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Aug 8, 2019 - Anchorage to Wasilla

We went back to Palmer Elks traveling 3 hours over 168 miles. This will just be a one-nighter, we are now in "Going Home Mode". We noticed now as we travel that the fireweed is beginning to go to seed (white fluff is showing) which means winter is approaching. Time to leave before it gets cold. Of the several times we have passed by Kenai Lake we finally saw some swans. Not close enough for a good photo, but at least we got to see them.

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Jul 10, 2019 - Palmer Elks Lodge in Wasilla

Wasilla is our destination today to the Palmer Elks Lodge in Wasilla just 1.25 hours, traveling 55.9 miles. I did a quick load of laundry early as we packed up to leave before by 9:30, knowing I won’t have a sewer at the Elks Lodge. As we were passing through the city of Houston, AK we saw so many Fireworks Stands as they are the only city selling them and the only Borough (county) that is allowed to sell them. We stopped for fuel after Houston before entering Wasilla, because of great fuel prices there. Palmer Elks Lodge had plenty of...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Travel to Anchorage

Highlight of the day was breakfast at the Valley Hotel in Palmer. The hotel was established in 1948 and has been maintained in that period. Real wood, real nice. Nice place to stay if we return here. $102 per night in summer, less during the off season. We were fortunate to sit next to a group of locals at coffee. One from Massachusetts, one from Nebraska, one whose Dad was born in Hugoton, KS, and another neat fellow. They all lived there and shared about the area, which is a farming community. I couldn’t hear everything but vegetables and...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Travel to Wasilla

We had a nice breakfast at Rosie’s Restaurant (Cantina) and our server’s name was Faleena. Almost like Marty Robbin’s song. We charted the locations ahead of us where Denali could best be seen and set off. We drove the Park Road 15 miles in and at each stop we would ask “is that it” but we’re told “no, Denali is much tall than that.” It was a nice drive though. It seems like this park is pretty well suited to the hiker. There was a bus tour but none would fit our schedule today. On our way to the next viewpoint, we came across the Alaska...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Traveling to Palmer/Wasilla

After walking Daisy, we packed up, said goodbye to Rick & Shannon and went to the Service Station to work on the coolant leak problem. They replaced the hose (part & labor not much) and filled up with antifreeze (the most expensive part), then we were on the road by 10 a.m. We had some road work delays and some slow going over frost heaves. This was supposed to be a very scenic drive today with a view of Mount Drum directly ahead and traveling along the side of the Wrangell Range. But with the fog crawling over the hills and the low cloud...

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Jun 6, 2017 - Independence Mine Hatcher Pass

Drove from Matanuska Glacier to Indepedence Mine. Stopped for a swim and run at the Matanuska river. Walked 77 flights of stairs ( according to Mom's fitbit) to the mine. It was a lot of work. Arrived at Little Susitna State Park for the evening. We are SO TIRED 10 miles in one day. Early to bed.

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2goldengirls

Aug 20, 2016 - Mat-Su Valley (Matanuska-Susitna Valley)

Mat-Su Valley (Matanuska-Susitna Valley) is not a town but a very diverse remote area about 35 miles north of Anchorage. The landscape is marshy in much of the area, but has many lakes and streams to explore. There are not many RV locations that have full hook up, and our first stop was not a good one. The “Big Bear” RV site in Wasilla was not the type of RV site we wanted to spend a week in. So we drove about 15 miles further to Houston to the “Riverside Camper Park” This is a lovely RV camp right next to the river. We got the last RV...

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Alaska Adventure

Aug 8, 2016 - Day 43 Wasilla

Day 43. Today was laundry day and planning day. We at least have a better idea of how the next several weeks will go. Had to make reservations for ferry from Haines to Skagway. In the laundry room the 2 other women were from Colorado. One was moving here, but hadn't found a house yet. Husband got a job in Anchorage which is commutable from here. Rainy off and on again. Didn't get to pictures again. Next few nights the wifi will be iffy. Depends if we want to go to their hot spot...even then it might not work. We've gone back and forth on...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Aug 7, 2016 - Day 42 Wasilla

Day 42 Big Bear RV Park. Stayed here last time. Big drive of 39 miles. Wanted to get out of town. John got oil changed and picked up few things at Fred Meyer, like more wine. I stayed back and got caught up on journal. Haven't posted since Valdez. Tomorrow we plan to plan rest of trip. Only have vague plans at present . I hope to get pictures organized. Rain again today.. Off and on. John had to dump in the rain. That goes with Alaska.

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 11, 2016 - Back to Wasilla

Our plan was to get to Costco to reprovision. You gotta love Costco, after shopping you can take a break at their diner and have a hotdog and a Coke for $1.49, best deal going! Plus here in Alaska you can peruse the parking lot for the latest in motorhome design by these guys from the northwoods. Haha. I caught this picture of my bookkeeper this morning, hard at work as usual! I forgot to include this picture from our hike the other day, they call those flowers fireweed. They are everywhere. Two days in a row we saw people picking them...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Manicure day

Karen, what can I write about today? Well, you could write about the beautiful manicure that I got today. Ok, there I did it! Ha! Spent some time looking over maps and brochures trying to decide on what direction we will head next. Our plans are written in jello you know, changing, shifting and shaking back and forth. I don't know if I've mentioned this but we have entered Alaska from Canada 3 times on this trip already. Seems strange but true. When we got back from lunch a guy comes roaring in with a HR Scepter pulling an enclosed trailer....

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Jun 28, 2016 - Musk Ox

Karen was up bright and early this morning to make biscuits and gravy for our breakfast. That girl can sure cook, self taught is the story I got. It was dang good! Back on the road, Glenn Highway, towards Wasilla again for a prescription run. This is a picture of Matanuska River and I thought it deserved posting. It is just beautiful through here too. I know I keep repeating myself but everywhere we go is just beautiful. Except one. Karen was bound and determined she wanted to go to the Musk Ox Farm that we had passed twice before so we...

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