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We started our day at 730, after having breakfast at the hotel. While we were getting ready to leave I happen to notice this pair of elderly ladies ( I would say 70's) getting into a red cadillac wagon. One of them was dressed in jeans, black t-shirt, jean vest w/pins and patten leather shoes. The other was dressed in an L.L. Bean style road traveling outfit. I found them interesting and didn't realize at that point we would meet them later down the road.
Off we went heading to the northern rockies. While there we had a day of discovery channel animal parade. The first we saw was a Moose w/her calf crossing the road. We actually had to put on the breaks in order not to hit them
At Muncho Lake where the water is as blue as Caribean water we stopped at a rest area and met up with the ladies we had seen eariler. They were taking a driving break and having a snack. The lady in the jeans turned out to be Bev and the other lady was Helen. They were taking break before pushing on. They ended up being from California and were on their way for an Alaskan "tour". They were heading to Fairbanks first and then around the state. There were many times we say them only the way were Bev was driving and Helen was trying to take pictures out the window
We made it to Fort Wayne by 4:00 in the afternoon and decided at that point to continue on. It looked like on the map we only had another 250 miles to go and would be no problem. Once we got past Fort Wayne by 100 miles the road turned bad. The Yukon lived up to its reputation of horrible roads. You would hit a pot hole and the road would dip at the same time. I think I now understand what it must have been to ride in a wagon out west. We traveled through the night because any Inn/Hotel we saw was closed and/or abandoned, we had no choice but to carry on. We stopped at a rest stop outside of the Canada/Alaska boarder for some sleep in the car. We woke up 1.5 hrs later to a bunch of French Canadians walking past our SUV and looking in. Needless to say we didn't get back to sleep
When we first entered Alaska the scenery was not to exciting. It was a lot of scrub brush and construction. Then the scenery started to change to aspen, and pine. The elevation continued to increase and we could start to see lakes and other mountains. Then we came upon Matanuska glacier. WOW!!! There is nothing like seeing your first glacier in person. The age of the ice and the fact it is 18,000 old and I get to see it in person is breath-taking. This is a moment to appreciate in life. Not everybody gets this chance. It may be there for everybody by not everybody will grasp the opportunity or look for the opportunity to get there. I feel blessed.
We then continued on down the outside of the Chugach Moutains. The road was curvey and steep. A last bit of thrill before we finished out trip to Anchorage AK.
We happily arrived at Jason's apartment without any issues or problems. No broken windshields or blown tires. Basically the trip was Awesome!! It was 4188 miles tolls and gas came to $740.00. All done in 9 days. I would happily do it again, especially with my Dad.