Journey to Alaska

Little Guy community members Mike Smith (a.k.a. "Michigan Mike"), Tom English and Greg Seely are traveling from Michigan to Alaska. Follow them on their six week voyage to The Last Frontier. The guys will be posting updates regularly on the trip, so stop back often to see the next update!

Journey to Alaska: Photographic Wrap-Up (Part 4 and Final)

I can’t tell you how great it feels to have planned and completed the 6,997 mile trip of a lifetime. I can now scratch it off of my Bucket List.  I’m really glad that I was able to share this experience with Mike Smith, Tom England, John Lewis, and 2 days (along with months of planning) with my friend, Phil Kuntz from Spokane. For those of you planning the trip in the future I would suggest having a friend or two go along to share the experience.  I want to use this, my final posting, to share some more memorable pictures of our trip and camaraderie. Safe travels!

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Journey to Alaska: Photographic Wrap-Up (Part 3)

One of the things that we really looked forward to on our trip to Alaska was a visit to Denali National Park. Although the anticipation was great, we definitely weren’t disappointed.  Prior to leaving on our journey to Alaska we decided to make reservations at Riley Creek Campground as well as pre-purchase tickets for the Eielson Visitor Center tour.

Our welcome to Denali National Park.

We booked the earliest tour to Eielson Visitor Center; 6:00 AM. We...

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Journey to Alaska: Photographic Wrap-Up (Part 2)

Sunset on McLeod Lake at Whiskers Point Provincial Park, BC.

Matanuska Glacier as seen from the Glenn Hwy going to Valdez.

Worthington Glacier along the Thompson Pass heading to Valdez.

Inside an ice cave at Worthington Glacier.

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Journey to Alaska: Alaska Travel Tips

My 6-Wide Sport and Ram 1500 in Alaska

I’m in the process of wrapping up my blog and posting more pictures of our trip to Alaska. In the meantime, here are some tips that should be helpful in the event you decide on taking the “road that never ends” up and back from Alaska.

1. Even though you are in a hurry to get there (or back), try limiting your days to no more than 350 – 400 miles of driving a day. You won’t regret it!

2. Expect a lot of construction along the AlCan Highway. Expect to stop and wait for a pilot car on a...

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Journey to Alaska: 19 Days and longer…

It’s been almost 3 weeks that we started this journey. It’s now Monday, August 10th, and we left Sherm’s house on the Kenai Peninsula. Tom and Mike continued driving to the Palmer/Wasilla area to spend the night while John and I decided to stay at an RV Park in Anchorage. That way, it will only take me 15 minutes to drive him to the airport tomorrow instead of 45 to an hour if I continued up the road. John’s part of the Journey to Alaska is coming to an end. After I drop him off I’ll continue my way toward Valdez, meeting up with Mike and Tom once again in Palmer. We’ll continue on the Glenn Hwy (#1) until we get to Glenallen, then head south on the...

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Journey to Alaska: Fishing on the Kenai

Yesterday, August 8 (Saturday), my friend Sherm took us out to one of his favorite fishing spots on the Kenai River. Since I’m neither a fisherman nor a hunter I decided to go along and document the day so no one would be able to come back and exaggerate a story about the size of “the one that got away!” It was a nice and sunny day on the Kenai. To make a long story short, the guys each caught a Sockeye salmon. We ate a wonderful meal of baked salmon (fixed 3 ways), mushroom and herb risotto, fresh salad, and wine.

The Kenai River is minus four Sockeye...

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Journey to Alaska: On the Kenai Peninsula

We arrived at my friend Sherm Smith’s house a couple of days ago. He lives just outside of Kenai, AK. Sherm has a pretty big area where he cleared out the trees and put down gravel, so it’s a great place for us to park our LGs for a few days while we check out the rest of the peninsula. On our way here from Anchorage we made several stops along the way. One of them was at Costco. It gave us the opportunity to stock up in wine and beer. Along the Turnagain Arm, we stopped at the small town of Girdwood and found a very good bakery. After enjoying a raspberry fritter and a cup of coffee we headed over to the Alyeska Resort and spent a little time admiring the hotel as...

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Journey to Alaska: 14 Days On The Road & Many More To Come…

We’re 14 days into the trip and are about at the halfway point. We drove only about 220 miles yesterday from Denali to Wasilla, AK. What a gorgeous view the entire 220 miles. There were several pullouts where we were able to get pictures of Mt. McKinley on a really clear day. As we were driving we saw even more picturesque landscapes in the rear view mirror. Unfortunately, there were very few places where we could turn around with our LGs to take more pictures.

We checked into the Big Bear RV Park in Wasilla; about 40 miles from Anchorage. I looked in every direction to see if one could “actually see Russia from here,” but I’m beginning to think that...

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Journey to Alaska: Denali…finally!

We made it to Denali, finally. It’s a short 3 hour drive from Fairbanks. We were fortunate because we were able to see Mt. McKinley from the road; albeit, quite a distance away. Traffic was light because we got up early enough to get ahead of the large motorhomes that were eventually going in the same direction. There’s some major road construction on both sides of Denali Park, so we had to slow down for about 8 miles. We stopped at the “touristy shops” outside the Park and enjoyed a cup of coffee and a bagel. We also checked out the shops and realized that we’ll have access to the same things at a much affordable price when we get closer to Anchorage. In...

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