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Old 08-14-2022, 04:42 PM   #1
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Escaping to Alaska 2022

Ilse and I took our 2018 19'er from Colorado up to Fairbanks and back this spring-summer. 9 weeks. 8,000 miles.

Here's a short video of our trip.

www.tinyurl.com/EscapingToAlaska2022
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Old 08-14-2022, 06:48 PM   #2
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Did you take the ferry for the initial part to shorten the distance? We have been to Alaska but have never driven. So, don’t know the route options and their trade offs.
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Old 08-14-2022, 07:06 PM   #3
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We took the ferry up from Bellingham to Haines for two reasons: 1. We’ve driven up to Whitehorse before, so we had already experienced the southern part of the Alaska Highway & the Cassiar. We’ve also been up to mid-BC on another trip too. So didn’t need to do it all again. 2. When we made the ferry reservations we felt that because this would be the first season in three that the Canadians would let us tourists in, they’d be a lot of RV’ers heading north. So we wanted to get up there ahead of the crowd. What we didn’t plan for was the “Ukrainian premium” in fuel prices which I feel might have actually decreased the number of travelers. We had no problem finding sites at RV parks, etc. Things were not busy.
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Old 08-14-2022, 10:46 PM   #4
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Thanks Greg! Understood. Excellent trip!
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Old 08-15-2022, 07:39 AM   #5
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Thanks for posting! Wonderful video and memories! We hope to get that way some day.
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Old 08-15-2022, 08:49 AM   #6
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Excellent video thank you. What were the temperature ranges in Alaska n the Yukon
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Old 08-15-2022, 08:50 AM   #7
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Thanks for posting! Wonderful video and memories! We hope to get that way some day.
Have you given serious thought when you might make this trip we’re looking into it and it would be great to have traveling buddies
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Old 08-15-2022, 02:09 PM   #8
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Excellent video thank you. What were the temperature ranges in Alaska n the Yukon
Well… As you can see in the video, we had snow our first night in Colorado. But the temperatures in Alaska and northern Canada were fine. Maybe mid=50’s to mid-80’s
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Old 08-15-2022, 02:13 PM   #9
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Have you given serious thought when you might make this trip we’re looking into it and it would be great to have traveling buddies
We drove up to Whitehorse in 2010 with a fiberglass trailer caravan. About a dozen trailers. No rules. No wagonboss. A loose conglomerate. Folks could and did what they wanted. So we loosely stuck together. It worked out great. I’d do it again.
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Wonderful video of the trip -- so good!!
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Old 08-20-2022, 01:06 AM   #11
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I moved to Alaska 50 years ago, for the rest of my life or a year or two which ever came first

I just returned from my 50 year anniversary trip to the old homestead. We drove to Tok Jct and then South. All of the RV parks were empty. I was dumbfounded and my Brother who remained in Alaska all these years was also surprised.

We are planning a trip with the E19 next year. I've wondered if there is any parity with the cost of driving and the ferry? I took the ferry back in 75 and it was a marvelous ride. If you can, I'd recommend it.

Thanks for sharing your video.
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I moved to Alaska 50 years ago, for the rest of my life or a year or two which ever came first

I just returned from my 50 year anniversary trip to the old homestead. We drove to Tok Jct and then South. All of the RV parks were empty. I was dumbfounded and my Brother who remained in Alaska all these years was also surprised.

We are planning a trip with the E19 next year. I've wondered if there is any parity with the cost of driving and the ferry? I took the ferry back in 75 and it was a marvelous ride. If you can, I'd recommend it.

Thanks for sharing your video.
There was no parity in the cost of the ferry vs fuel. It was much more expensive taking the ferry. But well worth the differential! (We love ferries and trains!)
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Old 08-20-2022, 08:27 PM   #13
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Great video. Funny to see a familiar cabin in the middle! And the music was very relaxing. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-24-2022, 11:22 AM   #14
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It's been quiet here the last few summers because of the pandemic. Few tourists and few cruise ships. Very noticeable in Anchorage It picked up some this summer but not that much. It's actually a great time to visit Alaska.
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If you have the time and haven’t driven it before, I would definitely drive. I’ve taken the ferry once and I’ve driven five times.

BTW, the ferry isn’t 100% inland passage. If you are subject to seasickness, you will know. I won’t do it again.

There is a lot to see on the drive, Liard Hot Springs for one. I routed through Elk Island Provincial park too. Other trips I’ve gone through Banff and Waterton Provincial park. Cassiar highway is more scenic than the main Alcan.
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Old 08-24-2022, 11:46 AM   #16
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BTW, the ferry isn’t 100% inland passage. If you are subject to seasickness, you will know. I won’t do it again.
Are you talking about Haines to Prince Rupert or all the way to Seattle?

The ferry really is the only option, at least on one trip to visit all the cities that can one be reached by water.

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Old 08-24-2022, 11:47 AM   #17
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That's a super video! And the music from Greg is a perfect fit. Looks like you had a great trip!
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We just got back. Banff, Jasper, Alcan, Tok, Valdez, Whittier, Seward, Homer, Soldotna, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Cassier Hwy, Hyder Ak, Washington State, back to Ohio last week. Total 11,000 miles, 13 mpg with Silverado and 21. Two spare cans of gas and double spare tires unused. Alcan around Canadian border was pretty rough, Cassier not bad but still cleaning chip and seal tar off the rig. A little chipping on low part of awning arms and oven door knocked off on Alcan. Bungee and screw eyes added in Tok to keep door secure. Once in a lifetime for us. Escape performed with no problems.
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Old 08-24-2022, 12:04 PM   #20
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I drove back to Alaska with my brother after picking up my trailer in May. We did the Cassier and the Al-Can. Good, smooth trip but not much taking photos as my brother likes to keep goin'. Not any damage except for one broken cabinet hinge. The frost heaves and pot holes near the Alaska border were a bit intense. All in all, a good trip. The best part? My brother had me in hysterics. He's just funny.
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