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RE: Call to check revised Alaska Ferry schedules.

We used the ferry system last year for 18 days of island hopping, unloading our tow vehicle and TT 10 times. We took our dog with us, spent three nights in a cabin and used three different ferries during our time on the water. It was, hands down, our favorite part of our 15 week stay. Enjoying the 4th of July holiday celebrations in Petersburg was amazing! Was worth every penny and all of the stress that came with three different changes in our schedule--due to Alaska's on-going state budget issues and their impact on our plans. My advice--be prepared for changes; be as flexible as possible, and enjoy to the max. If possible, don't travel through the end of June-1st of July time frame as the new budget goes into effect on July 1st each year and this means significant change in schedules at about that time. Feel free to PM me for more specific info.
MissouriBird 01/19/16 09:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Digital Photos--How do you organize them?

We just returned from a 15 week trip to Alaska and Canada and as you can imagine I have literally thousands of digital photos. Right now I have them saved in files labeled for the general area in which they were taken. I would like to put together one or more digital scrapbooks and maybe even one hard copy condensed version. What software are you using to help you organize your photography? I am using a Windows 8 system. Thanks in advance for your recommendations. Missouri Bird
MissouriBird 10/06/15 11:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RV Park Recommendations Near Denali

We will be headed to Denali later this week. Any recommendations regarding RV parks with at least elec and water hook-ups would be appreciated. Thanks
MissouriBird 08/16/15 09:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Beautiful SE Alaska

Someone asked how often we walked the dog. We walked her in each port, Ketchikan and Wrangle, which were about 10 hrs. and 6 hrs.in between stops. I understand that when the ferry has longer stretches between ports they let you go to the car deck about every 4-5 hours to walk pets. The biggest problem I can see with that is that our dog thinks she has to have grass to do her thing--and, the cars are parked so close together that there was very, little room to get her out of the RV and to the end of the ferry where they have a walk space. So, we just waited for port calls and she did fine. Hope this helps.
MissouriBird 08/16/15 03:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Bears in Hyder

Are you seeing bears in Hyder? Are they expected to still be there in a couple weeks--end of Aug? We are in Wasilla, headed for Denali and Fairbanks and will then work our way south to Hyder. Hoping it will not be too late to enjoy seeing when we get there.
MissouriBird 08/15/15 05:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Beautiful SE Alaska

We are midway in our ferry trip from Prince Rupert to Skagway--right now we are in Sitka--and it has been worth every penny it cost! Beautiful--a simple but accurate description. The ferry people have been wonderful to work with in helping us load our truck/trailer, all 47' of it, at each spot. We had no trouble going to the car deck, when the ferry stopped in Ketchikan and Wrangell, to walk the dog. Petersburg was amazing--we so enjoyed their small town 4th of July celebration, especially the log rolling and 2x8 stomp. Don't have those events in Missouri! We haven't seen many whales; a few bears and lots of deer and eagles. But--that's OK. There is much more to come, I'm sure. We leave Sitka tomorrow, after a five day stay, back to Juneau and a tour of Tracey Arm, then on to Skagway and the rest of our trip. Don.t plan to leave Alaska until early Sept. My primary purpose in this message is to encourage anyone considering using the ferry system for one part of their trip is "GO FOR IT!" It is wonderful and quite different from the rest of inland Alaska. We spent 13 weeks in Alaska in 2002--all of it inland or in a coastal city--none of it on the ferry system. We have no regrets for spending the money to do the ferry this time. Hope to see many of you on the road later this summer. Ken and Robin
MissouriBird 07/12/15 10:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Petersburg Fishing Recommendation

We will be in Petersburg from July 1 - 5th. Hope to do some Halibut fishing while there. Would love to have some recommendations re:fishing guides/trips from others who have been there, done that. We will be in Sitka for several days a bit later. What are some "must dos" while we are in town? Thanks in advance for your recommendations and ideas.
MissouriBird 05/20/15 10:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Updated Ferry Information

Thanks to all who offered help and info regarding the AMHS ferry issues. The ferry service called on Wed. with the news that our trip via the Taku from Prince Rupert and then later from Petersburg would not be possible. However, they were wonderful to work with and managed to find a place for our truck/trailer on the Mantanuska and then later on the Columbia. All is well--we leave a couple days earlier than planned, will just do a pass through Ketchikan instead of staying for a few days and get off two weeks later in Skagway a day later than planned. However we get extra time in Petersburg and Juneau--so all is well. We will always be grateful to the ferry staff for being so diligent in helping us make other arrangements and we look forward to seeing this part of Alaska--something we didn't do on our first trip. See you in Alaska!
MissouriBird 05/15/15 09:08am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Possible Ferry Cancellations - Alaska

Have to wonder how much of this is a game of "chicken" being played by politicians. Makes no sense to me to cut services during the peak of tourist season when so many throughout the region depend on those dollars for their businesses. I feel really bad for what this is doing to their potential for a good summer.
MissouriBird 04/15/15 08:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Possible Ferry Cancellations - Alaska

We have paid in full reservations for Northbound from Prince Rupert with stops in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Skagway to start on July 2, traveling with our pickup and TT. Looks like those may be in great danger of getting canceled. Makes me sick--not only for ourselves but for all of the businesses in that part of Alaska that depend on the Ferry service. This could be disasterous for the natives of that area.
MissouriBird 04/13/15 05:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What's Going On with Skagway RV Sites?

Wonder if these two cases might be related to the recent news that Alaska Marine Ferry services may be cut significantly this summer, which may mean that all of this is a moot point if our reservations for July get canceled. Sounds like this may get really interesting. Right now, I am much more upset about the potential for having my reservations canceled than I am for not getting to go to Skagway. We were there 10 years ago--didn't particularly enjoy fighting my way through all of the cruise ship crowd, so to miss it this trip won't be the end of the world. But--to not get to travel to all of the places we were wanting to visit in SE Alaska just makes we sick.
MissouriBird 04/13/15 04:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
What's Going On with Skagway RV Sites?

I have been trying to reach Pullen Creek RV Park for about 3 weeks--with no response. Discovered today their website is shut down and got a voice mail message again. So, I called the Convention and Tourism bureau to see what they knew. They told me that had also been trying to reach them for some time--and they knew others were as well. They suggested I call Garden City RV Park. When I called there they were already booked for July 16 and 17th! Had no suggestions other than to come to town and hope for the best. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. Hard to believe that there is nothing in Skagway this far in advance. Guess we may change our ferry arrangements to get off in Haines, stay there and then head north from there and let the cruise boats have Skagway. We were there 10 years ago--don't really need to go back again and fight the crowds. Have others had the same issues or does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks in advance for your help.
MissouriBird 04/13/15 04:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
How to Set Up a Blog?

How does one go about setting up a blog that allows regular updates and some photos or some method for creating an on-line travelogue that friends and contacts can check in with, leave messages, etc.? I know many of you are using some sort of a blog, or other communication tool. What do you use? How does one go about setting it up? what has worked best or what would you do different? I retire from teaching in May and we leave for an extended trip to Alaska and the West in June. Thoughts, advice and recommendations are welcomed.
MissouriBird 03/29/15 12:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Ready To Go

We too are into the list making, prepping equipment, making final plans, etc. Have our reservations made for the Alaska Ferry to leave July 2nd from Prince Rupert. Will Island Hop to Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Skagway before spending 6 wks t0 2 months in Alaska itself. We are waiting a bit later to leave so that we have a good chance of going across the "Going to the Sun" highway in Glacier, on our way North. Have reservations made for a Glacier Watching tour into Tracy Arm--and campground reservations made for the Island Hopping portion of our trip. Otherwise we plan to play it really loose. This is our 2nd trip up North--first was in 2002. Will spend another month or two on the West coast and across the SW as we head home. To add to the excitement about our upcoming trip---I have just "7 more Mondays" in the classroom! Then retirement time--can hardly wait. Hope to see several of you along the way. We will have a sign on the back of our Jayco Travel Trailer---Missouri Bird.
MissouriBird 03/27/15 07:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Camping in P. Rupert, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau

We are getting on the ferry at Prince Rupert and off the ferry in Haines. Will drive down to Skagway for a couple days when we head back south--probably six weeks or so after arriving in Haines. We plan to stop for a few days each in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, and Juneau before getting off in Haines. Thanks so much for your tips on campgrounds in Skagway. We were there in 2002 but I can't remember which campground we stayed in--will have to check our records.
MissouriBird 03/11/15 07:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Camping in P. Rupert, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau

We have the Milepost and Church's book. Both are very helpful. I was just looking for personal experiences and recommendations. They are usually very insightful. Thanks for your help.
MissouriBird 03/10/15 12:58pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Must Dos Winnipeg to Lake Louise

Thanks to all for your input. However, we have decided to go to Jasper, via Glacier National Park, and then on to Prince Rupert for a northbound ferry trip, stopping at several places before arriving in Haines. See you on the road, we hope.
MissouriBird 03/10/15 10:48am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Camping in P. Rupert, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau

We are planning to take the Alaska Marine Highway to these towns in July. Would love to hear some recommendations on where to camp in each one--probably with electricity, however we can boondock if we need to. Would also love to hear experiences regarding thinks to be sure to see or do while in each port. Thanks in advance for your help.
MissouriBird 03/10/15 08:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Marine Highway--South ot North or North to Soouth?

Made our decision--confirmed reservations for ferry from Prince Rupert to Haines, with multiple stops while on the way, tonight! It is beginning to seem real--can hardly wait to hit the road mid-June. Thanks to all of your for your suggestions re: South to North or North to South. Now, I'm looking for suggestions regarding campground recommendations in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka and Juneau as well as things that we "must" do. Thanks in advance.
MissouriBird 03/09/15 09:24pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Reservations Confirmed--Ready to Roll!! We confirmed our reservations for the Northbound Alaska Ferry departing from Port Rupert on July 2nd. Will make numerous stops on the way, (Ketchikan, Petersburg, Skagway, and Juneau) leaving the ferry in Haines on July 16th. Can hardly wait--it is beginning to seem real at this point. I will be seeking recommendations for camping at any of these spots and/or things to be sure to see and do in each of these ports. Advice and suggestions are welcomed. I retire on May 18th--what a way to start off retirement. Hope to see some of you along the way. North to Alaska---can't get much better than this.
MissouriBird 03/09/15 09:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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