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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 - 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 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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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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