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Seward Alaska ?>

Seward Alaska

We left the town of Kenai and crossed the peninsula from west to east and rolled into the town of Seward. The town was was named after William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. In 1867, he fought for the U.S. purchase of Alaska which he finally negotiated to acquire from Russia. The US paid about 2 cents per acre – he was an astute purchaser – bought right ! The total purchase…

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Kenai and Cooper Landing ?>

Kenai and Cooper Landing

Kenai is a little village up on a bluff overlooking Cooks Inlet and the Alaskan Mountain range – just breathtaking! On one of our tours we found another Russian church. This one was open so I was able to go inside, but no pictures. I thought it was strange that there was not place to sit. Turns out they all stand for their services.   We also saw……                 And yes, Fred found…

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Our trip to Homer ?>

Our trip to Homer

We based ourselves out of Kenai for the peninsula visit.  Our day trip to Homer started out along the Cook Inlet.  We stopped at Ninilchik a small Russian fishing village.  It was like going in a time machine back to the 1800’s. The tides vary as much as 30 ft.  Look at the difference from the dock to the boat. Many of the charters go out of this area and have to be hauled in and out.      …

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Interesting Signs ?>

Interesting Signs

What’s wrong with this picture? OK it’s not red or the shape of a barn!     Who would have expected to see this….     They actually have an evacuation route! And we were worried about glaciers and volcanoes! OK on to Kenai                

The Last Great Race! ?>

The Last Great Race!

The next stop is Wasilla. It’s the 6th largest city in Alaska but most of you know this town from Sarah Palin. She spent 6 years as mayor and then moved on to be the 9th governor of the state. For us it meant the home of the Iditarod Museum! Since Lou and Liz were not up for pulling us around a parking lot in a sled we had to leave them back at the bus so we could spend…

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Talkeetna and the mountaineers ?>

Talkeetna and the mountaineers

We were really excited about getting to this quaint little town. Our friend told us it was one place she would like to have spent more time in. When we hit town you could tell that the buildings were old and the locals, (all 900) came to town on ATV’s. Few other locations are blessed with breathtaking views of Denali and the Alaska Range.  This spectacular setting combines with a highly creative artisans, cool shops and the mountain climbing community….

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Chasing the Mountain ?>

Chasing the Mountain

The first question we got asked when we checked into the RV park was “Did you see it”? It turns out that in the summer the top is only visible about 30% of the time. I was happy to report, “yes I saw it and it was amazing”! We knew that our first day there would be the best weather so before we even checked in we booked the 2 hour narrated tour of Denali.  Fred stayed back with the…

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Into Alaska ?>

Into Alaska

Well the border crossing going into Alaska was a little more uneventful. So this time Fred was asked if we have any fresh fruits, vegetables or meats. He looked at me because I refused to throw away my baby carrots, and replied just lunch meat because he didn’t want to lie.  Good thing they said have a nice day because I was busting a gut in the back of the coach. Our next stop was just outside of Fairbanks at…

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