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Old 03-15-2010, 08:45 PM   #1
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OK I'm not kidding this time. Alaska bound!!!!!

Please forgive me for cancelling last year's Alaska trip. A huge conflict came up - delays on a fishing camp building project down here in Texas forced us to postpone the trip. Now we're ready to travel in the 34' A/S Classic. We are a little bit wiser (we think) and have read Church's books and the Milepost. We have also talked to 2-3 people who have made the trip. We plan to leave Austin mid-May, go to Mt. Rushmore, then Waterton Lakes, AB, then through the Jasper icefields, onward to Prince Rupert. From there onto a ferry we will go - disembarking in Ketchikan, Petersburg and Juneau for short stays. Then we will get back on the ferry to Skagway and head back to the AL-CAN to Whitehorse, Haines Jct, Tok, Valdez and Anchorage. Then to Kenai and Soldotna. King salmon on a flyrod baby!!! Then , we'll go to to spit on Homer and Seward - loading up on halibut. Then to Denali. Are there any kennels for our dogs? We'll head back on the AL-CAN through Chicken and Eagle and Whitehorse and Dawson Creek. From there to Whistler, Vancouver, and Washington. That's a lot to read - sorry. But this is our first time to see AK. Any ideas on campgrounds, special places you have seen and loved, and activities to not miss out on will be appreciated. Any ferry stories esp with dogs. I promise to give you a report with pics. From two crazy hearts, Denny & Debbie

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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Hi, make sure you give us a full report on your adventure, including pictures. We plan to do this some time in the future, but I'm pretty sure this year is out of the question. Maybe I can learn from your experiences.

Have a great trip.


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Old 03-16-2010, 02:55 AM   #3
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Old 03-16-2010, 06:43 AM   #4
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Your trip plan sounds great. Please post reports and photos to this thread as often as you can.

We have been planning the same kind of trip for several years. We were thinking about driving up and taking the Alaska State Ferry System back. We are particularly interested in your experiences in loading the Airstream on and off the ferry at the various stops.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:01 AM   #5
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Have a wonderful trip! Love the itinerary - how long do you plan to be on the road?

We grew up in Southeast Alaska (Sharon in Ketchikan, Sean in various towns on Prince of Wales Island before moving to Ketchikan for high school). On a rainy day, the scenery is beautiful - on a sunny day, WOW!!! Be prepared for lots of rain, though. Ketchikan gets an average of 160 inches a year! Totem Bight Park and Saxman Totem Park are great places to visit there. You can also pick up a "Walking Tour" brochure from any of the tourist shops or the Visitor's Bureau on the cruise ship dock. This will lead you around the Downtown area and show you fun and historic sites. Ward Lake, a few miles north of town, is a good place to visit for a short, easy hike. It takes less than an hour to walk around the lake through the woods.

In 2006 we drove from Portland up through British Columbia to Prince Rupert before taking a 6 hour ferry ride to Ketchikan, and returned the same way. The scenery in BC is just amazing! Early one morning, we drove by several bighorn sheep grazing on a slope by the road. I wish we had had more time to explore.

We'd love to read about your travels and see pictures. Have fun!
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:06 AM   #6
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.... We are a little bit wiser (we think) and have read Church's books and the Milepost. ..... From two crazy hearts, Denny & Debbie
Is this the book: Alaska Camping by Mike and Terri Church? Amazon has it for $15.
What made this a *go to* book for you?

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Old 03-16-2010, 09:07 AM   #7
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Alaska is incredible. We went last year (2009) and loved every minute. We left Nashville, TN on May 11 and returned home just before Labor Day. The land, the people, the "bigness" -- all amazing -- I could do the same trip again this very minute. (But it would not be the same, which would be wonderful.)

We used Milepost and the Church's book. Sounds like you're ready but feel free to pm me if you have any questions that I might help with.

We did take a side trip up to Deadhorse, leaving the trailer in Fairbanks. An adventure that we would have hated to have missed.

Truly the "trip of a lifetime".
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Cant wait to read the account. Alaska is absolutely on my to-do list.

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Old 03-16-2010, 12:48 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Sav'h Steve View Post
Is this the book: Alaska Camping by Mike and Terri Church? Amazon has it for $15.
What made this a *go to* book for you?
We also recommend the Church book. What makes it indispensable is that it is very compact in terms of towns, sights (and sites) to see, campground directions and other highlights. The Milepost (which you also need) is just sometimes too busy.

Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 03-16-2010, 02:46 PM   #10
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I agree with you all. It's a trip that I will take in the future, probably my retirement vacation. I hurts to say the "R" word at such an early age, as I'll only be 38, but make for one big adventure. Can't wait to hear the updates and recount of your trip. Have fun and please share your pictures.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:39 AM   #11
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how long do you expect this trip to be.were also planing on going .our first wife lived in alaska 12 years.were going back,to visit.we live in tx."milam"on the lake.last summer went to s.d. crazy horse,mount rushmore ect.could you use a little company?
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:09 AM   #12
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Thanks for the encouragement. Several ex-travelers to AK strongly rec'd the Church's book for AK. They also published a Pacific NW and British Columbia book that kind of fills the gap between Txas and AK.
I am thinking about ordering the Pressure Pro TPMS to keep an eye on the tires. Anybody use these? Also the Enkay mud flaps seem good but may not fit on the Hensley hitch.

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