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Day 23: Around Palmer

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Musk Ox, Veggies, and M Gets Yet Another Bath

We slept in this morning, and then headed out to explore a bit of Palmer. The day was cool and overcast, but the views from the road into town were still spectacular.  Here's one:



And, here's a similar shot with a bit of Photoshop Magic applied:


Our first stop was the Palmer Farmer's Market-- which was quite the disappointment.  Only two vendors selling actual vegetables-- and selling them as if they were worth their weight in gold.  I picked up a nice looking purple cauliflower-- but I'm not sure who would pay $5 for a baseball sized zucchini (everyone knows the big ones are not only impossible to give away, but also aren't as tasty).

After that stop, we headed off to give M a much needed (and deserved) bath. Here is Bob, once again manning the hose while I stayed dry inside.


M happy, it was time to make Lisa happy-- so we headed off in search of a farm stand.  We began with the "farm loop" but only came across on…

Day 21: Tok to Palmer

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We Finally Hit Scenery-- and I mean SCENERY!


We began the day in Tok, AK and headed down Alaska Route 1 towards Palmer, AK which will be our home base for the next 6 days.  We are within driving distance of Anchorage and Wasilla (home of a large transportation museum, and I think some kind of famous ex-politician).

But, the real story today is the drive-- we spent most of the day doing it and the scenery kept getting better and better as we progressed.  Today's video is a bit long, but you should just see everything that ended up on the cutting room floor.






The main picture is a closeup of a glacier.  We took it from a scenic overlook along Route 1, along with the one of Lisa and M below. (Yes, she still very much needs another bath.)



You'll recognize these from the video-- here are several views of the mountain in the cloud:


When we got to Palmer we made a stop at the grocery store for some staples, though we do plan to hit the farmer's market and farm stands tomorrow to hopefu…

Day 20: Alaska At Last!

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Almost Beaver Creek, YT to Tok Alaska

After 20 days of travel (with some stops along the way of course) we finally made it to Alaska.  As shown above on M's Trip Computer that is: 77 hours and 46 minutes of driving, 3782 miles driven at an overall average speed of 50.5 mph (No, I don't care what that is in Kilometers--back in the USA!), and most impressive, even with all the bad roads and construction, better than 28 mpg on average.  Go M!

The last stretch of the Alaska Highway in Canada was by far the worst-- huge frost heaves, giant potholes, and tons of loose gravel-- to say nothing of one lane construction zones without any flaggers at all. (I guess they are so polite in Canada that for short zones they figure you can just handle it yourself.)

We we also surprised that the Canadian border on the Alcan Highway (aka Alaska Highway) was about 20 miles away from the US border-- not sure if we were in Canada or no mans land, but from the state of the roads, we were in no one cares…

Day 19 Redux: Whitehorse to Almost Beaver Creek

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A Second Try at the Day 19 Post --With Pictures
(Slightly better bandwidth)
This is the post that was supposed to go up for Day 19.  I have a bit betrer bandwidth today (still not enough for video), so here is the full commentary with pictures.
Day 19 was a driving day with a few stops thrown in along the way.  As you can see from the main picture, the roads were gravel laden, dusty, and under construction for the last leg of the trip.
We took some great video along the road, but unfortunately our stop tonight—the Discovery Yukon Lodgings—had only very weak wi-fi, and we have no cell signal at all—nothing, nada, dead. 
We began our day at our little cabin, and then hit the Alaska Highway again bound for the border.  We hit our first sign for Fairbanks this morning (though we won’t actually be heading there until the end of our Alaska time) and knew we were firmly on our way.


Driving this leg of the Alaska Highway still provided some great scenery.  Here are a few snips:




Our first stop was a…

Day 19: Whitehorse to Almost Beaver Creek

Alaska or BustNO PICTURES TODAY-- INTERNET CAN BARELY HANDLE TEXT!

I'LL UPDATE WITH PICTURES TOMORROW.

Today was a driving day with a few stops thrown in along the way.  As you can see from the main picture, the roads were gravel laden, dusty, and under construction for the last leg of the trip.
We took some great video along the road, but unfortunately our stop tonight—the Discovery Yukon Lodgings—has only very weak wi-fi (which as I write this is down, so hopefully they get it working soon), and we have no cell signal at all—nothing, nada, dead.  So, you’ll get some stills but not moving pictures today.  (I’ll try to fit some of today’s video into another post later on down the line.) We began our day at our little cabin, and then hit the Alaska Highway again bound for the border.  
We hit our first sign for Fairbanks this morning (though we won’t actually be heading there until the end of our Alaska time) and knew we were firmly on our way.
Driving this leg of the Alaska Highway stil…

Day 18: We Rested on the 18th Day Too

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M Stays Put and Bob & Lisa Go Down To The River

The lead-off picture for today's post was actually taken last evening from the kitchen window of our diminutive cabin as the sun was just starting to go down over the mountains. (Gene-- this one's for you!)  It is a nice little place to take a few days of downtime.

Today we slept in, had a late breakfast, and then decided to take the path down to the Yukon River.  It actually wasn't so much of a path as a gravel road that turned into a very deeply rutted dirt road (Lisa's kind of hike).   We even donned our hiking boots for this one (though sorry to report we forgot to take the feet shot).

Here are some pictures from the end of the road:








And of course, the post wouldn't be complete without a shot of Bob touching water.  This time it is the real Yukon River.


That storm we saw never did come or way.  We had a nice walk back, ate some lunch, and are just hanging around reading and relaxing for the rest of the day (hence t…

Day 17: Out & About in Whitehorse

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A Ship, Two Museums, Four Galleries, a Goldsmith, a Bookstore, and M Gets Another Bath
Doesn't M look happy, bright, and shiny in the picture above? That's because she got another bath today-- courtesy of Bob and a Looney car wash. (That's a quarter car wash to all of you in the US-- but this one liked Canadian dollar coins.)
Here's Bob doing all the work while I sit comfortably (and dry) inside M.


M taken care of, we began a day of sightseeing in Whitehorse.  The town isn't very big, but there were some fun places to visit.
We began at the S.S. Klondike, "the largest sternwheeler on the upper Yukon River and the flagship fo the British Yukon Navigation Company fleet." (Thank you Uncle Bob for the self-guided tour pamphlet, so we didn't have to pay $2 to get our own.)
The boat exhibits were being renovated, so we didn't get to see all of it.  But here are some highlights of what we could access.
This is a picture of the sternwheeler's boiler-- for B…