Return to Alaska

July 31, 2012

Good morning!  We awake to gray skies and clouds, BUT the sunrise reflecting over the lake is dazzling!

This RV Park has lovely views, but I can’t give it a 10, because the water in the shower is not hot. 

Our destination today is back to Alaska to a town named “Tok”, (rhymes with poke).  It is 230 miles from our location and it is the major overland point of entry to Alaska.  Also known as the “Sled dog capital of Alaska.”

Before leaving the campground, a couple from Idaho (with brake problems) tells us we are headed up a “nasty road.”  With much trepidation, we are on our way and the intermittent rain is not helping.  One fact I learn is that the roads along the Alcan Highway are continually being worked on and we are now following a “pilot car” so our drive is slow and tedious.

At the border crossing into Alaska, a black bear scampers across the road, welcoming us back to the states.  A few yards down the road, we eat lunch at a small café and watch some of the Olympic events on the T.V. in the corner of the room.  In walk two fellows from Denver whom we met at our prior campground.  They are on their way to Denali, and will ditch their motorcycles once they arrive and continue their journey back packing through the park.

The drive continues to be scenic, filled with incredible mountains, lakes and rivers.  No moose sightings, but a few trumpeter swans along the marshes near the river.

Both Dick and I opt to move on when we reach Tok, a wise decision, as 20 miles later,  we come to Grizzly Lake Campgrounds, an  Ideal setting with a spot right next to the water .  Next to us are Debbie and Ed, a couple in their 60’s who live in Oregon.  They are traveling in their 4 door Toyota across the Alaskan Highway, but unlike us, they catch the ferry, spend a few days in different cities, camping or in hotels and then move on.  It is fun comparing our unusual and in some ways similar stories.

Dinner tonight is in the wilderness, sitting on a picnic bench with the lake, trees, and mountains for my view.  Scanning the water, I see 2 ducks and a few muskrats feeding on the cattails by the shore.

Darkness falls at 11:30 PM with a full moon reflecting on the lake.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianne Elliott
    Aug 02, 2012 @ 16:00:24

    Have you seen the Northern lights during your travels? I hope you get that beautiful sight to top off all the rest of your amazing ones.


    • joyceax
      Aug 02, 2012 @ 16:13:23

      Not yet. Dick just got off the phone. Cost to rebuild transmission-6k plus storage for 6 to 12 days. I’ve seen so much beauty and we finished the Alcan Hwy. what would you do?

      Sent from my iPhone


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