The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

 


This 13279 mile trip has given us many things to remember; views of the most breathtaking scenery that British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon Territory, Alaska and the Northwest U.S. have to offer, up-close encounters with animals and sea life, gorgeous panoramas of glaciers, lakes, mountains, rivers and fun visits with friends.

Summary:

9816 miles on the motorhome

3463 miles on the car.

13279 total miles driven.

105 days

3 Ferry Rides

3 Canadian Provinces

10 States.

Favorites:

- HWY 93 through Montana and Canada. Absolutely beautiful. Flathead Lake in Montana is a place we plan to return to. Canada National Parks , Banff and Jasper have beautiful scenery. The drive through the Columbia Icefields and Lake Louise was as pretty and awesome as anything we saw on the trip.

- We enjoyed the experience of the ALCAN/Alaska Highway. Be sure to visit the musuem in Dawson City to get the history of the road. It is an experience to drive it knowing how it was built and the sacrafices made in order to build it. The Kenai Peninsula was the true Alaska we expected to see. Homer, Valdez, Haines, Skagway, Hyder are great cities to visit and experience what they have to offer.

- The Olympic Peninsula showed us some beautiful country in the Northwest U.S. Definitely somewhere we would like to go to again.

- The people we met! From all over the U.S., Canada and the World that were on the same adventure. It was fun to share it with others.

Wouldn't do again:

- The big cities like Fairbanks and Anchorage.

- Drive to Chicken. We've done it once. We would never tell anyone not to do it. It is an experience.

Should have done and didn't do:

- Drive to the Artic Circle. We were so close but talked ourselves out of it because of the weather.

- Fish. If we had our son or grandsons we would have definitely gone fishing. The two of us are just not into it.

Biggest Surprise:

- Price of food in Canada. We know people didn't take the Alaska trip this year because of the gas prices. We actually spent more on food.

Advise to anyone planning an Alaska trip:

- Get and use the MILEPOST. It is your bible.

- Boondock. It is fun, cheap and you are never alone.

- Invest in a cover for your tow vehicle. It is well worth the investment.

- Research on the internet. It helps you know what to expect and how others have done the trip.

- Safeway has an Alaska Tour Saver Coupon book. It is also worth investment.

- Talk to fellow travelers. Know where they came from and where they are traveling to. They may know of something you didn't, or become a great travel companion for some of the trip. You will make life time friends.

- Expected the unexpected. Each day is a great day and there is nothing you can't overcome and move on. Be positive and enjoy all the 'WOW' moments.

We are not Journalist or Novel Writers and know the blog wasn't perfect. We hope you enjoyed it and felt like you were traveling along.

Next Year? Stay tuned.



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