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Another picture of Mendenhall, I got a lot of this glacier because, well, in Juneau it's just kinda what you do.

On memorial day of 2006 my father in law past away.  It was very sudden and a great tragedy for my wife and our family.  It was decided that since I was in Alaska and my bro in law didn't need it that we would take his truck.  This left me with a great opportunity to drive from Anchorage to California.  The trip took me 3 and a half days and was just awesome.

I didn't get a whole lot pf pictures because I hadn't seen my (then pregnant) wife for 2 months and was in a bit of a hurry, next time I will stop and smell the roses a little more. 

This is an extremely lonesome drive, if you are one of those people who are not comfortable unless you are around people, bring someone, and you better like them because they are just about the only person you are going to be talking to for a while.

  I think the best piece of advice to give, especially in a truck that gets horrible fuel economy, is to fill up every time you get the chance.  On this trip you really don't know when you are going to see another soul, much less a gas station.  People tell me that it is getting better, that there are more people and stations than there used to be, I say, "uhm ok".  I slept in my truck because, well if you aint seeing gas stations you aint seeing hotels.  Honestly there were some nights that I could have stayed, especially further south, but figured "screw it, it's just me". 

I really wish that I had at least a week to make this trip, there were an unreal amount of times that I said "damn that looks like a good fishing spot" or "I bet that road goes to the top of that hill and has an amazing view" or "I wish I could get out and actually get a picture of that bear that just ran across the road".  I think that anyone interested in road trips or nature should take this drive, go to Anchorage, rent a car, and drive back to wherever you came from.  I know you can rent R.V.'s because I must have seen 20 rentals along this route.  My wife and I are planning to do this with my dad and stepmom, next time I am going to stop and fish, take that road, and get a picture of that bear(from a distance this time).

Quest says:
I think you got some great shots.. can't wait for you to stop and smell the roses. :o)

and one day I'll try to take that drive myself :o))
Posted on: Aug 07, 2008
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If I remember right this is my best attempt at getting a snap of Mt. Mckinley (Denali). The one day I got a chance to drive by it the weather was (go figure) not cooperating.

These are other pictures I picked up along the way.  Alaska is such a beautiful state and none of these pictures I took can possibly do it justice.  I feel extrememly fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel this state over a summer.  From Juneau to Anchorage, Fairbanks to Homer, and all the places in between that I got the chance to see I have to say that this is one of the most wonderfully beautiful, exciting, boring, lonely, enchanting, and friendliest places on this planet. 

Float planing into remote regions, taking the fast ferry from town to town, helicoptering through the glacial ice fields, taking a fishing tour on the Kenai Peninsula, catching the "milk run" from Seattly to Ketchikan to Petersburg to Sitka to Juneau to Anchorage on Alaska Air and hoping beyond hope that the weather doesn't keep them from making your stop.  All of these things are just a few of the many extremely exciting experiences that anyone can have in this last frontier.

I certainly think that Alaska should be on the tops of any and every one's "list of places to experience befor I die".  I cannot wait to go back.  My brother in law is having a baby soon, I think we are going to go up there to see his little girl when she comes.  I would really like to see one or more of you when I go(nudge, laughingboy).  Look for me at the top of the mountain or in a tiny little plane getting a flight to go moose hunting.  See you there!!!!

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Baby Caribou along the way.
Baby Caribou along the way.
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Running away....
Running away....
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I drove by a place called (I think…
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More of Paradise Valley.
More of Paradise Valley.
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