Thanks to all our friends!

Khevron and Lareena at Mad Dog British Pub

Khevron and Lareena

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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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Scenic Sitka by the Sea

View from the Fairweather on the way to Sitka

View from the Fairweather on the way to Sitka

SITKA

May 19th

We went to the ferry early–by 7:30 am–to ride the “MV Fairweather” aka the “fast ferry.” This ferry is small and is a pontoon that skims along on top of the water.

There is only one passenger deck and no cabins.

Seating near the galley, Fairweather

Seating near the galley, Fairweather

 

There is some food but no galley–so all the food is kept hot or is microwavable. They have lights snacks and sodas.

The Galley

The Galley

One design drawback of the Fairweather is that as it idles at port, the exhaust comes out to close to the air intakes and you can smell the diesel smell inside the passenger deck.

Forward seating on Fairweather

Forward seating on Fairweather

Inside Passage

Inside Passage

Passage to Sitka takes four and a half hours. We left Juneau at 8:30 am and arrived in Sitka around 1:00 PM.

 

Inside Passage

Inside Passage

Mooses on the Fairweather

Mooses on the Fairweather

My Mom and Dad, Alice and Richard, came to pick us up. Along with them came our nieces and nephew: Alora, Jordan and Sable, all looking three years older than when we last saw them (which I swear I thought was only a year ago).

Baranof Island

Baranof Island

 

We all went for an excursion in Dad’s new SUV out to Whale Park, south of the city. They have several spots there with binoculars to watch for whales, though we didn’t see any.

Whale Park

Whale Park

There is a viewing area with binoculars for sighting whales. We didn’t see any though.

Whale viewing area

Whale viewing area

Stairway to Whale viewing area

Stairway to Whale viewing area

 

Whale Park Cove

Whale Park Cove

View of the cove

View of the cove

Alora and Khevron

Sable and Khevron

 

Back at the house, we showed everyone photos of our trip and also told them stories of our travels.

 

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Khevron at Swan Lake

Khevron at Swan Lake

 

Ducklings

Ducklings

Monday, May 20th

Richard volunteers to run the genealogy library at the LDS church Mondays from 9 am to noon. Khevron and I decided to join him, since we have an interest in genealogy. I used Ancestry.com to search mainly on my Turkle line but to no avail.

 

Raven in Town

Raven in Town

After that, Khevron and I walked to downtown Sitka to take in the sights. The day was sunny. We went to some shops and climbed Castle Hill–a must for visitors. On Castle Hill, the Russians handed over Alaska to the Americans.

The top of Castle Hill

The top of Castle Hill

Downtown Sitka--View from Castle Hill

Downtown Sitka–View from Castle Hill

 

Sitka Harbor

Sitka Harbor

The Sitka Bridge

The Sitka Bridge

 

Sitka used to the be capital of Alaska when it was Russian.

Russian Church

Russian Church

At 4:30 PM, we had a family picnic with Richard and Alice and her daughter Arika, Jay and the kids, out near the ocean.

There was chicken, salad, rice and stew. We told everyone more about our trip and places we’d been. Jay and Arika were both interested and so came over later that night to Alice and Richard’s for more slideshows and stories.

 

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Lareena on the Bridge

Lareena on the Bridge

 

May 21

Dan's TV station

Dan’s TV station

We slept in a little today. Then at 11:30, I went with Alice to videotape a Rotary Club Meeting at the hotel in town. Dan, who runs the local tv station is currently gone to Israel, so Alice is helping him out doing some extra videotaping and monitoring of the tv station on-air signal. Dan has two stations, one is Fox Five and the other is a local happenings channel, Channel 11. They put several hours of programming a day on.

Alice as Videographer

Alice as Videographer

At noon, I went with Alice to videotape at the Rotary Club. I met Jeff Budd and told him a bit about our trip.

At 3:30, we went over to visit Jay and Arika. We all decided to go on a hike. Only Jordan and Sable could come; Alora had something to do. Sitka has some great hiking trails, improved with many wooden bridges and walkways, surrounded by great forests of Sitka Spruce and Hemlock trees.

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

So, we drove out past the old mill and hiked up the Herring Cove Trail to Beaver Lake, then we hiked around the lake. The scenery was beautiful in every direction: the snow-capped peaks, the blue lake, the Spruce and Hemlock trees.

 

By Beaver Lake

By Beaver Lake

Of course, Sable and Jordan ran ahead and did the trail about 20 minutes faster than us. All together, the trail was about 4 miles (total).

 

Herring Cove Trail

Herring Cove Trail

Khevron

Khevron

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Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

Herring Cove bridge

Herring Cove bridge

Arika and Jay

Arika and Jay

 

Khevron resting

Khevron resting

 

Mountains by Beaver Lake

Mountains by Beaver Lake

 

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

We ordered a pizza on the way home and it arrived shortly after we got to their house. We filled up on pizza before returning to Alice and Richard’s.

 

 

May 22

Khevron and I went at noon to the Sitka Firehouse to meet a friend from Kotzebue: Adam Horton. Adam used to work in the Kotzebue Firehouse while Khevron was doing dispatch up there.

Adam was pleased to see us and had been following our blog. He gave us a tour of the firehouse and chatted awhile. He also gave us a firehall patch and showed us their collection of patches from other stations.

Afterward, we went downtown and shared a Halibut burger at a Mexican place called Agave. When I asked they assured me that the halibut was caught locally–something Sitka is famous for. It was quite good.

I got a pressed penny of Sitka in a shop downtown. I’ve been collecting pressed pennies throughout our trip. I should have quite a bunch now. Khevron has been collecting pins of various states and attractions.

We went home to wait for the kids to get home. We showed more photos and chatted about our trip and had dinner.

At 6:30 PM, Arika and I left to go videotape a meeting at the hospital about the local marathons and races for the summer and how to plan for them.

 

They have a marathon and also a half-marathon in Sitka during the summer. I don’t do marathons, but I probably should if I want to live a long life.

NEXT: RUSSIAN SITKA

 

 

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Alaska’s Capital-Juneau

Haines from the Ferry

Haines from the Ferry

TO JUNEAU

We left the house at 8:30 am. The ferry wasn’t until 10:00. We were leaving our car and trailer with Nate and Michelle while we traveled first to Juneau for a few days, then on to Sitka for four days.

 

View from the Ferry

View from the Ferry

Michelle picked us up and gave us a ride to the ferry. She waited to make sure we could get tickets, but we were right in thinking it wouldn’t be very crowded.

 

Mooses on the Matanuska

Mooses on the Matanuska

Lareena has a step-brother, Aldon, in Juneau, along with his wife Jaime and their four kids. Her Mom and Dad live in Sitka, where she has a step-sister, Arika, with her four kids, so there was a lot of family to see on our trip. And we’d never met Aldon, Jaime and their kids before.

 

Juneau, AK

Juneau, AK

All we brought were a backpack each, my computer, and a purse which held my iPad, and our cameras. For us, that’s packing light!

We arrived an hour early at the ferry, just about when they were boarding. If we’d taken our car, we probably would have been there even earlier.

We rode the Matanuska ferry to Juneau. This ferry was pretty big. There was a forward lounge, a drinking lounge, and then a cafeteria with a full kitchen galley. Some of the smaller ships don’t have a kitchen. There was also a recliner lounge upstairs for people who wanted to sleep or nap.

At the rear, outside, there was an area where you could put up a tent. Only one tent was up. Also, you could rent lockers to put your stuff in for just .50 c.

We had a muffin and milk for breakfast. The trip took about 3-1/2 hours. We kept an eye out for whales but didn’t see any. Something stuck its head out of the water, probably a sea lion.

 

Tram in Juneau

Sidewalk in Juneau

We arrived in Juneau and got off. We called Jaime, for a ride. Afterwards, we realized that someone was already there to pick us up–named Hill.  He was standing there when we got off holding a flag, with something close to the West kingdom design. But we didn’t know anyone had been sent to pick us up.

When we realized it, we apologized to him and said we had a ride.

Jaime showed up. She gave us a ride to town and dropped us off.

Jaime and Aldon (who is Lareena’s step-brother) have four children and were short on space to stay, so we’d planned to stay with some SCA friends–Karl and Lisa.

We walked around downtown, looking at all the tourist shops. Juneau is a port, so the cruise ship dock there in the middle of town. It’s also the capital of Alaska, but we didn’t get over to see the legislature building.

Khevron in Juneau

Khevron in Juneau

 

Mural in Juneau

Mural in Juneau

 

Moose and Bear!

Moose and Bear!

Stairway in Juneau

Stairway in Juneau

They have stairways instead of sidewalks on the hillsides. If it’s like Ketchikan, then the city shovels these stairs, keeping them clean as if they were roads, as some houses only have the stairs and sidewalks as access.

We stopped at a few used bookstores to browse.

Mooses at the Red Dog Saloon

Mooses at the Red Dog Saloon

DI

DI

Lareena got charms at the Diamonds International, a collection she started in the Caribbean. When we went on a cruise, they gave away free bracelets and charms. So she stopped in, hoping for a charm for Juneau–they gave me 6 or 7, a complete set for Alaska. When she mentioned that she didn’t have her bracelet with her, they gave her one of those too. Score!

Tracy gave me Crabs!

Tracy gave me Crabs!

The Zellhuber Family

The Zellhuber Family

That night, we had dinner with Jaime and Aldon and their kids. Aldon cooked hamburgers and home-made fries.

We’d never met them before this trip, so I was glad for a chance to meet them. I know their cousins in Sitka much better.

Khevron and Bobo

Khevron and Bobo

Later, Jaime dropped us off at Karl and Lisa’s. We chatted for awhile before bed.

 

Luna

Luna

 

May 17th

We slept quite late, as we were both getting over colds. Karl and Elisa were at work and Jaime and the kids had gone camping, so we were on our own.

 

MENDENHALL GLACIER

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

I decided to go for a long walk to the Mendenhall Glacier. Khevron stayed home. It rained most of the way there. It probably took me about 80 minutes to walk there.

 

Mendenhall Lake

Mendenhall Lake

Mendenhall Lake

Mendenhall Lake

 

By chance, I found just the right spot to see it–at a campground on the lake. The scenery was beautiful. I would have sat and enjoyed the view for awhile but now it was pouring rain, so I headed home. I took a shortcut and got home in about 65 minutes–just when Karl and Elisa got home.

 

The Shire of Earngyld, the local SCA, was having an event that night. This is the Principality of Oertha, our principality (which covers all of Alaska). Formerly, Karl was the prince of Oertha and Elisa was the princess. Karl had won the coronet tournament.

 

The event was at Edward’s house. There was a potluck dinner. Elisa cooked an apple stew crockpot. Someone cooked rolls with ham and cheese. Edward made stir-fry. Some of them worked on costuming. There were making a “duct tape” pattern.

Also Karl and Elisa brought a box of costume patterns for people to look through. Edward copied a cloak pattern for me.

Bears in Yard

Bears in Yard

May 18

Luna

Luna

Rainy all day, Karl was gone in the morning. We visited with Elisa. At 1:00, Khevron and I went to the movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness, which we enjoyed pretty well.

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Star Trek: Into Darkness

That night, Karl, Khevron and I watched “John Carter” on DVD while Elisa played with her gaming group.

 

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On to Haines, AK

HAINES, ALASKA!

 

May 15th

By 10:00 AM we were out of the hostel, but I was frustrated that I hadn’t been able to sort out the ferry schedule to Sitka, where we’d planned to see my Mom and Dad. The internet gave out on us at 9:40 AM, so I couldn’t finish my calculations.

Both of us still had a cold, so we stopped at the store for medicine.

We did some GoPro video on the way to Haines Junction. The scenery was beautiful–snowy mountains and green trees.

Haines Junction

Haines Junction

In Haines Junction, we stopped for gas. A woman approached us and asked which direction we’d come from. I said “From Whitehorse.” She said that they’d just told her the road to Whitehorse was closed.

I couldn’t believe that and told her we’d just come from there. Yet right at the intersection nearby we saw a road closed sign (that I swear wasn’t there a few minutes earlier). A construction woman stood there, forbidding traffic. I almost thought it was a practical joke.

I walked over to the woman and asked her what was going on. She said that the road was closed due to flooding. I said I’d just come from Whitehorse. “Then you must have seen all the water.” I said I hadn’t–but truthfully, I’d been writing in my journal most of the way.

I gave up and went back to the car. The lady was a little distraught at not being able to get through, but we were headed south to Haines. So we said goodbye and continued on.

 

Yukon nearing Alaska

Yukon nearing Alaska

 

THE ROAD TO HAINES

Neither of us had ever been on the road to Haines before (except that Khevron took a wrong turn in 1992 and went down 30 miles before turning around).

We saw a signpost saying that US Customs were open from 8:00 AM to Midnight. Please note: that’s Canadian time. Once you arrive at the US border, there is a time zone change. In Alaska time, the border is open from 7:00 AM til 11:00 PM. You can’t cross while it’s closed, so plan your travel accordingly. There is nowhere to stay near the border. You’d have to stay in Haines Junction or Whitehorse, if the border is closed.

On the way to Haines we drove through (or near) the Kluane National Reserve and the St. Elias Mountains, where were very beautiful.

 

Yukon nearing Alaska

Yukon nearing Alaska

Later, we passed through the Takhinsha-Alsek Wilderness Provincial Park Glaciers which contained the Takhinsha Mountains.

We shot some GoPro video. The whole area was a wilderness without much development (if any). Here the trees were still brown (those that weren’t evergreen) and had not yet budded.

 

Welcome to Alaska!

Welcome to Alaska!

Once we passed the border into the U.S., there were immediately houses here and there until we arrived in Haines. Also, here the leaves were budding.

 

Haines, Alaska!

Haines, Alaska!

 

We found Nathan and Michelle’s house in Haines where we would stay. They are SCA friends of ours.

The Statendam in Haines

The Statendam in Haines

 

Holland America Cruise Ship in Haines.  The Statendam was scheduled to be in Skagway, but strong winds caused them to redirect to Haines.

Brewery

Brewery

Nate and Michelle

Nate and Michelle

On the wall at the brewery...

On the wall at the brewery…

 

First, they took us to the Brewery at the Fairgrounds to the Haines Brewery. After that we went to the Klondike Pizza place for calamari and salads.

Brewery

Brewery

Free Beer Tomorrow!

Free Beer Tomorrow!

We went back to their place. We met neighbors, friends and Canines and had steaks for dinner – Yum!

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

We played Settlers of Catan (Expanded version) and Lareena won!

NEXT: THE FERRY TO JUNEAU

The Matanuska Ferry

The Matanuska Ferry

 

Next: Juneau

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Beez Kneez Bakpakers Hostel in Whitehorse

WHITEHORSE

Yukon on way to Whitehorse

Yukon on way to Whitehorse

 

Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse, Yukon

We arrived in the early evening and found a nice hostel that we’d seen the first time we’d come through Whitehorse called the Beez Kneez Backpacker Hostel. Last September there was a marathon from Skagway in town, so they were full.  They had a private room for $65. The woman, Nancy, was friendly and welcoming.

 

Beez Kneez Pakpacker Hostel

Beez Kneez Pakpacker Hostel

It was a comfortable and clean hostel, not too crowded. A converted Two-level Ranch House.  It had laundry facilities. The restrooms and showers for the most part were small. The whole hostel was conveniently close to downtown.  The resident dog was a retired Mushing Lead Dog.

 

Approval Required

Approval Required

Dog at the Beez Kneez

Dog at the Beez Kneez

We were looking for a light meal, and found this Titan Gaming store, and found they served food, so we got some Poutine! Poutine fries are fries with cheese curds covered in gravy. They have a page on facebook: Titan-Gaming.

Titan Games

Titan Games

 

We stopped after that in a bookstore and got some postcards. After that, we walked home. Both of us had colds and the night was a little chilly, otherwise we might have walked farther.

We used the internet some and I went to bed early–around 9:30 PM–being quite tired.

NEXT: ON TO HAINES

 

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Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake!

WATSON LAKE, The Yukon Territory

Welcome (Back) to the Yukon!

Welcome (Back) to the Yukon!

At the top of the Cassiar, we took a spur to the South/East (away from the direction we ultimately needed to go) 15 miles to Watson Lake, to have breakfast.

Alaska Cassiar Intersection

Alaska Cassiar Intersection

West East

West East

We got into Watson Lake and stopped for breakfast at a small family restaurant for a good breakfast: A Little Taste of Home. This is the kind of place where it looked like mom and pop did the cooking and a daughter was the waitress. Not sure if that’s true.

We were still quite tired but a full breakfast (and coffee for me) helped a lot. We finally gassed up. Even that station didn’t have a credit card reader. Khevron asked the man there about it and he said that it cost $10,000 to put in the new gas pumps and very few stations had done that up that way.

 

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Now, we were ready for the purpose that brought us to Watson Lake–the Signpost Forest. We’d come through this way before and were disappointed that we didn’t have a sign to put up.

But since then, we’d been to every state in the Continental United States and nine provinces in Canada and one territory. Also, we’d seen 22 National Parks and 9 National Monuments.

Mooses at Sign Post Forest

Mooses at Sign Post Forest

So, we made up a plaque called “Gone Crazy Roadtrip” and included a bunch of stats, along with our blog web address (www.mooseadventures.net). I woodburned all the lettering and also sketched each of our mooses.

We took it and put it up in the Signpost Forest. And I must say–I think it is the finest sign there. And also a memento to the most Memorable Trip Ever (that we’d been on).

 

Gone Crazy Roadtrop Plaque

Gone Crazy Roadtrip Plaque

We saw Caribou from the Herd

Caribou off the road

Caribou off the road

 

That day we drove up to Whitehorse–a drive of about 5 hours. We were glad it was a short driving day because we were beat, having practically driven all night the previous night.

 

Caribou on the road

Caribou on the road

The Alaska Highway!

The Alaska Highway!

 

Teslin Bridge

Teslin Bridge

Rig in Teslin

Rig in Teslin

 

Next: Whitehorse

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