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Jun 30, 2012 - Palmer

Hello again, We were traveling from Anchorage to Palmer. It was a great day to travel. Lots of sunshine and warm weather. We stopped at a roadside rest area and had lunch outside on a picnic table. Life is wonderful. We managed to get a lady to take our picture. It’s still nice to see all the mountains around us. We know it’s about to end. We are heading back to Tok to take a break and do our laundry again before we head out towards Chicken, Alaska. It was nice before we left Deep Creek to watch them launching the fishing boats. It’s too...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Sliced Bread and Other Ramblings

Have you ever given much thought to sliced bread? I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Every time we go on a trip I take along as much Publix Deli bread as I have room in the freezer for because I know that when we run out I probably won’t get any more good thin-sliced bread until we get home. It may be my imagination but it seems that the farther west we go the thicker the bread is sliced. We’ve shopped every grocery chain along the way and no thin-sliced bread, even in the deli. If they have unsliced bread they can only slice it one...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Palmer

We stayed 3 nights at the city owned campground on the Matanuska River in Palmer. We toured the old Independence Gold Mine and saw several moose and one moose cow with 2 calves along the road over Hatcher Pass. We stopped in a small store and found past date Easter Candy and bought some marshmellow chicks for my daughter Jodi and my niece who likes to roast the chicks. I am so excited because we are getting ready for our 4 night camping trip to Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park where we will see the bears catching salmon in the Brooks...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Still Alive and in Palmer

Thanks to everyone who checked on us. Yes, we’re ok and feeling much, much better! I thought Florida had changeable weather but I think Alaska has it beat. We’ve been in Palmer for almost a week and it changes from hour to hour, day to day. One day its warm and sunny and by afternoon its cloudy, cold, and damp or raining. The next day starts out cold and damp and by afternoon its warm and sunny. I’m never sure how to dress. But despite all that we really like this area. We’re about 35-40 miles north of Anchorage in the Mat-Su Valley...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Still more catchup

6/19/12 Tuesday The sun was high in the western sky when we went to bed and high in the eastern sky when we awoke at 5:30. Before we left camp Mary baked a batch of cookies in her toaster oven. She tells us daily how much she loves her little RV. She has a 19' Roadtrek and we have a 21' Roadtrek. We started with nice road but it didn't last long. More permafrost upheaval. At one washout the road commission had given up with repairing the road and was putting a small bridge in. We stopped in Tok at he General Store which was mostly health...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Day 50, Anchorage

Day 50, Wednesday, June 13, 2012 We got up early and drove the bus and the car separately 40 miles into Anchorage. In the rain. Dropped off the bus and then went to Sam’s Club where we just bought the tires. They didn’t open for an hour and a half. The tire seemed to be holding after Rob sprayed the flat tire goop in it so we drove south on the Seward Highway along the Cook Inlet. We saw Dall sheep on the mountain side and lots of bald eagles. I was hoping to see a beluga whale, but no. Never saw one last time either. We looked for the RV...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Day 49, Quiet day

Day 49, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 It rained most of the night and all day today. We started to drive into town to get Rob’s hair cut and one of the brand new tires on the car was totally flat. I guess we will be taking care of that when we go into Anchorage tomorrow. We have an appointment to get the broken windshield replaced on the bus. It’s one thing after another. Not much else going on today, just relaxing and enjoying the rain. We heard on the news that a chunk of the Alaska Highway washed out from the rain somewhere near Whitehorse and...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Day 48, Hatcher Pass Road

Day 48, Monday, June 11, 2012 The plan today was to drive a 49 mile loop across Hatcher Pass from Palmer to Willow. The road runs along the Little Susitna River which is a gold bearing stream and people can try their hand at gold panning along there. At the 17 mile point, there is a lodge and the Independence Mine State Historical Park. People were walking back into the mine area but the road was closed. The road over Hatcher Pass from this point was still closed also due to snow. It apparently doesn’t open until July. There’s only about a...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Day 47, Matanuska Glacier

Day 47, Sunday, June 10, 2012 Palmer was colonized in 1935 as an experiment where social workers chose 203 families from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and sent them up here to begin an agricultural colony to get them off welfare resulting from the Dust Bowl and the Depression. Palmer is Alaska’s only community that developed from agriculture. Because of the long days and unusual microclimate here, they can grow some extremely large veggies. The record for a radish is 9.5 pounds and a cabbage was 105 pounds. We have seen a major...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Day 46, Knik Glacier

Day 46, Saturday, June 09, 2012 This weekend is the Colony Days Festival in Palmer, paying tribute to the history of Palmer and celebrating a small town vibe. There was a parade this morning and other events throughout the town. We drove out the Knik River road today. It follows the river, obviously, about 8 miles to the end of the road at the Knik River Lodge. We saw a couple of moose wandering back and forth across the road. The Knik River heads in the Knik Glacier so the water is that wonderful opaque blue gray color from the silt....

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Jun 8, 2012 - Day 45, Chore day in Palmer

Day 45, Friday, June 8, 2012 So here’s the way our luck rolls. When we moved to our new spot yesterday we started looking for a place to change the oil. We were told Johnson’s is probably the only place that can do it. We looked for it while we were out in the car and found it right down the road from our old spot in Wasilla. We said we would bring the bus in today. So we unhooked all the utilities, put everything away and drove the bus to Johnson’s. Between the time we were there yesterday and this morning their big bay door broke and...

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Jun 7, 2012 - Day 44, move to Palmer

Day 44, Thursday, June 07, 2012 We woke up to a lot of noise this morning coming from the loading dock behind us. Couldn’t wait to pack up and get out of there. It was a long drive to our new place. It took at least 20 minutes to get here and that was only because Rob missed the turn and we had to take the long way. We are at the Mountain View RV Park in Palmer. It’s a lovely place, almost empty, with green grass and trees all around. We are right underneath Matanuska Mountain and the Matanuska River is nearby. It is flowing fast and full...

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