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Old 04-10-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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On May 13th we are heading to Alaska from California - anything others have found they really wish they had on the trip but didn't think to take? We have passports, etc. Just thinking of things to pack we might not even realize we might need - thanks for any advice!! Darlene
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Any pets? Might need a pet health certificate within the past 30 days.
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You have to go through Canada as you know. They have strict limits on booze and tobacco as well as firearms and mace.
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Thanks, got that covered
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You have to go through Canada as you know. They have strict limits on booze and tobacco as well as firearms and mace.
Thank you, have been reading up on that and found out today we can take our dog food with us across the border - got an email back from border inquiry today. Only 1 carton of cigarettes and not much alcohol - believe we are covered on the shotgun, still awaiting email from border on that issue.
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believe we are covered on the shotgun, still awaiting email from border on that issue.
With a cable lock, form CAFC 909 and $25.00 CAD you're good to go. Bob
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We carried two things that haven't been mentioned. A screen room large enough to fit over a picnic table. Helps keep mosquito's and flies away while sitting out there. Also took a small portable propane heater and put in inside that screen room to ward off the cool evening air. Really enjoyed the trip!!
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We took a second generator-a Honda 1000 portable-great for drycamping as the best camping is the Federal/State/Local parks.

Fishing gear can be bought locally-don't miss the Reds on the Kenai or Russian Rivers.
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Can't imagine going to Alaska without this:

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Wow...Have an awesome trip!
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You will have 24hrs of light so make sure you have a way of blocking the light in the bedroom. We also had netting for the doorway which helped to keep out the mosquitoes. Binnoculars and a good telephoto lens for the camera.
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Ya won't regret this suggestion!! Pick up a pair of those knee high rubber pull on boots for both of you. The kind ya see in Walmart boot dept. Then, pick up two gold panning pans, often plastic and the kind with the graduated riffles built in. Then from a camping shop or war surplus store, pick up a couple the those "trench tools", the kind with the short handle, fold down shovel and pick on the pack.

Now!!!!......when ya pull over for a night up North, near a likely stream (ask locals for suggestions), pull on those boots, wade out to a likely rock in the middle of that stream, scrape some gravel from the stream bed (best often beneath a little rapids/falls or from under a boulder, and pile a little of that gravel into the pan and....start panning. Just tilt the pan and gravel with water in it and swirl...you'll get the hand of it. Keep watching for little flecks/specks of GOLD that will accumulate in those riffles...and....WAH-LAH....YOU'RE A SOURDOUGH Ya likely won't get enough for that new Prevost, ...but pictures of each of ya sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream, panning gold are PRICELESS.

Have a wonderful time.....it's ALL FABULOUS!!

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Ya won't regret this suggestion!! Pick up a pair of those knee high rubber pull on boots for both of you. The kind ya see in Walmart boot dept. Then, pick up two gold panning pans, often plastic and the kind with the graduated riffles built in. Then from a camping shop or war surplus store, pick up a couple the those "trench tools", the kind with the short handle, fold down shovel and pick on the pack.

Now!!!!......when ya pull over for a night up North, near a likely stream (ask locals for suggestions), pull on those boots, wade out to a likely rock in the middle of that stream, scrape some gravel from the stream bed (best often beneath a little rapids/falls or from under a boulder, and pile a little of that gravel into the pan and....start panning. Just tilt the pan and gravel with water in it and swirl...you'll get the hand of it. Keep watching for little flecks/specks of GOLD that will accumulate in those riffles...and....WAH-LAH....YOU'RE A SOURDOUGH Ya likely won't get enough for that new Prevost, ...but pictures of each of ya sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream, panning gold are PRICELESS.

Have a wonderful time.....it's ALL FABULOUS!!

Steve & Lynette
I'd only buy one pan.....panning for gold gets old in a hurry. The only guy getting any gold is the one selling the pans and shovels......
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Alaska Trip

Have not been on the forum for a few days and just saw the replies from each of you about things to get, do, etc. on our Alaska trip - thanks so much to all, really appreciate it!! Today we are finding out about the Tow Defender that goes between your rv and car to keep rocks and debris from hitting your car when towing - anyone use one of these?? Thanks so much for the replies and advice, every little bit helps!!!
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