I told you earlier in the summer about Jerry and Dee Thomas’s trip to Alaska this year. I’m not sure exactly what date they started but I started receiving their “Jerry and Dee’s Ramblings” e-mails toward the end of May. They have not wasted a minute…that is not to say they were busy every minute either because they “did it the right way.” If they found stopping places that their big MH would fit into, preferably with water on three sides, they spent several days just enjoying that particular spot.
These spots and others, not only incorporated scenery with snow-covered mountains and tree-surrounded lakes, but included bears, moose, caribou, sheep, eagle, buffalo, beaver, wolf, and whatever else Canada and Alaska offers. They shared all this with their small furry friend, Jaxson, or as they call him, “a rare wild Schnauzer.”
On the way up they stopped in Beautiful Downtown Chicken at the Chicken Creek Café and met Susan Wiren, who runs the café, gas station, gift shop, etc. as well as doing the cooking and baking. You DO NOT try to follow this lady around. And I’ll bet she gave them her whole history while she was at it! This is my picture of the café when I was there in 2007.
One of the best things they did throughout this trip was to make friends with the locals and their fellow travelers as well. They tried the local cuisine and got excited about everything. And they were not afraid to include driving roads that a lot of people would shun because they are gravel or “out of the way.” I know a whole lot of people who would not drive the Denali Highway, mostly gravel, but with the most amazing scenery. They drove the McCarthy road to McCarthy (No easy task), drove up to Hatcher Pass to see the Liberty Mine, and actually went out to the Chena Hot Springs Resort north of Fairbanks and went through the Aurora Ice Museum. I wrote about that but never went there.
I am going to have to go back to Alaska; I can see that right now. I hope you are enjoying your RVing wherever you are. 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.”