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Jul 14, 2013 - Denali NP to Palmer, AK

Today is our 34th wedding anniversary. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate than on our trip. We went into the “town” of Denali for a real, sit down breakfast at a place called the Salmonbake. Wonderful food and great service. Killed some time waiting for my quilt shop to open where I bought a beautiful piece showing Mt McKinley. Left Denali and headed for Palmer. Traveling down the Park Hwy we had the opportunity to view Mt McKinley from yet another side. No matter how you look at the mountain it is amazing. Today there were clouds...

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Canada & Alaska 2013

Jul 10, 2013 - Movin' on toward the Kenai

Tuesday July 9, 2013 I fished for 2 hours early this morning. The good news is that I didn’t have to clean my fish. The bad news is that I didn’t have any fish to clean!! Fishermen on both sides of me caught a few. I'm just not much of a fisherman I guess. I’ll keep plugging away and catch a few here and there I guess. The new Cabela’s waders work great – glad that we got them! We left Copper Center and drove the 170 miles to Palmer, about 40 miles east of Anchorage. Even though it was cloudy, rained lightly at times, and finally cleared...

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Jun 24, 2013 - Valdez to Palmer

Today we drove back up the Richardson Hwy to the Glenn Hwy at Glenallen. We stopped at the Old Railroad Tunnel in Keystone Canyon since we missed it going into Valdez. The tunnel was hand cut into the solid rock of Keystone Canyon & is all that is left of the railroad era when 9 companies fought to take advantage of the short route from the coast to the copper country. However, a feud interrupted progress. A gun battle was fought & the tunnel was never finished. Interesting! We also stopped at the Alyeska Pipeline Interpretive Area that we...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Palmer

Wow! It wasn't raining this morning, but it was quite overcast. We went to the visitors center in Palmer and then drove to Independence Mine. Gorgeous views along the 19-mile climbing drive to the mine which was actively mined for gold from 1937 to 1942. Gold mining ended when we entered WWIi because it was non-essential to the war effort. We took a guided tour and learned/saw a lot. It started raining,so I returned to the RV but Jim walked the mine site some more. Then we went to the musk ox farm. Interesting animals, but we didn't think...

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Aug 3, 2012 - Palmer, AK Pop 5,559

August 3 - 4, 2012 Palmer, AK – population 5,559 The city of Palmer is famous for the Matanuska Valley Colony, an ambitious 1935 New Deal experiment to populate the Matansuka Valley with 203 farm families from states hardest hit by the dust bowl and the depression. Social workers offered the families 40 acres and a chance for a new life (federal speak for get them off the dole). Did the plan work? The Matanuska Valley (which includes Palmer) is the only agricultural area in the state. Each August Palmer fills with farmers and fair goers...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Palmer 2

Today is the second full day in Palmer and I am pleased to say that I am actually current with the journal entries. The boy and I left the dogs in the motorhome again and headed for Hatcher Pass. For the second day, I am thrilled by what we saw and did. Hatcher Pass is the best kept secret of the area because it was only locals who were there. Speaking of locals, we feel like one. We have been in this general area of Anchorage/Wasilla/Palmer for a couple of weeks now. We also have an Alaska temporary license plate. Gee I don't even need a...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Palmer, AK

Before I start the entry, please note that I will be doing two for Palmer since we had so many pictures to share. On Monday, July 23rd, Wayne and I once again headed into Anchorage. The plan was to have the tow plate installed on the Jeep and the hitch extension added to Betsy. We also planned to get the awning fixed that magically started working when we hit the RV dealer the first time. The hitch installation place said it would be 8 or 9 hours to do the Jeep work so we decided to let it there and head for the RV dealer. At the dealer,...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Scenic Palmer

We left Wasilla behind and drove down the road just a little ways and stopped in Palmer. Palmer is home to a Pioneers Home where Rick's Grandmother Brownen lived for several years. There was also a museum and visitors center there. We also needed to dump our tanks and get some good wifi. So first things first, and after being on the road by ourselves and dry camping we checked into an RV park. They had pretty decent wifi and I was able to get some of the blog entries and pictures uploaded. Of course now I am again late but we just keep...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Days 55 & 56 Palmer

Day 55: We sat around most of the day waiting for the weather to break, which it never did. Finally, we unhooked and went to Palmer to go grocery shopping. When we got back, a caravan of 13 vehicles was pulling in. They set up the shelter with table cloths and flowers. They had a campfire and served appetizers. After dinner, they had a cake. We didn't talk to any of them to find out if they had a big meal every night. Although it wasn't raining, we skipped the campfire tonight. Day 56: Although it was still cloudy, we could see the peak of...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Travel to Palmer

Started Backtracking today, we are on our way to Valdez with stops in Palmer and Glennallen. We drove back through Anchorage on our way to Palmer. Scenery was just as grand on the way back as on the way down. When we got to Palmer we went to visit a Musk Ox Farm. They are attempting to establish a sustainable agriculture product for the natives, using the hair as a fiber for making various articles of clothing like scarves and hats. Interesting but not something we would put on our bucket list. When we got back to camp the staff put on a...

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WillnHat's journeys

Jul 15, 2012 - Palmer, Alaska

Rather long, uneventful drive to Palmer. The staff prepared supper of reindeer sausage and chicken. We did stop at the Muskox farm. These animal were almost extinct but now the population is growing back. The small ones are this years calves. They had fifteen this year, which is the most so far.

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Jul 14, 2012 - Day 54 Anchorage to Palmer

Day 54: We were ready to get out of Anchorage, we didn't care where we went, we wanted to get out of the big city. So we headed out the Glen Highway towards Palmer. It's very interesting that the largest state has no U.S. highways and only nine state highways numbered 1 to 9. But then they also name the highways in Alaska and Canada. So, we've been on the Yellowhead, the Cassiar, the Alaska, the Parks, the Sterling, the Seward and the Glenn so far. We stopped at the visitors center in Palmer and toured the flower garden. They were having a...

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