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Old 06-08-2008, 07:57 AM   #1
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Yukon in one more week!

Next weekend we leave for the Yukon! From the Prairie provinces up the Alaskan Highway - I'm so excited and scared at the same time. I don't deal well with heights, and I have heard some crazy stories about those roads....

I'm just glad we have the ol' airstream to haul behind - I feel alot safer with her than I would with one of those other units I see on the roads.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:03 AM   #2
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Have a great trip.Post some pictures for us if you can.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:31 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Hi,

The roads are not the problem or the hights. The road is good except in few places where they are working on it. So slow down and you will be OK. The biggest grade is about 6%. I have been up that road 3 times and wish I was there now. But due to health issue I have to fly to Alaska.
Watch out for animals on the highway and the dumb tourist that want to have their picture taken with the wild critters.
The road between Haines Junction and Beaver Creek is the pits. It is 30mph road. Stop in Beaver Creek Yukon and see the show at Wesstin Hotel. They have a nice camp ground there next to the hotel.
Have a great trip. Regards from Russell in sunny and hot Tucson Az.
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Old 06-08-2008, 03:12 PM   #4
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Oh wow - thank you for that! I'm writing all this down - and thanks so much for putting my mind at some ease! If you think of anymore places that we should definitely stop, please let me know!
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Old 06-08-2008, 03:30 PM   #5
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Have a safe trip

While you travel through Fairbanks try to check out The Riverboat Discovery or Eldorado Goldmine. Pioneer Park is a great place to check out shops. Of course stop and take a picture of Santa in the North Pole. It's 12 miles or so from Fairbanks. Last but not least...The Pipeline.
Stop by The Moose Is Loose in Soldotna. Fresh donuts and coffee.
If you eat in Homer, I hear Fat Olives is delicious. Have a great trip. You'll love it.
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Smile Hi,

When you get to Tok Alaska head for Fairbanks and take a ride on the paddle Wheeler, Then take the highwayTo Anchorage on the way stop ar Denaly national Park. Camp outside the park since the park camp ground are small and no service. They only have 6.5 million acres but do not have enought room to put in a decent camp ground.
Also after Anchorage go to Seward and Homer. On the way you can camp at Quarts Creek on the lake. Get an Outpost Book it is worth the price.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:25 PM   #7
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Please wave at Valleyview, Alberta as you go through. I taught Jr/Sr High Industrial Arts there for three years in the mid 70's. At that time, the population was about 1700 but it fluctuates up and down with oil/gas booms. There's a fairly large campground at Sturgeon Lake just west of town, but watch out for the winged beasts! Darol
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:45 PM   #8
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I wish I was heading that way this summer also. Try Cottonwood RV Park it is 16 miles south of Destruction Bay on Lake Kluane, Yukon. Many sites are right on the lake, the views are GREAT!. The store bakes freash bread and cinnamon buns in the morning, tastes great in the morning. You may want to stay a couple of days. Have a great trip!
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:57 PM   #9
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You absolutely must get the book entitles "The Milepost". It describes every mile of every road in the Yukon and Alaska. Everything to see and do...

Don't worry about heights... I don't recall any cliff-hugging segments of the Alcan.

Have fun!
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:09 PM   #10
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Ditto what dmac said about The Milepost. It has mile by mile listings of all services, fuel, lodging, etc. on every highway in Alaska. Plus ads by anyone with enough money to advertise. It is THE BIBLE of Alaska roads. It's probably too late to get a copy except vie FedEx or some such, but I wouldn't think if going there without its three some pounds of data. Go here: The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner - Home ... probably you can buy a copy enroute.

One other tip. If I recall correctly, every Tesoro gas station in Alaska (I think that's the brand) has a dump station (free when I was there last) and potable water also. They've also got a few rv necessities like new dump hoses, etc.

Have fun!
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Denali Natl. Park is a must and do try to camp in the park. There is no service but it is worth every minute. Savage river is awesome and you walk to the end of the camp road with your coffee in hand and have the best view of Mt. McKinley in the morning when it is most likely to be "out". We didn't find anything we didn't like in Alaska from Anchorage, to Gates of the Arctic Natl Park, to Homer and Seward. There is more to see and do than one trip - we plan to go back too! And the Milepost is a must - get it at Amazon.
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I agree with MJ - camping inside Denali is part of what you're going for.

If your dry-camping skills are up to snuff, then see if you can camp at Teklanika. This CG is about 25 miles in - and is the farthest they will normally allow private vehicles. You have to commit for three nights, and you cannot drive your vehicle again, except to leave.

But it is a great place to be.

A note about Liard Hot Springs - that is a very popular spot, just south of Watson Lake, IIRC. But as nice as the springs are for you, the mosquitoes like them better. So if you stay, one night should do the trick.

And while I'm thinking about it, there is a provincial CG on Muncho Lake (McDonald CG) - it is dry camping, but you are on one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. It is about 25 miles south of Liard, so you could day-trip to the springs.

Have a great trip.

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Old 06-12-2008, 01:43 PM   #13
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Wow, you guys are GREAT!!!! I'm getting the Milepost book - hopefully it will be here in time - and I'm writing down EVERY other bit of info you guys are giving me too!

Truly, thank you all so much - this is the trip of a lifetime for me - I have never been anywhere this far before.

Keep 'em comin'!
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If you get to Homer and drive the highway that runs down the "Homer Spit", which is a narrow piece of land that juts out into the ocean on the way to the Homer Boat Harbor (worth a visit in itslef - some interesting restaurants and boat charters, etc.), when I was there last, you could just pull off the road onto the gravel / sand, and camp right on the ocean, maybe 30-40 meters from the surf. Hard to beat if you're self contained!
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