Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sleeping Near a Glacier

No route on a map looks very interesting. There’s just no imagining what a place looks like when you stare at it on the map. A topographical map might give you an intellectual idea of whether you’d be going uphill … Continue reading

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Moving a Town

We move our house all the time… but moving a town? That seems crazy. Yet it’s happened. Although Valdez probably isn’t the only town that’s moved, it’s story of why is an interesting one. Known as the “Good Friday Earthquake,” … Continue reading

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Visiting Valdez

We laid low in quiet, remote Slana through the Fourth of July, having heard Alaskans like to get out and about. The lines at a filling station where three major Alaskan highways intersect (the Tok Cut-Off, Richardson and Glenn Highways) … Continue reading

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Land of the Midnight Sun

We’ve all heard of it — the sun doesn’t go down in the far north during the summer months — but living it is another thing. The truth is, the sun *does* set, at least south of the Arctic Circle, … Continue reading

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The Great Wilderness

We love out-of-the-way places, and when we drove down the Tok Cut-Off we realized we were in one. The Alaskan Wilderness was calling to us, and we were eager to experience it. The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is accessible by … Continue reading

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Rhymes with Smoke

Alaska’s 2013 summer was the best anyone could remember — warm temperatures and plenty sunshine — but when our tires rolled across the border on June 26, we were just days from discovering one of the things that keep anyone … Continue reading

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Yes You Can in the Yukon

We’d heard so much about the rough condition of the Cassiar Highway that we were stunned to discover that there were longer and worse portions of road on the Alaska Highway. What made the route from Watson Lake to Whitehorse … Continue reading

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Watson I Presume

Arriving in Watson Lake meant we’d made it into the Yukon Territory 🙂 …but first we had to wait our turn on to cross this bridge over the Liard River: It took several minutes for one of the workers to … Continue reading

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