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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Reminiscing about our Alaska travels

Have been watching the show Taste of America with Mark DeCarlo. Yes, I admit I watch the Travel Channel.

We enter Alaska, view from our truck

The episode on Alaska reminds me of our rustic Alaska Adventures a few years ago where we drove to Alaska via RV along the Alaskan Highway (everyone should do this at least once in their life to see the state up close in all of its wonders and talk to the locals).

We took a flying tour from Talkeetna for views of Mt. McKinley and landed on Ruth Glacier. If you are ever near Tok, be sure to stop in at the Gateway Salmon Bake and RV Park to feast on King salmon, halibut, ribs, reindeer sausage, and buffalo burgers. We stayed several days in Tok at the RV park while we waited for our mail to finally catch up with us. The hottest thing in town is watching the sled dog demonstrations.

We were sad to hear that Susan Butcher, 4 time winner of the 1,100 mile Iditarod dog-sled race died recently. We had a chance to see her as she talked to us at her house while training her dogs as we cruised with the Riverboat Discovery tour on the Chena and Tanana Rivers in Fairbanks. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends. She was quite an Alaskan pioneer.

Watching glaciers crack and fall into the icy waters, viewing killer whales, sea lions, harbor seals, seeing up close (but not too close) as wild bears feast on salmon, touring Denali National Park, there is so much to do and see in the grand and mysterious state. Read more about our Alaska features in our state guides.

Carl

Posted by Carl Burnham at 7:49 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 12:25 AM
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