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Puffins

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Always eager to see wildlife up close, we visited the Alaska Sealife Center. More a research and rehabilitation center than aquarium, this place was a great spot to watch injured sea lions and sea otters. Bode got to get a…
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Seward Whales

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Seward is another small town on the Kenai Pennisula. It serves the multitudes of cruise ships that come into it’s ports for 4 months a year with great fishing, glacier and wildlife tours. We decided to take a wildlife cruise…
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Hope and Kenai Fjord

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They next stop on Grammy’s visit was the quaint town (pop. 200) of Hope, Alaska. True Alaska! We spent a fun evening at the Sea View Cafe, where the locals and tourist congregate. It was the only place open for…
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Animal Rescue

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We went to this animal rescue place with my Grandma. It was kind of like a zoo. The first thing we saw were 2 moose really close to the fence and I had a really hard time not touching them.…
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Talkeetna

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We pulled into the quaint (but touristy) town right right after their legendary 4th of July parade. We didn’t get to explore the town right away, because as usual Bode met a great group of local kids as soon as…
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Moose

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After seeing no animals (except the sled dog team) in Denali, we pulled back out to the Parks Highway. Just outside the park, this momma moose and her two babies were just standing by the side of the road posing…
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Denali

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Fourth of July week was probably not the best time to visit Denali. To camp inside the park, you need very advanced reservations and a minimum of three days of camping is required. Only those camping in the park can…
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49th State

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With Fairbanks in our rearview, we headed to Healy. More specifically, 49th State Brewery. 49th State is home of the Into the Wild movie bus. It has photos and journal entries on the walls, and was actually pretty interesting. I’m…
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Back to Fairbanks

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After the Arctic Tour, we hopped back into Red Beard and headed south. The 24 hours of daylight meant we could drive until late at night without running into much truck traffic. We made it to just north of Coldfoot…
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To Prudhoe

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Also known as Deadhorse, it’s just an oilfield work camp with only the essentials to qualify as a “town.” No guns or alcohol are sold here, so I’m sure there have been some good stories. Porn and trucker magazines don’t…
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Wise Man

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We’re falling way behind on the updates. It turns out that Alaska is not conducive to blogging. Where were we? Oh yeah… Coldfoot. The next day, we stopped in Coldfoot (named after the gold miners who left because they got…
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The Haul Road

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The Dalton is supposed to be a really big deal. One of the most remote stretches of road in the U.S. At the end is just an oil field work site and the Arctic Ocean. It’s the farthest north you…
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Leaving Fairbanks

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We had a great time with the Adv-0-DnA crew. We swapped stories and beers, traded off some kid duties, and Jason did some sort of work on their Airstream. But, alas it was time to part ways. Our plan was…
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Midnight Sun

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So here we were in Fairbanks for the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. I had really been looking forward to this. But for weeks the sun has still been up when we went to bed, and up…
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North Pole to Fairbanks

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Eventually, the smoke caught up with us and we kept rolling north. All the way to the North Pole. Well, the town with that name, anyway. Years ago, someone bought this town and re-named it North Pole in an attempt…
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Birch Lake

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We had the bright idea of driving north until we were out of the smoke. We made it up to Birch Lake and the skies looked clear. It was another hot day and a clear lake for swimming, so we…
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Borders and Moon Lake

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Border day – back into the U.S. There was quite a bit of technology at the Alaskan border, but the agent just swiped our passports and said hello. Pretty simple.     This part of Alaska is pretty swampy, so the mosquito…
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Haines Highway

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From Haines, you must cross into British Columbia and The Yukon in order to reach mainland Alaska by road. It’s a scenic drive. But, the scenery sure was nice. As was the wildlife performances. We finally got some poutine. It’s…
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Up to Haines

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Another day, another ferry ride. Juneau is not connected by road to any other part of Alaska. It is the capitol of Alaska, but only accessible by boat or plane. There have been multiple plans over the years to connect…
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Juneau How It Is

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About a mile from the ferry terminal was a $10 forest service camp site right on Auke Bay. The catch was that it cost an additional $10 to ‘reserve’ the space – even when standing there with plenty of sites…
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Ferry Up

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Our plan to take the AlCan Highway had been changed to take the Cassier Highway. But, when we got to our friends’ house in Kitimat and did a little research, we changed it again. There was a ferry available the…

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