Saturday, June 28, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
I'm sorry that my supposed to be long post is like a millionth of the size of Mom's but I'm not a very interesting person. You can comment things you want me to write about and I will get writing. But for now, see you next post. PS: Happy Birthday to Angela DiFronzo!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I know I haven't been much of a blogger, but don't take that to mean I'm not having a good time. I'm happy to leave the keyboards to Rob and Meghan and enjoy the scenery or a book. We're starting to get into a routine with our days on the road, and so far I think everyone is enjoying it. Even Meghan remains engaged, as long as we find her a Wi-fi connection at least once in a while.
We had our first real experience with the Alaskan mosquito yesterday at Chena Hot Springs. Those are some very determined and voracious little blood suckers! We couldn't step out of the van for a second without being swarmed, but as it was also raining most of the day, we weren't doing too much outside anyway. The hot springs were nice, but didn't compare to Liard Hot Springs, which may have spoiled us for the rest of the trip. But I was impressed by the resort, which runs on 100% geothermal energy produced on site, and has several large green houses which produces veggies for their restaurant and all the flowers for their landscaping. Pretty cool place.
We also took our first real hike of the trip, which became our first adventure when we diverted off the intended trail onto something that was a trail, but on second thought, clearly not the real trail. At that point no one wanted to go back uphill though, and we were sure we knew where we were heading, so we continued downhill to eventually meet back up with the actual trail. No harm done other than a skinned hand I acquired sliding down a steep section (first use of the first aid kit, too!), but boy were we all happy to see that bright yellow trail marker.
I have been asked to blog about knitting and cooking, so I guess I should do that. If you don't knit, skip this paragraph, you'll be bored. Knitting is progressing slowly, mostly because I'm not knitting as much as I thought I would. When I was deciding on a project for the trip, I wanted it to be something ambitious. I figured I would have lots of hours in the car to knit, so big was OK. I started looking at Pi shawls, and just when I had decided to keep it simple, because car knitting should be simple, I found a pattern called "Camping," designed in honor of Elizabeth Zimmerman's 100th birthday (or would be 100th birthday if she was alive). When the only color of fingering weight yarn that my LYS had in stock in enough skeins to make a shawl was a colorway called "Forest," I figured it was just meant to be. Take a look at the pattern,and you'll see it's not simple, but it really wasn't bad until I got to the 3rd lace pattern. I've almost finished one repeat of the pattern and I think I've got the hang of it now, but the pattern rows are still pretty slow going. Thank God for the plain rows in between! I'd post a picture of it but it still pretty much looks like a oversize beret at this point, and really I'm too lazy to try to transfer pictures from a camera to this laptop.
OK, cooking. With two propane burners in the camper, we really cook a lot like we do at home. Though we do branch out into some dutch oven goodies, which Rob has already shown you, the rest of the time it's pretty simple, but we try to vary it a little. We've made stir fry, burritos, pasta, and even Pad Thai (from a box). Sandwiches, quesadillas, and soup are usuals for lunch. Meghan hasn't been forced to eat meat yet, and was rather appalled at Rob tonight when he got an "Alaskan Steak Sandwich" at a street festival in Fairbanks tonight, which was what they were calling a caribou steak. It wasn't that great, but probably more because of the venue than the product. We'd give it another chance.
I think I've rambled on enough, and it's time for bed even though it doesn't at all look like it. We're enjoying a motel stay tonight so will have room to spread out without hitting a van wall or a dog...Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are! Drop us a text or give us a call or email, we're frequently in range.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
On Thursday and Friday, we made our way from Dawson City YT to Chicken, AK, and eventually on to Fairbanks, where we sit in an RV park having showered, currently doing laundry, and enjoying WiFi access.
Our trip here included a ferry ride across the Yukon River at Dawson City. There was a huge line of RVs awaiting the ferry when we queued up, but luckily our vehicle does not classify as an RV...I don't know whether that's an insult to Byron, or if I should consider it a compliment. Regardless, it put us well ahead of many in getting onto the ferry.
From there, we began our journey up and across the Top of the World Highway. This was an amazing journey due mostly to the road conditions being slick and muddy due to a major rainstorm that had caused significant flooding only the night before. The road traverses across a series of ridges with steep to sheer drop offs, sometimes on both sides, with no guard rails. It would be exciting even in the dry. The folks I have to say are crazier than us were the ones driving big RVs and all the motorcyclists on their way to the rally in Dawson City...each will have a story to tell!
From there we made our way down to Chicken, AK, a 'town' with 23 residents in the summer, 7 in the winter. We bought gas and got a free campsite across the creek, where the recent rains had swelled the creek and washed out the footbridge back to 'town'. Well, that made the walk about 300 yards longer. We had dinner at the van, then went to town for homemade pie for dessert at the cafe. The bartender at the saloon came out with the town cannon and proceeded to pack it. He offered to Rebecca to put her panties or bra into the cannon as a celebration of her visit to Chicken. She declined.
On the way to Fairbanks, we thought we might have caught our first view of Denali...but it was actually a much closer mountain we eventually passed by. See below.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Well, I've driven many sketchy roads in my lifetime, but this thing had me pretty puckered up today. About 60 miles of rainy, slick, potholes, construction, RV road from Dawson City to Chicken AK. So glad to have a box of wine in the van for decompression on arrival. Finally in Alaska and looking forward to seeing the sights here.
Klondike steamer that traveled the Yukon
Teslin bridge. The longest on the Alaska highway
Final hot springs photo from Liard.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
We're excited from what we've read to see the historical mining town, and travel on to Chicken, Alaska after a ferry crossing at the Yukon river!
We've seen some great scenery and lots of animals on the drive since Dawson Creek. Some photos follow.
|Caribou running quickly across the road. We were lucky to get this quick snap through the windshield before it was in the woods again.|
|Byron after a rough trip out to the Inga Lake campground.|
|Willow seems to be getting her groove on and even went in the water at Inga Lake.|
|Lake Muncho, BC|
|Mountain sheep with babies|
|More lake Muncho.|
|Byron and Rebecca at Lake Muncho.|
Monday, June 16, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
|Byron and the Tetons|
|Us at Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone NP|
|Closer than I was willing to get|
|At the Roosevelt Arch, Yellowstone NP|
|Roadside lunch setup|
|Anyone for a Dutch oven chocolate cookie?|
|Unlikely to get another one like this|
|Family at Glacier NP|
|Luxury is now camping at KOA. Showers, WiFi, cabin for the Carey's.|
|This is a parking lot at Glacier NP. Big snow year.|
|Banff NP added these cool wildlife crossovers on the Trans-Canada highway. They say it cut down on kills by 80%|
Thursday, June 12, 2014
|Rebecca happy to be back in Glacier NP|
|Rock formation near Banff|
|Waterfall just off the Bow Valley Parkway, Banff|
|Mama and two cubs...mama looking at the bear bait (see above)|
|Glacier was here... Banff NP|
|And here too... Jasper NP|
|Oh yeah...here too. Jasper NP|
|Amazing stuff these Canadians get to see everyday! Jasper NP|