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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 - 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 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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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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Jul 13, 2012 - Mountain hiking

On Wednesday after a cold rainy night we left Eagle River and headed for Palmer. The weather had produced fresh snow on the Matanuska range. The morning was clear and sunny and when we pulled up onto an overpass we could see Mt McKinley, 240 miles away, very clearly. The top was not shrouded in clouds. We stopped in the little town of Eklutna to visit a Russian Orthodox church and graveyard. Somehow I am losing pictures off my camera. I know they are on the card but when I go to download them, they don't load. We arrived in Palmer and Jean...

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Jul 12, 2012 - Valdez

July 9 This morning we left sunny Homer, the nicest day of the entire week. We saw our last Homer bald eagle as we were leaving town, kind of a farewell. Next stop Seward. When we reached Seward the weather was changeable. One minute it was sunny and then cloudy with periods of rain. It was also very windy all day. We arrived at the Iditarod Campground in the early afternoon. It is located on the shores of Resurrection Bay, a very scenic area. July 10 We planned a wildlife, glacier cruise today and it appeared we made the right choice in...

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Jul 9, 2012 - up, up and away

The route north on the Richardson Highway took us from the sea level of Valdez to the 2,000 foot Thompson Pass in 26 miles. Usually when you climb a mountain the road twists and turns, but this route was straight up. At times we were getting 2.5miles/gallon. Ouch! This stretch was one of two that almost brought the Alaska Pipeline construction teams to a halt. Laying the pipe and welding it at such extreme angles was a huge challenge. It was nice to see that some of the highway construction delays we had on the way into Valdez were all...

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Jun 30, 2012 - Last Few Days in Palmer

You can see by the pictures what we've been up to the last few days. Today we made our third trip to Hatcher Pass and it was finally open. It was a gorgeous drive even though it was so cloudy you couldn't really see the mountains and all of the view. Tomorrow we make our short move down to Anchorage where we'll be until July 5th. Judy comes in on the 4th and the next morning we're heading down to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. We're really looking forward to our time with her.

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