Happy 4th of July! (Tok, Alaska)

“Hey, Davy!” I whispered in his ear early this morning. “We’ve got a treat for you.  A pancake breakfast!”


Davy woke up quickly.  “Where?”


After such a late night last night, we felt terribly guilty waking the kids up early this morning, but we hoped to get into Tok in time for the 4th of July celebrations – which meant getting up early and pushing hard.  (We had discussed it as a family, and the kids decided they wanted to go for it)


Craig and Lani, a couple of missionaries to the native villages in the area, had offered a pancake breakfast before we hit the road – an offer we couldn’t refuse.


With bellies full of pancakes and bacon, we hit the road – 47 miles from Tok.  Normally, that 47 miles would take us all day, but the kids were motivated to get to Tok, so we pushed hard (very hard!) and made it here by 2:30.


Although we missed most of the celebrations, we arrived in plenty of time for a salmon feed and music.  Larry’s dad (from North Pole) was playing fiddle in the band, so it was fun to hang out and listen to the music for the evening.


We are now staying with some friends of Larry and Lisa, Kevin and Shannon – it’s nice to have a place to call home for a few hours!


Alaska Highway


Alaska Highway


Alaska Highway


Alaska Highway


Mark and Davy




Miles today:  50

Miles to date:  745

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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4 Responses to Happy 4th of July! (Tok, Alaska)

  1. Marcia and Phil July 5, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    Happy 4th and Greetings from Leetes Island!
    We had a BBQ for 11 with Mom, Ginny and Allen, Joan, Bill, Liz and new boyfriend, Matt, David, and Julie followed by a hearts game and
    The jellyfish are AWFUL and it is almost impossible to get in without being stung.
    Miss you and hope you are well,
    Marcia and Phil

  2. Inanna July 5, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    So happy to hear you had a great 4th! Talk about celebrating Independence…you guys are models of it!! 🙂

  3. Evelyn July 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    What a way to celebrate the 4th of July! Keep riding safe.

  4. nancy July 5, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    I love July 4th celebrations in small towns!! It’s always so neat to see the people come together like they always do on the 4th of July. I guess this will be the last 4th of July celebration we’ll see for a while!

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