Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip travel blog

Mac's 2012 Alaska RV Trip

Herbert travel blog
Welcome to my Alaska RV trip journal.

After approximately 8 months of research and planning I will be starting my trip to Alaska in my RV on May 31, 2012. I started out by reading other trip journals online. I then made a list of places and things I wanted to do and see. After that I used Microsoft Streets and Trips to plan my route. My trip will last approximately 90 days.

In preparation for the trip I ensured all maintenance for my RV and tow vehicle were completed and up to date. After reading and hearing about individuals whose tow vehicle suffered paint and window chips I searched and found Coastline Cover Company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and purchased a tow vehicle cover that covers the front end, up over the hood, and to the top of the windshield. Hopefully this will eliminate any damage to my tow vehicle.

I made reminder cards of the RV plus tow vehicle's height, width, length, and weight in US and metric measurements; mph/kph conversions; distance in miles and kilometers; gas prices in liters and gallons; celsius to fahreneit conversions, and money conversion (US/Canadian). I put all this along with my printed route and daily activities into a 3-ring binder for ready reference to use in conjunction to my "The MilePost 2012."

Many individuals purchase the 2 for 1 coupon saver book for Alaska; however, I will be traveling by myself and my small dog so that would not work for me. I found that many of the things I want to do offer discounts for early booking so I reserved them and almost all my campsites in advance to ensure I would be where I needed to be on certain dates. Where possible, I chose campsites that offered dog walking while I would be away for the day like the 13 1/2 hour Denali Back Country tour, ferry boat day trip from Haines to Juneau, Brooks Falls in Katmai NP for bear viewing, and the White Pass & Yukon Skagway-Carcross Round Trip Rail/Bus Combo trip. I will have to find a kennel in Fairbanks for my four-day trip on the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay, then flying to Barrow and a flight back to Fairbanks.

I will be traveling in a 2005 Alfa See Ya motorhome towing a 2009 Saturn Vue.

Click on the date to follow along.....

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23 
 
 
Dawson City
 
24 
 
 
Dawson City
 
25 
 
 
Tok, Alaska
 
26 
 
 
Tok
 
27 
 
 
Eielson Air Force Base,...
 
28 
 
 
North Pole, Alaska
 
29 
 
 
Eielson AFB/Fairbanks
 
30 
 
 
Coldfoot, Alaska
 
31 
 
 
Deadhorse, Alaska
 
32 
 
 
Nuiqsut, Alaska
 
33 
 
 
Barrow, Alaska
 
34 
 
 
Barrow
 
35 
 
 
North Pole, Alaska
 
36 
 
 
North Pole
 
37 
 
 
Fairbanks, Alaska
 
38 
 
 
Healy, Alaska
 
39 
 
 
Denali National Park
 
40 
 
 
Healy
 
41 
 
 
Talkeetna, Alaska
 
42 
 
 
Talkeetna
 
43 
 
 
Mt. McKinley / Denali
 
44 
 
 
Wasilla, Alaska
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