Alaska

Merry Christmas

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A Merry Christmas to all of you and God’s blessings.

Our year has gone by so fast. Has yours? I remember the day we were so excited when hear we had the job of tailgunner for the trip to Alaska way back in spring time!

That trip was amazing! We had 17 rigs in all. Very wonderful people with no big problems!

Scenery was excellent and the weather wasn’t bad either. We lucked out and had 4 days of Mt. Denali. Amazing.

We have been home now since August with a trip to Reno in October to enjoy family and then home. Enjoying being “seated” for awhile.

Thanksgiving we were able to get a condo at Running Y Ranch and have the whole family with us. It was special and a great 5 days.

Dale is busy in his work shop and I am busy at the sewing machine.

Christmas will find us at Seven Feathers with the gang for a nice dinner. Otherwise, quiet and relaxing.

New Years will also be a special day with my son and daughter visiting. Then we are all off to Brookings and Dale and I will spend a few days there and then amble up the coast to home.

It has been a wet, wet winter here. Temps have been freezing cold. We have been able to see the sun a few days here and there.

Dale and I wish you a blessed Christmas and to remember why we set this day apart from others to remember our Lord Jesus’ birth. May He bless you richly.

Alaksa!

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We did it! We are in Alaska. We didn’t think we would make it as the road from Destruction Bay was horrible with pot holes deep and sharp enough to shred a tire and frost heaves that had the front wheels up and the back wheels down. The permafrost causes all kinds of trouble with asphalt. It makes for a very unstable base for the road when it melts. We had to drive about 25 mph. Once we hit the gravel road, everything smoothed out a bit and it was easier going. I’m not real fond of flying up out of my seat.

We arrived at the US border and stopped by Ms. Wolf. She was a very nice and funny. Didn’t check out the RV or ask about pets. She said our group was very nice and on top of the “rules” of crossing. Our wait was very short.

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Our first stop was at the Tetlin National Forest Visitor Center. This NF has so many waterways and birds from as far as South America migrate here. Especially, the Trumpeter
Swan and the Sandhill Crane.

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Swans off in the distance
Swans off in the distance

Our nights stop was in Tok at the Sourdough RV Park. We were parked way in the back in the woods. Our kind of spot!

Planned activities were  the Burnt Paw to listen to a dog musher explain dogs and dog sledding. He was in the first Iditarod. Very interesting.

Bill. No pups today. Boo.
Bill. No pups today. Boo.

Then over to the Burt Paw gift shop. I can tell you right now that I am getting tired of gift shops!!!!

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The sign reads: Welcome to Alaska The last foreign country friendly to Americans.
The sign reads:
Welcome to Alaska
The last foreign country friendly to Americans.

Then we went to Jack Wade Gold Co. The owner made different kinds of jewelry using gold her company finds. The gold is in its natural state. She showed us nuggets she has collected – 3 oz, 6 oz and 5 pounds. The 5 pound nugget was darn heavy!

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Day one in Alaska. Nice day but rain. Here’s some “along the way” photos.

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The driver.

 

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There are a few churches that were made out of the quonset huts left by the men working on the Alaskan Hwy in 1942. This one snuck up on me so didn’t get a great photo.

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This is amazing country! I hope you will be able to visit one day. This is my third trip to Alaska and it never disappoints. Well, maybe the rain, rain, rain can get a bit much!  🙂

Life is good. God is grace and love. Isn’t that amazing! And all for us in Jesus.