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ALASKA MOTORCADE 2005

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After the Motorcade - Canada 6-19- 05 Back in the US 8-1-05
On the way to the Alaska Motorcade
**Mail from Canada to US needs special 80 cent stamp
**All Parks in Canada & Alaska were 30 amp unless specified otherwise.
       
Leave Villa Park CA for Alaska DATE MILES
Stayed at "Country Living RV Park" in Madera CA May 18, 2005 296
Stayed at "Heritage RV Park" in Corning CA May 19, 2005 276
Stayed at " Cypress Grove RV Park" in Gold Hill OR May 20-21, 2005 220
Drove to "Chinook Casino" in Lincoln OR but there was no room for big
rigs so we drove to KOA in Lincoln OR (BIG MISTAKE) NOT Big Rig Park : ( 210
we got stuck in 5 inches of mud & had to call a tow truck to pull us out
Stayed at KOA in Seattle/Tacoma May 24-25, 2005 271
Flew Home for Daughters (Wendy's) Graduation & flew back that night
Crossed Canada/US Border at Sumas WA. with just a few questions & waved in
       
Hope BC May 26, 2005 215
Stayed at " Hope Valley Campground" - Town has many " Chainsaw Carvings"
       
Lac La Hache BC May 27, 2005 215
Stayed at " Fir Crest Resort" - Lake View with docks
Barkerville BC May 28, 2005 161
Historic Restored Town - This is a must see - Saw 1 Black Bear
Stayed at "Cariboo Joy RV Park" in Wells BC
       
Prince George May 29-30, 2005 116
Stayed at "BEE-Lazee RV Park" - RV Wash - Very Nice - Saw 1 Black & 1 Brown Bear
Went to " Railway & Forestry Museum" & " Prince George Pulp & Paper Mill"
       
Start of the Motorcade 
On the way to Dawson Creek:
Dawson Creek BC May 31, 2005
Stayed at " Northern Lights RV Park" - RV Wash June 1-2, 2005 271
       
On The Way to Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson BC June 3, 2005 280
Stayed at "5th Wheel Truck Stop & RV Park" - Fueled up there - Drivers Meeting
" Fort Nelson Heritage Museum" Lots of old vehicles & history of town
       
On the way to Muncho Lake we spotted 6 Carabou,4 Rock Sheep,1 Moose,1 Owl,2 Bison
Muncho Lake BC June 4, 2005 163
Stayed at " J&H Wilderness Resort" - Fueled up there
Took a boat tour around the lake & saw aneagles nest in the tree.
       
On the way to Watson Lake
Watson Lake YK June 5, 2005 165
Stayed at "Downtown RV Park" - 10 amps - Fueled up there - Drivers Meeting
" Signpost Forest" has a GREAT number of signs of all kinds on posts like a forest
       
On the way to Whitehorse
Whitehorse YK June 6-8, 2005 269
Stayed at " Pioneer RV Park" - WIFI - RV Wash - Fueled up there
Went to see " Frantic Follies Show" was very funny & worth seeing
Took the " SS Klondike" River Boat Tour
Went to " McBride Museum" Good history of town
       
On the way to Dawson City stopped at" Braeburn Lodge" to see" Worlds largest Cinnabun"
Stopped at " Moose Creek Lodge" & saw some unusual Art
Stopped at " Five Finger Rapids"
Saw a " Moose in the Marsh"
       
Dawson City YK June 9-10, 2005 337
Stayed at Bonanza Gold RV Park. RV Wash. No Cell Service.
Beautiful old city with much to see. Very Colorful town.
Took the "Gold CityBus Tour"
Went to " Diamond Tooth Gertie Casino" with stage show
       
Entering  Alaska
On the way to TOK - Took the free Ferry - Stopped in "Chicken AK" Population 4 ??
Drove the "Top of the World" Highway.
** It was mostly gravel & very dusty. It got into everything. Slow driving.**
       
Tok June 11-12, 2005 189
Stayed at "Tok RV Village"50 Amp. Free RV Wash with diesel fill up. WiFi $8.95
Very nice "Visitor Center" in town
Verizon Cell Phone worked on Analog signal.
       
Delta Junction
On the way to Fairbanks - Stopped at "North Pole Alaska"
You can send letters from Santa postmarked "North Pole"
Went to Sullivan Road House
       
Fairbanks June 13-16, 2005 210
Stayed at "Rivers Edge RV Park"
Trip to "Pt Barrow & Actic Circle" cancelled due to plane disabled
Went to "El Dorado Gold Mine" & panned for gold & learned correct method
Saw the "Alaskan Pipeline"
Took the Riverboat "Discovery" Cruise - Stopped at "Chena Village" to see native culture
Went to "University of Alaska Museum"
Went to "Pioneer Museum" & saw artifacts of the town
       
 
Denali June 17-19, 2005 117
Stayed at "Denali Riverside RV Park" - Photos - Park runs on large Generators
Denali Visitor Center - Saw several animals in the distance -Moose,Bear,Fox,Caribou,Sheep
Went on the "Danali Park Bus" Tour
"Mount McKinley" from (Danali) & (From the air)
       
On the way to Anchorage:
Stopped at the "Veteran Memorial" It has the closest view of McKinley
Anchorage June 20-23, 2005 271
Stayed at "Golden Nugget Caravan Park"
Very Nice - Wifi - Verizon Coverage - Costco next store
Largest City & half the population of Alaska. Has all the stores of most big cities.
Went to "Museum of History" - Excellent Displays depicting 100 years of Alaskas history
Went to "ULU Factory" (Alaskan Knife)
Went to "Sourdough Mining Company"
Excellent abundant food with a 1 hour show afterwards in ten
Went to "Heritage Museum": Native culture
Went to the "Anchorage Zoo" Good collection of local animals
Saw Salmon swimming upstream
Went to "Anchorage Native Medical Center"
       
On the way to Seward stopped at "Portage Glacier"
Seward June 24-26, 2005 138
Stayed at "City Park" Waterfront with great view. 50 Amp, no cable. 1 off air channel
Good Verizon Cell Phone Coverage
Went on the "Ididaride Sled Dog" tour
Took a hike up to see "Exit Glacier"
Went on "Kenai Fjords Cruise": Whale sightings - Puffins
Watched as they cleaned the days fish catch
On the way to Kenai : stopped at "Hanson Custom Carvings" Fantastic group of carvings
       
Kenai June 27-29, 2005 107
Stayed at "Beluga Lookout RV Park" :Waterfront with great view. Wifi, Cable & 50 Amps
Visitor Center - with large display collection of Birds, wildlife & fish
Dinner at Paradosis Restaurant : Great food & impeccable service
Went Salmon Fishing & Bear Watching at close range. Alaska West Air charters
       
Homer June 30,2005 -
July 3, 2005
87
Stayed at "Oceanview RV Park" On the Waterfront with great view. DSL
Eagles on the waterfront
Went to "Norman Lowell" Museum of all his Art over his lifetime
Went to "Otter Cove Resort" for lunch. Had to get there by boat
Took Helicopter ride & landed on a Glacier - Homer Visitor Center
       
Palmer July 4,2005 264
Stayed at "Homestead RV Park"
Had a group "Fish Fry" at Rec Center using fish from previous trip catch.
Pam Flowers telling about her incredible solo dogsled trip to Pt. Barrow - Slide presentation
       
On the way to Valdez
Valdez July 5-7,2005 336
Stayed at "Bear Paw RV Park"
Drivers Meeting one two three four
Group "Alaskan King Crab" Dinner one two three
Went on "Prince William Sound Cruise"
Barry Leavitt Duct Tape Ceremony
** Went on "Valdez area Bus Tour" (Should have skipped this one) **
       
Tok July 8,2005 257
Stayed at "Tok RV Village" 50 Amp. Free RV Wash with diesel fill up. WiFi $8.95 for day
Verizon Cell Phone worked on Analog signal.
       
Destruction Bay July 9,2005 227
** There was a lot of gravel highway on this leg to get here. Bumpy, dusty & slow**
Stopped at "Kluane Museum" Awesome wildlife displays for a small museum.
Stayed at "Sehja Services & RV Park" Owners Extemely Friendly & helpful.
Restaurant on site (Good Food) Wood Bowls made on site for sale. 22K Gold jewelry for sale.
Verizon Cell on "ROAMING"
       
Skagway July 10-13,2005 273
** After the 1st 11 gravel  miles the road was very smooth.**
11.5 steep  from White Pass to Skagway - Beautiful Scenic views coming down.
Stayed at "Mountain View RV Park" - DSL - No Verizon Cell Service
Took the "Fjords Express" boat to Juneau. Saw seals, whales, otters & many eagles.
Then to "City Museum" & "State Museum"
Went on the "White Pass & Yukon" train excursion. One of the "wonders of the world"
Went to Skagway "Days of 98" Show
       
Whitehorse July 14, 2005 Photos
Stayed at "Pioneer RV Park" - WIFI - RV Wash - Fueled up there
       
Watson Lake July 15, 2005 Photos
Stayed at "Downtown RV Park" Mile 635 - 10 amps - Fueled up there
Final Banquet
       
Took The "Cassiar Highway 37" to Jasper NP. on our own
See "CANADA - July 19, 2005" for continuation of our trip
See "Back in the USA August 2005" after we left Canada
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