25 Sep 2022, 07:00

Alaska
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Planning to drive to Alaska Summer 2023

Robyn and I are planning a trip to Alaska for the summer of 2023. Although we are initially leaving from Inverness Florida we are meeting up with others and doing the detailed planning starting in Spokane WA on the morning of June 15th 2023.

This will take 39 days (about 6 weeks) and cover ~7,000 miles.

Segment 1 - 8 days - Canada National Parks - Banff, Jasper
Day Date Leave Arrive Hours RideWithGPS Notes
Day 01 15-Jun
Thursday
Spokane WA Radium Hot Springs BC 5.0   RidgeView Resort RV Park
Day 02 16-Jun
Friday
Radium Hot Springs BC Banff National Park BC 1.5   Slow drive through mountains
Check into Bnaff National Park
Electric, Water, Dump Station, Laundry, Grocery
Day 03 17-Jun
Saturday
        Sightsee Bnaff
Day 04 18-Jun
Sunday
        Sightsee Bnaff
Day 05 19-Jun
Monday
Banff National Park BC Jasper National Park BC 3.5   Slow drive through mountains
Check into Jasper
Electric, Water, Dump Station, Laundry, Grocery
Day 06 20-Jun
Tuesday
        Sightsee Jasper
Day 07 21-Jun
Wednesday
Jasper National Park BC Robson River Campground BC 1.3   Slow drive through mountains
Check into Robson River Campground BC
Electric, Water, Dump Station
Day 08 22-Jun
Thursday
        Rest day Robson River Campground
 
Segment 2 - 7 days - Alaskan Hwy Dawson Creek to Whitehorse then Klondike Hwy to Dawson City
Day Date Leave Arrive Hours RideWithGPS Notes
Day 09 23-Jun
Friday
Robson River Campground BC Prince George BC 3.0    
Day 10 24-Jun
Saturday
Prince George BC Dawson Creek BC 4.3    
Day 11 25-Jun
Sunday
Dawson Creek BC Fort Nelson BC 4.7   Start of Alaskan Hwy
Day 12 26-Jun
Monday
Fort Nelson BC Watson Lake BC 6.2    
Day 13 27-Jun
Tuesday
Watson Lake BC Whitehorse YK 4.8    
Day 14 28-Jun
Wednesday
Whitehorse YK Stewart Crossing YK 3.7   Leave Alaskan Hwy, take Klondike Hwy north towards Dawson City
Day 15 29-Jun
Thursday
Stewart Crossing YK Dawson City YK 2.2    
 
Segment 3 - 8 days - Dempster Hwy to Arctic Ocean and back
Day Date Leave Arrive Hours RideWithGPS Notes
Day 15 30-Jun
Friday
Dawson City YK Eagle Plains YK 5.0   Dempster Hwy north
Day 16 1-Jul
Saturday
Eagle Plains YK Inuvik NT 5.5    
Day 17 2-Jul
Sunday
Inuvik NT Tuktoyatuk NT 2.5   Camp on Arctic Ocean
Day 18 3-Jul
Monday
        Weather permitting - Rest day on Arctic Ocean
Day 19 4-Jul
Tuesday
Tuktoyatuk NT Fort McPherson NT 4.7    
Day 20 5-Jul
Wednesday
Fort McPherson NT Eagle Plains YK 4.7    
Day 21 6-Jul
Thursday
Eagle Plains YK Dawson City YK 5.0    
Day 22 7-Jul
Friday
        Rest day at Dawson City YK
 
Segment 4 - 4 days - Top of World Hwy, Chicken, Tok, Valdez, Ferry, Whittier
Day Date Leave Arrive Hours RideWithGPS Notes
Day 23 8-Jul
Saturday
Dawson City YK Tok AK 5.0   Top of World Hwy
Day 24 9-Jul
Sunday
Tok AK Valdez AK 4.5    
Day 25 10-Jul
Monday
  Valdez AK     Rest day at Valdez AK
Day 26 11-Jul
Tuesday
Valdez AK Whittier AK     Ferry Ride
Leave 11am - Arrive 4:45pm
~6 hours
$201 for 20" Truck Camper
 
Segment 5 - 6 days - Whittier, Homer, Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Tok
Day Date Leave Arrive Hours RideWithGPS Notes
Day 27 12-Jul
Wednesday
Whittier AK Homer AK 3.5   Train Tunnel
Day 28 13-Jul
Thursday
Homer AK Anchorage AK 4.2    
Day 29 14-Jul
Friday
Anchorage AK Denali National Park AK 4.2    
Day 30 15-Jul
Saturday
        Rest day at Denali National Park AK
Day 31 16-Jul
Sunday
Denali National Park AK Fairbanks AK 2.3    
Day 32 17-Jul
Monday
Fairbanks AK Tok AK 3.3    
 
Segment 6 - 7 days - Alaskan Hwy, Stewart-Cassiar Hwy, to Prince George BC
Day Date Leave Arrive Hours RideWithGPS Notes
Day 33 18-Jul
Tuesday
Tok AK Destruction Bay YK 4.5   Alaskan Hwy
Day 34 19-Jul
Wednesday
Destruction Bay YK Whitehorse YK 3.0   Alaskan Hwy
Day 35 20-Jul
Thursday
Whitehorse YK Watson Lake BC 4.8   Alaskan Hwy
Day 36 21-Jul
Friday
Watson Lake BC Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park BC 5.0   Stewart-Cassiar Hwy
Day 37 22-Jul
Saturday
Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park BC New Hazelton BC 4.5   Stewart-Cassiar Hwy
Day 38 23-Jul
Sunday
New Hazelton BC Prince George BC 5.0   Yellowhead Hwy
Day 39 24-Jul
Monday
Prince George BC       Robyn & Liz leave group - 18 hrs to Boise ID
12 hours drive to Spokane WA
13 hours drive to Portland OR

06 Jul 2021, 10:15

Sunrise Mackinac Island

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This photo was taken facing East on Tuesday, July 6th 2021 at 6:12am EDT. bordered


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17 Jun 2021, 18:02

Fork! Restaurant for lunch

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17 Jun 2021, 13:00

Sunrise over the Biose Idaho State Capital

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16 Jun 2021, 18:18

White Dog Brewing Co

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15 Jun 2021, 22:02

Santa Fe NM to Boise ID

KSAF-KBOI

Santa Fe NM to Boise ID, a little over 800 miles at 16,000 feet. Towards the end of the flight there were front quarting winds of 54 knots which slows down a 200 knot cruise a little bit.

ATC (Air Traffic Control) brought us in very high, over 11,000 feet, with about 15 miles to the airport. Boise is at 4,000 feet above sea level so we had to lose 7,000 in 15 miles while travelling about 200 miles per hour. This means we had about 4 minutes to drop 7,000 feet, or about 1,700 feet per minute for what seemed a very long time.

Fortunately we were straight in runway 28L cleared to land.

Slow the airplane down to under 117 knots, flaps full, speed brakes up, point the airplane nose down aiming to be at 500 feet at just about the short final distance to the runway. In this configuration the airplane speed never increases above 100 knots so that once you get to short final height you can level out and make a normal landing.

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The day was beautiful with many scenic sights along the way.


Duchesne River Canyon near Myton UT.

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Random moutain ridge with snow near Kamas UT.

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All the ski resorts near Park City UT.

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The Great Salt Lake.

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14 Jun 2021, 19:45

Gin and Tonic, cucumber infused!

Had a late lunch at a Mediterranean place in Santa Fe NM - La Casa Sena - just off the main square. The food was excellent and the drinks were fantastic!

Cumber Gin & Tonic

  • Aviator’s Gin
  • Fever-Tree Cucumber Tonic Water
  • Very thin slice of cucumber for looks
  • Lots of ice
  • Pretty glass (Ridel!)

Elderflower Gin & Tonic

  • Aviator’s Gin
  • Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic Water
  • Edible flowers on top
  • Lots of ice
  • Pretty glass (Ridel!)

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14 Jun 2021, 14:39

Getting my fill of green chili this week!

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13 Jun 2021, 22:02

Santa Fe NM - Great Food!

Last few days Robyn and I have revisited all the great food places we’ve eaten at before (plus a few more).

We found a great little new place to sit, relax, and have a glass of wine - Herves.

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It was unusally hot for Santa Fe and Herves had semi-indoor seating in the shade with pretty good wine. We ordered Bruschetta. Robyn’s was with hummus, sun dried tomatoes and red peppers. My was salmon and green chili cream topped with dried capers. Both were pretty yummy.

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Here is a closeup of the Bruschetta with hummus, sun dried tomatoes and red peppers. I definitely need to try and recreate this when we get back to Florida.

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11 Jun 2021, 22:04

Santa Fe NM! Coyote Cafe.

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