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RE: Wisconsin to Alaska

From Wisconsin, I would get on Interstate 94 west bound, to I 90 then turn north on I 15 to cross the border at Coutts/Sweatgrass into Canada. Running the interstates in the US I find by getting an early morning start, I can make 600 miles a day, realizing I will make fewer miles the farther north I go. The multi-lane roads in Canada are not any real difference than the interstates in the Lower 48. Make the miles when you can and then slow down when you need to. If both of you are going to be driving, then doing the trip in 8 days won't be a big problem that I see. Or if you can drive 15-16 hours a day then a 6 day trip is very doable, when need be. I am an early riser and by noon, I will often have traveled 250 or more miles. Now folks that like to hug their pillows till 9 or 10 AM and then stop to have a "little wine" at 2 PM are going to take quite a bit longer to make the trip. So how long is very personal and how many miles a day are you willing to put in on the road is the key. What type vehicle are you using, etc. Lots of pull offs, especially once you get into Canada. I tend to avoid going through both Calgary and Edmonton, but at times it is necessary to do both as they are large urban areas. Good roads and all but just lots of traffic, especially during going to work/home hours. Once you get through Edmonton, just head on over to Dawson Creek and get on the Alaska Hwy till your reach Alaska. Make a right hand turn in Haines Junction and turn left in Tok to head south to Glennallen, to Anchorage and on south to Homer. The farther north a person gets the less choices of roads you will have. I have taken Hwy 2 across to the Great Falls Montana area but I 95 is mucho faster for us. Great trip, slow or fast. You see the same scenery and can plan you stops on the way back.
joe b. 04/28/16 09:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Wisconsin to Alaska

I find from south Florida to Fairbanks takes us roughly 10 driving days as making 450 miles a day isn't a problem for us. A lot depends on a RVers age, health, enjoyment of driving, etc, as to how many days it takes. My BIL and his family, when living in Anderson Alaska, normally figured on about 50 hours to Bellingham Washington, which with 3 drivers, they would leave Anderson after work on a Friday and driving straight through would arrive in Bellingham on Sunday evening. Not my preferred way of travel but it worked for them. For many residents, going to/from Alaska by vehicle, they see the Alaska Hwy as just a long road to drive to get where they want to be, which is Outside in the Lower 48. The quickest I have ever made the trip was Anchorage to the Houston Texas area in 6 days, averaging 800 miles a day approximately. I was solo in a car and driving 16 hours a day. When I got tired, I would pull over and sleep in the car for a few hours and hit the road again. No desire to ever do that again but was necessary that one time. So if a person has multiple drivers, the trip can be made somewhat quickly. My wife doesn't care to drive on most trips but has driven the Alaska Hwy with our two pre-teen age daughters in our class C motorhome one trip. I flew down and met them in Colorado that summer after I got the work issues settled down to where I could leave
joe b. 04/28/16 08:28am Roads and Routes
RE: More ash borer news

We lost several gumbo limbo trees to the EAB, brought in, I read, by the last hurricane that hit this part of Florida. The gumbo limbo is a native Florida tree and thought to be immune to most local insects but not to the EAB. Bayer makes a systematic that can be spread on the ground around the trees if you catch it in time, which I did for about half my trees. Something else blew in with that storm that killed the oaks I had in the yard but didn't bother my hickory trees. Who knows.
joe b. 04/22/16 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: camping recommendation in Colorado Springs

We tend to stay at the Garden of the Gods campground in town. Good location, not far from Manitou, etc. Most summers we spend about a week there as my wife grew up in the Springs and went to high school in Woodland Park. So we stop so she can visit old running buddies and to do some of the tourist stuff. On our last visit I notice the Garden of the Gods had put in a half dozen or so pull throughs for big rigs with 50 amp in addition to water/sewer. Many/most of the in town campgrounds in this area are old and were built for smaller RVs but for a place to park, several will do. This part of Colorado is one of the oldest tourist areas of the state. Many used to arrive by train,or hired cars with drivers, and spend the summer, in the Manitou Springs area, especially the Plain people, the Mennonites, the Amish,and Brethren, among others, from the upper Midwest. The fairly new Cheyenne Mtn SP is real nice but out of town a ways and is hard to get a reservation, at least for us. We have also stayed in Woodland Park at a couple of the campgrounds on the highway headed for Deckers. In the north edge of Woodland. Lots to do in the Springs area.
joe b. 04/20/16 06:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO Hwy 550 - Montrose to Durango

During the years I lived in Ouray, I was a volunteer on the Ouray County ambulance and hauled numerous patients off of Red Mountain. One bicycle rider was coming down from the top, north bound when he decided to pass a car. His front end on the bike went into a death wobble and dumped his body on the pavement. The car stopped to help and called in for help. The car driver told me he was doing at least 55mph when the bike tried to pass him. The bike rider had a broken leg, arm and probably deposited a pound of skin on the pavement. Then I was also a deputy sheriff and a deputy coroner for the county. In those roles I helped remove the remains of several people from vehicle wrecks on Red Mountain, both car passenger and OTR truck drivers. Some of those truck drivers are no more prepared for that road than some of the flatland car drivers, usually men. Women tend to be smart enough to recognize their driving limitations, based upon their experience and training. One night just north of Ouray, I was on patrol duty and spotted a loaded 18 wheeler south bound on Hwy 550. Let him get to about the hot springs pool area and lite him up with my overhead lights. He told me he was headed to Durango, first trip for him over Red Mountain pass. So I asked for his trip sheet and sure enough his dispatcher hadn't routed him over Red. So I gave him the option of calling his dispatcher to get permission to go over Red or we could do a safety check on his truck, which shouldn't take over 5 or 6 hours to do. He chose to call his dispatcher. I was about 8 ft away from him and could hear the dispatcher screaming at the driver, he wasn't pleased at all. Then the driver's boss got on and he screamed for awhile and told the driver if he tried to drive over Red Mountain pass, he was fired. This all got the driver's attention. I had found out he only had a gas station road map in his truck cab. Had forgotten his brief case with his truckers atlas, etc. Anyways I showed him which block and helped him get headed back north to Grand Junction to get on I 70. Many of the trucks running the pass are specially equipted with auto chains, built in sanders and well trained drivers that drive the route weekly, weather permitting. I have been run off the road by truckers that were white knuckling it straddling the center line before on 550. Not fun. Sure, most people make it across safely but some don't. Many times these people only got one "opps" and they were goners. Ouray, as of today, April 16, has a winter storm warning out for the area, including Silverton, Telluride, ect and the forecast is for an accumulation of between 12 and 24 inches of snow by tonight, with wind gusts up to 45 mph. March and April are the two months of heavy snow fall that I remember. And it takes a while to melt in the high country. Ouray is at about 7,000 ft of altitude. Beautiful drive south out of Ouray, but not for everyone in an RV. If you have a tow, use it for your first trip and decide yourself or rent a Jeep in one of the local towns and use that. Lots of fun to get off road in that part of the world. A sign put up by Colorado DOT at the south edge of Ouray, looking south on Hwy 550. http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/24323634/408390574.jpg
joe b. 04/16/16 08:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Salmon Fishing

Most folks report that as long as they stay under the Alaska possession limit and identification requirements they haven't had any problems passing through Canada with their salmon. Others will have a processor in Alaska, in the area where they caught their fish, wrap, cut and flash freeze the salmon for air shipment home, to where ever that might be. Expensive but generally trouble free way to get the fish home, especially if you don't want to mess with carrying a small freezer in your RV. Some of the private processors will store your fish frozen till a to be shipped date or when you call them to request shipment. The Fred Meyer store, among many others on the Kenai sell freezer boxes (insulated cardboard boxes) that you can use to ship them yourselves. Pack the fish frozen in the boxes, add some dry ice and take it to the Anchorage airport for immediate shipment to some person at your home location to receive them is another option. There was a processor, for lack of a better word, that would brine and smoke your fish for you and ship it to you when that process was finished. Money is the solution to all your fishing issues. LOL Some have reported that by plugging in their small chest freezers every night, it will stay frozen all the next day. Some will run a small generator or if they have a built in generator in their RV, will run that to keep the freezer at the temp they want. Probably a good idea to "declare" the salmon to the Canadian agents at the border where you enter Canada so there is a record of where the origin of the fish originated, this being Alaska. Should be smooth checking out of Canada having done all this. At the Russian and other combat fishing zones, I often see many folks, most often urban mountain men and women from Anchorage, with small chest freezers in the back of their pickups or Suv rigs running a generator to keep it frozen. Sometimes the parking lot at the Russian sounds like a generator test facility, mostly the cheap noisy type generators. Not seen a great deal of sport fishing on the Kenai in the last 20 years or so, mainly meat hunters, intent on filling their freezer with fish for the upcoming winter meals. Just a different attitude usually than those there for the experience, the fresh air, trying to prove they are smarter than a fish, etc. on the Kenai many years ago. Took this fish home and smoked it myself. This was drift fishing on the river with a fly rod. http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/6881222/92802925.jpg
joe b. 04/13/16 08:03am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Doing it alone?

I have made the trip a time or two solo and it worked OK for me. Sometimes my wife didn't wish to make the vehicle trip, a round trip and so she might fly one direction or the other and meet me somewhere, usually in Anchorage. The last solo trip I did was about in 2005 as she had a family reunion in Colorado, so flew back there for that and then back home to Florida. I stayed in Alaska for another month or so as she headed south. I found I needed to plan my next day's travel the night before, more than when she is along and can do some of the map navigation as we move down the road. Another thing I found is I had to make more effort to stop and see "stuff" as I was driving along. I tend to be an early riser, so when solo I was/am often on the road by 6 or 6:30 AM and will have made 300 miles by noon. I think I had made 4 or 5 round trips to/from Alaska prior to my wife and I getting married, In Anchorage in 1973, so doing the trip solo didn't strike me as being too different now in later life. While I tend to prefer, having someone along on the trips, etc. it is still a great trip by myself. I have made most of my small aircraft trips to Alaska, from the lower 48, following the Alaska or Cassiar Hwys by myself. But most of those were just to see how quickly I could get plane delivered and head back outside to pick up the next one to take north. More evening planning, taking more notes of the next day's locations where I wanted to stop, and having most of it accessible to the driver's seat. Especially if going through any large towns was involved. I like to write down any highway changes on post it notes and put them in my shirt pocket or stick on the dash for easy viewing.
joe b. 04/11/16 09:34am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Satellite Dish Reception

Depending on how important it is for a person traveling through Canada on their way to Alaska, to have TV coverage,there are ways to accomplish this. The three largest North American countries all have their own satellite communications systems. The US has one , Canada has the Anik System and Mexico has the Morelos System and the MexSat System. Two of the larger Canadian providers are Bell Dish and Shaw Direct. Both systems use a larger dish to receive their signals. Winegard makes larger dishes for their Canidian customers. I would think these larger dishes would work just fine when connected to a US receiver. When in Canada, just subscribe to Bell or Shaw for service. For a number of years, while living in Nenana Alaska, we watched TV, mainly off the Anik Canadian system. At that time we had to have a 5 or 6 meter, in diameter dish to get the signal. We had two of these large dishes, that could be electrically aimed from our house. Way to big to use on an RV. Once the started scrambling the signals, I bought service from a local dealer in southern Alberta and used his store address as my home address, to deal with some residency issues. Bought my US service from a dealer in Tennessee, for the same residency issues. At that time they wouldn't sell service to Alaska residents as they claimed service wasn't available. The Morelos service wasn't scrambled, so didn't have to buy service. I think my satellite system was where I got my early understanding of Canadians, watching and listening to the satellite radio broadcasts of the Red Green Show and the Possum Lodge group. Plus add in all the hours I listened to Stuart Mclain and the Vinyl Cafe Show. Both are high class shows with a lot of Canadian culture being taught. LOL Windy weather plaid havoc with the large dishes I was using as it didn't take much movement to lose the satellite signal. The 2 1/2 years we full timed, in a Class A, we had a roof top satellite dish in place but never drove that rig to Alaska. Neither of our current RVs have satellite systems. Never missed having it on our trips to Alaska.
joe b. 04/05/16 07:28am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Days with out electric hook up?

A lot depends, not so much where you plan to stay but how long to you plan to stay at one location. We seldom spend more than a couple of nights when boondocking so the drive the next day will have our house battery recharged by noon time. Our longer stays are in places like Whitehorse, Fairbanks, Valdez, etc so we are plugged in on those locations. On our last trip north, I fired up our generator, built in propane 2.5 KW model, one time for about 15 minutes. This was to thaw some food from the freezer, that someone had forgotten to take out and place in the sink earlier in the day. LOL I carry a Sears jump start device and it will run my CPAP breathing machine for about three nights before needing to be recharged. As Suzie said, not much to use electricity for in a northern summer. Very few lights needed, we run the fridge on propane, if we need to move some air we use the Fantastic fan for a few hours. The domestic water pump gets very little use as we carry gal jugs of water for coffee/tea, teeth brushing, etc. Sponge bath out of the sink works for a few days before I start getting too many complaints. LOL If my generator wasn't built in to my TC, I doubt I would take it.My 2000i Honda only gets used as a standby here at the house for storms that shut down our power. I have a 1,500 watt inverter with alligator clips, that I can connect directly to one of my truck batteries if needed. Used it a couple of times last trip to grid coffee beans for the French Press coffee pot (water heated on the propane stove. I carry a Keurig coffee pot for when we are plugged into power. My Chevy tow truck has twin 135 amp alternators, and I replaced the charging wires that run back to the camper. Used either 4 or 6 gauge cable for both the positive and negative, coming straight off the alternator system with a 50 amp automatic breaker in the positive cable. I replaced the TC house battery with a group 31, AGM (low to no maintenance) as that was all I had room for in the original compartment. Think I paid about $250 for the battery as Sears. Haven't had any issues with the electrical system yet.
joe b. 04/04/16 08:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: My Way to Alaska

Orion, it was a clear night, probably in February or March with the temperature running about -30 to -40 F that night. It would have been about 1974 or 75. 1974 turned out to be one of the coldest winters that I remember as I got stuck in the village of Allakaket for 13 consecutive days. Flew my plane in there and the temps dropped below my minimums for flying which was -50F if I was by myself, -40F if I had the family or others with me.
joe b. 03/31/16 03:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: My Way to Alaska

bob-nestor, I too like the works of Robert Service. I have his "complete works on my Kindle" One of my favorite things to do in either or both Whitehorse and Dawson town, is to sit on the Yukon River bank and read several of his poems. Then try to get my mind back to those days, when he lived in the area. That man sure had a way with words. Think we need more forum members posting photos of their trips and or living in the north Country. Photos sure help a person's credibility at times. There are some spooky and amazing things happen in the north country. Especially in the winter time, when you are all alone or maybe with one other person camping. One such trip, I was with my buddy, Alfred (considered himself to be Alaska Native by heritage) about 100 miles north of Tanana on the Allakaket Trail, going to retrieve a broken down snow machine for another friend. We set up our tent, started a campfire with wood we had picked up before we got above tree line, on the way there. Probably about 10 PM when we both noticed it was getting lighter all around us. No specific location for the light, it was just all around our area as far as we could see, probably 10 miles every direction. When Alfred started getting spooked, I decided it was time for me to follow suit. He grabbed his sleeping bag out of the tent and crawled under a near by spruce tree, about 30 or 40 ft tall. only tree for miles from what we could see, so I did likewise. After about an hour, the light started to subside and returned to normal. Neither of us had any idea of what had caused this to happen but we weren't going to sleep in that tent that night. LOL So we decided to sleep under the spruce tree. The boughs were touching the ground and it was fairly snug looking. So we cut off a few of the lower branches, laid them on the ground for our bags. Alfred decided to start a small campfire under the tree with us. (not a good decision) We were as comfy as if we were in a snow cave when somehow a spark from the fire caught a branch on fire and quickly the entire tree was abaze. We grabbed out bags and were back out to the tent again as we watched the spruce tree burn totally. We looked at each other and both said, "hoclannie, atsa ghee" in Athabascan Indian, haunted area, scary. We decided neither of us was very sleepy anymore so struck camp, loaded the sleds back up and headed back south toward the village of Tanana (which is about 150 miles west of Fairbanks) After a run of an hour or two, we were back in the wooded area and stopped again to set up the tent for the night. We had picked up the broken snow machine and had it on a freight sled behind Alfred's machine. Make it home, the next day we visited several of the village elders to see what they thought we had experienced, but no one knew. Here is downtown Anchorage in 1962, a couple of years before the Good Friday Earthquake turned much of this area into rubble. http://www.pajbcooper.com/DSC_1391%20(Medium).JPG Here is the Alaska Hwy in 1962, best I can tell was in the Yukon as the mountains in the distance sure look familiar. http://www.pajbcooper.com/DSC_2029%20(Medium).JPG One more photo taken on my second round trip to/from Alaska in 1964. I have to believe this is the south approach into Teslin but that is not the current bridge as I remember it looking. The current one may have replaced this one. If anyone, sue, Murray, Pa12, Bob or anyone else has a better guess I would appreciate hearing it. Thanks http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL621/2555455/6881222/401301351.jpg
joe b. 03/31/16 01:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip to Alaska

Not only is the Church book more accurate, it is more honest. When you read a campground review in the Church book, you know it was written by Mike or Terri Church. With the Milepost, you have no idea of who wrote the review, perhaps even the business owner. The two publications have different approaches to making a profit. The Church's make their profit off the sale of their books, with no advertising. The Milepost makes their profit from the the sale of the book and the sale of advertising. The same people that sell the advertising, on a commission, are the Field Editors, who also write the reviews. A bit of conflict of interest, IMHO. Over the years the Milepost has grown from a small travel guide to a bloated guide full of advertising. And the area covered has expanded greatly, I suspect to include more businesses, that might advertise. I have Milepost in my collection dating back to 1953, including the Milepost I purchased on my first driving trip to Alaska in 1962. I tend to buy a new Milepost ever year and the years we are going back, I buy two copies. One I keep original and the other gets cut up and reduced to more of a manageable size. A straight edge, razor blade, a stapler and a hi-lighter pen will fix sections for me. Another fine source of northern information are the many publications put out by the Bell Publishing Group. Available at most Canadian and Alaska visitors center. Tim Bell, grew up on the Alaska Hwy in a road house owned by his family. First class work the Bell family does on their individual maps and articles. Most of their work is free at the centers, in the wall racks. Another fine book is one writen by Ron Dalby, a retired helicopter pilot that lives in Palmer. The author is a superb writer, but needs to go back over his Alaska Hwy book and bring it up tu date. The last time it was up dated it had way too much incorrect information in it. Appeared that the publisher just put a new date in the front and called it updated. If Dalby would drive the highway with his book in hand, correcting names, etc. and republish it, he just might have the premier Alaska Hey Travel guide of all. I carry 8 or 10 books/guides with me on our trips to the north country, one on fishing the highway streams and lakes, etc. Redundancy is good, in my view. Also like the Frommer's books, the Dummies ones. Have bought a few that weren't worth killing a tree for the need paper to write them. I think Terri Church also lived in Nenana, my last home town in Alaska, as her dad was the station master for the Alaska Railroad there.
joe b. 03/30/16 06:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip to Alaska

I would suspect that photo of you and your dad, Jack, was taken the summer of 1958. Not only did Jack have a real sense of what to photograph and how to frame and organized his shots, he also had very high quality camera equipment and the knowledge to use it. Sue's ability to brighten back the colors makes them all that much better.
joe b. 03/28/16 08:37pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Rock Crusher Park

A number of Florida RV parks run what they call their 7 and 5 plan. You pay up front for 7 months and you can then leave your RV on your site, unoccupied for the 5 month off season. If you use it during the 5 month period, the you pay the regular daily/weekly/monthly rate. Last fall, I believe it was, I got an advertisement/invitation from Fiesta Key RV Resort with such an offer. For a waterfront back in 50 amp site, the seven month charge was $15,700 plus change, paid in advance the 7 months had to be consecutive, stated on the contract in advance. Any stays during the 5 month period were extra, charged at the then current rate. Like the old saying goes, whether you rent or buy, you pay for the space you occupie. I suspect many seasonal resort areas run similar programs as probably half their sites are going to be empty during the off season anyway. So it doesn't cost the campground anything to have your rig on a site during the off season.
joe b. 03/28/16 07:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip to Alaska

Thanks for the kind words. I do love Alaska and northern Canada, having spent much of my adult life living, working and traveling in the north country. Plus I seem to have a propensity toward talking about Alaska. I basically consider the Interior of the state to be home, so why do I live in the swamp country of south Florida? Who knows. We moved to western Colorado to give our young daughters an opportunity to grow up in a setting more like my wife and I had as kids. Then we came to Florida to take care of my wife's parents and never got around to leaving. Now we have grand kids here, so we obviously won't be leaving. LOL Probably why I try to tell people to go north, when they can, especially before they get too old, lose their mobility, their health, their stamina, etc. for me to go now as a 74 y/o person, I can't do many of the activities I did many times when younger. But even going at my age, is still so worth it to most folks that want to visit. We are wanting to go back this summer, if possible. Never thought I would ever have to plan our RV trips to fit in to my scheduled doctors appointments and procedures. LOL
joe b. 03/27/16 09:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip to Alaska

Back to the OP's original post, I like to carry a few extra maintenance parts. Tools I am comfortable using, an extra oil filter, a couple of fuel filters, a fan/serpentine belt(s), air filter, etc. If your vehicle has any known problem areas, carry those needed replacement parts. i.e. my last tow vehicle was a Dodge diesel pickup and those early 2000 models had a problem with the low pressure fuel pumps, located on the engine block. They were not hard to change but not always easy to find one available. Lots of good mechanics on the trip north, but even breaking a fan belt could result in sitting around for a few days till a new belt can be sent to your mechanics work place. Have one with you and it is just a short unplanned stop. Make sure your vehicle is in good shape before you go and it should make the trip in good shape. As mentioned many times above, slow down and drive at a speed appropriate to the road conditions. Remember, the road is not moving, just your vehicle, so how hard you hit a hole or bump/heave is based upon your speed at the time of impact. A few years back, Sue t. and I gave some serious consideration to forming a partnership business and run caravan tours to/from Alaska. Main problem we came up with was, my thoughts that she should do most of the work and I would handle the money. Not sure what her problem was. Her husband, was going to be the tailgunner (her husband, Steve, can fix anything, almost) Sue could be the Wagon Master, my wife Patti would handle all the details, reservations, etc. Our plan was to make an option in the trips to be either one way or a round trip with the group. We thought that on the way up to Alaska, people would find places where they wished to spend more time and they could do it on a one way trip with the group. Caravan group on the north bound leg and then those that wished could come back with the tour employees or they could go on their on in Alaska and return solo or in informal small groups if they put them together themselves. But at the time, it turned out, neither couple had the time, right them to do this all summer. Still think it would be a workable idea for someone younger than me. Next Tuesday is Sue's birthday. Easy for me to remember as we were born on the same day and close to the same year. Well not real close but kinda, sorta. Actually I was 20 years old the first time I probably saw Sue, about 4 at the time, playing in the mud puddles outside her family's gas station/garage in Beaver Creek YT. And yes, I do buy pixels by the barrel when they are on sale. LOL
joe b. 03/26/16 10:05am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: $600 per Month

A few years back we spent about 6 months at the Natures Resort RV Park in Homosassa FL I just checked their web site and they are showing $500 a month and $600 a month for sites on the water. When we stayed there electricity was on top of the monthly, but the rate then was $450 a month. We enjoyed the area, not far north of Tampa, very laid back part of the state. We also enjoy staying at Rock Crusher RV park in the same general area . They would be worth checking with also.
joe b. 03/24/16 05:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip to Alaska

And a lot of it will be true. LOL. While I have never met PA12DRVR personally, I knew his father in Alaska. The family owned a prominent business in Anchorage. His father, like PA12 and myself , spent a lot of time wandering around the sky of Alaska in his Airplanes. PA12 grew up in his dad's Cessna 180, which his brother still owns, from my understanding. I think I still have a photo of that 180 somewhere in my closet or among the thousands on my computer.
joe b. 03/24/16 05:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

The best way to see the north county is however you choose to do it. Not one best way for every one, IMHO. Most of the folks that have gone on caravans, report having a great time. Those that go solo or with a companion, also have a great time on their trip. There are some that don't enjoy their trip, seemingly because they didn't have any reason to go, just so they could say they did it, I guess. One forum member reported being very disappointed in his trip because he went strictly to take photographs and he hit one of the rainy summers in Alaska. Alaska and northern Canada are so huge, if it is raining where you are, get on a plane and fly to where e weather is better for you. Fly over to Nome, Kotzebue or Barrow. There will be more photo opps than you can believe. I am always curious about people that make numerous RV trips to Alaska but never venture off the road system to see what other parts of Alaska look like and meet some of the people that live in some of the more remote parts of the state.
joe b. 03/24/16 01:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip to Alaska

In dealing with any employees in Northern Canada or Alaska, that are working in the seasonal tourist businesses, that they may have been in the north country less time than you have. LOL Most folks living and working full year around in either northern Canada or Alaska, normally can't afford to quit their jobs to take a lower paying job within the tourist industry. There are some exceptions to this of course. Most of the employees you will deal with in the north tourists businesses, last week may have been in college in Badwater Texas, Mountain Side Tennessee or southern Alberta or BC. A couple of years back, we were taking a tour of the restored paddle wheeler in Whitehorse, YT, run by Parks Canada. The uniformed tour guide, probably 20 years old tops, charming, smart, etc. but was giving out some very questionable info on the tour. She was telling the group that this was the only remaining river boat that ran in the days gone past. So afterwards, I talked to her privately and asked her how long had she lived in Whitehorse, she finally told me she lived in Edmonton and was attending college there and this was her first trip to the Yukon. She had been there about a week. I told her about the river boats in Dawson Town and Fairbanks and she was somewhat surprised. Every once in a while one of the first or second time visitors to the north country will post something here on the forum and then state, that a park ranger told them it was true. Very few park rangers in Alaske live there year around and are seasonal employees. So they only know what they have read or heard, just like the rest of us at times. They really don't know if it is a dry summer or a wet summer, hot summer or cool summer, because they only know what they have read of someone's opinion. Like all posts on this or other forums, try to decide if the person making the statement is really qualified to make the statement or not. A couple of years back on one of our visits to the north country. we were somewhere around Denali State Park and we parked next to a tour bus. The driver was standing out side and we struck up a conversation. He noticed my Florida tags on my RV and stated telling me all about Alaska. After 15 or 20 minutes of this, I told him he didn't sound like a man that had actually lived a winter in Alaska. After a bit of huming and hawing, he admitted he lived in Arkansas in the winter and had just come to Alaska that summer to drive the bus for the tour company. He had been in state about a month. The years I was working in rural Alaska, 25+, we used to joke that a consultant on a matter was someone that had flown over the area in an airplane and an expert consultant was someone that had flown over it in the day light hours. LOL
joe b. 03/24/16 08:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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