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Old 07-16-2015, 01:08 PM   #11
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Prince Rupert to Prince George and you didn't even stop in Terrace we we could buy you a coffee ?!?

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Oh man, I missed a free coffee, I could have used one about then. That early morning arrival in Prince Rupert is brutal.

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Old 07-16-2015, 01:15 PM   #12
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Was that the North Denali rest area in the state park? If so, I stayed there for free one night. The camp host site was empty so I volunteered to be camp host for a free night. Of course, the state wasn't in on it, but I'm sure they would've been happy to have that volunteer position filled for the night.
No, it was the one just out of the park to the South right on the river. I tried the same thing in the park. The second host site was unoccupied. I almost got permission but in the end officialdom ruled. I did get the second host site in Kodachrome Basin last year. So it never hurts to ask or in your case, fill a need.

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Old 07-16-2015, 01:44 PM   #13
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LOL

BTW, I actually am a camp host in SE Utah, but not Kodachrome. PM me if you ever get down this way and I'll be sure you get a good site.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:03 PM   #14
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Post 3: Alaska State Ferries

Two reasons for taking the ferry part of the way back are; it cuts down on driving and most importantly, it's the only way to see all the panhandle places. A little spendy, escpcially with the trailer, but it was worth it to us.

The first shock was the age of the ferries. 1960's, about what I'd expect in third world countries. It wasn't just the age that got my attention it was the fact that it wasn't ro-ro. The doors were on the sides near the bow. As soon as I saw that I immediately wondered how loading would go. Did we have to go on the ferry and turn around? Did we have to back off?

We were almost the first ones to line up but since we were getting off at the first stop, Juneau, I wasn't surprised when some other rows started loading first. What a gong show. Departure time came and went. Vehicles inched down the ramp often coming to a dead stop for several minutes. Then it got to be only us left in the parking lot The loading guy said that they'd overbooked but not to worry, they'd get us on. What we're going to do he said is have you drive straight on and since you're first off we'll open the door on the other side and you can drive straight off.

On I went. Didn't look like enough room for me but they started yelling for me to keep coming. Then, since the trailer wasn't off the ramp yet to turn and go forward some more. I watched as the rear trailer wheel dropped a few inches off the ramp onto the deck just as I couldn't move even another inch forward Now we had a Chinese finger trap. I couldn't go forward and the overhang of the trailer was still over the ramp and they couldn't raise the ramp.

Well, on came the PA calling drivers to return to the vehicle deck, cars were moved and I finally could move a couple of feet forward and they could lift up the ramp and close the large door.

When we arrived in Juneau there wasn't any "you can just drive straight ahead off the boat". Because I was now at 45* to the trailer and not pointed at the door I couldn't just drive forward. My way was blocked ahead. So they opened the door I'd boarded on, lowered the safety chain and asked me to back up. I watched as my rear wheels got closer and closer to the drop off to the water. When I couldn't go even an inch closer to the drop off I managed to go forward and work my way out.

Well, it was an experience

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Old 07-16-2015, 10:08 PM   #15
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Blackball does the same (side doors). Its a hoot ain't it?
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:02 PM   #16
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Potholes and punctured tires, aside, or inching near deep black waters at the ferry's edge or plowing through wet road tar, an amazing trip
Ron, even if you never got stuck in the perma-frost or had to shoo away griz from the 19 with a fry-pan. Tell us more!
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:40 AM   #17
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Backing out of a ferry would scare the hell out of me
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:53 AM   #18
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Sounds like fun, Ron. They did get you there, and that is the main concern.

Curious as to how the rest of the ferrying went. What kind of costs did you incur? I definitely hope to do this route back south some day. Juneau was nice, but I really liked Sitka.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:12 AM   #19
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Thanks so much for this narrative.

I really enjoyed reading about your adventures. I am not sure I could do what you did to get on and off the ferry!
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Sounds like fun...

Curious as to how the rest of the ferrying went. What kind of costs did you incur? I definitely hope to do this route back south some day.
Me too. Also did you have to make reservations for ferry? How did that go? Our target is for 2017!
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