This RCMP officer had his wife two kids with him. He told me the detachment where he was assigned had two or three of the truck campers. Officers could sign up for them to use during their vacation schedules, at department expense for fuel, etc. drawback was he had to agree to act as a law enforcement if he witnessed any law violations.
He was wearing jeans, a T shirt and running shoes, the day I was talking to him. Plus his duty weapon on his belt with a RCMP badge fixed to his holster. He got some interesting looks from other campers, not used to seeing some one, not in uniform, wearing a handgun.
Not sure if there were other restrictions as to where he could take it in the three weeks he had it checked out to use.
Okie or Ozark American, which ever you prefer, LOL. Medicare has written rules on Canada. Basically, as I understand it, you pay the cost up front, then it gets complicated. If you are just in Canada on vacation, then no reimbursement, if you are on a straight line of travel from where you enter Canada to Alaska, then you may be reimbursed at the normal Medicare rate for the approved services you received.
So travel insurance can be a safety net, if a person thinks the cost is worth it to them. I don't buy travel insurance as I have supplemental insurance as part of my Alaska retirement and it should cover me, even though Medicare doesn't. I have only used Canadian health care once at the Mall in Edmonton. A contact dermatitis problem, from poison ivy I had contacted at our ranch in southern Oklahoma. They had no idea how to charge me so they finally asked how much a doctor's office visit would cost in Alaska. I told the doctor and he told me to write them a check for that amount. I did and a few months later my check cleared my bank.
A lot of verbiage to say that Medicare probably won't cover you in Canada, but they might. Reading the regs or talking to a Medicare rep before going would be best for anyone of Medicare age going to Canada.
Some great photos on your post. Thanks.
on one of our last trips, one of the federal police units, RCMP, pulled into the Hi Country campground, in Whitehorse, where we were staying. He had just come in off of some of the back roads. You can run into these officers, most anywhere in the Yukon.
We prefer the sites at fort Wilderness located at the north end, loops 400, etc. Some people like the 100 to 300 loops which are nice but when we have our 5th wheel the service roads can make backing into those sites a real challenge. Fine for when we take our truck camper. Your 38 shouldn't have any problems backing in. All the sites at the Fort are back ins.
WDW offers numerous packages, meal packages, park packages, single park per day or park hoppers, multi parks per day. Parking is included with the camping sites at Fort Wilderness, otherwise $16 a day. Disney has great transportation, in the campground you can get on a bus or take the boats, running on a 20 minute schedule over to the Magic Kingdom or the Contemporary Hotel to get on the Monorail to the ticket center to go to other parks at WDW.
All Disney transportation on property is free, as much as anything at WDW is free. But we manage to spend about 40 nights a year up there, usually with our 9 and 11 y/o grandsons. It is the campground that we use to compare all others to and nothing we have found yet, elsewhere, quite measures up, to the Fort.
Get on Disney's web page and they will have lots of info on the different packages or give the folks there a call. The agents are very helpful when called.
As soon as you have firm dates to arrive, make your reservations as the place can fill up quickly at times. I normally have half a dozen reservations made at any one time. Especially for the Halloween and Christmas Parties trips. The phone agents can at times get you a reservation when the online system is claiming nothing is available. All loops are not open at all times, the same as the hotels on property. When one reaches a certain per cent of reservations, they then open the next in line.
We have had a couple of each over the years. As mentioned, the A's are very nice once parked. We used an A the 2 1/2 years we full timed it. It had a drivers side door, but you needed to be a mountain climber to use it. With our C's, having the two doors off the cab was great when traveling, stopping to fuel up, etc. plus my wife found the C easier to drive and more auto like looking forward out the windshield.
A bunk model C was perfect for us when our daughters were young, but the A worked better when we were living in it and parked, sometimes for a month or more at a site. Class C units have seemed to get longer as time has passed and the amount of rear overhang needs to be watched, especially when turning in close quarters.
At different stages of our lives, different types of RVs have worked better for us, which is why at the present time we have neither a C or an A.
We tend to stay at numerous KOAs when we are traveling, usually for one night. I do believe the Tallahassee East KOA, near where Hwy 19 goes south off of I 10, just may be the worst, most run down KOA where we have ever stopped. Last time we went west on I 10 was 2013. The KOA in Baton Rouge is nice and will stay there again as we have in the past. In Tallahassee, we like to stay at the Tallahassee RV Resort, just off the Interstate a half mile, give or take. The KOA at Milton, near Pensacola is also nice, large sites, clean, easy on and off the Insterstate.
The KOA in Lafayette, LA is one of the best in the franchise, IMHO We also stay at Poche's Fish Camp and RV in Breaux Bridge, just a few miles north of the Insterstate. Real nice place to stay as it is built around fishing ponds.
Most trips we cut north at this point on I 49, to Shreveport and on to I 20 to head on west through Dallas/Fort Worth and north west out of there to Amarillo.
I have never had any long waits going west across the Yukon River at Dawson Town, if I get to the landing early in the morning. Get there between 7 and 8 AM and you may have to wait for the next crossing or two. But wait till 9 AM or so when the caravans are lined up to cross and the wait can be hours. A caravan of 30 Class A rigs does take a while to get them all across.
Late in the afternoon also works well as sue mentioned. Then camp on the west side of the river or find a nice boondocking site along the road. The old ships grave yard is a fun short walk from the campground.
The Dawson Ferry
The steam ship Julia B. Photo taken years ago as the ship is not in this good a shape these days.
Interesting read. Got me to thinking if there was ever a time in my life, when the lifestyle of BKA, would have fit me. Don't believe so. My wife and I tried fulltiming, for 2 1//2 years in a Class A and didn't care for it. But our needs and wants have changed over the years, as I am sure BKA's have done. His setup fits his current needs and wants and may forever or may change in 5 or 10 years. None of know where we are headed it seems.
BKA has some unique circumstances that most full time TC people have. One is he appears to be single, as are most, I have met. He has a nice retirement income, is still young enough to safely be out in the woods by himself, LOL. I am sure there are some couples that full time in a TC, but I have never met any, in our travels. Lots of full timers but not in a TC. I enjoy traveling solo at times, but if we tried to full time in our TC, I suspect my wife would do me under, and tell God, that I slipped and fell off the cliff. LOL
It is really great when a plan comes together, like BKA's seemed to have for him. Since I am also a Colorado LEO, (POST Comm certified), I can understand his wanting to get away from the "people" at times and just kick back. He reminds me of some of the old mountain men, type guys I have known in different places, but most lived in cabins, or a tent, or some other shelter, instead of an RV.
We are currently on our 5th truck camper. Bought the first one in about 1974 but seldom in the years since, has a TC been our only RV. Some of the years we also owned a Class C, bunk model, then a couple of Class As, and now a 5th wheel. For us, we haven't found any one type of RV that handles all our needs, especially now that our young, 9 and 11 Y/O grandsons go with us more and more. The 5th wheel is our choice when we are going to be parked for a week or so, if just the wife and me, we tend to take the TC. We use the same truck for both. Some doubling up of costs, insurance, etc. but it is worth it to us at this stage of our RVing life.
We did take the TC last summer, with the grandsons on a 2 1/2 month tour of the mountain west. Mainly because we wanted to drag our Jeep out to western Colorado to run the mountain trails. Four people and a beagle in a non slide Lance 845 did get a bit close at times but we lucked out on weather, most to the trip, and could be outside except for sleeping most days.
That fire closure is going to disrupt some travel, in that part of BC. However, the detour they are showing should be very scenic, as it appears to run along the north side of Fraser Lake for many KMs/miles. Any campgrounds in that area that can be recommended by anyone. One of my favorite CGs is in Houston, the Shady Rest, reasonable in cost, squeaky clean, great flower beds from their green house on site and well managed.
We have done both the Skagway to Bellingham run and the Prince Rupert to Skagway route. Both are very nice trips. The southern end of the route to Bellingham, near the Dixon Entrance, can be a bit rough at times and it gets too far from shore to see much, but once it gets close to Cambell River and runs inside along the islands, the scenery is great. This was on the southern end of the Bellingham run. The closest we got to any of the light houses.
I wouldn't do the long run every time, as we love the drive over to Prince Rupert. Last trip there, we only spent 2 or 3 nights in PR and could easily have stayed a week or more. I never realized it was such a major shipping port for coal and grain to Asia, from Canada. Lots of beautiful buildings, float planes to watch, ocean going ships anchored out, waiting their turns to load, some great museums, a very diverse multicultural population, excellent places to eat and we found the one commercial campground, in town, to be a comfortable place to stay.
I really am enjoying reading all the canning info. In my years in rural Alaska, I never canned a single fish. Here are a couple of photos of one of my fish camps I set up on the lower Yukon River, not too far up stream from the mouth. I was commerical fishing for Kings this summer and put up some eating fish for the winter.
I favored living in a wall tent in the summres, when possible. Actually very comfortable, with a wood stove inside, cots, etc.
The sheet of plastic was just to throw over the fish and my smoke fire, if it started to rain, as rain will ruin the fish. Another way to preserve the fish, was used especially for the heads, was to go down by the water and dig a hole about 12 to 18 inches deep, but above the river water level, and line the hole with goose grass. Then add a layer of fish heads, more grass, till it was full. More holes if you needed more fish preserved. Leave to ferment for a month or more. When hungry just run your hand down through the top layer of sand and grass and pull out a couple of "stinky heads", rinse them in the river and with some pilot crackers, lunch was served. Diffidently an acquired taste, as with some strong cheeses.
The locals had done it this way for thousands of years and survived. Now a few did get sick and I suspect died in the past from botulism.
After I moved to Nenana and became a city slicker, I just used a large home freezer.
The Yukon is probably close to a mile wide down this far. My wife took this photo of me running my drift net. I had borrowed this fishing spot from a good local friend as he was using a different site that summer. The drift was about a couple of miles and when fishing 24 hours a day, it was hard to stay awake. So I would hire one of the older boys in the near by village to ride along with me and wake me up at the bottom of the drift. Then take the kings out of the net. and run back upstream to set the net again and repeat the process.
I also borrowed a few dogs from my buddy, to tie out back of my camp to be bear warning devices and to protect my fish. They sounded the alarm several times, but the bears high tailed it out of there, before I had to deal with them. I provided the dogs with room and board for the summer, and the owner let me keep them for free. Almost a Huck Finn type story. Very few bears are interested in tangling with some Eskimo sled dogs that are half domesticated and weigh about 100 lbs each. LOL
I would say to eat it down and shop when you get to Ketchikan. Our last trip, we bought a styrofoam chest and kept some lunch meat, etc on dry ice. During deck calls when you can go below deck to your RV, I would make lunch, grab a bag of chips, etc and take it back up to our cabin for lunch. Really doubt I saved any money, after buying the dry ice and the foam cooler.
The food served on the ferry is good and reasonably priced. I was just reading the other day that the AMHS was shutting down the bars on the ferries. Just not profitable to operate for them. The cabins are plain, clean and comfortable.
The ferry service is the best way to see SE Alaska and parts of coastal western Canada. It gets in much closer to shore than do the larger cruise ships.
We also have both generators, as mentioned above. If I had it to do again, I would buy a Yamaha 2400 instead of the Honda 2000i that I have. When I bought the Honda, our 2001 Lance had a 7K btu air conditioner. The Honda would run it on Eco mode. When I had to replace the AC, the smallest I could find was a 9K BTU. The Honda will run it but not on Eco so it is a bit noisier. However we don't use either enough to justify owning them.
Last summer we made a trip to the mountain west and were gone all summer. During that three months we used the built in Onan one time to thaw some food in the microwave. Not only is the Onan noisy, but also vibrates the TC which I don't enjoy. If we are traveling here in the SE, we just plane on staying in a campground where we can plug in the rig. Once we get to the mountains of Colorado, the fantastic fan is all we need at night.
I bought our current 2008 Lance used and that is the only reason I have the built in Onan. Also own a couple of larger stand by house generators. The Honda and Yamaha inverter models are much more pleasant to have to listen to and not feel them vibrating, when out camping.
Dave, here is a photo ad of the Muncho Lake Lodge from the 1975 Milepost™. Your grandparents were listed as the owners in the 1970 guide, but I don't have copies of the years between. As best I can tell, your grandparents were listed as the owners where it mentioned your grandfather, Tom Mould, had been working as a tour and fishing guide since 1942 in the Muncho Lake area. That was approx the year, the Alaska Hwy was finished. (if it will ever be finished, LOL) As many know, the Alaska Hwy in numerous places just connected sections of road that were already in place. Not at all sure when you could first drive from Dawson Creek up to the Muncho Lake area. The road was in to Fort Nelson, well before the Alaska hwy project was completed. Bridges over some of the major rivers was what seemed to have held up the road being built all the way through, prior to WWII. The roadhouses and other businesses were originally more oriented toward the sports fisherman, than to road travelers. Along the shores of Muncho Lake, there must have been 6 or 10 lodges, etc. Not many still remain in business along that area of highway. Some of the old falling down buildings are still visible but others, farther back in the trees, seem to have just gone back to the earth, over time. Muncho Lake Lodge, from what I can determine, was one of the first places opened and operated along the lake, year around.
The ad up at the top of the scan, is the now defunct, place next door, with signs of being the J&H Lodge. It has had several names since I first started running back and forth to Alaska, 52 years this past summer.
The new owners of Muncho Lake Lodge were the Tauers in 1973, according to the shown ad in the 1973 Milepost™. So the Mould family must have sold it in 71 or 72, after running it for about 30 years.
On the right page is the Wiebe's Lodge. (now the closed J&H) Some interesting prices. There was one night free camping with gas purchase, or $3.50 a night with hook-ups, cottages were from $6 to $8 a night and they had a duplex apartment for $16 a night, each side. They had a licensed restaurant (could sell liquor)and Gulf oil products.
Back in 1973, I believe fuel in Canada was still being sold by the imperial gallon, which was larger than the US used gallon. During this period of time I think the Canadian dollar was worth about $1.30usd. So that made Canadian travel seem even more expensive. Fuel prices were probably in the $1 to $2 an imperial gallon which would have been about $1.30 to $2.60usd to fuel up. While those prices seem nice now, back then few of us were making the wages, we make now either. The first year I lived in Nome, for the winter, in 1964, I made $6,000 for the year. At first I couldn't imagine how I was going to spend that much money, but by Christmas time I had figured it out.
My rear bumper storage was short also. I crawled under it and found a lag screw, put in by Lance,. When I removed the lag bolt it gave me the full width of the bumper for hose storage. I bought a section of plastic rain gutter and two end caps to hold my hose, which is about 30 ft long stretched out and compresses to fit in the rear bumper.
The daubers are a pain down this way also. They must like the residual after smell of burned propane. The tube with the small holes in it for the flame to originate is where I found some on my fridge last spring. It worked fine on electricity but not on propane. It was an easy job that took no more than a half hour. Remove the side door, there was a curved section of the larger tube, held on by one sheet metal screw. Removed that and a couple of other visible screws with a nut driver and the burner tube came out. I soak mine in water for a short while, brushed it with a brass bristle small brush and then used a sewing needle to make sure all the holes were open. Re assembled it and it has worked fine.
I thought about putting some screen over the opening in the exterior door but at times, when it is really hot outside, I feel the air flow is marginal, at best for cooling the coils on the back of the fridge. So I will probably just check it a few times a year and clean it when needed.
Sue, I would love to see that ford Ranchero and camper up close. The top appears to raise up for camping, and the driver's side has the looks of a slide out of some sort. I believe the Alaskan brand of popup campers were being built that far back and they had a crank up roof on them. Do believe the first modification I would make would be the addition of some air bags on the rear.
The blog itself is worth a look. He built some sort of big headlight protectors for his truck, plywood or something, it would appear. I enjoyed seeing some of the old road construction buildings in some of his photos, as I slept in several during some of my early trips to Alaska. Lots of photos, 290 of them, but well worth the time to view.
FYI- Trackrig attended high school in Nenana, back before I moved there in 1976. The weather there, like many places, seems to run in cycles. Somewhat like the hurricanes do here. Here they appear to be on a 33 year cycle, give or take. The mid 70s were super cold through out the Interior of Alaska. Would be interesting to understand the weather cycles that led to the previous ice ages in North America, with glaciers as far south as Kansas.
I have heard people say that after -40 F, it doesn't matter, but I disagree with them. -70f is about impossible to dress warm enough to be outside for any length of time, IMHO. RVing in Northern Canada and the Interior of Alaska in the winter, just never appealed to me. LOL we usually parked our RVs at the end of September and got out the winter toys.