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My wife says that SHE and I want to go to Banff,Alberta – 1 0f 2

In Humor, Information-Interesting on January 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

When my little 5ft 3in wife tells me that she really,really wants to go to Banff, I have a pretty good idea that Banff will be the general direction that we will be heading for when we leave this area.

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She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still !

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(8/2/97)We headed out of Tubby’s Campground and back out of Alaska. This has been a great Caravan and we really did enjoy it.  June is driving and we are heading for our next RVing adventure, Banff, Alberta,Canada. Two doe (deer)  got on the road ahead of us. She slowed down  and they jumped back into the bush while I was still looking for the camcorder. No one has ever called me the fastest camera in the west, and there is a reason for that. I can never remember where I leave the darn thing!. We figured that “White Court”would be a good distance to travel today. We got there at 3:15 pm and decided that it was to early to stop, so we fueled up and headed for Edmonton. We are beginning to change our minds in the middle of our travelling plans now, which is something we have never done before. We picked out “Glowing Embers”Campground to stop at, if we could find it! No problem. Plenty of good directional signs to guide us. We checked in and then got set up in spite of our neighbor who wanted to talk about tires, wheel chocks and everything else. He and his wife are very friendly people and I am sure that we will be talking to them again before we leave . He and his wife had no sooner left for dinner, when the guy across the street wanted to compare “ford Trucks”. Under the circumstances, it took us awhile to get set up. This is a nice roomy campground with full hook up’s & close to Edmonton.

(8/3/97) Today we plan to visit the Edmonton Space & Science Center. June’s nose is still running but she says that she is ready to go. We went down to the office to to pay for another day. ( I mis-figured when I signed in). Ben, the manager, gave me two soft sponge rubber bands that go around your pen where you grasp it. It makes it more comfortable to write. We took all of our local maps and headed out to locate the , “Space and Science Center”. We know that it is in town- somewhere. Darn if we didn’t find it without getting lost. We spent five hours there.We saw an movie at the Imax Theater on beavers with a short one on ants, added to it. We enjoyed both of them. We also watched a Laser Show in another Theater. We walked all over the building, looking at and trying out most of the exhibits and we also had lunch there. It feels odd & different coming back to the RV in the evenings . It gets dark around 11;00 pm, now that we are in a different time zone. Edmonton is having a heat wave, Temperatures in the mid-nineties so naturally our A/C decided to act up. Inside air flow from the A/C is only up the “defrost vents”. More than likely just a control tubing problem. I got it fixed the next day.

Mall of America-West Edmonton,Alberta

Indoor Wave Maker

(8/4/97)Today our plans are to visit the West Edmonton Mall. In 1997, this was the largest mall in North America (probably in South America too.) Because of the wind deflector being mounted on the roof of the truck, we were required to park outside at ground level.That’s OK, I have no big desire to get hung up on the’ under-floor trusses’ on the parking floor above. Today is “CIVIC DAY” in Canada. There were people every where and of every kind. This Mall is huge, and I do mean,”HUGE”. We didn’t do any shopping, just walking and looking. We Boarded the Replica of Chris Columbus’s ship,”The Santa Maria” ( in my mind, you would have to be dedicated to sea life  or crazy, to spend months upon end, at sea on one these ships. It was a good thing that they did or we might be speaking with a British accent now.), We walked our legs off this afternoon looking at everything there was to see

A Great,great big pool with a wave maker.

Columbus Ship,The Santa Maria

That big, big swimming pool produced great big rollers that just rolled across the pool. Every one floating on their little yellow rings just went up and down with the waves, little kids were not the only ones enjoying the pool. Plenty of of Moms & Dads out there too. We walked to the Ice skating Rink and watched the skaters. There was one young lad of about ten years old, doing his best to skate around the rink close to the fence. Every couple of steps, and down he would go, laughing all the way. I think that he had more fun than the good skaters. He had a good size  audience cheering him on. The campground had given us a coupon for $10.00 for the “Sawmill Restaurant” so we had a nice dinner before we went back to our “Home-on-wheels” at the campground.

Tomorrow, being “Civic Day”, most of the stores were closed, so we decided to locate the Ford shop today so that we would  know where it is. For the heck of it I pulled into the “Canadian Tire” store to get a price on a tire. We not only got a new tire, but they fixed the A/C ,changed the oil & did a lube job. ( If you are travelling in Canada, don’t over-look the “Canadian Tire Store”.

(8/5/97) We drove to Spruce Grove  for new bolts to fix our ceiling fan blades.(We had a fan blade sail off one day while we were eating lunch.You don’t hear it until it hits. Scared the Crap out of me). Also replaced our 50 to 30 amp adapter. The prongs take a beating from of some the campground’s worn out “hook-up  connection boxes”. We are getting ready to travel tomorrow morning.

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A little humor is good for the soul !

Snooty Receptionist
An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist who shared offices with several other doctors.The waiting room was filled with patients. As he  approched the receptionist’s desk, he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumowrestler. He gave her his name. In a very loud voice, the receptionist  said,”YES,I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE; YOU WANT TO SEE THE  DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE RIGHT?” All of the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very much embarressed man. He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied,’NO, I’VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON’T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS.’

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Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 4 of 4

In Humor, Information-Interesting, postaweek2011, RVing on January 19, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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­This will be the forth and last posting of  “Our Fantastic Alaskan Rv Trip”. Did we enjoy this Caravan?…You had better believe we did, the good and the bad of it.(Shucks,I don’t remember anything that was wrong). Thats what camping is all about… If you find it dull to go RVing,  you must be doing it wrong. I don’t know whats coming next…but I do know that it will be fun. It always is.

 

Actually I do have an idea for my next blog. Around six years previous to this trip, June’s mother’s last big wish was to go to Hawaii one time before she died and she wanted us to go with her because she got confused occasionaly and she knew that she couldn’t do it by herself. By the time she left, there were two  girls friends of theirs who wanted to go with June and her mom. They went and had a fantastic  time together. I was left behind to install  my mother-in-laws central heat/cool system. That worked good for all of us. There was no one around to make suggestions and help.(My mom- in- law is a very talented woman and is actually a good helper, but this time I wanted to do alone!)

Banff - 1997

Sulfur Mountain Cable Car

This is the connection to the Hawaii trip.The tour Guide on the Hawaii tour that the girls took, was from Banff, Alberta, Canada. June said that he talked so much about the wonders and beauty of Banff that she wanted to see it. We were headed to Oregon and  California anyway so we did a quick adjustment in our schedule and off to Banff we went.We are so glad that we did. It was a worth while stop. Banff  and the surrounding areas were simply so beautiful and outstanding. Good call June!!

 

This will be the last of  “Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip” blogs, one each for the last four  week-ends. I plan to continue RV related posts and other types of posts on subjects that I consider interesting  and are worth posting or until I’m told to get another hobby from the comments that I receive (which may not take long!!)..

 

I am a great fan of our Army Corps of Engineers (ACE)  Campgrounds.  ACE campgrounds are one of the best kept secrets around, because they are not widely advertised. Word of mouth is the usual means of promotion. I have camped at many, many of the ACE campgrounds and I have enjoyed everyone of them. Most of the campgrounds supply 30 amp Electrical connections and Water. Every campground has a Dump Station usually on the road out. For those of us who are over 62 years “young”, go  get a “Golden Age Passport”for the expensive cost of $10.00, a lifetime Admission permit that qualifies you and the people with you in your vehicle, to free  admissions at National Parks and a 50% discount at their campgrounds.  While you are there, compare your campground to a Public campground. Naturally  you will be on a damed up water reservoir or some type of project maintained by the ACE, with a wonderful, quiet environment. What do you give up for this luxury?  Mostly the noise of cars, horns etc. I mean it is peaceful, quiet  and enjoyable. Of course, there are no stores or gas stations out there . You have to drive to town for them. I consider that fair.

 

 

I have a lot of information on our different National campgrounds and also  on some of our special public campgrounds that I intend make into Blogs. How about Casino’s associated with RV campgrounds. Does that sound like a good match?

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There was the guy who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.  (If you don’t get this-say the last five words fast. )

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(7/18/97)   We are leaving Homestead RV Park, Palmer, Alaska  –  for  –   Bear Paw RV Park, Valdez, Alaska .  We got away  on time this morning. We aren’t traveling with anyone, which works out ok. We do travel slower than our friends. We ran into about 7 or 8 miles of road construction half way to Valdez. The first time we were stopped by a “flag-man”, June turned the driving over to me. The bull-dozers have run up & down the road, and it was rough.

When we got back on good road, we pulled over and went into the RV to empty our bladders. When we opened the door of the RV, there was the refrigerator door off  of  its hinges , leaning up against the table. (thanks Murphy). We had this problem before and I thought that I had it fixed. I had to take off the freezer door in order to re-hang the refridgerator door , then re-hang the freezer door  (After we finished this tour, I added two washers to the door hinges  and that solved the “popping” off problem). We were the last one in but they had saved us a nice  site backed up to the water in the Port of Valdez. June’s head is starting to stuff up now. We had a nice ice cream social. It was  paid for with all the fine-money collected by(Jack, the tag-man)  for not wearing your name Tag , being late, getting lost etc. (I got lost-not once- not twice but thrice ).

Parking at Valdez Oil Terminal

(7/19/97)   Breakfast was included in the tour so we walked up to the Westmark Hotel for a nice buffet. At 2:00 pm we all boarded a bus for a tour of the pipeline terminal. Arriving at the terminal, we were all required to go through a security check point first (just like in airports), even though you can only get off the bus at one view point way above the terminal.

Valdez Marine Oil Terminal

The bus driver/guide was very good. He had worked at the terminal for 21 years before retiring. This was a very interesting 2 hour tour.

Valdez Marina & Oil Terminal

He also took us around Valdez on our way back to the campground. They  have a 10 million dollar grain treminal that the city had constructed some twenty years ago. They thought that they would get all the grain that was  imported into Alaska if they had a modern terminal. It has never been used. Some one here has listed it in their advertisement as  “A Monument to Stupidity.

We fueled up this morning. Prices vary quite a bit. You have to look around. We had  a coupon at the station for 5 cents a gallon off. Later, outside the city, we found diesel for $1.39 9/10. Thats quite a difference (and we missed it).

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(7/20/97)   Sunday, a day of rest. Decided to wash all the mud & dirt off of the RV & truck. Apparently the park allows this. I did a quick wash without soap or cleaners, just sponge and water. It only took 4 hours, but the results are worth it. I know, it won’t be clean long, but pride dictates that you should keep it as clean as possible as often as possible. It should stay somewhat clean until we hit “steam boat mountain” again going back. We reviewed some of our latest videos that we took. We should give up video taping and buy a video of Alaska. Man we are bad at video taping. Can’t hold the camera steady and the vocal leaves a lot to be desired!
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(7/21/97)   We got up early today, had breakfast and walked over to the small boat dock. We are taking a cruise boat “Nautilus II” to Cordova for an overnight-two day cruise & tour of Cordova. Cordova was started as a copper mining town. The only problem is that the only way to get there is either by boat or plane. At its

Million Bridge in Codova (From free photos selection )

peak, the population of Cordova was over 10,000 people. The price of copper dropped and so did the population. Fishing is the main industry now. There is a little tourist trade, but the locals do not seem too fond of the tourist. Our cruise ship traveled through the “Prince William Sound” Islands out of the shipping channel. The Skipper always stopped when anything of interest showed up. We watched sea otters, eagles &  porpoise on the way out. When we docked, they took our bags to where we were to stay.  We got on a tour bus that took us to see “Childs Glacier” and the “Million Dollar Bridge”. The bridge was constructed during the winter to haul copper from the mine back to load on ships. It cost a milliom dollars back in 1910 to build it for the short, mine to port railroad. One span fell during the 1964 earthquake. The Childs Glacier was interesting. It calved a couple of time while we were there, but never when we were watching! We returned to the hotel for the night.

The 21st of July is our 46 wedding anniversary !!When we opened the door to our room, it became apparent that someone was pulling a joke on us. There were three single beds in the room. Of course, here were quite a few of our friends, who just happen to be in the area when we opened the door to the room. Everyone had a good laugh, that is until someone noticed that June had tears in her big blue eyes. Mr.Lancaster said that they would be glad to swap rooms with us. They needed three beds because they had their grandson with them. June gave him a big hug. She never caught on to the joke, because it wasn’t a joke to her (until I explained it to her that night).

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(7/22/97)   We got up this morning and had breakfast at the hotel and  then carried our luggage down to the ship. We cruised over across the shipping channel and worked our way up to the Columbia Glacier, which was a sight to see. The Glacier was reported to be 3 1/2 miles across at the waters edge, and it extends back about 32 miles into the mountains. We couldn’t get too close because of a sand bars just under the water. On the way back we stopped at a small Island where the cruise company had a

Columbia Glacier (From free photos Selection )

buffet set up. Halibut, chicken and barbecue .This two day excursion was one of the better parts of our tour. By now we are like one big happy  family. Most every one is on a first-name basis.

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(7/23/97)   We are leaving Bear Paw RV Park,Valdez, Alaska   –  for  –   Tok RV Village, Tok, Alaska. We got started @ 9:00 am, lost our traveling companions right away. June allowed me to drive because we have to cross Thompson Pass which is a steady climb from sea level to 2,775 feet. It seemed to take forever to come down to sea level when we arrived. It turned not to be a problem. I down shifted to 2nd gear with the OVER/UNDER in UNDER, and up we went to the top pulling that 15,000 lb  5th Wheel RV at 22 mph. ( I have too many memories of topping hills at 4 mph and watching the temperture gauge all the way up.) The more we drove, the damper & cloudier it got until it started raining. When we got to Tok we set up in the rain. Carl & Doretta (the wagon masters) brought over the two “Alaska” sweat shirts that we had  ordered  and they  sat and visited with us for awhile. We think that they do a great job as caravan hosts. They may host the “up, up and away”caravan next year. we are thinking about taking that caravan It would be nice if they did. It was still raining when we went to bed (with the electric blanket).
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(7/24/97)   We are leaving Tok RV Village,Tok, Alaska   –  for  –   Kluane Wildness Village, Kluane,Yukon. We woke up to the sound of rain coming down. I got out my plastic “poncho” that I have worn once in 4 years and went outside and hooked us  up. It is raining steady now and it is cold. We did meet up with our companions for lunch after we crossed over into Canada, They soon left us again. It stopped raining by the time we got to Kluane, We got a good level site..( we don’t often get level sites). Bob & Betty Keller came over and had drinks with us. Bob suggested that we should find a lot of money to bring over to Honolulu and visit with them.They are teaching us some island expressions.

Kluane Lake-Alaska

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(7/25/97)   We are leaving Kluane Wildness Village, Kluane,Yukon   –  for  –   Trails of “98” Campground, White horse, Yukon. We had a very quiet trip to White Horse. We checked in and got the same site we had  last time. We tried to get prepared for our side trip to Skagwag, Alasks tomorrow. The trip down to Skagway is not part of the regular Alaskan  tour. We had  signed up and paid for it when we first began the main tour because we had heard a lot about the building of the railroad and we wanted to ride on it. We won’t be back this way again,so do it now!
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(7/26/97)    We got up early this morning and boarded our bus at 7:30 am.

Boarding White Pass RR to Skagway (from free photos selection )

We have our video camera and also our point & shoot camera. It is sprinkling out so we are hoping for the best. We changed over to a narrow gage RR car just north of the Alaskan border in Yukon. We had one passenger  car for our group of 27 . American customs boarded the train there and checked everyone . It was a beautiful ride down from 3200 feet to sea level in Skagway. Talk about cutting RR tracks into the face of cliffs, they darn sure did it, three tunnels and all. The girl guide assisned to our car pointed out that the labor to build the RR were men that could not get work in the “Gold fields”,and needed a job.

Train to Skagway

No experience in building RR what-so-ever. It was awesome to look out the windows on one side and see  the cliff face so close that you could almost touch it , then look out the windows on the other side, straight down a long,long way to the stream at the bottom. Skagway was where most of the miners came by ship. They were required to have certain supplies before they could enter the Territory of Alaska. We had lunch in town and then walked down to the visitors center. Later  we boarded the bus that had driven down with anyone who didn’t want to ride the train down. The drive back over the mountains was great . We got a lot of good pictures.

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Alaskan Mountain Range

(7/27/97)   Today has finally arrived. This is our last day of the caravan . Nothing is planned other than the farewell dinner tonight at the Westmark Hotel. We checked out the salmon run where the official salmon count is made from a glass-sided box on the water ladder sample line. There was one lonely salmon that passed through while we were there. They are swimming around in the river below right now. At 5:30 pm we loaded up in a bus and was  taken to the hotel for our farewell dinner. The buffet was pretty good.There was a lot of talking and laughter about the past 38 days. We had several couples over for farewell drinks in our RV. It is to hard realize just how close you can come to complete strangers in just 38 days.And then you go your separate ways.The park warned us that the road to Watson Lake was washed out by a broken Beaver dam . No one really knows how bad the problem is. Some  of us decided to stay over for an extra day to give them a chance to repair the road. We should be able to get some information from in-coming traffic. The 1997 Alaskan Caravan Tour is officially over with this farewell dinner here at White Horse,Yukon.
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(7/28/97)   We slept a little later this morning. When I got up and went outside, over half of our group were still here. The word is that traffic is moving, one lane at a time around the wash out. It shouldn’t be a problem for us tomorrow. I got under the truck and checked out my exhaust brake repairs and  tighten up the clamps again. We are going to dump tonight and be ready to pull out after breakfast tomorrow. This was a very enjoyable and interesting group of people.
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For everyones information, we had no problems driving back to Steam Boat Mountain. Exhaust worked great. Would you believe it, when we got there in the  early afternoon…..IT WAS RAINING!!  AGAIN!!!Going up the last pretty steep hill, I glanced back through the rear-view mirror and saw the whole side of the RV, because the rear of the truck had scooted way over to the right. It did straighten right out but not before my stomach jumped up to my throat. I could see a jack-knife coming up.
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This Alaskan Caravan was one of the best caravans that we have taken.
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Many thanks for reading our blogs on Alaska.
Alaska is a very beautiful State and the Alaskan’s are very proud of their State….and rightly so!
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Garden (grass) snakes can be dangerous!
A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted
plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing
a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible
freeze.
It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was
hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it
slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.
She let out a loud scream.
The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into
the living room naked to see what the problem was. She
told him there was a snake under the sofa.
He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look
for it. About that time the family dog came  and cold-
nosed him in the behind. He thought the snake had
bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.
His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she
covered him up, and told him to lie still and called an
ambulance.
The attendants rushed in, would not listen to his
protests, loaded him on the streacher, and started
carrying him out.
About that time, the snake came out from under the
sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and
dropped his end of the strecher. That’s when the man
broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.
The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house,
so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture
the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up
newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he
decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down
on the sofa in relief.
But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the
cushions, where she felt the snake wrigging around.
She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under
the sofa.
The neighbor man,seeing her lying there passed out
tried to use CPR to revive her.
The neighbors’s wife, who had just returned from
shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband’s mouth
on this woman’s mouth and slammed her husband in the
back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking
him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed
stitches,
The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she
saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending
over him, so she assumed that the snake had bitten him
She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of wiskey,
and began pouring it down the man’s throat.
By now the police have arrived….
They saw the unconscious man, smelled the wiskey,
and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred, They
were about to arrest them all, when the woman tried to
explain how it all happened over a little garden snake !
The police called an ambulance, which took away the
neighbor and his sobbing wife.
Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the
sofa and one of the plicemen drew his gun and fired at
it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table.
The table fell over,the lamp on it shattered and, as the
bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.
The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and
fell through the window nto the yard on top of the
family dog who, startled, jumprd out and raced into the
street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and
smashed into the parked police car.
Time passed ! Both men were discharged from the
hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home,
the police acquired a new car and all was right wth
their world.
A while later they were watching TV and the
weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The
wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring
in their plants for the night.
And thats when the fight started….

Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 3 of 4

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I would like your attention please! This Blog is a re-posting of the of the orginal Blog that I had posted on 01/14/2011  Titled: Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 3 of 4 (Which has been trashed).

Here we are, half way through our Alaskan Caravan. So far we have enjoyed ourselves very much.By now we all are on first name basis with each other. ” Can man” Jack , the guy designated to collect a 25 cent fine off anyone caught without a name tag has made an occasional report on the excuses people have given for not wearing their name tag. Lot of humorous reasons. You can also get fined 25 cents for getting lost on your way to your new campground, after all,you have the direction with you.( It has cost me 50 cents already. I followed people once who turned out to be strangers), I soon learned to read my own directions and things got better….Stay with me,I have two blogs, counting this one, to go. I hope that you are having as much fun reading these blogs as I have had re-living the them!!

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I wondered why the baseball kept getting larger…….Then it hit me.

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(7/7/97) We got up at 3:30 am this morning so that we could board the campground bus to take us into Denali National Park Tour Buses. They had tickets for three different buses which they gave out to us last night. One at 5:30 am (no way), one for 6:00 am(don’t think so), and one for 6:30 am (thats better). We got our 6:30 am National Park Bus…but we still had to take the 5:00 am bus to drive the 12 miles into where the Tour buses were.. The Park Tour is 66 miles long.

Dall Sheep Rams

The McKinley we did not see

The Mt. McKinley you don’t see in summer! The animals did not co- operate with us at all. We saw a few Caribou in the distance and some Dall Sheep on the side of the mountain. (so says our bus driver). It rained a little and clouded up a lot. All in all, this was not a very sucessful Mt. McKinley trip. On the way back from our failed attempt to see the mountain, the bus driver conceded that Mt. McKinley stays clouded over most of the summer. If you want to see the peak, come in the winter time. After we got back to the campground they gave us an hour to get ready, then boarded us onto the bus to go to “Cabin Night” down the road. That is an all you can eat dinner at long tables. seating ten people each

Jaye & Dad at Cabin night

Jaye & Her toy sled Dog

The waiters and waitresses put on the show as well as wait on us. It was a 1930’s type of show and it was a lot of fun. Jaye was our “Head Table Person” for our table and Charlie was our waiter. When we wanted something at our table, Jaye would stand up and circle her napkin over her head yelling as loud as she could, “hey Charlie” until Charlie came running and got us what we needed! This was a fantastically enjoyable outing! >

(7/8/97) We are leaving McKinley RV & Campground, Denali, Alaska – for – Golden Nugget Camper Park, Anchorage, Alaska. We planned to leave between 9:30 am & 10:00am because we can’t check in until after 3:00 am. We are so prepared when it comes to traveling that we couldn’t stall any more past 9:30 am. We had a pleasant trip down to Anchorage. No sight of “Mt. McKinley because of all the clouds. We were hoping for a break in the cloud cover. Sometimes it can be seen from Anchorage. We will see! The south side of the mountain is usually the clearer side because Denali itself will cause bad weather as the easterly winds go across it. Bob and Betty’s CB set worked for them coming into Anchorage. We have a nice site with full hook-ups. Lois is still in the Anchorage Hospital where they took her last night. She has had a “MIR” and they still don’t know whats wrong with her. What a vacation for her! >

(7/9/97) At 9:00 am we all boarded a nice new motor coach (bus) for our city tour of Anchorage which is Jaye and her little sled dog a little over 250,000 population. It is a’ some-what new city’ which has expanded very rapidly and is mostly two story structures spread out over a wide area. There are a few tall buildings up to the code limit of 22 stories. There is one at 24 stories , that some how got past the restrictions. The people here have not forgotten the 1964 earthquake which flatten the city, A lot of the city is built on clay which liquified during the 9.1 (Richter scale) quake. This quake makes up a large part of Anchorages history. The tour through town was interesting. There are quite a few buildings with murals painted on building walls. And there are flowers everywhere to cheer everyone up.

Portage Glacier

lots of flowers everywhere. After eight cold winter months, they plant flowers everywhere to bring out some “cheerfulness”as soon as they can. The city is the biggest promoter. With the long hours of sunshine, everything grows larger than what we are use to seeing . We had lunch at the Soursough Mining Company Restaurant and I have never had Haliburt cooked as good as that. After lunch we went across the parking lot to the “Alaska Wild Berry Products Store” for a short tour. Jams, Jelly & Chocolates. Free sample of chocolates. Its like dying and going to chocolate heaven. Plenty of free chocolates samples. After we returned from the tour, we drove to the main post office next to the air port, to pick up our mail (of course the general delivery mail doesn’t go here , but to the P.O. up town at the mall). >

(7/10/97) This is an off day. I picked up Bob Keller and we headed to the mall up town. We had a hard time finding a parking place. No mail. Drove over to “Fred Myers”, (same type store as Wal-Marts) to get Jayes photos processed and buy a few items. We will pick up the photos tomorrow.This is a big store. I noticed that they had several water valves located at various places around the parking lot fence and several RV’s that I assumed were over nighting (?). Big parking lot. Tonight a group of us got together on our own, and had dinner at the Sea Galley, a great restaurant but pricey. King Crab Claws ($25.95/per lb). We had a lot of fun there. >

(7/11/97) Up early for the Portage Glacier Tour. We boarded our motor coach bus at 8:30 am and head for Portage Glacier. This is where we are to board the MV PATRMIGAN at 10:30 am for a one-hour cruise on Portage Lake to Portage Glacier, It is raining and cold. We put on warm clothes. Got a cup of hot coffee at the boat terminal and got aboard, The 1 1/2 hour trip from the campground to the boat would have been great, if we could have seen through the low clouds. The boat cruise spent most of the time around the Glacier. They had a tour guide on board to explain glaciers and to answer any questions. Most people thought that the Glacier showed up better without bright sunlight on it . On the way back we stopped at a small diner and had a good lunch . Next we stopped at “Alyeska, a winter ski Resort, The shops there stay open year around, so most everyone shopped. After we got back to our RV, Jaye had to prepare to leave at 6:30 am tomorrow morning. Eleven days certainly do go by fast when you have someone special with you! >

(7/12/97) We are leaving Golden Nugget Camper Park, Anchorage, Alaska – for – Homer Spit Campground, Homer, Alaska. We were up at 4:30 am to get Jaye to the Anchorage Airport by 6:00 am. Her plane leaves at 6:45 am. She is very special to us. We had a very quiet ride back to the Campground. We fueled up before we got back to the campground. We got behind our leader Grant, going out the gate and soon lost him. Grant has this urge to be the first one on the road and the first to check into the new campground. Mostly we let just him go. Just because he likes to lead doesn’t mean that we will follow. If we catch up with him fine, if not, thats ok too. We didn’t see Grant again until we got to Homer. It rained most of the way, with some fog thrown in. We found the Campground and Carl had saved us a large end lot. Electric only. We can handle that for two days ok.

Homer Spit Campground

> (7/13/97) Today is an off day. Eleven days of making sure Jaye got to see everything possible has worn us out. We slept in this morning. We fueled up and drove around Homer and Homer Spit..Boy are they ever set up to take care of the tourist, and are there a lot of tourist here to be taken….care of. Some of our group went Halibut fishing and Dale caught a 93 lb Halibut. He had most of it processed, quick-froze and mailed home. but he did save out enough to have a big cook-out for who ever wanted to attend. We had just finished dinner, so we passed it up. Do you know that the only Halibut I ever saw until this year was in a fish market. It is nothing but a great big grown up Flounder, and I mean really,really grown up really big. It tastes so good.

Three Sea Otters

(8/14/98) We are leaving Homer Spit Campground, Homer,Alaska – for – City Park of Seward , Seward , Alaska. We got away by 9:00 am as planned. We followed Grant & Barbara and Bob & Betty out of the campground. Ten miles down the road, it was just us and the dust. I do not intend to travel over 55 mph towing our 36 ft- 5th wheel RV, that is unless we are getting up speed for a hill up ahead. It was a long and wet and wet drive. We stopped for lunch at a place that made these large great smelling cinnamon rolls. After lunch, we bought six large great smelling cinnamon rolls for breakfast ( if they make it that far). We arrived at the City Park of Seward, and was given a site. This should be interesting. We are just off the beach with nothing but water ahead of us. Absolutely no kind of a hook-up anywhere with two days of camping. “Do not” turn on anything that you do not need. (It is times like these that I wished I had bought that generator that I said I didn’t need!)….But the view is great.

(7/15/97) Well, we survived the first day of ‘no hook-ups’. It was a good thing that we got the heater repaired because it was cold and it rained all night, This morning it cleared up by noon time into a very nice day. Grant & Barbara and a few other rigs pulled out early this morning for Anchorage. They didn’t enjoy the lack of hook-ups-even for the view. They also missed out on 6 hour cruise down to the Gulf of Alaska and back. What a cruise. It was the best by far of any cruise that we have had on this caravan . The weather co-operated and turned into a beautiful day. We had no sooner got started when we came across three sea otters laying on their backs eating. We didn’t bother them a bit moving up close to get a better look. When did leave, we sighted some small whales close by. As we moved out into Resurrection bay and around the rocky islands we sighted hundreds of puffins. We made our way down to Aialik Cape and around to Holgate Glacier. We had dolphins playing in bow wave. As we arrived at Holgate Glacier we saw several Glaciers of different sizes. We didn’t see any “calfing ” while we were there. On our way back we saw several pods of humpback whales. They are hard to video tape because when they dive, you can not predict where they will come up. All-in-all, it was a great day.

(8/16/98) We are leaving City Park  of Seward, Seward, Alaska – for – Homestead RV Park, Palmer, Alaska. Murphy has not left us yet. As we were getting ready to leave the campground this morning, we noticed  how slow the slideout moved in. When we tried to lift the front of the RV high enough to back the truck under to connect them, the batteries completely pooped out. We used the hand crank to finish the hook-up. We drove down to the Sears Roebuck Store in Anchorage where they changed them out.(they were around 4 yrs old so I bought two new deep cycle batteries). Now we have all new batteries and all new tires on the RV. We were the next to last one to check into the campground (again). Our group had a pot luck dinner tonight with the halibut being the main protein served. Everything was great. I am coming down with a head cold (I think). I took a hot shower, vicked up, took an Advil PM and went to bed early. June went to the musical Narrative about the Matanuska Colonists, put on by the campground. She said that was good, but being outside, it was cold and breezy.

(7/17/97) I got a good nights sleep last hight. I got up some what later than usual. We drove into Palmer and found a service station that sold diesel and LP gas. We fueled up on diesel and had our LP cylinder filled. We bought a few groceries and returned to the RV. We put the LP cylinder back in place and hooked it up. At 3:45 pm we are taking a bus to tour the “Musk-Ox” farm near here. Musk Ox in Defensive Circle They are the animals that surround their young to protect them when there is a threat. It is quite effective against the wolves, but not worth a darn against the hunters who simply shot them while they stood there. Of course they were completely wiped out in the early 1900’s. The ones they are raising here now have been imported from Canada, Greenland and Russia (I think). During the 1930’s the government moved some poor people to this area and subsidized them until they could provide a living for themselves. This evening the campground hosted dinner at a restaurant, This has been a pretty good day. I topped off our fresh water tank and hauled off about 20 gallons of grey water in our 30 gallon tote tank. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ———————————————————————————————————————————————-      A good joke for today!

The Pastor’s Ass The Pastor entered his donkey in a race and it won. The Pastor was so pleased with his donkey that he entered it in another race, and it won again. The local paper read: Pastor’s ass out front. The Bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the Pastor not to enter the donkey in in another race. The next day the local paper headline read: Bishop scratches Pastor’s ass. This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Pastor to get rid of the donkey. The Pastor decided to give it to a Nun in a nearby Convent. The local paper, hearing of the news, posted the following headlines the next day: Nun has best ass in town. The Bishop fainted. He informed the Nun that she would have to get rid of the donkey so she sold it to a farmer for $10. The next day the paper read: Nun sells ass for $10. This was too much for the Bishop so he ordered the Nun to buy back the donkey and lead it to the plains where it could run wild. The next day the paper read: Nun announces her ass is wild and free. The bishop was buried the next day. The moral of the story is….being concerned about public opinion can bring you much grief and misery ….even shorten your life. Stop worring about everyone else’s ass and you’ll be a lot happier and live longer. Have a nice day !

I’m mad as hell-and you should be too.

In Interesting Information, Uncategorized on January 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Tell me, good people, what are the “politicians” using for brains now-a-days.I suspect that it must be a combination of “goose poop mixed with mouse turds”

Can anybody think that cutting taxes will decrease the deficits in our budget and decrease our National  Deficit after President Reagon cut taxes and every year that he did, the deficit went up. Then came along  President G.W.Bush, and he cut taxes and the deficits went up again when he did. Now, believe it or not, I just saw on TV( around the middle of March 2011), a congressman with a bunch of “visual-aids” cards explaining how cutting taxes will lower the  national deficit.

Stop right here with the “BULL” that our “DEFICIT” can be controlled by “CUTTING TAXES”. That is NOT true now…and never has been true.

July 20th, 2008! The United States Has Not Had A Balanced Budget Since 1957! Posted by marketman in Government and PoliticsIn September 27, 2000, CNN wrote that that:the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history and topping last year’s record surplus of $122.7 billion. I’m not sure where CNN finds their White House correspondents, but they obviously know nothing about government accounting. CNN is not the only clueless news narrators of course; MSNBC, The New York Times, ABC, CBS, USA Today and virtually every other national news agency got it wrong then, and continue to get it wrong today. Here is a tip for the mainstream news agencies: when reporting on US government budgetary issues, check the source. The source I’m referring to is the US Government’s Treasury Direct website. For all the pilfering the US government does of the tax coffers, at least they are honest about it. They accurately and honestly report the largest accounting scandal in world history. CNN just doesn’t understand the numbers.

The common practice is to look at National Debt and Deficits by President. However this practice ignores the role of Congress. It takes actions by Congress to raise the debt ceiling (allowing issuance of debt) and Congress must pass all budget bills. Tracking deficits and debt increases by control of Congress gives a much different picture than by tracking by President. The U.S. Congress was dominated by Republicans from 1861 – 1931, a period when 47 peacetime surpluses were experienced and only 13 peacetime deficits. Democrats dominated the Congress from 1933 to 1994. During that time only 7 peace time surpluses were experienced. The last budget passed by a Democrat controlled Congress to finish with a surplus came in 1969.

As of July 17, 2008, the current US Government Debt is nearly 9.518 Trillion dollars. From the Budget of the United States historical tables (pg 31), the United States tax revenue for fiscal year 2007 was only 1.86 Trillion dollars when the social insurance and retirement receipts are subtracted out. For those of you who think that your money is 100% safe in United States treasuries, consider the fact that the debt to revenue ratio of the United States treasury is over 5 to 1! (9.518 trillion total debt divided by 1.86 trillion in tax revenue).
Looking back, here are the historical US government debt numbers from 1986 through 2007:



Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip – Part 2 of 4

In RVing on January 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

If I remember correctly, there were 22 rigs in the caravan. Everyone got along with each other and I never heard a single argument on the whole trip. (Behind closed doors,it may have been a different story). It was so relaxing to have everything all planned out for you. You are not required to caravan  on the road, in fact they prefer that you didn’t. It causes problems on the highways.  You are given your destination and instructions  on what routes to follow. Also, they point out side trips that are pretty good. You might want to check these out on your way to the campground…… We only did four caravans, and we enjoyed every one of them. There are many more caravans   available to choose from today. Try one-I know that you will enjoy it.

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(06/26/20-10) We are leaving Campground Services , Watson Lake , Yukon  for   Trails of  ’98 campground, White Horse,Yukon. We got off to an early start because we have 279 miles to cover and it is not all smooth driving. June drove the first part of the trip, and I’ll tell you this, she did not use the exhaust brake one time. She was not taking any chances of  blowing the exhaust valve off the manifold again. It was a perfect day for driving. There were quite a few miles of bumpy gravel road, but these were the new rebuilt roads . They just need grading and paving. The only animals that we saw was a lone dog with a collar. Got to camp without any problems. People are checking with us to see what kind of problems we had crossing Steam Boat Mountain. Grant and Barbara have caught up with us now. After supper we were picked up by bus and taken to town to a 1940’s Canteen Show which was very good.  We need to get up early tomorrow morning for an all day city tour of White Horse. The problem is that the sun sets so late in the day, that you have to go to bed in the daylight. It is 15 minutes to mid-night right now as I write this and the sky is pink where the sun has just gone down. ( The month of June averages 18 hours of sunshine a day).

>(6/27/97) We are scheduled to board a bus for a tour of the White Horse area. This park where we are staying has a Restaurant that serves sour dough pancakes for breakfast, so we had to have breakfast there. They were very good. We boarded our bus and toured the city of White Horse. White Horse got its name back in the gold rush days when the miners thought  that the water over the rapids on the Yukon River looked like

the “manes” of white horses. We stopped at the S.S.KLONDIKE II  for a tour of the old stern paddle wheel River Boat. The original  S.S.KLONDIKE I  sank after it rammed a rock in the river. All of the equipment and superstructure was salvaged. They built a new hull , added the equipment and superstructure to it. The S.S.KLONDIKE II was

born. It was moved through town and set up on land beside the Yukon River.We visited a hot springs close by, Then we had a nice box lunch picnic at a nice quiet park. After that we looked at two mile canyon and drove through an Animal Reserve, plenty of  video taken. This evening we were all bused down to The “Fantastic Follies” show, and that was pretty good.

S.S.Klondike 11


>(6/28/97) Today is a free day to do anything that you need or want to do! That usually means laundry for June and for Dick , doing a PM check on the truck and checking air pressure in all twelve tires plus spares, battery water and anything else that needs looking into, like the exhaust brake status. We signed up to take a one day trip to Skagway, Ak. by train, with a bus trip back to White Horse, (To clear things up,we are at White Horse now, on our way to Alaska.When we finish our tour of Alaska,we will return to White Horse and  our caravan will officially end here. It is suppose to be a very interesting trip. When I checked out the exhaust brake, I found that the exhaust was blowing out around the pipe clamp joining the exhaust pipe to the manifold pipe. This clamp is made of soft metal so that pipes of slighty different diameters can be joined together. I went to town and picked  up all that I needed to make the repairs.That is when I found the exhaust brake problem. Before this caravan started, I had found the exhaust brake frozen in the open position and I had it replaced. The people doing the work  re-used the clamp and had put it on backwards so it wouldn’t clamp tight anymore.( We won’t be back there any more, thats for sure).Our bus driver, who keeps us up to date on all local news around here, was telling us that the electricity up here is so expensive  that when they shut down the paper mill, they raise the rates to make up for the loss of income.

(6/29/97) We got up early to leave for a ride on the M.V.Schwatka on the Yukon River. The trip from the dam up river through the canyon narrows and back was scenic and interesting. The trip was narrated by the pilot (owner) and by cassette tape that was turned on at the proper time for the area that we were going through. We were back at the RV Park at noon  and we went over to the transportation

musuem at the air port. The museum was pretty nice, Canadian history of planes , cars and dog sleds. There were several rooms with a VCR playing historical information. We spent the entire afternoon there. The airport has the largest weather vane we have ever seen. An old DC-3 plane was mounted on a pedstal and it rotates with the wind direction via a transmitter from a gyrosystem.

DC_3 Weather Vane-White Horse,Alaska

( 6/30/97) We are leaving Trails of ’98’ Campground, White Horse,Yukon –  For  –  Kluane Wilderness Village, Kluane,Yukon .   This was a very un-eventful road trip to the campground in Kluane,Yukon. We talked to a couple traveling with the Good  Sams Club Tours. They are going to the same campground as we are tomorrow in Tok. Nice people . The Lancasters’ arrived around 8:00 pm in a rented Class C motorhome. Their motorhome needed a part to be flown in from the manufacturer. They have their 13 year old grandson Jeff with them and this trip is for him.(All this happened in White Horse).

>(7/1/97) We are leaving Kluane Wilderness Village, Kluane, Yukon  –  for  –  Tok, Alaska. We will be crossing a time zone so we set our time back one hour. One version, the name Tok is derived from the Athabascan word for “peaceful crossing.” The U.S. Geological Survey notes that the name “Tok River” was in use for the nearby river around 1901, and the Athabascan name of “Tokai” had been reported for the same river by Lt. Allen in 1887

Lake Kluane

June allowed me to start the driving today. She wouldn’t say why, but I suspect it might be because we will be crossing the border into Alaska & through  customs. She was driving when we crossed over into Canada  coming up. She decided that she would help Customs by explaining everything we had. I don’t think that they cared for her help too much because they pulled us aside for a full search. We had to unlock every thing and stand back.The rest of the drive was on paved roads as soon as we hit the US. Quite a change from dirt roads. We  checked in and parked.  We are traveling again tomorrow morning so we didn’t un-hook . They shuttled us up to a salmon bake for dinner, choice of salmon, haliburt or BBQ ribs (the haliburt was great!).We got ourselves down to Burnt Paw for a dog sled show, which was free and it was pretty darn good. They put on a demonstration with a sled on wheels and three dogs.  We went to bed tired. We travel again tomorrow.

>(7/2/97) We are leaving Tok RV Village, Tok, Alaska   –  For  –  Rivers Edge RV Park, Fairbanks, Alaska     We were not in too much of a hurry to get started as we only had

Fairbanks,Alaska

214 miles to travel ( about 5 hours) and we can not check in until after 2:00 pm. Grant wanted to get his RV springs greased and he had an 8:00 am appointment. He called on his CB and said that he was going to be late and would catch up with us, so we left camp at a slow pace with June driving . So far we have had a nice , quiet drive. We stopped at Rika’s Roadhouse & Historical Buildings for lunch. Dick took over driving.They put us in a very narrow site with two trees. We had to put the slide-out, almost against a tree in order to get the rear end out of the road. The bushes around the steps were thorny and we had to trim them back to keep from getting scratched.The wagon master apologized for the bad choice of sites for our 36ft RV and said that he would be more

selective in the future. We never had any more problems.  After dinner we asked the owner  for directions to the airport. They are simple, turn right and drive until you arrive at the airport. We drove all the way in to where the plane unloads to make sure we will be able to pick up our daughter. Jaye, tonight. We returned to our RV to wait until 12:15 pm. At 12:15 we left for the airport. The plane finally arrived and we picked up Jaye and her luggage. Then  back to the RV and to bed.

Jaye has arrived in Alaska

(7/3/97) We had to get up in the morning at 6:00 am to get ready for our bus tour of the city of Fairbanks, which is pretty well spread out. Only one-four story building, mostly

two stories or less. After the city tour, which was interesting , we stopped at the El Dorado Gold Mine for lessons on the methods of mining gold

After being fully instructed in the way to pan gold. We were all given a small “Poke” of

 

The Store is the real "Goldmine"

Panning for Gold

gold bearing earth and taken to an area set up with a big container of water with benches around it so we could pan the gold out of our poke. You can keep all of the gold that you pan. We all found very,very small pieces (flakes) of gold.They check your gold for you, weight it  and and give you the dollar value, which isn’t much. We put all of ours together. It weighed 15 grams with a dollar value of $30.00. They will sell you a bracelet with a center compartment that shows the gold flecks.(This store is the real Gold Mine here ). Next we went to a museum at the University of Alaska. The museum

University of Alaska

was very interesting and we could have spent much more time there then was allowed. From there we returned to our campground.We planned on going to bed early. We have to get up at 4:30 am for our trip to the Arctic Circle tomorrow morning at 6:00 am  (extra side trip).
(7/4/97) Today our goal is to ride 8 1/2 hours in a bus to the arctic Circle, stand in front of an arctic circle sign, have our picture taken, get back into the bus and ride 8 1/2 back to the campground….My advice is to take  an airplane or helicopter trip.You will enjoy it much more (unless you are afraid of flying)…..P.S. You couldn’t drag me on that bus again!>(7/5/97) Today is mostly a free day,  until 5:50 pm when we meet for our special evening cruise aboard the

Stern-Wheeler “Discovery”. Jaye is all excited about being in Alaska and wants to see it all…in 11 days, so we will do what we can to make her happy. We boarded a bus to take us down to “Discovery” for our evening cruise. The cruise was very nice and

River boat Discovery

entertaining. They stopped at : Susan Butcher’s ” home. Her assistant gave a talk on dog sleds and on sled dogs. Susan Butcher has won the grueling 1,100 mile “Iditarod” dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome four times. The assistant’s talk was very interesting. Next, we stopped at the “Chena Indian  Village”. The Village was set up for the visitors and it was divided into several  sections. They showed how Indians lived, constructed their homes, made cloth, took care of their animals and much more. I had forgotten to bring the video camera and was I sorry. This cruise has been fantastic!
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Here is another joke to carry you through the day!!
Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and
thinking, surely I can’t look that old…..Well …You will love this one.
My name is Alice, and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first
appointment with a new Dentist.
I noticed his DDS Diploma on the wall, which bore his full name.
Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with
the same name had been in my high school class some 30-odd
years ago.
Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on,  back
then? Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such
thought.
This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way
too old to have been my classmate.
After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Mogan
Park High Scool.
‘Yes.Yes, I did. I’m a Mustang,” he gleamed with pride.
‘When did you graduate’ I asked.
He answered,’in 1975. Why do you ask?
You were in my class!, I exclaimed.
He looked at me closely, then that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled faced, grey-
haired, decrepit, son-of-a-gun asked,
‘What grade did you teach?’

Our Fantastic Alaskan RV Trip- Part 1 of 4

In postaweek2011, RVing on January 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Leaving Florida for Alaska

WoW ! , Here I am, sitting here typing an opening statement to my first Blog.  I was beginning to think that I would never get to this point. It has been several months since the day that I decided to blog.You see, we are of the “older Generation” now, and, of course, retired. We have had a wonderful life together since our marriage in 1951. Yes, I know, that was a long time ago, but heck, we have been so busy having fun and enjoying the things that nature put on earth for us to have fun with, that time just seemed to “zip” on by. I kept a sort of loose type of logs, on each year that we RVed. I plan to test the “Blogging Arena”soon  with trips that we took(with the help of my logs) and other subjects that are of interest to me and  perhaps, to you….I may do a political blog or two, because our leaders seem to have so little empathy for the public in general.(And then, I may not- I get so P.O.ed at them in general)

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(I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan Island,..but it  turned out to be an optical Aleutian)

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Dick & June at mile one

Alaska-Here we come.

In 1997 we signed up for the Camping World President’s  Club 38 Day Alaskan Caravan tour. We  wanted to go in 1996, but we had waited too long and the tour was sold out. Needless to say, we signed up earlier in 1997. We had talked about setting off on our own, but decided against it as a bad idea. I’m sure that you know people that could  plan out an Alaskan trip for themselves, pack up their RV and go where they planned, have a fantastic time, come home and talk for  hours on where they had gone and what they had done . Not us!! If we planned a trip, we would pack up and go, have a pretty good  time, come home and people would  ask us if we saw this and did we do that, and I would say “heck no, was all that stuff there”. Thats the reason we took the Caravan tour, they  know all the things that people want to see and want to do..And you always have a camp site when you get there.                    I will  do the posts  by following our daily logs from our trip.

Alaskan Hwy-Dawson Creek

6/16/97) We arrived at Dawson Creek, BC. Checked in and got a Camp site, Got the RV set up.

(6/17/97)  We went down to the Dawson Creek Information Center and picked up information on where to go and what to see around Dawson Creek. If it ever stops sprinkling and clears up, we plan to go down to the” mile zero” sign post for the Alaskan hwy and take some pictures.

(6/18/97)  We decided that as long as we only have one used original tire left on the RV as a spare, that we had better swap it out with a new  tire and eliminate the chance of having to depend on a questionable tire. We  had the CB and antenna checked because they were not working right. Both were  bad & replaced. Also got a new battery for our “bag” cell phone.The nice little cell phones of today were too darn expensive for what little use that they would get (remember the “roaming” chargers you had to pay for the pleasure of talking”) . I  know of several RVer’s who were quite surprised with their 1st phone bill after buying a cell phone and calling home every day. I mean bills up into the hundreds of dollars. Most generally that cured them of idle “gabbing”.

(6/19/97)   I got up  early this morning and it sure was cold. The LP cylinder went empty last night .( I need to put an automatic change-over regular on the cylinders.) We drove to town to fill the empty cylinder. Met our new neighbors  while putting the LP cylinder back in the RV.   They are our rear wagon masters, Hap & Dolly. I will get to know each better during the trip. Seem like very nice people.

Army Trucks Arriving in Dawson Creek

(6/20/97)  After it stopped raining, I changed out the diesel’s in-take air filter and cleaned  up the dirty filter and oiled it. After lunch we went down to the Visitors Information Center. We watched a video on building the  Alaskan Hwy. It was a good video.They also have two pretty good Museums that we toured for a Loonie ($2.00)


(6/21/97)  We sat and watched the Tracks To Alaska Caravan get their last instructions and pull out this morning. The rear Wagon Master had a hand-held CB set and was putting them out on the road in an  orderly manner…In between showers we registered with the rally hosts at the campground Rally Building. We came back later for our orientation meeting  where the rules are laid out & what to expect on the tour, and we got a chance to meet the other members of our group..It seems as though we have a friendly bunch. Jack was appointed the  “can man”! His thankless job was to make sure that everyone wore their name tags. There is a 25 cent fine for all offenders. The fine money will be used for an ice cream social later on in the trip.

Distance to Home sign posts at Watson Lake


(6/22/98)  Today was spent getting ready to travel tomorrow. Last minute washing clothes. We took some photos at the mile zero sign post. The caravan bused us to The George Dawson Inn for a nice buffet dinner. A Dawson Creek public relations  Lady,  gave us an interesting talk on the history of Dawson Creek and showed us the same video that we saw at the info Center. (Back in 1942 one soldier was over heard to say: This country ain’t nothing but  miles and miles of nothing), and that pretty much covers the vastness of the land  up here.
(6/23/97)   Leaving Tubby’s RV Park, Dawson Creek, BC  –   for   –  Westend Campground, Fort Nelson, BC                   Today is the day that we begin our Caravan. We got up early because we have about 300 miles to travel today.The trip was quite uneventful. I thought that the West End Campground left a bit to be desired. The sites were narrow, with 20 amps electrical, water and sewer connections at just about ground level. I hope that we don’t sink down too deep in the mud tomorrow when we leave. I went outside around 10:45 pm and video taped the area around our site. This is the longest day of the year (I’m told) and it was no darker than a cloudy day. We had a slide show at the theater in Fort Nelson. The girl putting it on did a great job.

Lets see,put this thing in here......


(6/24/97)   Leaving West End Campground, Fort Nelson.BC   –  for   –  J & H Wilderness Campground,Muncho Lake,BC…If yesterday was routine, then today was a much different day..It started off at the West End Campground where we were over-nighting. It rained most of the night so there was more water and mud then dirt to start out on. Grant & Barbara, who are the self-appointed leaders of our little 4 unit sub-group, were ready to go by the time we were ready, so we pulled ourselves out and onto the road. June wanted no part of driving in this mess, so she let me drive.We were due to cross over Steam Boat Mountain, 25 miles out of Fort Nelson. We were also told that there was some road construction, so be careful. Now I know that doesn’t sound too bad….but here is what happened. We arrived at Steam Boat Mountain in the rain. One third the way up the mountain we found out just how low the clouds were. Grant, who was 50 feet ahead of us, suddenly disappeared from sight, except for two little tiny red tail  lights showing. Near the top third of the mountain we found the construction area . It looked as if they had blasted off the  top third of he mountain. The paved road is gone, only mud and dirt to drive on.. Grant had problems on deciding on what was road and what was not. Add to that, a couple of pretty good up hill grades, and you get an idea of the fun we were having, After topping the mountain and starting down, it was more of the same. By gearing down and using the exhaust brake we were in good shape until at the last hill when I put on the exhaust brake again and it blew the  (#@$#%$)...  exhaust pipe loose from the manifold pipe. No more exhaust brake to use and a lot of exhaust noise all the time. Fortunately we were down most of the steep grades. At the service area where we had lunch, I looked at the problem and blocked and tied up the loose exhaust pipe. I plan to fix it at the next campground. We drove through a series of beautiful mountain scenes. Snow capped peaks were all around  us. I suggested to June that she should keep

Al Can Hwy (from stock photos)

the camcorder ready to capture some of the beautiful scenes.”CAMCORDER !” she said in an excited voice, “I CAN”T,  I”M HELPING YOU DRIVE”…But it didn’t really matter because when she did decide to use the camcorder, the video tape ran out, and when she replaced the tape, the battery went dead. And thats the way this trip has gone, so far. At the campground. Hap(rear wagon master) and I re-attached the exhaust pipe again using stainless straps and baling wire. June went on the “Muncho Lake Tour” with the rest of the group. After supper,we went down to the campfire  for some “smoores”, and to  sit around and tell stories of our travels so far….Today we saw, Black Bear, Bison, Sheep and Deer. I didn’tsee many of them. Mostly all I saw was fog, rain, mud & road. We finally arrived at: J & H  Wilderness Campground, Muncho Lake,BC

(6/25/97)  Today we are leaving J  & H Wildness Camp Ground ,Muncho Lake,  BC  For – Campground  Services, Watson Lake,Yukon –   “Murphy” has not left us. It wasn’t raining this morning when we pulled out, but it had not been stopped very long. We had to “gun” the truck to pull the RV out of the mud. It came out ok. About 5 miles out of town we had to go down a steep grade. When I put on the exhaust brake, you know what happened, the exhaust pipe blew off the manifold again. It didn’t sound too bad until we went over some “wash board” road, then it really broke loose,  nice and loud. I pulled over into the next service station and began to put it back together. Hap showed up after I had finished . He helped me to support the exhaust pipe using more stainless straps that he had found. It should hold good now, its never been this well supported. Grant and Barbara  went ahead of us, Barbara had fallen last night and hurt her ankle and arm. Grant wanted to get her to a doctor. It was only sprained, not broken but she was in pain. We saw some sheep (still look like goats to me), crossing the road. Also saw a big Bison walking in the ditch beside the road. We were the next to last rig into camp again. Hap is on the payroll and is required to be last one in. If anyone breaks down, he has to stay with them. We had a finger-food get together. Lots of fun.

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HUMOR IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

As a Bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral
director to play at a grave side service for a homeless man. He had
no family or friends. so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery
in the Kentucky back-country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost, and being a typical
man I didn’t stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw
the undertaker had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in
sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating
lunch.
I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side
of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I
didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gether gather around.
I played out my heart and sole for this man with no family and friends. I
played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played ‘Amazing Grace,’the workers began to weep.They wept,
I wept,we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes
and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
And as I was opening the door of my car, I heard one of the workers say,
I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks
for twenty-two years.