Back to Alaska!

Trip Start Jun 15, 2012
Trip End Jul 02, 2012

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

I got up a little early (as usual), and hit the showers before the rest of the campground.  Came back and cut up all of the fruit we had to make a fresh fruit salad for us: strawberries, kiwis, bananas, and oranges.  The kids seem to like most of it (Olivia did not care for Kiwi - not sure why, it was very sweet!).  We packed up and hit the road towards Tok, Alaska; about 400 miles or so.  The drive started off good, and then took a turn for the worse.  Not so much a turn as much as the entire roadway for about 125 miles to the USA border.  The road was riddled with pot holes, gravel covered resurfacing, big swells up and down, and active construction.  We averaged about 40-45 mph the entire way.  It was by far the worse experience on the road I have ever had...we all started to feel a little nautious along the way. 

All of that aside, the views were beautiful as always and We eventually made it to the border.  All went well until she asked me about fruit - yep, they had to confiscate two (2) oranges from me because they could possible contain the "citrus kanker virus".  I have no idea what this is, but I gave them the fruit and we were on our way towards Tok.

It was amazing to see the instant difference in the road conditions between Canada and USA/Alaska.  The last 125 miles were enough to make me never want to return to Canada.  Trust me, it was bad...really bad.

Once we got closer to Tok, Lauren dug through the Good Sam catalog for a campground and we settled on the Sourdough Campground.  The owners are very nice, and even invited the kids to a sourdough pancake toss contest.  Can you guess who won?  Yep, Lauren did!  She was one of about 5 people who managed to land a pancake into the bucket.  In return, she gets a free pancake and reindeer sausage breakfast tomorrow (yep, its true we eat reindeer here otherwise known as Caribou in the free world).  We came back to the camper to celebrate her victory with a pizza dinner - frozen Delissioso pizza from Canada (identical to a DiGiorno but different name for some reason).  For those of you that have never cooked in a camper gas fired oven, well lets just say its an art to render something edible.  The pizza came out near perfect (if I dont say so myself).

Tomorrow, we will be sleeping in our comfortable beds of Anchorage.  We have about 6 hours of driving tomorrow but it should go quickly since its the last of over 100 hours of driving.  Kristine was a little surprised that we would be home so soon.  I think she thought we had 1 or 2 more days to go.  But regardless, she is excited to see all of us.

Anchorage here we come!

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aunt rose on

glad you guys have made it almost home. sounds like you had a great journey with a few bumps along the way. we all kind of figured you were almost home. been waiting to hear from you. I couldnt sleep so got up to check facebook. its almost 3am here. july 2 take care.

Mom on

I'm glad you are almost home. It certainly has been a long haul. This may be the last big thing you ever do with the girls. It will be remembered forever. It is still in the 90's here and very humid. Can hardly stand to be outdoors. No rain yet.

jane & jerry on

Must feel great being in that final strech. Sounds like you are seeing a lot of beautiful country. You wont forget this trip. Do you miss the 90 degree weather here? I think not.

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