While Arizona temperatures soar well above the 100+ mark and this summer it is not producing “dry” heat, I guess I shouldn’t complain because a good bit of the rest of the country is getting an unusual amount of the same thing. At least we were expecting it! It is almost mid August so maybe it will calm down in another 40 days or so.
In the meantime, friends Jerry and Dee Thomas and their dog, Jaxon, are visiting Alaska for the first time and from the “Ramblings” notes they are sending all their unlucky friends who didn’t get to go, they are having a marvelous time.
It took me five trips to visit all the places they have seen already and from all appearances, they aren’t racing madly from place to place in order to see everything. They are doing this the right way, stopping to thoroughly visit whatever is in their path and getting to know the people around them whether they are other visitors or locals.
Things have changed since my first trip to Alaska in 1987. They just visited Whittier by driving through a tunnel that now offers both a road for cars and tracks for trains but you have to wait for a signal before you enter. In 1987 there was no road for vehicles. I had to park the RV and take a train to Whittier in order to catch a tour to see the glaciers.
They visited Portage Glacier which is just before entering the tunnel. In 1987, the glacier was just outside the big Visitor Center window. Now you have to take a boat ride to see it because the glacier melted enough to go “round the bend” (as so many of us have!).
By the time you read this, they will probably already have visited Homer Spit, one of my favorite stops. These are pictures taken in that area. I’d love to see the inside of that igloo house! God Bless until next week.
Minshall’s RVing Alaska and Canada (A “How to” and “Why not” book) is available thru Amazon.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”