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Aug 8, 2016 - Week 17 8/1-8/7 Choo Choo!

I tried something new and put some pictures right in the blog. Monday I played with my new stuff from Amazon in the evening. The shredder seems fine but the portable scanner is going to take some learnin’. Tuesday I saw helicopters landing on my way to work and it seemed like a nice day but a woman said that her helicopter ride that she scheduled several months ago was cancelled. The next day my co-worker said he saw helicopters landing on his way home today. I think the power and telephone company needed them for work they were doing in a...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Skagway, Alaska

Leaving Teslin, in the Yukon Territory, on our way to Skagway, Alaska, we stopped in Carcross, still in the Yukon Territory. Here they had on display “The Duchess,” a small engine built in 1878, originally to haul coal. From 1900 to 1919, she carried tourists on excursions from Atlin across the mountain to Carcross. Riding her was an adventure; passengers often had to get out and push her up the mountain. We’ve looked in various places for her partner, made at the same time, “The Duke,” but so far in our travels we haven’t seen him. At...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Week 16 7/25-7/31 Wanted: Tomato Thief

Week 16 7/25-7/31 Monday Man it happens so often and it’s so irritating to have people continually talk about walruses being killed for their ivory tusks and other parts. First off a lot of the walrus ivory and other stuff comes from walruses that die of natural causes on the beaches. Let’s just let them lay there and rot because people are so stupid and do not know the whole story. I’m sure these are the same people who think nothing of going down to the grocery store and buying hamburger (ground BEEF, otherwise known as cow) or chickens,...

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Jul 28, 2016 - Travel from Skagway to Watson's Lake, Yukon

July 28 We woke today in Skagway to cloudy skies, but no rain. We need the clouds to lift so the mail planes can land with our package. To explain the package, we had a part for out tow hitch ( which I lost) overnighted from Washington state to our RV park in Skagway. Overnight in Alaska could mean days depending on weather. If we don't get it, it would mean me following John in the car rather than being able to tow the car behind the RV. We could wait for the part, but we had planned on meeting friends we met in Seward, AK for dinner in...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Ferry Ride from Haines to Skagway

This journal entry is for yesterday July 26 & Today, July 27. We left Haines in wet weather taking the Alaskan Ferry to Skagway. It's a 10 mile journey by water vs a 3325 mile journey by land. We choose the ferry of course. Watching them load all the campers , RVs and cars was quite the ballet. It was amazing how many could fit!!! Once settled in on the Ferry, we were able to sit back and relax in one of the common areas and watch the beautiful scenery. It was raining, and the clouds were low on the mountains making for a low visibility...

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Jul 27, 2016 - Rainy Skagway

July 27. I'm 4 days late in posting. Just found Wifi at our campground. Our first full day in Skagway. Its rainy, but not storming. So we dressed the part and headed out to explore the town. 4 new cruise ships had docked during the night. So the town was buzzing with tourist. We headed to the visitors center to watch a film that explained how Skagway played an important role in the Gold Rush boom to the Yukon Territory. Skagway was the starting town for what is called the White Pass that goes over the Mountain 30 miles or so into Canada to...

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Jul 25, 2016 - 7/25/2016 Emergency!!

I’m making another change to the blog. I will try to just put the unusual and post it the day it happens if I can. This evening we were eating dinner and heard yelling. Margie thought it was the bicycle tour that comes down the highway in front of the campground. I was sitting in a way that I could see one of our fellow campers hurrying over to another one. Then someone else headed over. As I went to wash the barbeque sauce off my hands Margie went to the bedroom window and asked if they needed help. She was told they did. So, we headed...

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Jul 24, 2016 - Week 15 7/18-7/24 I Don't Even Buy Green Bananas

Week 15 7/18-7/24 Monday Let me give some examples of very poor customer etiquette and hopefully it will help anyone’s dealings with retail employees. DO NOT ask for a bag, box, etc. while the clerk is still ringing up your purchase. They will probably give you one when the transaction is completely finished. If you want the correct items in your bag and you want the correct change then shut the hell up until the clerk is finished. It irritates the hell out of us for someone to ask for a bag while you are still completing the transaction. I...

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Jul 18, 2016 - Week 14 7/11-7/17 PARTY!

Week 14 7/11-7/17 Something that will no doubt be a recurring part of this blog is, what I missed from the previous week. Most of the time when I finish a day or a week I remember something, or I find a relevant picture in my phone, or a recording on the recorder I carry with me, etc. So, I will most likely have a “Forgotten Items” paragraph in each blog. The items in that paragraph may not be in any relevant chronological order. Forgotten Items Last Sunday somebody told Margie that there were ripe raspberries in the woods by us. So, she...

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Jul 11, 2016 - Atlin to Skagway

July 11, 2016 We are headed to Skagway today but before we left the area we went into the town of Carcross which was surprisingly modern. The first nations have done significant development recently with a new band school and an area devoted to heritage features and retail shops to showcase their work. The drive from Carcross to Skagway was one of the most interesting so far. The landscape changed dramatically from forest to almost bare rock with few trees and lots of small blue green glacial lakes. Crossed the border into Alaska for the...

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Jul 10, 2016 - Week 13 7/4-7/10 Cantaloupes Now Fifty Eight Cents and Rotten

Week 13 7/4-7/10 Our neighbor woke up on Sunday to find a beehive attached to their awning. I put up pictures of the hive and the eggs from it Monday, July 4th there was a parade through town. Now when I say through town I mean they started at 2nd street and went up Broadway to 7th street (five blocks). Then they turned around and came back the five blocks. As my manager said, this is to make it look like it’s a lot longer than it actually is. The first thing I saw was costumed people giving out programs for the day. The first one was a...

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Jul 3, 2016 - Week 12 6/27-7/3 High Priced Cantaloupe

Week 12 – 6/27-7/3 One thing I wanted to go into was about selling my house and other things you can still do even while travelling fulltime and not having a permanent sticks and bricks house. Margie and I started this fulltime RV lifestyle in September of 2014. Since that time I have deposited checks in the bank, filed income taxes returns for both me and my deceased mother, and sold two houses while being as far as 3000 miles from St. Louis. I have been able to take a picture of any check I have received with my smart phone and deposit...

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