I'm the author of the book "A Passion for the Edge: Living Your Dreams Now." It's about a 6,500 mile motorcycle trip across Alaska, The Yukon Territories, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest - and about how to live your dreams. This blog is about another dream - selling our house, putting everything we need for a two year adventure into an RV, and spending time with family and friends; and being saturated by the people and places of America. You're invited to share this adventure with us. We have no firm plans, just each day as it comes and an idea for our tomorrows. Hope you enjoy the story as it unfolds.
Blog Log - Joan and Tim: On the Road and RVing in America
From Watson Lake we stayed at Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek (the terminus of the Al-Can Highway), Prince George, Cache Creek, and Kent Washington. We went through the border at Sumas.It was 80 degrees and the line was 1 or 2 miles long (it took us over an hour to get to the border crossing).
This morning we went to an RV dealership where we had been discussing a possible deal. We looked at a couple of new and used RV's, did a test ride in the one we were interested in, then drove it (wow a class A diesel pusher is much different than the two class C RV's we had driven for a total of about 17 years – will take a little getting used to). We made a good deal so bought a new 2011 Tiffin Allegro RED 34QFA (see pictures). It is being prepped, we need to take a 2 hour orientation on our new motorhome, and it will take about 5 or 6 days to get the plates for it so we'll be living in a motel for a few more days (motel has a nice pool, hot tube, and room service so won't be too bad – we'll survive the wait).
July 31, 2011
Spent last night in Fort Nelson. At 5 a.m. the fire alarm went off and we were told to leave our rooms. I was taking Tilly for a business walk and Joan was in the room when the alarm went off. Joan didn't see any smoke, flames, or heat so she put our stuff outside the door near our car. It was about 20 to 30 minutes till the alarm stopped and we were allowed back in. No fire. Something set off the alarm and firemen came and checked it out.
Saw a coyote just outside of town.
July 30, 2011
After leaving Tok, Alaska, we crossed the Canadian border and stayed in Haines Junction, Teslin, and Watson Lake. Between Teslin and Watson Lake we Stopped and had lunch at the Continental Divide Restaurant and gas station (see photo).
We'd seen very little wildlife to this point but outside Watson Lake we saw more animals in the next 170 miles then we'd ever seen before (you might say it was a plethora of animals): 6 black bears in the first 60 miles foraging along the road side; a herd of about 100 buffalo and lots of spring calves, several single buffalo, and a small group of maybe 15 adults and calves; a herd of 18 sheep/goats some of which were in the road; 3 caribou in the road outside Toad River; 12 more sheep/goats just before Summit Lake; also saw a moose with twin calves (reminded us of Alaska). A video of some of the animals we saw is below.
July 26, 2011
We're on the road. Over the next 9 days we'll be driving through Alaska, the Yukon, and British Columbia into Washington where we plan to buy our RV – our dog Tilly in the back of the Blazer and towing our Jeep the entire way (a total of over 2400 miles from Anchorage).
We spent the night in Tok, Alaska and ate dinner at Fast Eddy's restaurant next to our motel.
July 25, 2011
Yesterday we went to church with the family and said good bye to all the friends we had grown close to during the many years we've been coming to Fairbanks.
Today, we took Jere and the kids to the Alaska club and went swimming. Afterwards we visited Shannon at the Pharmacy where she works.
It was great to spend time with our Fairbanks family before heading south.
July 23, 2011
We're homeless. Strange feeling. We've never been homeless before. The only things we have with us are the Blazer, the Jeep we're towing, and the things were taking down the Al-Can. The Blazer and motels will be our home until we buy our RV.
Left early. Plan is to drive to Fairbanks and stay a few days with our daughter Shannon, son-in-law Jere, and grandkids Jason, Harrison, and Karson.