Managed to get
on the internet and update the Milton College, JoJo’s and Brown’s
Barn web sites as well as collect the email this morning. We then
went to Louie’s for lunch. Someone along the way recommended we
try the fish sandwich there if we had the chance. It was delicious!
Down the road to Soldotna and Sterling. We turned around in Sterling
and started back while looking for shopping opportunities. We didn’t
find anywhere to stop until we found a wood carving place. Very
well done carvings and a wide variety led us to purchase two items
for the cabin. Across the road we found a Harley store where a few
more items were purchased. From here we went to the Fred Meyers
in Soldotna. This is a store very much like a Wal-Mart. After picking
up a few essential items we headed on back to the camper. Finding
a spot in the camper for the wood carvings was a bit of a trick.
During all the shuffling around the screen door managed not to get
latched and our cat Ozzy found his way out of the camper. After
a bit of frantic searching and worry we found him sitting on the
frame way under the camper. I crawled under the camper and managed
to grab him by one foot and drag him out. He seemed happy to be
back inside and we were relieved to have him home. A little later
we went out to watch the Beluga whales in the bay again. As before
we saw nothing and came in after getting cold. Rita warmed up some
meatballs for supper and we settled in for some TV.
Both of us worked
on PC related projects during the morning which contributed to our
late start. We had lunch at Arby’s before heading out. I didn’t
take the cameras along since we were just going to places we had
been before. I joked with Rita that this would insure that we would
see some wildlife. We revisited the carving store and picked up
some additional items. Back to Fred Meyers for a few items. We found
a good deal on Bud Light and bought two 24 packs to restock the
refrigerator. On the way back to the camper we saw a moose standing
along side the road – of course. After we got home Rita decided
to spend a couple of hours cleaning the camper. We had supper at
the restaurant located right at the entrance to the campground –
The Old Town Village Restaurant. The food was very expensive and
the service was terrible. I do not recommend this place to anyone.
Go to Louie’s! We stopped to watch the Beluga whales on the way
back. Same result as before – no whales to be seen. The rest of
the evening was spent watching TV and sampling the day’s purchases
(beer). Around midnight I stepped out to watch the sun set. Tomorrow
we leave for Anchorage.
Since we only
had 160 miles to go we didn’t get too early a start. Due to the
many vehicles parked in the roadway in front of the camper we ended
up backing out of the stall. We hooked up the Jeep and hit the road.
The trip to Anchorage was over roads we had traveled before and
since we had checked out this campground earlier it was easy to
find. Check in was smooth and the site was nice – it even came with
a pile of moose droppings. Thirty four channels on the cable and
50 amps. Dial-up internet was available in the office and my provider
had a local number – finally! We set up the camper and said goodbye
to the cats before heading off to find lunch. We went to the same
Pizza Hut we had visited before. Too late for the buffet we ordered
pizza and had a great lunch. From there it was off to the movies.
The timing was wrong to see any of the movies so we killed an hour
by getting gas, washing the windows and fighting the traffic. After
calling my sister Carol to wish her a happy anniversary we went
into the theater to see The Chronicles of Ridick. Interesting movie
but I give it a ‘rent the DVD’ – the action is fast and it is easy
to loose track of what is going on. From there it was off to Wal-Mart.
Cat litter and a few other items later we were back on the road
to the camper. It was later in the evening than we had planned but
the traffic was still bad. I picked up email while Rita put away
the few items we had purchased. Supper was delayed as we were still
a little full from our late lunch. We eventually put together some
of the leftovers we found in the refrigerator to make an interesting
combination for supper – french fries, pizza and breaded fish. The
remainder of the night was spent watching TV and testing a couple
more items from yesterday’s purchases (beer).
Taco Bell for
breakfast! My favorite. From there we went to an RV center to look
for a part for the shower as well as find a rock shield for the
Jeep. Found the part but not the rock shield. They would have to
order it – no time to wait unfortunately. Next stop, the Harley
Davidson store. Following the map we got from the PC we found the
store with no problem. Nice place with a wide selection of accessories
and bikes including 3 trikes. Rita and I are getting more convinced
we need a trike in the family. After selecting a shirt for Rita
we headed down the road to Whittier. South of Anchorage a little
ways we pulled over to take pictures of Hope. The little town is
visible on the opposite shore even though it was still over 50 mile
away by road. Further on down the road we took the cutoff to Whittier.
The trip to this point had taken longer than we thought it would
and the up coming trip through the tunnel did not help. A 2.5 mile
tunnel through a mountain is part of the route to town. It is a
one way tunnel and it reverses direction every half hour. Trains
also use the tunnel from time to time – this was one of those times.
After the outgoing traffic passed we had to wait for an outgoing
train. Then we waited for them to purge the smoke from the tunnel
before we could proceed. The tunnel was interesting but the town
on the other side was not much. We did manage to find a place to
have a quick fish lunch and a couple of beers – Varly’s Swiftwater
Seafood. Great fish and the beer was very cold. After a quick drive
around we went back to the tunnel to wait for the outgoing cycle.
The road back to the campground seemed long and we arrived very
tired. I checked the tires and the oil in preparation for the morning
trip. A little internet and TV filled the remainder of the night.
Travel day tomorrow!
Got up early today. Nearly 240 miles to the next campground. We hooked up and left Anchorage RV along with the many others that were moving that morning. The Glenn Highway took us north out of town where we switched to the Parks Highway to continue the trip to Denali. We encountered some road construction along the way but the delays were not too bad. Mt McKinley was clearly visible on the horizon as we worked our way up the road. Shortly after passing the entrance to Denali Park we found the campground. No one was waiting to check in when we arrived but that soon changed. I had no more than pulled in when six additional campers pulled in behind me. I had to move our camper to allow the last one to get in off the road. As a result I was the first one to campground and the last one to get checked in. Our full service site was a back in, not level and very narrow to boot. The rear jacks were near their range limit by the time we got the camper level. The cable TV was actually 6 channels being rebroadcast from a satellite pickup. Two news channels, two religious channels, TBS and Discovery – not a list of my favorites! After getting settled we jumped in the Jeep and went to the visitors center at the park. We booked an 8 hour bus tour for the next morning and returned to the camper. Feeling the need for supper we headed out to find food. Right across the road we found a place called Lynx Creek Pizza. Great pizza and cold beer – a definite repeat place. Back to the camper to prepare for the bus trip and watch a little great TV – yah right! A few episodes of Deep Space 9 saved the night.