Great Alaska Adventure Wrap-Up
What a Great Ride!
|M Back Home in Our Garage, with Her Friend the Old Brown Audi|
With M back home in the garage, Bob and Lisa rested up a bit from the final days of hard driving, the mail opened, the mountains of laundry started, and a significant dent made in the unpacking, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on the totality of our Great Alaska Adventure.
Let's begin with some stats:
- Trip Duration: 78 Days
- Start Date: 7/28/17
- End Date: 10/13/17
- Total Miles Driven: 9,179
- Starting Mileage: 17,372
- Ending Mileage: 26,551
- Ferry Miles: About 800-- where M got to ride.
- 46 Stops for Gas
- Cheapest Premium Gas: Laramie, WY at the start of the trip--$2.599
- Most Expensive Gas: Whitehorse, YT Canada-- $1.98 Canadian/Litre-- That's $7.50/gallon Canadian, or about $6 US / gallon.
- Cheapest Gas in Alaska: Palmer at $2.769
- Average MPG-- 27-- not bad, considering all those horrid roads in Canada.
- We stayed in 27 different places
- The Best: The gorgeous house in Gig Harbor closely followed by the caboose in Sequim
- The Worst: Definitely the Super 8 in Fort, St. John YT, Canada
- Rock Climbing in Banff
- The motorcycle side-car ride in Jasper
- Visiting the Musk Oxen farm in Palmer, AK
- A helicopter ride with glacier landing, and clomping around in clamp-ons on the glacier near Palmer
- Sidling up to a whale in a 30 foot boat in Seward
- Watching the sunrise from bed in our windowed bedroom in Gig Harbor
- Driving the road from Haines Junction to Haines (Lisa)
- Visiting BOTH LeMay car museums (Bob)
- GoPro: A great way to make you feel like you are in our back seat.
- Hiking Boots: We needed them far more often than we thought!
- The Alaska Coupon Book (Cost $70-- saved over $500!)
- The Yeti Cooler & Mug-- expensive and worth every penny!
- Our own frying pan and sharp knife.
- Phones & Tablet with an unlimited data plan-- even in Canada. Frequent use of Google Maps & Trip Advisor saved many a day.
- A Gallon of Windshield Wiper Fluid
- A Chess Set (in a long box)
- Rain Ponchos
- Big Box of GoPro accessories (we only needed the dash mount & wrist strap)
- Heavy long-sleeve shirts and sweaters and heavy winter coats. (Alaska wasn't nearly as cold as we feared.)