Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Oregon Coast

We love the Oregon Coast
Great spot to walk the beach.
Free night camped at the Casino
in Lincoln City.

Dick's trifecta dinner
Crab, clams and oysters all on the grill.
Great dinner night

More ocean along Newport.
Stayed at South Beach State Park

Just love watching the waves come in.
Winchester Bay, a great spot to watch crabbing.
Next year we'll have pots out.

Lucky 7 Casino outside of
Crescent City Northern California.

Fog, Fog, Fog
crossing the bridge.
Glad Dick was driving this time.

The ocean intrigues and keeps us

I can't get enough...

Waves, waves, waves...

Sunset over the ocean.
Amazing colors.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


"The Alaska highway
winding in and winding out
Leaves a lot of serious doubt
if the lout who built the route
was going to hell or coming out."
One of our favorite sayings about
our travels....

But it was Canada that caused us troubles.
Golf ball size crack in RV window!

Side window of RV shattered
Was it a thousand pieces?

The culprit? Roadwork, gravel roads and
speeding truckers..... our challenges...

A trip back to Chetwynd.
New carving from the 2010
contest were fun to see.
Dick and the octopus...

In to Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.
Yes vineyards and we had to sample some
of their wines from the 17 vineyards in the

Peach trees and we could smell the sweet fragrance of the fruit
ripening on the trees.

Apple trees with fruit soon to be ripe.

More fruit trees. Missed the picture of the cornfields.
The corn was candy corn sweet. Our last night in Canada.

Some of our fresh fruits: peaches, nectarines, pears,
tomatoes and black berries fresh from the field.

The moon coming up at our core of engineers campground in
Wanapum State Park. Feels good to be back in the USA

Sunrise through the trees. Great views from
our campsite.

Columbian River at our doorstep.

Trip to The Dalles very windy. Truckbed turned over on
the side of the road. We proceed with caution.

Camped on the Columbia River Gorge and enjoyed watching the windsurfers manage this windy day.

Catching??? another salmon. This ones a Chinook. Yummy dinner.

Views of Mt Hood. Spectacular snow on the mountain.

Friday, August 27, 2010


We were feeling well traveled. 4140 miles to Alaska and 1470 miles through Alaska. Then we met Peter and Crystal Mohr from Munich. This trip they have traveled 19 countries and 45,000 miles. They have traveled to 38 countries in their motor home including China, Europe across to South America and North to Alaska. They shared wonderful stories of their travels.

Sunset at 11 pm. Finally a clear enough day to enjoy sunset. We were hoping for Northern lights but no such luck.

We got to spend a week in Whitehorse waiting for our tow repair. Kayaking Long lake was one of my favorite activities. Might as well enjoy the area while we wait.

Moe liked it, also. A great spot to enjoy the water and a hike.

We caught up with our friends Sharon, Gary and Molly from Tennessee again. The Yukon river made for a relaxing spot for happy hour.

The Yukon river is 2000 miles long and was used by the stampeders during the goldrush to transport their goods upstream. We enjoyed a hike along the river.

This suspension bridge across miles canyon was built in 1922. Its still in use for hikers.

This was called the Grand Canyon by early gold seekers.

More gorgeous views.

The big machine in the parking lot. The trailer was nearly as long as the motor home. Dick was impressed.

Our plan was to go back into Alaska to see Steward and Hyder.
No such luck. We waited for 2 days but a fire and smoke closed the road. View of our sunshine.

Smoke hangs heavy in the air as about 80 of us waited for the Cassiar highway to open.

Buffalo are not phased by the smoke. A heard of nearly 100 were by the road.

Our campsite. Quiet spot along the Upper Liard River.

Must have one more cinnamon roll.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ferry to Skagway

We loaded our RV, jeep, Moe and ourselves onto this giant ferry to head across the water from Haines to Skagway.

Very interesting view driving onboard. Realize that both sides of the ferry are open and if I drive too far, I could go right into the ocean. Don't want to miss that first turn to park.

Loading the RV. WOW it looks big from up here.

THe view of leaving Haines. What a great quaint little town this has been. Each town in Alaska has its own personality and this one was really hometown without tourist trinkets.

Dick hanging out by the flag on the ferry.

Great views coming into port. There were 4 cruise ships in this day. You can imagine the number of visitors. Skagway was once the major Kondike gateway and still has many historic Gold Rush buildings. One of our favorite activities was the town tour offered by the National Parks rangers. Learning the history of this town, makes me appreciate all the stampeders went through to get to the Gold Rush.

The town catered to tourists. No trip could be complete with out a horse and buggy ride.

The tour cars were modeled after the original trolley cars used during the goldrush days. The town is called Alaska's Garden City. Many of the Victorian homes had beautiful gardens of wild flowers and poppies.

Dick and one of his favorite totem poles.
The town remains mostly old buildings with board walks. Walking through town was entertainment in itself . The six block historic district is well preserved.

We toured the country on the White Pass and Yukon Scenic Railway, one of the last remaining narrow-gauge trains. It was completed in 1900 and provided a route to the Klondike. It was also the main supply line for the construction of the Alaska Highway, built to defend Alaska from invasion during World War II. We traveled to White Pass Summit at 2800 ft., through 2 tunnels , by cascading waterfalls, by Buchanan Rock, and passed the gold rush cemetery. Great views for the day.

The ticket office is a replica of the original one built in 1900.
Construction of the railroad began in 1898 and the first train broght back $500,000 of Klondike gold in 1899.

Interesting to see the front of the train as it rounds the corner to go through one of the tunnels.

Our views of waterfalls and glaciers made the trip go by in a hurry.

The caboose. This is where as a child I always wanted to ride.