How many of you have ever seen a rainbow at midnight? I did from Delta Junction Alaska. It had already started to disappear by the time I got the camera to get the photo.
I am pretty frustrated with Taylor’s Green Acres RV park. It’s a Good Sam’s park in Delta Junction. The only reason I stayed there is the advertized Wi-Fi. The proprietor said I would not have a problem. I tried for about 1 1/2 hours last night, got up at 12:00 and tried again for an hour, then tried again at 6:30 this morning for about an hour and NEVER DID GET ON! Naturally, when I was ready to leave, there was nobody around to complain to or to get some money back. I’m angry enough right now to contact the good Sam’s people and complain to them. It was ridiculous to advertise then not come through on something as simple as this. I WOULD NOT recommend this RV Park to anybody!
I continued on down the Alaska Highway to Tok. I filled up with gas and asked a guy where a regular grocery store was. He said there wasn’t any in town. So I bought a minimum amount of groceries and started to leave. Lo and behold, a regular grocery store! I bought more groceries, and went back to the gas station and that guy was not there either. I think he saw me coming. I noticed a restaurant next door called “Fat Eddies” that I had heard was pretty good and they didn’t let me down. They food was delicious but there were so many people in there it took about 45 minutes to get your food (those who know me, know I really don’t like to wait for food!). As I was finishing up, I noticed a guy come in with a laptop and get on line. I asked the waitress and she said they had free Wi-Fi for people who eat there. Imagine that. I wasted about an hour when I could have been sending my logs to Cindy. I did take the time to get the computer and catch up with the logs, but ...I could have had it done already.
As I am retracing my original trip up this road, there won’t be a lot of photos unless I see something extraordinary. I did take a couple of the Wrangell MTN range as I was coming through the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge that was of a different perspective than when I came down.
I got to one of my boondocking locations; the sign said that no vehicles over 30 foot should attempt as there was limited turn around at the end. I continued on and finally stopped at a BLM campground called Deadman’s Lake. It’s another free boondocking place. I was almost too late (because of the long weekend) to get a spot. I finally found one up near the entrance. It was plenty good enough for an overnight stay. After I set up, I noticed quite a few signs that were warning people about an extremely aggressive black bear that has been here quite often. Sure wish I had my rifle!
All in all, it wasn’t a bad day, because, I AM in Alaska doing my dream of a lifetime. How can you go wrong on that?
I was backtracking on the Alaska HWY so I didn’t take to many photographs. Here is one that caught my eye, it’s in the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge with the Wrangell Mtns in the background.
The Custom officer was very nice and asked just a minimum of questions when I crossed into Canada. Again, I didn’t want to take photos of the station. As you can tell, I was moving when I took the photo.
I had steeled myself for the next 100 or so miles of bad road and was doing pretty good. When I hit the bad areas I slowed down to 30-35 MPH. At one particularly bad area that had a lot of gravel, a young boy with 3 girls came by me doing at least 75. He tried to cut back in front of me and lost it in the gravel. The only thing I could do was try to maneuver around him as he fishtailed around. He finally got stopped crossways of the road about 20 foot in front of me. I started to get out and talk with him and he saw me so he took off. Luckily I caught up with him further down the road where we had to stop for a flag person (they are ALL flag persons up here). The flag person saw me getting out of the truck and ran over and said to stay in. I told her I needed to talk to the young man and told her why. She told me to stay in the truck and she would handle it. She went and read him the riot act. and something about calling the Mounties. Needless to say, he just sat there and didn’t say anything but that he didn’t know the gravel was that bad. That started her out again. I really liked that girl.
Another thing that I noticed with her. A motorcycle had been following me for quite a while unable to get around because of the gravel on the road. While we were stopped, I motioned him to go in front of me. When he got up beside the flag person, they spoke for minute and then she gave him a big hug and a peck on the check. I pulled up and talked with him for a minute, he said he had a long talk with her on the way up a couple of days ago and she rides a Harley Davidson also. When she flagged us on, I stopped beside her and told her I had seen what she had done to the biker and that I thought this had to be the friendliest country I had ever been in. She said that was very nice and leaned in and gave me a peck on the cheek also. Now I KNOW it’s the friendliest country.
This is the typical condition at the road repair construction sites. I’m actually back from the trailer in front of me be +/- 200 yards.
I’m not sure if I got a photo of this when I came through last time. It’s in Burwash Landing and it’s of the world’s largest gold pan. They sure have a lot of the “Worlds largest” up here.
All of my boon docking locations were filled at Kluane Lake so I kept going. I finally stopped at another rest area that had the typical out houses and bear proof trash dumpsters. They had erected a sign that told of the infestation of the Spruce Beetle. I guess it is only attracted to the Spruce trees where it lays its eggs under the bark. The Larvae and adults then feed on the tree effectively killing it within a couple of weeks. That is one of the reasons that it’s against the law to transport fire wood from county to county or into / out of Canada is to try and stop the infiltration.