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Old 10-31-2019, 12:33 PM   #21
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Wow !!! What a fantastic trip. It is definitely on our bucket list but we have had a few doubts about the whole experience. Hearing and seeing your success we definitely have a new goal.

Yes, you can do it; just relax and take your time. We even bonded with the Alaska Pipeline!

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Old 10-31-2019, 12:46 PM   #22
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Wow just Wow what an epic trip! And inspiration!
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Old 10-31-2019, 12:52 PM   #23
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Hola Mike,

We were in Montana around May 12th and entered Alaska at the northernmost border crossing into Alaska on June 13th, so it was about a month...BUT...
-we spent time near Coeur d’Alene, ID
-we stayed a week in Osoyoos
-we stayed a few days in Jasper NP
-we tootled along at a very slow pace

Your results may vary.

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I was going to say, Fred was at the Osoyoos Rally in late May as we helped weigh Myron's tongue on his E19. So basically it was about 2.5 weeks after that to Alaska.
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:19 PM   #24
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fred, we're grateful you made it back to your home area safely... we enjoyed meeting you and dora at tok,kluane,haines jct.,and quesnel. decided we needed a companion on our trips, so we adopted the brother of flaco...called "carlos slim". hope you don't mind. take good care...hope to see you again down-the-road...frank and Karen gunderson of Wrangell,alaska for now
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:30 PM   #25
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I have really enjoyed watching Dora and your accounts and photos of your trip on Facebook. I so want to do this trip, it has been on the bucket list for a long time now.

Jim, the key is not to rush everywhere. We kept running into folks that flew into Alaska, rented an RV for 10 days and were scurrying to get to the next destination.

“Nice and easy boys...nice and easy...”

Wished we could have stayed longer to witness the beautiful Northern Lights. We just caught a small glimpse of them, and loved them.

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Old 10-31-2019, 02:28 PM   #26
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Jim, the key is not to rush everywhere. We kept running into folks that flew into Alaska, rented an RV for 10 days and were scurrying to get to the next destination.

It's a hoot. They race through "Beautiful BC" to get to Alaska.
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:32 PM   #27
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We may be heading back to AK for a second time summer 2020, just to many things we missed the first time around, only 30 days in the state, not long enough.

I agree. We still missed so many things and hope to return soon for round two.


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Old 10-31-2019, 02:41 PM   #28
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It's a hoot. They race through "Beautiful BC" to get to Alaska.

I can’t imagine passing through such a beautiful province as BC. We spent quite a bit of time there, as well as the Yukon Territory.

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Just a FYI for those considering an "Alaska Trip". Come one come all but I have a heads up: Our Draconian Governor chopped off 80% of the Alaska Ferry budget, severely impacting ferry service in Southeast Alaska. Some communities aren't getting ferry service until Spring. None of these island communities have road service and many do not have an airport. Thank goodness for float planes!

Stay tuned though as in a week the primary results of a recall petition for our Governor should be announced.

One nice way to see Alaska is to drive north and then when time comes, ferry south …. or the reverse direction. Southeast Alaska, where the ferries go has some wonderful scenery. Recommend making reservations (if you can) just after the first of the year. The Ferries will run the summer of 2020 (I'm sure) but could be at reduced sailings …. making it even harder to get a spot onboard. Early bird ya know - if they aren't taking reservations, keep trying.
www.ferryalaska.com

Should the Ferries not work out, there is a road for interior travel and as Red Dog illustrates, a very fine trip!

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fred, we're grateful you made it back to your home area safely... we enjoyed meeting you and dora at tok,kluane,haines jct.,and quesnel. decided we needed a companion on our trips, so we adopted the brother of flaco...called "carlos slim". hope you don't mind. take good care...hope to see you again down-the-road...frank and Karen gunderson of Wrangell,alaska for now


“Carlos Slim”...Whua-Ha-Ha!!!

It was a hoot too meet you two as well...it must have been fate. We kept running into each other and we loved every minute of it!

(Dang! Photo won’t load...it must be my ugly mug!)

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Old 10-31-2019, 03:22 PM   #31
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Should the Ferries not work out, there is a road for interior travel and as Red Dog illustrates, a very fine trip!Tom

This summer, we saw some some folks impacted by the ferry strike. Yikes.

Still, I am ready to go back!

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Old 10-31-2019, 03:30 PM   #32
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Wow just Wow what an epic trip! And inspiration!

Ross,

We have traveled all 50 states, and I must say that Alaska is our favorite! Check it out if you get a chance.

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Old 10-31-2019, 03:35 PM   #33
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Barton, it was!

Hope to hook up with you again soon!

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Old 10-31-2019, 05:17 PM   #34
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This summer, we saw some some folks impacted by the ferry strike. Yikes.

Still, I am ready to go back!

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I think the Ferry strike is over for a while. Of more concern is availability to get on the Ferries. The Ferry system won't accept your reservation unless there is room and actually a ship running your route. There is talk of retiring two more ships though … think the fleet is down to about 1/2 of what it used to be. If you have a reservation you are good to go …. unless there is a major Ferry break down and sailings have to be reconfigured. Should that happen the Ferry system is good at refunds …. after all you have your vehicle and "hotel" along with you.

Come visit me in Juneau (there is LOTS to do),

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Old 10-31-2019, 05:20 PM   #35
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Thanks Tom! We may come knocking on your door in 2020!

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Red Dog, I had to think about this before I asked it. I’m currently live in San Antonio but from Minnesota. Can you say your favorite state of the 50 is Alaska and still have a Texan card? ����������

Ok, tongue in cheek question, but I’ll add a few more emojis to make sure It obvious ��������������

On your 21 was there anything you wished you had from the factory you didn’t have? Or added anything to your 21 which is now available from the factory not available when you received your 21. And if I can trouble you for one more question, anything you had on your 21 that just didn’t work out on your trip and wish you didn’t have on your 21?

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2019 Alaska trip with our 21’ Escape

[QUOTE=MichaelJS;313543]”Red Dog, I had to think about this before I asked it. I’m currently live in San Antonio but from Minnesota. Can you say your favorite state of the 50 is Alaska and still have a Texan card?”

LOL! I will say that we got quite a lot of ribbing from the Alaskans when they learned we were from Texas!

“On your 21 was there anything you wished you had from the factory you didn’t have? “

1. I wish we would have gotten a light switch that we could flip on before walking inside the trailer at night.

2. We did not include the EMS on our build sheet, but I added it later.

“Or added anything to your 21 which is now available from the factory not available when you received your 21. “

ETI is always tweaking their options and have probably added items that we are not aware of. But aside from the two items listed above, we had a pretty robust build sheet. I will add that my wife really likes the flush mount stovetop that was not available when we ordered our 21’.

“And if I can trouble you for one more question, anything you had on your 21 that just didn’t work out on your trip and wish you didn’t have on your 21?”

I really can’t think of anything at the moment. Everything worked as designed, including our solar panels.

If you haven’t toured a 21’ yet, there will be several Escapes at the Guadalupe River Rat Rally (GRRR) next week. We will be there starting Sunday, November 3rd. It will be a great opportunity to view more than one at the same time.

Otherwise, we will be in San Antonio starting November 11th for a few weeks. I will be happy to show you ours then too.

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Fred, what program do you use to get the map that shows your stopping points. I've seen these before, but not sure what it is.
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Fred, what program do you use to get the map that shows your stopping points. I've seen these before, but not sure what it is.


We used a Google Maps. It worked very well.

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I traveled the 'Alcan' in 1959. All gravel then. We used masking tape around the trunk but dust still got in our stuff.

If you had a car problem, help was usually far away. No one would pass you without stopping to see if all was well if you pulled to the side.

If I remember correctly(A rare occurrence now), the Canadian Army had sites along the highway.
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