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Old 10-01-2014, 09:03 AM   #29
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I am sorry to see this thread go where it seems to be going. As one who is wanting to go to Alaska, hopefully in 2016, I understand how daunting the trip can and may be.

I want to be prepared to both enjoy the trip and any unforseen circumstances. I had voiced an "opinion" earlier in this thread, not to be negative, but rather to voice a different view.

We went to Burning Man this year, and from the Kansas City area, it was a lot of miles in a short amount of time. Yes, it was my doing, but our vacation time was limited, and we needed to be at certain places on certain days to meet up with others. I was somewhat prepared for the long days, but my wife wasn't, (even though we had talked about busting a**.

During our trip we had some 'minor' equipment issues that could have delayed us (a refrigerator error code that wouldn't initially reset, transmission overheated, and a screw in one of the trailer tires). Luckily, they were all simple fixes, with no real delay. We had breakfast in a casino wile the truck was being checked out. The trip was awesome, but it also taught us that some trips just can't be rushed.

My point is, when planning a trip like this we can plan for the knowns... it's the unknows that can be challenges (speed bumps in life). We "all" have different backgrounds, and unless asked, this information remains unknown to others. I am always looking to learn from others experiences. I have viewed all of the previous posts, not as negaives, but rather more "what ifs" that not only should the trip planner consider, but also the participants. I am not a WBCCI member, but will join so we could participate in the Alaska Caravan.

So I am hoping that everyone calms down, takes a deep breath, so that we can get back on topic.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:28 AM   #30
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Hi from AZ. . . I was about to respond to this thread because we are planning on going in '15. I'd like to leave AZ on Memorial Day & plan to be gone almost 90 days. I have been thinking/trying to do this trip since '77. I wouldn't mind seeing/going along with others, but ultimately I'm going to 'do my own thing' so I'll plan independently & hope to see lots of AS folks along the way ! too bad about original poster, maybe not. . . Regards, Craig
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:23 PM   #31
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Craig, I look forward to your posts. '15 is too early, and we may need to push '16 back another year. Does your 90 days include leaving and returning to Scottsdale?

We are looking at 90 days, give or take from home. I'm trying to get a feel for how willing my boss will be with me being gone for so long.

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Old 10-01-2014, 06:02 PM   #32
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We are planning Alaska for next year. Had to postpone this years trip.
We traveled Alaska in 1996 and had a great time. At that time "The Milepost" had a suggestion for the Russian River Campground" "Bring a 30-06 caliber rifle or better". Salmon runs attract a good number of bear at that time. The Milepost has since deleted the suggestion.
Any way, we will be happy to share our schedule as we get closer.
Highlights are Drumheller Royal Terrel Museum, Edmonton Mall, Cassiar
highway, Hyder and Stewart, Tok, Chicken, Valdez to catch Pinks and/or Silvers from the bank near the oil terminal, Kenai Peninsula for clamming,
fishing and eagle viewing, having a quart cup of coffee from some of the road kiosks, Gold Panners Association claim gold panning, rock and mineral collecting, Dalton Highway for Grayling and gold panning. Maybe go by Haines and take the tour to see where the Schnabels mined.
It will be a full trip and there are other stops. Dawson City to watch someone have a "Sour Toe" cocktail and maybe Diamond Tooth Gerties Saloon.
Be happy to share some experiences. We camp and travel whenever and almost wherever we want to in Alaska so it is a very interesting time.

We'll send a schedule, emaill address, and cell phone to coordinate if you wish when final plans are made.

If you are taking time to go to Drumheller be sure to take in Waterton Lakes, it's a couple of hours from Drumheller and is absolutely spectacular.



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My wife and I have been full-time for 18 months and are planning to go to Alaska this summer. Early plans are to leave the lower 48 near the end of June and spend a full two months on the trip. We are interested in connecting with others to casually travel with. We will keep track of your Thread and be in touch when we get further into our planning.
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Sent you an email, my wife and I are tentatively interested at this point.

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I spent a long time in Moab, UT this year and camped next to a MH who was from Alaska, lived there their entire lives and suggested late July into August due to repairs on the roads due to frost heaves.
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