Return to Anchorage

August 28, 2012

Yippee!  We now have a new transmission after waiting 3 weeks (and 2 days) to install.  We bid farewell to Amy and her mom, Kathy and are now heading over to Midas Muffler to have a brake inspection.  Somehow my blog has turned into an auto journal.  We hear the same story here everywhere; ‘don’t have this ites in stock and need to call around.”

It is now 3 p.m. and since we have heard nothing., I tell the pimply faced kid in the red shirt and blue uniform that we can wait no longer.  I’ve spent so much time in Anchorage, I feel like a local.

Once downtown, we return to the Visitor Center and watch the same 2 short films which we had seen 3 weeks ago.  The weather today is excellent and we stroll along the main street.  Most of the attractions we’ve already seen, other than a film regarding the 9.2  Good Friday Earthquake that caused incredible damage to many parts of Alaska in 1964.  The brochure states  you actually feel the trembling and shaking of the quake from your seats in the theater, but the cost is $1o per person and I have already experienced this nerve wracking sensation without having to pay, so we continue on.

Time to find a campground.  The Ship Creek RV Park is close to downtown and we want to return to the auto shop early in the morning for a final transmission check-up before we start our journey home.

After securing a spot, Dick wants to test the RV on the highway, a recommendation by 3 mechanics back home.  All seems to be okay, and even the reverse is working!

Not too much else going on, so I suspect my writing to be a bit more mundane, especially since we are taking the same roads back.  Only the continual beauty of the glaciers, mountains, rivers, lakes and all those incredible animals will continue to surround us as we make our way back to the lower 48.

Some tidbits from the home front that make us proud:

Emily, our 8 year old granddaughter received her grades from the state.  She scored high marks in both English & math.

Michael, our oldest son (53 on Sept. 11)who resides in Bend, OR. came in first in his age group (52-54) in one of the many bicycle races in which he competes.  He placed 4thoverall in a race with over 200 participants!!!  He is amazing.

I appreciate all the comments and emails from my friends and family.  Thank you for staying in touch.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianne Elliott
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 04:00:17

    Glad the van is working now, and that you are on your way home. Continue to travel safely.

    Reply

  2. Dianne Elliott
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 04:03:29

    I forgot to give congrates to you on your son and grand-daughter. Way to go for both of them.

    Reply

  3. judgeardis@aol.com
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 04:14:49

    Joyce: Are you planning on putting all your material together in one place? I missed the first days of your travels, especially about how you made the decision to travel in the first place. Ardis

    Reply

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