Thanks to all our friends!

Khevron and Lareena at Mad Dog British Pub

Khevron and Lareena

We want to extend our sincere thanks to all the folks who helped us, hosted us, befriended us or gave advice this trip.

Using first names, and not naming Children (Pets in parenthesis) You know who you are!

It was so great to meet old friends, make new friends, meet distant relations and catch up with long lost ones! This is in sequential order, so states appear more than once.

 

Alaska
Michael and Heather
Michele and Gary, and Michele’s Dad

Montana
Jackie and Renee in Billings

Idaho
Kelvin, Sharon & Family

Utah
Grant, Shirley & Family (& Lucy and Sela)
Lynette
Heather
Connie
Charlene & Darryl
Carolyn

Colorado
Kimberly & Family

Kansas
Jarom
Venuz
Merrill & Donna
Salvador & Rachel
Daniel & Rebecca

Missouri
Pat

Illinois
Julie and her Folks

Indiana
Jeff & Deb
Steve & Debbie
Gene & Mary

Ohio
Barbara & Laurel

Virginia
Tom & Sue (and Shadow!)

Delaware
Mom
Doug & Cindy
Valerie

Massachusetts
Jeff

New Hampshire
Mike & Carolyn & Family

Nova Scotia
Susan (CS)
Barony of Ruantallen
Donal and Allessandra
Lyanna & Esperanza
Kris and Jordan (CS)
Ivy(CS)(and Neville)

Maine
Durby & Family

New York
Mark and Anna

Ontario
Seth and Liz

Michigan
Chad and Jenn & Katherine

Pennsylvania
Ron
Brian & Theresa & Family

New Jersey
Doug & Tom & Jon
Scott

Delaware
Mom & Jean
Doug & Cindy

Virginia
Josh & Ellen

Tennessee
Babs

Georgia
Mike and Rayda
Linary
The Greene’s

Florida
Mike
Renee

Louisiana
Briana & Bridget

Texas
Nicole
Sheryl & Son

New Mexico
Uncle Larry & Aunt June (and JC)

Colorado
Dom and Shayna & Family

Utah
Brandon and Jesse & Family
Grant & Shirley & Family
Lynette
Carolyn
Everyone at LTUE Symposium & The Xenobians
Connie
Darci
Dave & Mary

Arizona
Dave & Hollie (and Stanley)
Norman & Lois (and Addy)
Marla
Berengaria, Luciano & Elizabeth, Lamorak
and Everyone at Estrella War!
John & Vicki

California
Jeff & Carol
Gene and Susan
Nina
Monte
Cyrus and Caitriona and
Everyone at West Crown!
Kevin and Deborah & Family
Greg and Aurellia
Elizabeth, Sara and Christopher

Oregon
Ed & Elizabeth (and Porthos)
Tim & Shauna
Dave & Gwenn
Berengaria & Meredith (and the Cats)
Ben and Jaci and Family

Washington
Norman, Alberto & Beth & Family
Andy & Meredith
Cynthia
Sean and Dani (& Delta)

Montana
Dee and June
Jacquie and Renee
Chip & Cyndi & Family

Wyoming
Marian and Doug (& Patches)
Jay & Stacey (& doggies)

Wisonsin
Sue and Ann
King Morgan and Queen Lusche
and everyone at Bardic Madness
C.C.

Manitoba
Evan (CS)

North Dakota
Lisa

Montana
Becky & Forrest & Family

British Columbia
Boni and Jason
Juliana and Prince Christian and Princess Heléne
and Everyone at the Tir Righ Heraldry Symposium

Alaska!
Nate & Michelle
Jaime and Aldon & Family
Karl and Elisa (and Luna)
Richard & Alice
Jay and Arika & the Kids
Glenn and Lauren & Family & Friends
Gerri

Again, we couldn’t have done this awesome trip without your support and friendship!

Don/Khevron and Lareena/Merewyn

The 473 and We

The 473 and We

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Recap and Lists!

Summary of Our Gone Crazy Moose-adventure!

Our Rig

Our Rig and We – Blue Ridge Parkway

Started 9/5/12 in AK
States: 49/50 Provinces: 10/13
Days: 264 May 26
US National Parks: 22/59
US National Monuments: 9/103
Canadian National Parks: 6/44

Nights Stayed with/at:
Friends/Family: 167
Hotels: 32
Camping: 40
Couchsurfing: 11
Hostels: 8
Slept in Car: 3
Bed & Breakfast: 1
Air B&B: 1

Car Miles: 39,900 (Sans Trailer: 6,440)
Motorcycle Miles: 4,190

Shortest time in one state: 10 minutes
Longest: 21 days
Most States in 1 Day: 4 (twice)

Altitude:
Vail Summit: 11,014 feet
Willis Tower: 1,353 feet (412 m) (103 floors)
Salton Sea: 226 ft (69 m) below sea level

Compass:
Easternmost: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Southernmost: Key West, Florida
North/Westernmost: Fairbanks, Alaska

Entries into Canada: 6
Ferry Rides: 5
Great Lakes 5/5

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Mishaps:
Motorcycle Tie-down straps broken: 1
Tires:  Blow-outs: 1 | 4 Car Tires replaced; 4 Trailer Tires
Windshields: 1

LISTS:

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

Caves:
Jacob’s Cave
Skyline Caverns
Mammoth Cave
Carlsbad Cavern
Jewel Cave
Wind Cave
Lava Beds

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US National Parks 22/59
Glacier
Grand Teton
Yellowstone
Arches
Shenandoah
Acadia
Mammoth Cave
Everglades
Big Bend
Carlsbad Caverns
Mesa Verde
Natural Bridges
Zion
Joshua Tree
Sequoia
Kings Canyon
Yosemite
Pinnacles
Redwood
Olympic
Wind Cave
Voyageurs

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National Monuments (9/103)
Fort Stanwix
Aztec
Montezuma’s Castle
Montezuma’s Well
Tuzigoot
Lava Bed
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Devil’s Tower
Jewel Cave

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park, Alberta

Canada National Parks 6/44
Jasper
Banff
Kootenay
Fundy
Cape Breton Highlands
Kluane

Animals and Birds Spotted:

Chimera Tortoise Cat

Chimera Tortoise Cat – Minnesota

Bison by the Visitor Center

Bison by the Visitor Center – Yellowstone

Mammals:

Cats & Dogs, Bison (Yukon, BC, Wyoming, Virginia), Elk (Alberta, Wyoming), Caribou (B.C), Deer, Pronghorn (Utah), Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, Sheep (domestic), Cattle, Scottish Long-Haired Cattle, Llamas/Alpaca, Horses, Donkey, Mule, Yak, Coyote, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Moose

Squirrel in the Window!

Squirrel in the Window!

Rodents:

Squirrel (Brown and Gray & Black), Racoons, Skunks (live and many dead), Prairie Dogs, Chipmunk, Rabbits

Pelican on Salton Sea

Pelican on Salton Sea

Feathered:

Cockatiel, Blue Jay, Wild Turkeys (Illinois, Virginia, So. Dakota), Ravens (AK, Canada, Montana, Wyoming)

Golden Eagle, Hawks (VA), Owls (Skyline Drive), Bald Eagle (Delaware!), Herons, Vultures, Pelicans, Storks, Woodpeckers, Roadrunner

Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spider

Insects:

Caterpillars, Beetles, Spiders, other bugs

Three Alligators at Big Cypress National Preserve

Three Alligators at Big Cypress National Preserve

Reptiles:

Alligators, Big Green Lizard, little gecko (Florida)

Moose Cow

Moose Cow

 

Our Web-Sites
Recap page with Calendar of Days (what we saw, where’d we stay each day):

http://khevron.tripod.com/khevron/mooseadventures.html

Youtube Channels:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ourmooseadventures

Our “Moose Adventure Guest House Air B&B:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1251769

Khevron’s Web-Site: www.khevron.com

Lareena’s Web-Site: www.lareena.net

Meredith Skye (Lareena’s sci-fi pen name):  www.meredithskye.com

Khevron’s Web-Design Service: www.virtualshingle.com

 

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Home at Last!

HOME AT LAST

Glenn cooked us a great breakfast of eggs, a mound of bacon, hash browns and toast. We chatted awhile more before saying goodbye.

From there, we continued up the Alaska Highway (which in the U.S. is Hwy 2) towards Delta Junction. Lots of road and mountains between Tok and Delta Junction and Fairbanks!

Mountains between Tok and Delta

Mountains between Tok and Delta

Delta!  The official End of the Alaska Highway!

It’s is a small town. We stopped at the Visitor’s Center to take a photo at the “End” of the Alaska Highway. Highway 2, of course, continues up to Fairbanks, which is our home.

Delta Junction

Delta Junction

End of the Alaska Highway!

End of the Alaska Highway!

Mooses at the End of the Alaska Highway!

Mooses at the End of the Alaska Highway!

 

We have several friends in Delta. We arranged to meet our friend, Gweneth, for lunch. She’s the Baroness of Winter’s Gate, our home barony. Alaska is the Principality of Oertha in the SCA. We are in the Kingdom of the West.

We met at the Visitor’s Center and had lunch at the Buffalo Center Drive-In. Khevron had a Philly cheesesteak and I had a milkshake. I was bad.

Buffalo Center Drive-In

Buffalo Center Drive-In

 

On our arrival in Fairbanks–over eight months after we started our “Gone Crazy Roadtrip.”

The whole trip has been sort of surreal. At first, we could hardly believe that we’d quit our jobs to go on such a trip. Then after awhile, we got so used to being on the road that now being home seemed strange.

Richardson Highway

Richardson Highway

Odometer and time on arrival in Fairbanks

Odometer and time on arrival in Fairbanks

 

Also, we no longer had our old apartment. So, we had been invited to stay with our friends, Heather and Michael–who had helped us during our trip with matters at home.

Mooses at Fairbanks, Alaska!

Mooses at Fairbanks, Alaska!

So, we went over to their house and dropped off some of our stuff and said “hi.” Then we drove around town. We went over the new Barnette Street Bridge leading to downtown Fairbanks, which had been under construction for quite awhile before we left.

We stopped at the center of downtown and took a photo of our mooses at the Welcome to Fairbanks sign near the Visitor’s Center. This is on the Chena River near a park.

Saw this plane parked outside someone’s house.

Alaska--where you park your plane in your driveway

Alaska–where you park your plane in your driveway

 

Fairbanks Long Sunset

Fairbanks Long Sunset

 

Silver Gulch Restaurant and Brewery, Fox, Alaska

Silver Gulch Restaurant and Brewery, Fox, Alaska

ANNIVERSARY

It just so happens that we arrived home the day before our 7th wedding anniversary. We had known each other for 14 years. I’d met Khevron online in 1999 while visiting my Dad in Sitka for the summer. After chatting all summer, we met in Anchorage before I left for Salt Lake City for a few years to finish my bachelors in Film Studies at the University of Utah.

 

Lareena on 7th Anniversary

Lareena on 7th Anniversary

I moved up to Kotzebue, Alaska in 2004. We were engaged a year later and got married May 27, 2006.

Pub Pommes

Pub Pommes

 

Celebration Nachos

Celebration Nachos

So we went out to Silver Gulch, one of our favorite local restaurants. It’s also a brewery. We had Pub Pommes and Celebration Nacho’s. The Nacho plate turned out to be quite large. Between the two we almost couldn’t finish it.

 

Weird Beard, Prudhoe Pig, and Cheechako tasters

Weird Beard, Prudhoe Pig, and Cheechako tasters

Khevron had a Razzery Cyser mead that he didn’t really like. He said it tasted weak, like a raspberry tea with a little alcohol in it. I had three tasters: Cheechako (not my favorite, has kind of a bitter aftertaste), Prudhoe Pig (similar to Guinness but sweeter with a slight coffee taste. Pretty good.), and Weird Beard (a winner, sweet taste with a slight bitterness; even Khevron liked it!). Then I had a pint of my favorite: Osculum Infame. But… I might like Weird Beard even better than that!

 

Khevron on our 7th Anniversary

Khevron on our 7th Anniversary

Lareena on 7th Anniversary

Lareena on 7th Anniversary

 

That was the end of our Gone Crazy Trip.

 

NEXT: WHO KNOWS?

 

But the moose won’t stop traveling…

The moose investigate budding leaves

The moose investigate budding leaves

 

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Haines to Tok, Alaska

Going north on the Haines Road

Going north on the Haines Road

UP THE HAINES ROAD

May 24th

We got up early to get to the ferry, which departed Juneau at 7 AM. Lisa drove us.

On the ship, we played Settlers of Catan twice on the computer. The computer won the first game and Khevron won the second game.

We arrived in Haines at 11:30 AM. Again we stayed with our friends Nate and Michelle. That night, we all went out to dinner at the Chilikat Bakery (a Thai restaurant). I had Thai ice tea and Paneang Pork Curry. Khevron had Cashew Chicken. It was all delicious.

May 25. Sat

We got up early (7:30 AM) and went to breakfast with Nate and Michelle. They know a cute little coffee shop in Haines that also serves a light breakfast, called Sarah J’s Shoppe. They also had some souvenirs and gifts. The place was small but friendly. I had a cappuccino and a breakfast croissant with avocado and pepper jack cheese. It was good. Khevron had a breakfast burrito and the “London Fog,” which is Earl Gray tea with vanilla and milk.

The Sarah J Shoppe

The Sarah J Shoppe

We finished packing up our car–reunited once again since our backpacking trip on the ferry. By 9:30 AM, we were driving the Haines Road up to the junction.

Our Rig on the Haines Road

Our Rig on the Haines Road

Not far from Haines, we arrived at the Canadian border. Our friend Nate works at the U.S. side of the border. When we pulled up to the border customs, the man there said. “You must be friends of Nate. He called and said to give you a hard time.” But he didn’t. He seemed to know about our trip and was interested. We chatted a little, then continued on our way.

Some of the snow had melted on the Haines Road since a week earlier when we’d arrived, but there were still patches of snow on the ground. The rocky, barren mountain peaks were covered with snow still and the trees still had not budded.

Going north on the Haines Road

Going North on the Haines Road

Going north on the Haines Road

Going North on the Haines Road

 

Going north on the Haines Road

Going North on the Haines Road

Going north on the Haines Road

Going North on the Haines Road

 

Going north on the Haines Road

Going North on the Haines Road

Along the road, we saw a small brown bear–might have been a yearling. A half an hour later, wee saw a other brown bear. This one was larger. We also saw a coyote later, crossing the road. But that was the extent of our wildlife encounters.

Brown Bear sighted on Haines Road

Brown Bear sighted on Haines Road

Around 2:00 PM, we stopped at Destruction Bay and had P, B & J’s I’d made the night before. On the road again, I began reading aloud a new book: “The Book of Three” by Lloyd Alexander, which has been a favorite of mine since childhood. (Disney mashed the series together to make “The Black Cauldron.”

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Fas Gas at Beaver Creek

Fas Gas at Beaver Creek

By 4:30, we’d made it to Beaver Creek and gassed up. About 20 minutes later, we crossed back into the U.S.

From there, it was another 90 minutes to Tok. We stayed again with Glenn and Lauren Burnham. We arrived at gaming night. Usually they play D & D but they had guests and so decided to play Risk instead. We only watched an visited.

The Burnham family

The Burnham family

But when the game was done, we showed them our two classic DVD’s: “The Gamers” and “Dorkness Rising.” They seemed to enjoy it.  A lot!

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Next: Home to Fairbanks!

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Russian Sitka

 

Russian Bishop's House

Russian Bishop’s House

RUSSIAN BISHOP’S HOUSE

The Russian Bishop’s House is a National Historic Park located in Sitka, Alaska. This is one of the few examples of Russian colonial architecture to survive in North America. The House was completed in 1843 during a Russian American “Golden Age.”

In 1741, the Bering-Chirikov expedition arrived in Alaska. But it wasn’t until nearly 60 years later that serious colonization began. At one point the Russian holdings in North America extended to California and Hawaii. The Russians colonial period lasted from 1799 to 1867, operated by the Russian American Company. Their interest in Alaska was in furs.

Russian Bishop House

Russian Bishop House

Sitka is located in Southeast Alaska, on Baranof Island. The Russian settlement in those days was named New Archangel, and it was the Russian capital of Alaska. The name Sitka comes from the native Tlingit people “Sheet’ká” (a contraction of Shee At’iká) which means “People on the Outside of Baranof Island”

The Russian American Company promoted the Russian Orthodox Church throughout early Alaska and is one of the remaining legacies today. In 1841 a Russian bishop arrived, named Bishop Innocent, arrived in Sitka. He had a strong interest in the Native Alaskans. He was an expert at languages. He aimed his missionary work at the natives. The Russian Bishop House was built as a residence for Bishop Innocent.

Last Governor of Russian Alaska

Last Governor of Russian Alaska

In 1867 Russia sold Alaska to the United States. The exchange of flags took place in Sitka, on Castle Hill.

Below is a model of old Sitka in the early days.

Model of Old Sitka

Model of Old Sitka

 

These religious cards were used for education and missionary work.

Holy Cards at the Bishop's House

Holy Cards at the Bishop’s House

 

THE RUSSIAN DANCERS

May 23rd

Archangel Dancers

Archangel Dancers

Thursday morning we got up in time to go see the Russian Dancers. This would be our last day in Sitka.

My Dad took us to the Visitor’s Center where the Russian Dancers were performing. The group is called the “New Archangel Dancers.” The dance performance lasted 30 minutes and cost $10 each.

Archangel Announcer

Archangel Announcer

This group is all volunteer–and also all female. In some dances (when men are needed) the women dress as men. They also admitted that none of them are actually Russian.

The Laundry Dance

The Laundry Dance

New Archangel Dancers

New Archangel Dancers

Apparently, 44 years ago when the group formed, they invited men to join but none wanted to. Now when a man asks to join their group, the women say “No, thank you.”

New Archangel Dancers

New Archangel Dancers

The performance was quite good as were the costumes.

New Archangel Dancers

New Archangel Dancers

Dad and Laurel used to do a lot of folk dancing but not any more.

We went back home and worked on the internet for awhile. I gave Dad copies of a lot of the genealogy stuff I’d found, and also copies of Marian’s photos. Dad gave me an updated copy of his genealogy files.

GAVIN TRAIL

Gavin Hill Trail in Sitka, Alaska

Gavin Hill Trail in Sitka, Alaska

Later, Khevron and I went on a short hike. This one started only a block from Alice and Richard’s house–called the Gavin Hill trail. We went as far as the Sitka Cross trail and followed that over to the high school, then back home. A pleasant hike.

We picked up Arika around 2 PM and headed for the ferry terminal. We said goodbye and the ferry departed about 3:15 PM.

The Mooses board the ferry.

The Mooses board the ferry.

During the 4-1/2 hour ride home, Khevron and I played Catan several times on my iPad. I won once.

In Juneau, Elisa picked us up, as Jaime was pretty busy with school activities. So we stayed at Karl and Elisa and chatted with them until bedtime.

 

Thursday: To Juneau!

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