Alaska/lower 48 trip
A little long!
Every other year we make a foray to the 'lower 48' from our home in Alaska and back. This was the year for us to take our trip. We were gone a couple days shy for 7 weeks. We went down through the Yukon and British Columbia and back into the USA at Sumas WA. Other then it being a little cool the first couple days we had good driving conditions.
After spending a few day in Oregon we headed to Pahrump NV. We stayed there for a week during which time the wife spent time visiting with one of her old school mates. A friend of mine flew over from Texas and we spent several days at Front Sight, learning how to shoot hand guns. The training was very good. From Pahrump NV we headed to Northern California to visit with my sister. From there we headed to Northern Idaho to visit with the wife's sister. After spending several days in Northern Idaho we headed back to Alaska via Banff NP and Jasper NP.
During our stays at different locations we talk with some really nice people and enjoyed talking with them We answered lots of questions about Alaska and driving the Alcan. We stayed at a few RV parks and again had a good time. As far as the Alcan goes, it is good driving UNTIL Burwash Landing in the Yukon. One really needs to SLOW down for about 90 miles. The road really sucks. As usual, when we travel to the 'lower 48' we see lots of wild life. What was really good on this trip, is that we saw the four sheep that make up a 'Grand Slam'! Dall sheep in the Yukon, Stone sheep south of Muncho lake, Desert Big horn, around Walker lake in Nevada and Rocky Mountain Big Horn in the Jasper NP area. We also saw a lot of black bear and some of them on the roads. I had figured $4800 for fuel and was surprised that we only spent $3800. That helped a lot. Our MH weighed in at 37400lbs fully loaded with fuel, water, propane all of our 'stuff' and the TOAD. We traveled 7750 miles and got an average of 7.3mpg. Considering the driving conditions that we went through, I find this acceptable MPG. We stayed off the main by-ways and traveled a lot of the secondary roads and found them good traveling.
Hope that those traveling this year have a safe trip and an enjoyable time.
2009 38' Diplomat
CSM- retired, wife as co-pilot
Reka & Ali providing security (our 2 labs)