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Old 06-29-2013, 09:14 PM   #85
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That sounds like the prefect deal. Don't forget to purchase one on those paint pens to put your name and date on the back. The felt marker will not last more than a year or so in the long daylight hours. The ''Paint Pens" (available at most hardware/paint outlets) work great and last basically forever.

Dawson City, Yukon, Music Festival is July 19-21. Always a good stop if you are in the area. This year includes "WANDA JACKSON"
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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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Old 06-29-2013, 10:08 PM   #86
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It's a done deal , put it up last week when we were in Watson Lake, It's an official highway sign , aluminum , reflective back ground , should last a couple of decades at least . We know who put it there , and when we did it ,
the rest of the world will have to wonder. Except for the Bastrop Advertiser readers.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:14 AM   #87
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Maybe when they publish the news article in the local paper, you can post a link here?

The sign I left at Watson Lake had the instruction #5 of 12, on the back of the sign that will lead my kids/grandkids to the family pot of gold. I have one instruction/map/hint in every Province and 2 Territories.

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Old 06-30-2013, 12:56 AM   #88
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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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HEY JORNVANGO!! You asked if there was any relief from mosquitoes when you get to Alaska???? I hate to break the bad news to you, but THE MOSQUITO is Alaska's state bird!!!! ... seriously however, mosquitoes are very bad this year ... am praying for snow. Have a safe drive!
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Hopefully you are moving out of black fly season.

See the hating campfires thread. If you are in a bad mosquito area, this is one time you may wish to sit downwind of the smoke.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:34 PM   #90
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Don't worry, mosquito season will mostly end in weeks to leave for the noseeums. I'll take mosquitos anytime over noseeums.

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I lived in Alaska for years. Drove the Alcan a number of times. The first time was the best. It was December and all the pot holes were filled in with ice and snow. We hauled a fifth wheel up there with a 2 wheel drive pickup. Hahaha. Young and dumb going to work on the pipeline. I don't know how that would go with a bumper hitch on the ice. Take spare tires! Watch out for 18 wheelers coming at you on the crest of hills.

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Never drive the Alcan during spring break up. I've seen D9s pulling vehicles through the mud flows with mud up to their windows.
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The travel blog goes to May, then stops. Hate that.
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The travel blog goes to May, then stops. Hate that.
The skeeters and no-seeums ate them, that's Alaska.
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Get a ThermaCELL to deal with mosquitoes & noseeums

We're currently stopped along the Copper River... Been in AK for a month and mosquitoes & noseeums are rampant (as expected) but the ThermaCELLs work as advertised!
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Never drive the Alcan during spring break up. I've seen D9s pulling vehicles through the mud flows with mud up to their windows.

Hey JANEINTHEMTNS ...
I've lived in Alaska for 50 years and driven the AlCan 18 times in all seasons. In fact I just drove more than 8,000 miles to AZ and back during spring break-up two months ago. The entire length has been paved for years ... not sure which highway you were on or what year. Yes, D9 Cats were often swallowed by endless bogs, but that was when the road was being built just after WWII!! For us Alaskans, the AlCan is a veritable superhighway comparatively speaking. Maybe it's time for you to check it out again and do another road trip North!
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Hey JANEINTHEMTNS ...
I've lived in Alaska for 50 years and driven the AlCan 18 times in all seasons. In fact I just drove more than 8,000 miles to AZ and back during spring break-up two months ago. The entire length has been paved for years ... not sure which highway you were on or what year. Yes, D9 Cats were often swallowed by endless bogs, but that was when the road was being built just after WWII!! For us Alaskans, the AlCan is a veritable superhighway comparatively speaking. Maybe it's time for you to check it out again and do another road trip North!
Good morning Borealis !
Would like to pick your brain of a bit of the 50 years of Alaskan knowledge it holds. What do you think the chances are of finding a spot open at a National forest campground on the Kenai Penn. the next few days ? We are at the Alaskan trails in Wasilla and plan on doing the Hatcher pass trip today. Should the Kenai be avoided the next few days due to the overflow 4Th holiday weekend crowds ?
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'diet, where along the Copper River are you? If along the delta and Cordova, drive to the Child's Glacier—as close as you can get to a calving glacier and be on land. If in Chitina, go to McCarthy and then take the trip to Kennicott.

Yes, the D9's are long gone. The road was built during WW II and opened to the public in 1947 or '48. For the most part the highway is very good, but wash outs can happen anywhere, frost heaves are a problem far north and construction is part of driving.

Popular Mechanics has a 3 part article on the highway in the latter part of 1948 and it is on the internet. I remember reading it when I was 8, but I haven't read it again. Couldn't figure out how to print it and gotta read it online—something to do with Google's storing everything and I guess you have to pay to print, but reading online is free.

danny', if it is fishing season, forget a public campground I would guess. You should be able to check for openings on the internet.

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