Big Trees And A Canyon

On Monday (March 18th), we left Ridgecrest, CA and drove west on Hwy 178 across the southern Sierra Nevada mountains.  The road curved through narrow canyons that followed clear mountain streams.  We also drove through high altitude meadows with abundant wildflowers.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with temps in the 60’s. Perfect for taking […]

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Death Valley

On Thursday (March 14th), we left Holbrook, AZ and drove west across the northern Arizona, toward our next major detination: Death Valley National Park.  But, first we had to stop at Winslow, AZ so Steve could get some selfies at the famous Standing On The Corner Park. The lyrics to the Eagles first hit, “Take

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The Journey West

We departed from Wisconsin on Saturday, March 9th to start our Spring 2024 road trip.  We plan to visit 9 different National Parks in Arizona, California and Texas over the next 5 weeks.  Then, near the end of the trip, we will experience the Solar Eclipse in Eagle Pass, TX.  First, we need to spend

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The Drive Home

We left Stewart, BC on Saturday (8/5) and headed back to the Stewart-Cassiar highway.  We stopped in the tiny town of Gitanyow to see their famous totem poles.  The museum was closed, unfortunately.  Not much going on here, but it was still interesting to see the totems and it was good to stretch our legs.

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Stewart and Hyder

Wednesday (8/2) we left the Watson Lake area and traveled south on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.  There are two main routes to travel from the lower 48 states through Canada to Alaska and back.  The most popular route is the Alaska Highway (this is the route we used going north in June).  The other popular route

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We took the Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry from Haines to Skagway on Friday (7/28).  The weather was beautiful. We enjoyed the views during the one-hour ride up the Chilkoot Inlet.  The ferry is by far the easiest way to travel between these two cities.  The distance by sea is only 20 miles but you

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After leaving Valdez, our next destination was Haines, Alaska.  To get there, you have to exit Alaska and drive through Canada to reach this Southeastern coastal town.  Mountain ranges prevent a more direct route.  So, we headed back north to the Alaska Highway and then around the two National Parks that encompass these mountain ranges

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Wednesday morning (7/19) we went to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center to learn more about the largest National Park in the USA.  Did you know that Wrangell-St. Elias is six times larger than Yellowstone?  The park is larger than Switzerland, and with higher mountains.  Wrangell-St. Elias National Park borders Kluane National Park in

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Lots of Rain

Sunday morning (7/16) we woke up to lots of rain at the Russian River Campground in Cooper Landing, an outstanding spot at the confluence of the Kenai and Russian Rivers.  This world-class fishing area is known for salmon runs and bears. It was one of the prettiest campgrounds we’ve been to so far, with large,

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On Wednesday morning (7/12), we stayed in Seward long enough to do laundry and to enjoy a surprisingly tasty lunch at The Highliner Restaurant, where we had some of the best Halibut so far on this trip.  We headed out of town early afternoon and drove across the top of the Kenai Peninsula to the

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