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Old 06-02-2013, 09:25 PM   #71
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Danny, no vehicles over 35' on Independence Pass are permitted. I think it is because of the tight curves and very narrow section on the west side. We slept up at the top many years ago in a Microbus. The parking area is very big, but after it was dark a camper pulled in and parked right next to us. He was probably afraid of werewolves up there.

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Old 06-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #72
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20 years agp when the kids were young we camped at Buena Vista KOA in a rental pop up and left it there while we drove the Cherokee over Independence and back in one day. The West side pretty much took care of my white knuckle driving desire forever. Never have a 12 and 10 year old boy brrn so quiet for so long
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:19 AM   #73
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We made it to Gardiner today.
We camped in the national forest outside of Cooke City the previous 3 nights (Lulu pass), no grizzlies. The campgrounds there only open mid June (including the nearby ones in Yellowstone around Lamar valley) so we didn't have much choice. Lulu pass has 2 developed free sites so that worked out great (no other people in sight). Great scenery.

We drove the Beartooth highway w/o the AS; great road.
Also the Chief Joseph highway towards Cody is nice, but no match for the Beartooth.

Now 8 nights Gardiner and hopefully a chance to update the blog with pictures.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:25 PM   #74
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After driving 9,000 miles from Arizona, I finally made it home to Eagle River, Alaska, with my AS. For those in transit to Alaska, I found driving the Alaska Highway through most parts is very good in comparison to northern standards. Those who are used to well maintained interstate freeways may find the road a challenge. The section in the Yukon Territories between Whitehorse and the border is full of frost heaves and potholes. If you follow the posted recommended speed limits and pay attention to the warning signs, you'll do well. In Alaska, the section between the Canada/Alaska border and the town of Glenallen, if your destination is Anchorage, is also a roller-coaster ride with lots of pavement breaks caused by winter's frost heaves. If you make it to this Last Frontier state, WELCOME to the Land of the Midnight Sun!!
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #75
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Update: We've been stuck in the Canadian rockies these past days.
We were in waterton lakes NP when the bad weather arrived and were evacuated from Crandell campground there in our 3rd night (we stayed the night, together with a bunch of other RVers at Walmart in pincher creek).
We drove around via crowsnest pass into Kootenay NP where we spent 2 nights with all roads here closed.
Now we're in Golden and going to try and drive to Lake Louise to stay for 2-3 nights, and then hopefully the icefields parkway will reopen and we can north through jasper and into Dawson creek.

We just saw pictures of conditions in Banff, Calgary and the roads: bad!
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Just saw news video of the flooding in the Canadian Rockies and thought of you. Hope the rest of your adventure up the Alaska Highway goes well. Also, do take your time along the stretch of road just before Muncho Lake, BC, where it winds through Stone Mountain Provincial Park. This is the habitat for the rare Stone Mountain sheep that can be seen along the highway. There are some beautiful rams here (I know you like photography), and the newly born lambs are wonderful to watch & photograph as well! Be well, be safe!!
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #77
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Stay safe-- and check those highway reports! You'll have some good stories to tell about the big floods of 2013. Over 75,000 evacuated from Calgary alone.
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We made it to Dawson Creek, BC, Canada.

Luckily the roads in the Rockies reopened quickly.
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You will begin to notice fewer fences as you travel north. We're having a heat wave here in Alaska with Fairbanks breaking record temperatures above 90F and 100 unofficially in some areas. Please bring some needed rain! Have a safe drive and enjoy the Canadian wilderness, especially the area through Muncho Lake.
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We made it to Dawson Creek, BC, Canada.

Luckily the roads in the Rockies reopened quickly.
WoW ! We must have come through the Canadian Rockies just in front of the storms. Lake Louise and all the rest of the beautiful mountains were free of clouds and perfect for picture taking .A few sprinkles on 40 near Grande Cache Alberta and heavy rain for a spell between Dawson Creek and Ft Nelson. After that it was clear through Muncho Lake "awesome" up through Watson Lake , side trip to Sgagway , then to Dawson City . Top of the world through Chicken to Fairbanks. Fixin to head for Denali this morning .
Hope you have encountered great weather for awhile now !
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Luckily, the weather has been pretty good except for that spell in the Rockies. We're sleeping west of Watson Lake.

Starting in the Jasper area, we noticed a dramatic increase in the number of mosquitoes. We even skipped a campground a few nights ago because of the mosquito swarms around the car when we arrived. Any relief when we get to Alaska?





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Did you bring a sign to donate that I told you to pack? You never mentioned Liard Hot Springs. Did you miss them?

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Luckily, the weather has been pretty good except for that spell in the Rockies. We're sleeping west of Watson Lake.

Starting in the Jasper area, we noticed a dramatic increase in the number of mosquitoes. We even skipped a campground a few nights ago because of the mosquito swarms around the car when we arrived. Any relief when we get to Alaska?





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No !! They kept getting worse ! Were the worst in Fairbanks , I think
We are now about 8 miles North of Denala National park , pretty bad here too!

At least this trip we have this nice little Twinki trailer following us around and pretty much solves the bug problem . Unlike the last trip we made up here in 1970 when the only thing we had to ward off the pesty things were mosquito nets on the cots and a smokey fire ! If mosquito spray was invinted at that time we sure did not have any of it with us
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Did you bring a sign to donate that I told you to pack?

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Went by the county sign shop back home before we left and the nice foks there made up a new custom sign "Bastrop County Texas " just for use at the Watson lake sign forest in the Yukon. They want a picture of it hanging there to put in the local paper.
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