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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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2015 Alaska Trip

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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Alaska Trip 2015

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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2015 Alaska Trip

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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Jul 31, 2015 - Mountain View RV Park

On the way to Palmer a mountain sheep at the same point we saw the pod of whales going to Homer. We saw some spectacular views. We learned later in the day that there was an accident on the road that backed the traffic up for 7 miles. We visited the information center to get a map of the town and get directions. They had a garden behind them that represented some of the plants grown. The cabbage was big and still growing the flowers were bright and vibrant. We then made a trip up to Hasting Pass and viewed the scenery. We then visited a...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Palmer AK – Big Bear RV Park

Back in Palmer again to run errands in Anchorage before heading to Valdez and Prince William Sound. Had to get my Hallmark ornaments while I had the chance. Missed Ornament Premiere, but they had everything I wanted, so I’m good. Roger picked up a new spare tire for our camper, so we should be ready for the last half of our trip. Bridget took a nap – she really struggles with all this daylight.

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Retired at Last!

Jul 24, 2015 - Palmer AK – Big Bear RV Park

Well, it had to happen on a trip the magnitude of this one. Roger noticed down at Ninilchik that the emission system on our truck was acting up. Now, with a diesel, the DEF fluid has to be full or the truck will automatically start slowing you down. (This is a federal requirement to limit emissions.) Once the DEF gets too low, you get 75 miles at 65 m.p.h., then 75 miles at 55 m.p.h. After that, you can’t go any faster than 4 m.p.h. until you add fluid. Rog knew the fluid tank was full, so that meant something else was wrong. The closest...

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Retired at Last!

Jul 19, 2015 - Palmer, Alaska

Yesterday we arrived in Palmer, Alaska. Palmer is a farming community. Many farmers came here during the Dust Bowl and the Depression to try their hand at farming in Alaska. In fact, the government chose (The New Deal) farmers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan to go to Alaska to farm. We went to the visitors center to see what to do while we were here. The grounds at the center were beautiful with it's flower beds and garden. Everything grows enormous here due to the long daylights. This morning we went to the Musk Ox Farm. They have...

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Perkins Alaska Trip

Jun 14, 2015 - Hatcher Pass

Remember the post on June 8 about taking the 5 hour side trip on the Hatcher Pass into the Talkeenta Mountains? Today we found the other end of that road. We left Seward heading for Palmer, AK. What is in Palmer, you ask? About the same, everywhere we have been in Alaska; hiking and hiking and sight seeing and the Independence Mine State Historical Park that we were headed to see over a week ago when Sam took the side trip. This time was on a paved road with people and everything! There really is a Historical Park. In 1906, Robert Lee...

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