On our way to Fairbanks we saw our first Moose! He didn't seem to mind us so Jim took about 42 shots of him before we left and he didn't bat an eye. Then we stopped in North Pole AK to Visit Santa who makes this summer home. We like it here, it's only about ten minutes from Fairbanks, and we will probably spend two or three days here, make a couple of side trips including an oil change (3500 miles so far!) and clean the van a little. But first we had to give Santa Norah and Ian's names for his "Good boys and girls List"!

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Jul 18, 2010 - Riverboat Excursion

We had a leisurely morning, tidying up and doing maintenance. We went on the Riverboat Discovery excursion. Saw a bush pilot float plane demonstration and watched the dogs work out at the late Susan Butcher / Dave Munson's mush dog camp. Then we visited a recreation of an Athabascan village, where First Nations guides gave demos and talks. The boat captain is 4th or 5th generation in that business - all of 19 years old. Although it is very dry here, this is the rainy season and a little rain and lots of clouds seem to be part of every day....

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