Alaska Journals

The Great Alaskan Adventure

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An August 2010 trip to Alaska by MilwVon

Can it be more beautiful than this? Photo, Alaska, United States More Photos
Quote: An overview of our 17 day adventure throughout Alaska by RV, to include a lot of tips on planning your own Alaskan Adventure.

Alaska By Land, Water or Air? (part one)

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Von Mushing Photo, Fairbanks, Alaska
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I need to preface this by saying that we are pretty conservative (read "non adventurous") travelers. Generally speaking, I am more so than David . . . although I will take on an adventure or two that is beyond my comfort level. (Read about my last ATV tour on Hawaii’s Big Island and how I "bailed off" my ATV while losing control down a hill.) I bring up the conservative nature of our travel, because as full card carrying AARP members, we are a bit too old to be doing crazy stuff that will put our bodies in harm’s way, even if of our own doing like bailing off a moving vehicle!In Alaska, there is so much remoteness and inaccessibility that to fully enjoy all of her beauty and splendor yo...Read More

Alaska By Land, Water or Air? (part two)

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Von & David on the Eldridge Glacier Photo, Talkeetna, Alaska
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Continued from part one . . .Boat:This is a great way to get out and see AND experience Alaska first hand. By boat can be anything from the small single person kayak to the super huge cruise ships . . . and all sizes in between. People who are the outdoorsy types seem to gravitate towards the kayaking especially on those tours featuring the glaciers that are accessible from inlet bays. On this trip we did four boat tours . . . two by airboat (Mahay’s Three River Tour and the Knik Glacier Tour), one by paddlewheeler (Riverboat Discovery) and the last by catamaran (Kenai Fjords National Parks Tour). All were comfortable and did not seem to be too hard on those who may have a tenden...Read More

Planning Your Dream Adventure

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Summit Lake Photo, Alaska, United States
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For our Great Alaskan Adventure, planning started more than two years in advance of our trip. This was essential for many reasons, not the least of which was the tight coordination necessary to make the RV arrangements work out. Additionally, once dates were set, we were ready to await the availability for frequent flier tickets on Delta . . . right in the middle of their program consolidation with Northwest Airlines. ACK – that was not fun!Once the RV arrangements were set and the airline tickets "purchased" ($10 + 42,500 miles each for first class out and coach return), the next task would be to frame out the itinerary based on the activities we wished to do and the places we wanted t...Read More

RVing Alaskan Style (part one)

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Our RV at Tek Campground Photo, Alaska, United States
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When I first approached my dear hubby on the idea of RVing Alaska, I’m pretty sure he thought I was nuts. While my family had a small "tow type" trailer and we did some camping while I was a kid . . . and later in my early adult life I enjoyed camping in my conversion van . . . I had never really done RVing. And for David, roughing it to him was driving cross country on his motorcycle with a bedroll and sleeping out under the stars in Colorado somewhere. RVing for us painted vivid visions of Robin Williams and his family in the RV they affectionately called "the rolling turd." Yes folks, David & Von’s Great Alaskan Adventure was going to be in a 29’ Winnebago that we hoped we would not turn in...Read More

RVing Alaskan Style (part two)

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David Cooking Breakfast - MMMM Pancakes! Photo, Ninilchik, Alaska
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(continued)There are also a couple of special laws that affect driving such a vehicle there as well. SLOW VEHICLES STAY RIGHT when there are more than two lanes going in your direction is critical. The "five vehicle log jam" is a fun one! If you are impeding traffic and there are five or more vehicles slowed up behind you, you are required to take the next pullout to let them all pass you. Fortunately, we found the roads to be pretty wide open with little traffic throughout our journey. I understand that the locals don’t care much for the tourist season and all of the RVs that clog up their scenic byways. But hey, we’re doing the best we can and as safely as we can do it....Read More

The Great Alaskan Adventure Wrap-Up

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My View From the CoPilot's Seat Photo, Alaska, United States
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Not including this journal, the Great Alaskan Adventure has given opportunity for me to write and share seven journals containing 30 reviews and five stories/tips, along with over 200 photos from around this great state. When read individually or as a grouped collection, I hope I’ve presented a nice summary of the various activities and experiences we have enjoyed.For those unfamiliar with Alaska, however, it is very possible that you would not really understand how this trip fit together like that jigsaw puzzle I describe in the "Planning Your Dream Adventure" entry in this journal. Unless you have driven it, it is difficult to really understand the vastness of Alaska especially when lo...Read More