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Jul 3, 2016 - Hatcher Pass & Independence Mine Tour

It's a rainy day, but we cannot sit idle, the touring must go on!! We, along with Henry & Veronica headed on up to Hatcher Pass (outside Palmer), and took in the sights, and also took a Tour of Independence Gold Mine. Nothing warms up a cold rainy day better than Pizza & Beer at the Delphie in Palmer, what a way to end the day!!

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Jul 2, 2016 - Second day at Elks Club campground

It's Saturday of the holiday weekend, the weather is "fair", a bit cool & cloudy, and we're just going to have a lazy day around camp. Taking advantage of some down time, we cleaned up the truck & camper, and went for a boat ride with some Elks Club members, Dave & Merri Bell Dias. We met them in the bar the night before, and they graciously offered to take us for a tour of "Finger Lake" which is the beautiful lake the Elks Club is on. Dave & Merri Bell live in Mexico in the winter, south of Playa Del Carmen, and north of the border of...

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Jul 1, 2016 - First day in Palmer/Wasilla area

We headed into Wasilla to the visitor center with Henry & Veronica, went to the museum, watched a movie about the Iditarod dog sled races. Across from the museum, there were some historic bldgs. to look at, and the cartoonist Chad Carpenter "Tundra" was there to tell stories about the Alaska movie "Moose The Movie" which was filmed there using those buildings, and also to sell his comic books. We ended up purchasing the movie from him (always good to support local artists), took some pictures with him, etc...kind of like meeting a local...

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Jun 30, 2016 - Valdez to Palmer/Wasilla for 4th of July weekend

We departed Valdez on Thurs am heading to Palmer area. Our friends from CA, Henry & Veronica invited us to be their guests at the Elks Club campground in Palmer/Wasilla for the 4th of July weekend. We traveled back up to Glenallen, then over to Palmer, a big day of 261 miles!! Along the way, we visited with some people from Isanti MN (only about 20 miles from our home in MN) at one of the scenic pull-outs. We arrived at the Elks club about 5 pm and immediately headed into the Elks Club to get registered to camp, and of course have a beer!!...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Settling in

So, I've forgotten to bring my camera the last few times I've been out and about, and for some reason my camera has decided that it's not going to upload my pictures. Soon I'll have pictures It has been a little rainy here the past week. It not terrible though, I've still gone hiking mostly in the local parks. Lots and lots of trails and I have joined some local hiking clubs so no danger of getting lost. Got very muddy, but do have my waterproof hiking boots so my feet stayed warm and dry. The rumors about there being very good seafood...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Farmer's Market/State Fair

I finished my first full week of school with all the kids in attendance. I'm having fun working with the kids and the people I work with are very nice. It's still a little strange for me to be working with this patient population, but I like it. This weekend was another beautiful one. On Saturday I went to a little Farmer's Market located just at the end of my street. Nice local wares. It will only be open for another 2 weeks so I guess I should take advantage of it. In the afternoon, I went to the State Fair. It's about an hour north of...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Alaska State Fair 2015

This was a fun fair. Not nearly as large as some of the others we have seen coming cross country like the one in Oklahoma, but still fun. It started out a little chilly in the morning but by the afternoon we were in our t-shirts. We ate Halibut fish tacos. We strolled through some of the barns with exhibits but just like in Fairbanks there was not a lot of livestock. Maybe a dozen cows, a few pigs, some market lambs and a few goats. It is too hard to get hay imported up here, and also too hard to keep some of the animals through the...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Leaving Ninilchik

We left Ninilchik today. We had such a great visit with Steve and Tricia and hope to be seeing them again, maybe as they pass through Oregon working their way south to Arizona for the winter, or maybe in Arizona, you never know! Next summer we may need to come back. Fishing with them was one of the best times we had in Alaska. We stopped in Sterling to have lunch and meet up with some other travelers we had met in Haines. Rosie and Ken Kerl. They have been down here fishing most of the summer. We had a great pizza at Magpye’s and a real...

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Aug 19, 2015 - Palmer

Time here is growing short. Helped Ramona with a 2 day yard sale. Got rid of some stuff. It was pretty slow on Saturday so I decided to hike up to the top of Mt Baldy. It turned out to be an expensive trip and and I never reached the top. I got all outfitted with a camera, cell phone, backpack, water, hiking stick, cold weather gear and a rain jacket. Decided I didn't need to also take a fanny pack so threw that in the trunk and took off up the trail. Probably didn't get more than 100 yards when I reached in my pocket for something and...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Palmer

Wednesday - yesterday - we drove to Palmer to visit with Ellie. The 3 of us drove up Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains to Independence Mine. It is an old mining operation where the buildings have been preserved and turned into an interpretive museum of a bygone hard rock mining operation. Ellie did a hike while Jean and I walked a short distance then sat and admired the view down the valley. We stopped for a picnic lunch then headed back to Ellie's house. Jean napped, I chicken/duck watched and Ellie prepared dinner. Ellie has 2...

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Aug 6, 2015 - Palmer, Alaska

We returned to Anchorage to a week of hot weather, hot for Alaska that is, with, highs 77 to 82 degrees. The salmon run in Ship Creek is over and 1,500,000 salmon eggs harvested for the next generation of salmon sport fishing. Mountain View RV Park in Palmer prohibits any type of electric heater or AC. Yesterday the temperature reached 82 and heated the motorhome like a tin can left in the sun. Alaska always cools down overnight, thank goodness. On Alaska news as a tidbit; there are 7 men to every woman in the city of Ketchikan, Alaska. To...

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Aug 5, 2015 - July 30--Travel to Palmer

It was time to leave Denali. We had decided that we would drive south to Palmer Alaska which is just north of Anchorage. We picked Palmer because it was near some really big glaciers. Also, we wanted to take our time driving south and maybe take a side trip to Talkeetna. As were were heading south on the Parks highway we were treated to some of the most beautiful views of Mt Kinley possible. There was not a cloud in the sky and the snow covered peak was completely visible. We stopped several times for pictures. By the time we got to the...

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