Paul & Jan's Fulltime Adventure travel blog

Overnite between Valdez and Tok

The pipeline with some pretty mountains

A nice stop in Tok

All settled in

Ken, the cook, entertains the troops

We hated to leave Valdez because it is such a beautiful area, but one must press on. Back on the Richardson Highway, through Keystone Canyon (oh, so nice) and over Thompson Pass. We decided not to take the Tok Cutoff because of some heavy construction between Glennallen and Tok. Instead we stayed on the Richardson to Delta Junction, then headed east to Tok.

It is such a beautiful drive up Highway 4 that we are glad we did. The highway goes right through the Alaska Range, but Isabel Pass is only around 2300 ft high. We got out of Valdez kinda late so we stopped along the highway at Lower Miller Creek for an overnight. It was a great spot. We had mountains with a glacier making its way down between them to the east, and the Alaska Pipeline to the west of us. The mountains were still covered with pure white snow, some of it looking like it was fresh. We were still carrying some firewood we had left over from camping in Denali, so we wanted to use it up before we got to the Canadian Customs. Remember when we came through from the lower 48, they took our firewood away. So that this didn't happen again, we had a nice campfire and used it up.

The rest of the drive into Tok the next day was rather un-eventful. We passed some rather impressive mountains before we got to Delta. Mts. Deborah, Hess, and Hayes, are in the "Alaska Range". They are a definite WOW!

We picked the Sourdough Campground in Tok on a tip we had gotten on the Escapees forum. The new owners, Ken and Ann, bought the park at the beginning of the 2004 season and are doing a great job of turning their business around. They have put in all new electric service and have started improving some of the sites. There is an outside pavilion where they serve Raindeer chili and/or beef stew in sourdough bowls. A unique attraction is the nightly sourdough pancake toss (weather permitting). If you can toss your pancake in a bucket, your reward is a free sourdough pancake breakfast in their cafe. You will also get your picture on the Sourdough Pancake Wall of Fame. It's a lot of fun and all the time you are entertained by the "Redneck" comedy of Ken the cook. If you are up this way, check into the campground for at least one nite, you won't be sorry.

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