Here are the Blogs in the Alaska Loop 2011 category.
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Sunday, 17 July 2011
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Good news when we got to the Port Hardy ferry dock; we can camp earlier now starting at 9:30PM as soon as another ferry leaves. We will be in row 5 ready to go on board at 6:00AM for the 7:30 sailing. We started out at 9:00AM with fog along the coast. It rained almost the entire day and the closer we ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2011 4:04 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 16 July 2011
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It was another rainy day but the morning view from Bob's deck over the Georgia Strait was beautiful. Farther to the north I could see the "Sunshine Coast" covered in fog. It was just a short drive to Qualicom Bay Resort where we got a site overlooking a small pond. Our friends, Pauline and Jim, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2011 2:15 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 15 July 2011
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We awoke to light rain and the view from the View in the photo.. After a walk on the beach we headed northwest for the Coombs Market on the highway to Tofino. This is a really neat place with restaurants, an amazing market, and lots of souvenir shops. Then we went to Fair Winds, a relatively new subdivision ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2011 3:13 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 14 July 2011
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  We started the day by spotting the deer across the road from Bob & Judiths.  Breakfast for the second time this week, was fresh eggs from a neighbor's coop. They were really good. Then since it was low tide we walked down Bob's stairway 100 ft or so to the beach. The photo shows some of the dangerous ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2011 3:43 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011
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  Today's drive took us North on I-5 through Tacoma and Seattle to the ferry dock at Mukilteo. We got on the ferry with no wait and within 15 minutes were on our way north on Whidbey Island.  Cousin Allan and his wife Lisa have a beautiful home overlooking Skagit Bay.  Alan had to show me the gazebo ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/12/2011 1:46 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 11 July 2011
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Liz cooked a fabulous breakfast this morning with fresh, free range chicken eggs from the hen house. The scrambled eggs were really yellow compared to the usual supermarket fare. After breakfast we toured the pond and saw its pair of nesting Canada Geese.   During our visit to Bend we learned all ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2011 3:50 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 10 July 2011
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Breakfast was at the Breathtaking Bakery in Vale. I had a ham & cheese croissant (middle shelf 2nd pastry from left) and coffee.  It really wasn't a croissant but some kind of biscuit. We filled up with $4.10 diesel in Vale. It's a good thing we did because the price was $4.15 in Burns and and was $4.19 ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2011 1:21 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 9 July 2011
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This part of Idaho and Oregon is mostly desert. Boise is the most populated with 600,000 in the area. It even has a Costco, so we stopped and had the $1.50 lunches there.   Vale is the county seat for Malheur County, the only county in Oregon on Mountain Time.  The town is famous for its location on ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2011 3:22 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 8 July 2011
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We covered parts of 3 states today; Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. The scenery was gorgeous and the "big sky" impressive with lots of great clouds and even a little rain in Idaho.  In Utah we had lunch in Echo Canyon on the mid 1800's California, Pony Express and Mormon Pioneer Trails. From Echo Canyon we ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2011 12:32 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 7 July 2011
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The campground in Ogallala, Open Corral Camp, was beside the interstate and easy to access. Only 3 campers spent the night in a campground with 48 sites at the height of the season. People must be staying at home. Tonight in Rawlins, WY a much larger park is perhaps 1/3 full. We had to mail a Netflix ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2011 1:21 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 7 July 2011
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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
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We are now 1080 miles from Nashville and 2,400 ft higher elevation. We were climbing all day. It means we are getting close to the Rocky Mountains. No new state today but tomorrow we enter Wyoming. Setting out on I-80 after a couple of hours we switched to US30, the Lincoln Highway. This road is famous ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2011 10:18 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 5 July 2011
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We added two more states today, Iowa and Nebraska. The weather was good but the roads were lousy with potholes that came up unexpectedly. It cost us two wheel covers.  I finally decided to remove the remaining two as there is no way they would stay on for Alaska. The Missouri River is flooding and is ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2011 12:01 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 3 July 2011
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Today, we went through 4 states (Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri) and crossed 4 major rivers, (Cumberland, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Missouri) to travel 377 miles to tiny Jonesburg. Crossing the Mississippi at St Louis we noticed the old McDonalds converted to a casino appeared to have ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2011 11:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 3 July 2011
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Before anyone sets out for Alaska they should read James Michener's book, Alaska. It is a remarkable introduction to the State. The book covers various periods from the Ice Age to World War II and more. I haven t read the period after the war because Alaska is a very big book with 868 pages and I only ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2011 3:13 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 26 June 2011
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It took a few hours this past week to develop the trip itinerary. As usual we are trying to cover too much territory in too little time. However, the plan worked out to 55 days and 8930 miles. There are 11 rest days, 4 days on the ferries, and 40 driving days. The average miles per driving day is 223 ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/26/2011 4:58 PM by Bob Duthie
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