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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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Aug 7, 2014 - Homer to Palmer, AK

Got up to another rainy day and headed to Palmer via Anchorage and another grocery shopping day. We had an uneventful drive and made good time with few stops. We had our first meal of fresh halibut tonight. We chose to deep fry it and it was wonderful and enjoyed by all. Jeanette made Red Lobster biscuits and Cathy made a nice salad. We finished our dinner with a bottle of port from the Homer winery. UMMMM!

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Jul 26, 2014 - Travel on the Glen Highway

As we awoke, we saw the church's mission group to Nome leave. We also left and spent a couple of hours at the Walmart in east Anchorage "catching up." Afterwards, we continued east on the Glen Highway towards Glennallen. On the way, we pulled off the highway to admire the Matanuska Glacier and decided to stay the night.

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Jul 11, 2014 - Palmer,AK

It was rainy when we got up and rained most of the day. It was going to Palmer, AK, so we backtracked about 150 miles the way we had come to Valdez. Three days in Valdez, and we didn’t see any of the place. That’s what trailer trouble will get you. Once we got on new roads, the scenery changed from rolling hills to mountains. They were fabulous! I think it was the most spectacular scenery we’ve had. \When we got there, we went to a reindeer farm and learned all about them. They can have magnificent antlers, and someone young may have a...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Palmer AK

Moved down the road to Palmer AK which is about 30 miles outside of Anchorage. The good news is the weather has been great. Lows around 60 and highs in the 70s. The bad news is that my crown was loose because the tooth underneath it was cracked and had a slight infection. So I now have one less tooth than when I started this trip. Yesterday we went into Anchorage to look around and stop by the base for groceries and to get our prescriptions refilled. They have nice parks there. Today we went to the Independence Mine. It is an abandoned gold...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Mat-Su Valley...Hatcher Pass, Talkeetna, Musk Ox Farm

After leaving Anchorage, we travelled 30 miles north to the Mat-Su Valley (short for Matanuska-Susitna). There we visited Palmer and neighboring Wasilla...much more charming and attractive than Anchorage. We took day trips to the Independence Mine Historic State Park via the famous Hatcher Pass Road, Talkeetna, and a rare and very interesting Musk Ox Farm. The Independence Mine is a partially restored/preserved gold mine that operated from the early 20th century until 1951. It was quite sophisticated and pioneered mining techniques, some of...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Hiking in Palmer, AK

After Taking Care of Business from Wasilla’s Lake Lucille campground, we set a course south for Anchorage. Deciding that we would forever be sorry to pass Palmer without stopping, we registered at the Mountain View RV Park, and left for a couple of hikes up the mountain. We were happy a young male moose jumped onto the gravel road in front of us. We later visited the Palmer farmer’s market for chocolate chip cookies.

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Jun 20, 2014 - Matanuska River

We decided to head north of Anchorage to give us the feeling of winding our way home. There are 3 fun events planned at the Cabin for late July and August so we wanted to move on. We got to a nice borough RV park on the Matanuska River in Palmer for the night but the mosquitos were really bad. Matanuska is a pretty big name in Alaska. There's the river, the glacier and the Alaska ferry we took.

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