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The Weather in Whittier

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… is always sh#ttier. Or, at least that’s what they say. It seemed pretty good to us. First, you have to drive through the “second longest tunnel in the United States.” The, you arrive in Whittier – where everyone in…
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Hiking Hope

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We just keep finding more reasons to fall in love with Hope, Alaska.       …
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Hope, Part 4

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We picked up Bob, stocked up on supplies and made a beeline to one of our favorite towns: Hope. When we got there, Malimish, Karie and Tim, and Caleb and Ariana were all there, too. Jason caught a couple of…
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Anchor Point

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We took a short detour on our way north on the Kenai Peninsula to Anchor Point This is the westernmost road in the Americas, so naturally we had to hit it. This competes the driving compass of the Americas: southernmost…
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Making a Home in Homer

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After the weekend rush, we moved back down to the Spit again, but this time another city-owned site where our Malimish friends were holding a spot for us (they were in high demand). $8/night for ocean front camping. Plus, we…
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Homer Camping

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The Homer Spit is a 5-6 mile long sand bar, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. We saw most of the touristy stuff in a day, and camping out here was getting really full and expensive over the weekend. We…
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Down to Homer

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After a summer of going to bed while the sun is still up, we were pretty excited to see a sunset. But this particular sunset passed right over tthe Mount Redoubt volcano. You really can’t do much better than that.…
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Russian, Kenai, Cook

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We finally made it farther south on the Kenai Pennisula. We spent $10 to camp at the 24-hour parking for the Russian River ferry crossing. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but we knew there were some serious salmon fishing…
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More Hope

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After watching the salmon run in Hope with my mom, Jason invested in a fishing license and the cheapest telescoping fishing pole on offer. For some fresh sushi, I was very supportive. We headed back to Hope, which has become…
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Camping Anchorage

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Mom’s flight left at midnight, so after watching the bore tide and having a nice meal, we dropped her at the airport. Usually, camping in a big city is a problem. This time, our Airstream friends had this all figured…
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Portage and Byron Glacier

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No, we didn’t all go missing in Hope. It has just been a little difficult to keep up with the blog. Having too much fun, I suppose. On my mom’s last day in Alaska, we drove out to Portage and…
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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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