Sugar rush

We actually found some stores open in Skagway today. Though, most were in process of closing for the season. As we wandered into the local ice cream and candy store they announced a 75% off sale on everything in their store. So, with a $10 burning a hole in our pocket, we took full advantage....

Skagway, Closed

We took a drive over to the panhandle of Alaska today to visit Skagway. The US town is a favourite of Yukon locals because it is fairly close to Whitehorse (175kms | 110 miles) and the scenery makes for a very nice little drive. Along the way we hit a mini snow ‘storm’. We were...

Border Foods

Our last day in Alaska and now we’ve seen it all. As we’ve been going along we’ve seen a ton of animals and we were very much hoping to see a bull moose at some point. Today, we did. Though it was not what we were expecting… WARNING: The following is slightly graphic....

Autumn in Alaska

Last night it got dark before we found somewhere to sleep so we just park near a river in Copper Landing. In the morning we found there was a campsite on the other side – although it was already closed for the season. So we headed over to the Copper Lodge for breakfast and some wi-fi....

Civilized Wildlife

Last night we awoke out of a dead sleep, hearing a noise and feeling a nudge to the van. Well, I did and then I woke Andrew up in a frenzy. We felt it tap us again on the rear this time (well I did, Andrew asked if we imagined it). We were parked on the far edge of town and it was only 12 am....

Rain, Sun, Rain

We camped last night around mile marker 100 of the Denali finding a quiet little spot tucked off the side of the road. Eagerly or not, we were up in the rain and before the crack of dawn at 5:30am – too early for even the sunrise to greet us. We expected to get more driving done...

Denali Delight

Yesterday we covered a lot of ground and, on three occasions we seemed to stumble upon a local “makeout spot”. It’s not the first time, but three in one day has to be a record. This afternoon we continued driving north up through Denali State Park. Despite having driven the...

Epic Scenery

Today we ventured out to take a drive along Hatchers Pass – the scenic route between Palmer/Wasilla and Willow. The weather was fantastic and the sun was out in full force. Unfortunately, so was the rest of Alaska. Usually on these rough dirt roads, we’ve found we tend to have it...

Back at it

After sleeping in, we got ourselves sorted, said our good byes and hit the road in the late afternoon. Once we were driving, we immediately recognized how much the fall colours had taken over since we last drove the road. In Palmer, we made a stop for some groceries and gas before moving on....

No Dice

We continued to work on the van today. Andrew spent 5 minutes replacing our PCV valve, which just about rounds out the maintenance on our valve covers. We then turned our attention to the fuel pump once again. With our new wrench set, vice grips and liquid PB we were hopeful that we could get...

Hit a snag

Today we were up early, the sun was finally out, and we were going to tackle the fuel pump. We knew the basic premise but after lunch we got ourselves all prepared: We read the van manuals and the part instructions; we watched a couple youtube demos; hauled out the tools and safety gear (i.e....

Game time

We’ve been hard at it again today. By the time we realised it, it was dark and we had worked away the day and even skipped lunch. This evening we took a little break, made a nice dinner and played some board games – Among the classics it was cool to try out some travel games...

Just workin

Andrew ventured out to get the fuel pump today. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to change it yet – being the first day after a long weekend, work got the better of...

Layin’ low

So we’re just hanging out at ourĀ friendsĀ place- our plan was to hit the over the weekend but we decided to avoid the long weekend shuffle and lay low instead. With all the stores closed we didn’t even try to get out and grab a fuel pump. We’ll see how we feel tomorrow.. The...

Home Repair

Today we found the motivation, and a reasonable spot of weather in which to accomplish some van maintenance. We turned out attention back to the valve cover gaskets. Andrew installed two new gaskets back in Whitehorse but when we were in Nenana we noticed the drivers side gasket was broken...

Food and Friends

Our day was spent catching up on work and catching up with our friends. Throw in a home cooked meal with some Alaskan Salmon and all is right with the...

Naked

We hoped to get out to the State Fair today but it didn’t really work out. Instead, we had to make the trip back to Anchorage to see if our gas cap was salvaged. We expected a minimum 2 hour round trip, but with afternoon rush hour traffic and a different trooper pulled over and issuing...

What a day

We’ve had a bit of a rough day today so this all might sound a little woe-as-us. The rain has been pouring since the wee hours of the morning and since washing the van we found a bit of a weak spot in our deflated 35 year old door seal/weather stripping. This means we have a bit of a...

High hopes

We picked up our fish today from the processor. They have quite a neat system: you bring in what you’ve caught and they will do whatever you need done (e.g. Filet, freeze, vacuum pack, or even exchange for canned or smoked salmon). Doing this buys us a bit of time to be able to not have...

House Wash

Just got some work done in Soldotna today. We didn’t get up to too much interesting stuff. The van was overdue for a wash and with the weather cooperating lately we got a good scrub in. We lost track of time and arrived 15 minutes after the fish processing plant closed. This means our...