MOVING ON TO THE TOP OFF THE WORLD HWY BY WAY OF FERRY
Ferry across the Yukon River
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Bill and Wendy stayed in Chicken and we went on to Tok to see if we could find parts for our broken sewer.
After power washing and looking everywhere for parts we ended up at the very nice boat ramp, where we dry camped for the night. We arrived just in time for cocktail hour. There was about 6 rigs there and every one sat around and had great conversation.
In the morning we had to evaluate the tape and temporary fixit job. Decision was to go to Anchorage for parts. We found Bill and Wendy around noon and headed down the Glenn HWY west. Stopped at Victory Bible camp for the night. This camp has many Michigan ties. We were here in 2010. Moose were swimming in the pond on the far shore when we arrived. And in the morning another cow and her twins were right next to our RV. So ugly, they are cute.
After a busy day these fruit tarts looked pretty good. But, we will wait to connect with the others before we buy it. Nummy!
Bill and Wendy didn’t want to stay in Wasilla for the Farmers Market and left. We found the business to be annoying also, so we kept on trucking. Ending up at the Boat Ramp in Talkeetna where we had stayed before with our Big Rig. We had heard the contrary, and there was no camping there. Found a cute spot by the river and stayed two nights. So peaceful and special. Loved it there. The mosquitoes were heavy but not in the sun and with the coils going. Very nice two days!!!
Leaving very early this morning to catch the sun and a moose! On the way to Denali. Todd (who lives in Anchor Point) says we need to continue to follow the weather and stay away from him. He said it has been a terrible spring and the trees just got their leaves about a week and a half ago. Very rainy and cold still.
Our travel companions have gone their own way. We will meet July 7 in Anchor point. They like plans with details. We like plans with serendipitous moments. After traveling for 21 years we have found that we remember the feelings and experiences we have had and not the details that were planned… the numerous books we have read in detail years ago and plans we made are good. Next chapter has been evolving….quite nicely!
Denali National Park and Preserve
Once in the park we rode the big green bus in to the park as far and we could go….so very pretty and untouched.
Time for dinner and find a home tonight.
We stopped at the 49th State Brewery. I would highly recommend this place. The food is excellent and a wide variety. I had Parmesan crusted halibut and fried cauliflower. Super good. Outdoor or indoor all was very special. Another good time! So nice!
Watson Lake sign forest is always an interesting stop. Started years ago during the construction of the Alaska HWY…details coming… this little wood sign is the sign we made to attach to the posts in the forest. Burned the letters in and painted it with sign paint and sign sealer so hopefully will last a few years.
The entire road for miles had these pretty purple wild flowers.
Well we have choices, camp in the rain or drive further from White horse to Dawson City (369 miles) We chose to drive a little further…horrific drive with lots of pot holes and construction. The muscles in my arm pits are still sore 2 days after from maneuvering the rough road. Ending at a beautiful Provincial Park, not realizing the hiss type sound we heard was the slit in our tire, we acquired and thus a flat tire in the morning. So after slowly driving to the tiny Airport 1/2 mile down the road in the morning, we found to have cell service. We contacted our new road service plan and they ordered AJ to come fix it. He had to drive from White horse (369 miles) which is normally a 7 hour and 45 minute drive under normal conditions. Leaving at 1:30 in the afternoon he arrived with our new tire at 10:30 pm. Bless his heart ❤️ Remember AJ towing Service fro Whitehorse, Yukon, is the best! Our new home where we parked it was under the NAPA sign for 24+ hours…super hot and dusty, choke, choke 🤧.
Beautiful spot to boon dock! This recreational area is technically not available to over night stays, but the rangers were ok with it.
Beautiful views with many animals, as in Wood bison, Stone sheep, bear and moose were seen.
A .4 mile walk, beyond the electric fence that guards the camp ground from dangerous animals, lies the pool. Looking over our shoulder the whole way, we walked this path to the very hot natural spring. Smelly sulphur fills the air, but the warm to hot water relaxes the tiered muscles. Last time we were here the air was 41 degrees and light rain. Today air was around 73 degrees and sunny. This trip has been filled with, up close and personal, animals the whole way. In this area yesterday I was standing beside the RV and about 30’ away 3 giant Wood bison came walking out of the thick woods. Not sure how they even could walk in such thick brush and trees. 😳 We were in the lot across the street from the electric fence. The picture above that looks like a circle of dirt in the middle of a grassy lawn, I believe is a dust bowl that bison roll in…not absolutely sure…
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After my husbands widow maker heart attack in 2004, the doctor said just relax and enjoy life for a while. So it happened: the 43' NewMar Mountain Aire coach was purchased and the house sold....eventually. Relaxing? Not always! We are truly blessed to spend this time together... and with friends.
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