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Kayaking Glacier Bay and/or Inside Passage

OK – call me crazy. We just got back from three years on our bikes and now our dreams are running amok yet again… We’re hoping to make a kayak trip in Alaska a reality for next summer – but aren’t sure where to turn for info and help planning. If you have any contacts […]

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Hidden Gems

Travel bloggers around the world are uniting to create one big ol’ list jam-packed with information about the world’s best hidden secrets. I am honored to add these three gems of my own. The Arctic tundra I’ve tried to put my finger on exactly what I liked so much about the tundra, but that’s hard […]

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A summary of our journey

I’ve been working on getting all my old newsletters online along with slide shows for each one – it’s been a massive task!  I am now almost completely done – only the very most recent one is left.  So – for those of you who haven’t been with us from the beginning, I hope this […]

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Newsletter – Cycling the Alaska Highway

August 3, 2008 Oh gosh – what a trip! I mean, WHAT A TRIP! This last segment of cycling the Alaska Highway from Watson Lake to Fort Nelson has been, bar none, the most incredible bike tour imaginable. 330 miles of nothing but forest, mountains, bears, bison, sheep, and caribou… Wow! Cycling the Alaska Highway […]

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Davy Explains Why the Arctic Tundra is Treeless

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Daryl Tells a String Story of the Dalton Highway

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Video – Cycling the Alaska Highway

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Rainy Day (Northway Junction, Alaska)

Plop, plunk, plink…  We weren’t listening to the pitter-patter of rain this morning, we were listening to an outright onslaught – and it shows no sign of letting up.   Fortunately, we stumbled upon a campground with a convenience store last night, so we’re set – we’ve got food, water, and an outhouse.  If we […]

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Interesting Rain Shelter (Northway Junction, Alaska)

Oh gads – how do I find the words for this one?   So – we found a great little spot in the forest for lunch (smoked salmon, swiss cheese, and tomato sandwiches on whole wheat bread – mmmmm, yum!).  Just as we were packing up we felt the first raindrop.   Working feverishly, John […]

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Daryl’s Journal July 6

Today we left Tok.  We made a big fight.  Daddy knocked out a deer fly.  We took a wing off him.  Then we put him on an anthill.  The deer fly was struggling, but the ants were crawling all over him.  He was slowly being pulled into the anthill.  After all his efforts, he was […]

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Davy’s Journal July 6

It was a wrestling math to the death as the ants tackled the deer fly.  The ants pushed and pulled the deer fly into the tunnel where they devoured him.  It was awesome.  We had hurt a deer fly and then put it on an ant hill.   We stopped for lunch and to oil […]

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Tok, Again

I take that back.   For the first time ever we turned around and went back – it just wasn’t worth it.   Late in the afternoon, just as we were doing our final packing, a wind picked up.  I don’t mean a breeze – I mean a rip-rouring, awning-busting wind.  We packed up and […]

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Daryl’s Journal July 5

Today we got a delicious waffle breakfast.  I beat all the kids in that game – I don’t want to go over the description again.  All the kids watched Transformers.  Me and Megan didn’t watch the whole thing.  Me and Davy got to ride on an ATV.  It was awesome!

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Davy’s Journal July 5

We had waffled for breakfast.  I watched Transformers.  It is a good movie.  I also played on their Wii – it was fun.  I got to ride on a four-wheeler.  It was so awesome!  Then we left.  We rode to the visitor center and then decided not to go because of the wind.

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Plans for Near Future

A soft bed to sleep in… A waffle breakfast to wake up to…  Life just doesn’t get any better than this.  The kids have a couple of playmates to hang out with.  John and I have wonderful people to talk to.  Laundry is clean and food bags are stuffed to the gills.  This has been […]

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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 […]

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