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Kayteg1

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How big are holding tanks on your motorhome?
I think for the future, I would advise maximize fresh water tank and take advantage of free stays in rest areas.
The "parking lot" campgrounds in prime locations don't really fit "wild Alaska" image.
My wife doesn't like boats, but sure there is lot to do when you fish.

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Posted: 07/24/19 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The "parking lot" campgrounds in prime locations don't really fit "wild Alaska" image.

I think if you have a bear walking through many would consider it wild enough! [emoticon] "Wild" is only one of the sides of Alaska.


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"Even if I were able to arm myself like the "Alaska the Last Frontier" folks, with a .357M, .44M, or a .45-70 caliber handgun on my hip while walking the dog, I'd still feel 50/50 outmatched by a bear/moose/wolf."

Funny story - the 1st time I went to Alaska, I was taking my special needs son. Decided that I would see if bears were really a problem. The internet was relatively new but was able to view the Anchorage newspaper. Front page was a bear mauling of some campers within the city limits of Anchorage. We were going to be tent camping for 2 weeks. Since the response to a grizzle, when attached, is to lay down face first and hope you survive a potential mauling, was not going to work with my son. Decided both bear spray and handgun were appropriate. My 9mm was not enough so bought a 45. When I went to pick it up after the 7 day waiting period, the salesman asked if I was him to prepare it for Alaska. I asked what would you possible do to it? He said he would grind the front sight off. Asked why would you do that? He said "so it will hurt less when the bear rams it up your a s".

Carried it and never saw a bear except from the car. Been back many times, hunting birds and have never seen on.

Leaving next week for Alaska. Will spend September hunting birds and fishing. Am taking 2 shotguns but not even bothering to ship the hundgun to Alaska this time. T


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Kayteg1 wrote:

How big are holding tanks on your motorhome?
I think for the future, I would advise maximize fresh water tank and take advantage of free stays in rest areas.
The "parking lot" campgrounds in prime locations don't really fit "wild Alaska" image.
My wife doesn't like boats, but sure there is lot to do when you fish.

Fresh tank only 31 gallons, gray/black slightly larger at 36 gallons I think? We could get a few days out of the fresh tank, if put to the test.


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Posted: 07/24/19 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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cross21114 wrote:


"Even if I were able to arm myself like the "Alaska the Last Frontier" folks, with a .357M, .44M, or a .45-70 caliber handgun on my hip while walking the dog, I'd still feel 50/50 outmatched by a bear/moose/wolf."

Funny story - the 1st time I went to Alaska, I was taking my special needs son. Decided that I would see if bears were really a problem. The internet was relatively new but was able to view the Anchorage newspaper. Front page was a bear mauling of some campers within the city limits of Anchorage. We were going to be tent camping for 2 weeks. Since the response to a grizzle, when attached, is to lay down face first and hope you survive a potential mauling, was not going to work with my son. Decided both bear spray and handgun were appropriate. My 9mm was not enough so bought a 45. When I went to pick it up after the 7 day waiting period, the salesman asked if I was him to prepare it for Alaska. I asked what would you possible do to it? He said he would grind the front sight off. Asked why would you do that? He said "so it will hurt less when the bear rams it up your a s".

Carried it and never saw a bear except from the car. Been back many times, hunting birds and have never seen on.

Leaving next week for Alaska. Will spend September hunting birds and fishing. Am taking 2 shotguns but not even bothering to ship the hundgun to Alaska this time. T


Have heard similar stories with "pepper spray" as the foil, regarding why the scent of bear droppings smells peppery, or some such.

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When you have bear warnings posted everywhere, it is only the campground in Anchorage that had recent visits on both our stays.
The campground has few acres of park attached, but it is still in the city with highway right across the street.
I guess bears learn to come where the food is.
I do have pepper spray, but read it has only 6 months shelf life. Mine is years old and when I tried it, did not smell much, so I guess it would not do anything.
Everybody seems to carry can-mounted horns.
My wife is freaking becouse of bears, but years ago at Sequoia Park we had Black Bear walking behind our backs whole stay and Rangers would not do anything beside advise "throw rocks at it"
We are leavening Anchorage in 1 hr heading 3500 miles home.
Seem we got very lucky with timing. Not only 1 of the hottest summer in history (70's F most of the time) but we had no rain, till we come back to Anchorage and took long showers at campground bathrooms.
Then it start to rain.

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I'll be crossing lower 48 border tomorrow, what will end my Alaska/Canadian adventure.
The trip was different than expected as most of those youtube videos show very bad roads.
All roads to Anchorage area are paved and even some stretches were lousy build and lousy maintained, they are solid. Worst "speed bumps" are 60 miles east and 60 miles west from Alaska/Yukon border, so the best advise is just take your time and drive 50-55 mph on those roads.
The wrap of Alaska stay come on our way back.

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Posted: 07/28/19 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We saw a moose cow and 2 calves right along the side of the road at Beaver Creek at dusk when we were on our way back. There's no end to what you might see up there. It really was one of our most memorable trips.
Take care and thanks for sharing your pics. [emoticon]

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There are many ways to visit Alaska.
How can so many people have strong opinions about the bush if they have never been there?

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