Wednesday, November 9, 2016



This index is in the build process.

There are several of Al and Sharon’s travels in “Down the road Around the Bend”. The most recent is our 4 ½ month trip to Alaska starting and ending in the Portland, Oregon area.

Alaska Trip 2016   April 26, to September 12, 2016

Trip to Big Bend National Park  A 2 week trip mostly camping on the back country roads in the NP.  We were in our 2005 Born Free Class C I had converted to 4 wheel drive

Travels to/from Salt Lake City to upgrade our 2005 Born Free to 4x4  The blog entries cover my travels from San Antonio to SLC and a number of nights in southeastern Utah exploring the sandstone wonders of the area. Additionally I had two blown tires on this trip.

COLORADO TRIP June 14, to October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Alaska Trip Index. April 26—September 6, 2016

This is a chronological index to our 2016 Alaska Trip from Oregon through Canada and Alaska and back to Oregon from April 26 to September 6, 2016.

April 26-May 2, 2016.  Hillsboro Oregon to Dawson Creek, BC.   Also boondocking near Merritt, and Chetwynd.  Chainsaw sculpture in Chetwynd.   Bad weather info about flooding at Chetwynd and Dawson Creek and RV’ers stuck in snow storm near Fort Nelson.  All this after we passed through the area.  We sure are glad we didn’t follow conventional wisdom and wait to travel in mid to late May or later. 

May 1-6, 2016. Dawson Creek to Laird Hot Springs, BC.  Kiskatinaw River bridge, the curved wooden bridge, Boondock at KM213 of the Alaska Hwy, camping at Summit Lake, Muncho Lake and Laird Hot Springs.  Stone Sheep at Muncho Lake

May 7-12, 2016, Laird Hot Springs to Skagway, AK.  Bison, black bear & moose north of Laird Hot Springs.  Signpost Forest at Watson Lake.  Side trip to Atlin, BC.  Views on way to Skagway and our stay in Skagway, AK. 

May 13-19, 2016 Skagway to Fairbanks, AK via Whitehorse, YT.  Beautiful boondocking spot ~23 miles from Skagway, mountain goats, Emerald Lake, Whitehorse and travel to Fairbanks.

May 19-June 6, 2016  Fairbanks and the Steeze Hwy.  The first half of this entry is about our trip up the Steeze Hwy towards Circle, AK and the second half is about our stay in Fairbanks.  

May 29-June 1, 2016  Driving the Dalton Highway.  Our trip in the RV to MM 223 of the Dalton Hwy (The Haul Road) to Prudhoe Bay. The Dalton Hwy is ~450 miles of gravel road built to support the building of the Alaska Pipeline.

June 6-13, 2016  Denali National Park, Part 1.    This is an overview of Denali NP and about our 1st week visiting the front country part of Denali. Included is a ranger lead hike on the tundra and my hike on the Savage Alpine Trail, the best hike in the front country!

June 31-17, 2016  Denali National Park, Part 2.   This is about our stay at Teklanika CG and trips on the shuttle buses to see Mt Denali and the wildlife. We had clear weather on all three days of our stay. 

June 17-21, 2016  Denali National Park to Homer, AK.  The drive from Denali NP to Homer, AK.  Overnight at Walmart in Wasilla; getting supplies in Anchorage; overnight on the Turnagain Arm and seeing the bore tide; the drive to Homer and our campground at Homer.

June 22, 2016  At Homer, Part 1, Boat Tour to Seldovia.  Our 1st full day in Homer and our great boat tour to Seldovia.

June 22-July 4, 2016  At Homer Part 2. In and around the Homer area.      Two weeks in Homer visiting the area.  Our stay at Mariner Park Campground. 

July 6-11, 2016  Seward, AK  Part 1.  Campground in Seward, Sealife Aquarium, Exit Glacier, Hike on Harding Icefield Trail. 

July 6-11, 2016  Seward, AK Par2.  Whale & Glacier Boat Tour.   We took a full day boat tour to see whales, sea lions and glaciers caving. 

July 12-22, 2016  Seward to Valdez. Stops at Hope, Portage Glacier Rd, Whitter, Anchorage, Wasilla (we could see Russia from the Walmart parking lot), Glennallen.  

July 22-27, 2016  Valdez.  Lots of rain & clouds.

July 27-29, 2016  McCarthy, Kennecott Mine Ruins & Walking on Root Glacier. 

July 30-August 2, 2016  Chitina to Tok. Stops at Glennallen, Nabesna Road.

August 3-8, 2016  Tok to Dawson City, YT via Top Of The World Hwy (TOTW).  Stops at Chicken and Eagle, AK and along the Top Of The World Hwy.

August 11-14, 2016  Tombstone Territorial Park, YT.   3 full days in a very scenic mountain and tundra area which rivals Denali NP in some respects.  43 miles of good, but bumpy in spots, road. 

August 16-19, 2016  Five Fingers Rapids, Whitehorse, YT and our 47th wedding anniversary.    Five Fingers Rapids on the Yukon River and a not very exciting anniversary in Whitehorse. 

August 19-25, 2016  Cassiar Hwy, Stewart, BC/Hyder, AK and bear viewing. 
A beautiful drive down a quiet, remote and very scenic highway.  Too late in the season for good grizzly bear viewing in Hyder, AK.  

August 25th to September 5, 2016 Final leg of our trip. Stewart, BC to Osoyoos, BC and the US border.    A pretty fast bit of travel for 5 days.  A quick few hour tour of waterfalls at Wells Gray Provincial Park along the way,  a one week stay at pretty campsite on the shore of Okanagan Lake and then back in the USA.