Roadtrip is over!!! We finally arrived in Anchorage, taking July 15-July 19 to get from Tacoma, Wa., all the way up here. Let me tell you, traveling with 2 kids and 2 dogs in one Honda Pilot with a roof carrier, wow, crowded. I won’t write a whole lot, because well, there isn’t too much to tell. Day One was Tacoma to Cache Creek, British Columbia; Day Two Cache Creek to Dawson Creek, Day Three Dawson Creek to Watson Lake, Day Four Watson Lake to Tok, Alaska, Day Five Tok, Alaska to Anchorage, Alaska. We saw lots of bears, elk, goats, bison and though I didn’t get a picture, a fox, and today we saw a mama moose and her baby. It was awesome to see all the animals.
Tomorrow we are hoping to go pick up Tim’s truck from the vehicle shipping place and go check out a few houses. It is about a 40 minute drive to Anchorage from Palmer/Wasilla- but I think it is worth the trade off, there are surprisingly a LOT of people in Anchorage. Tim and I are definitely not city people, I think we definitely need the room to spread out a little. To those of you who enjoy the hustle and bustle…it’s all yours, you are braver than I am!! 🙂
Pictures from Washington to Alaska- Enjoy!!!
Seattle as we drove past
Abbottsford, BC heading towards Cache Creek
There were 7 tunnels along the route
Sage Hills Motel, Cache Creek, BC- awesome place, pet friendly very nice owners!!
On our way to Dawson Creek, BC
The critter on the sign was a cross between an elk, caribou, moose, deer….possibly donkey 🙂
Entering Dawson Creek, BC
Dawson Creek, BC to Watson Lake, Yukon
Apparently we missed the daily Sasquatch crossing, so we took a pic of the statue instead.
Billy goats gruff? There were a few more on the road in front of us too.
Quick rest stop
Finally stretching their legs
Bison mama and baby
They were just enjoying their dust bath
Why, hello, black bear!
Another one…we turned around because he was photogenic.
Sign Post forest in Watson Lake area
I believe they said there were over 70,000 signs here as of 2010
What are the odds? “Never tell me the odds” Who said it?! Anyone???
Herd of horses
We stopped to take a look at this…Caleb was passed out sleeping so he didn’t see it.
Road tested- best ride ever!!!
WELCOME TO ALASKA- except the border crossing was still 30km from this spot…or was it miles? Too many hours on the road to tell..it could have been either. We were just glad to see the sign!!
Does the road EVER end?!
Pilot vehicle to lead us around all the gravel roads
Yeah, that is the road…still going…
This was the best sign EVER….
Miles Dover AFB to McChord AFB- 2,877miles over the course of 6 days (we left from Ohio actually)
Miles from McChord AFB to Anchorage, Alaska- 2,306 miles in 5 days equals a grand total of 5,183 miles.
I have more pictures. Lots and lots more pictures, I will figure out how to put them here or on a flickr feed so you can see them. One more Washington blog post to follow- our ummm “sightseeing” trip to Mt. Rainier that just wasn’t! Long drive, no views. Thanks to everyone who prayed for us and with us, we were blessed with safe travel despite a couple of close calls with the crazy semis and the random RV who stopped for a bear photo.
We will be catching up with Keri Shoemaker and her family in the near future, luckily she is here in Anchorage and pointed us to a hotel for tonight. Tomorrow we check in on base- until Aug 1- then we have no idea where we will be. My mom and dad will be here Aug 24- and I am hoping we will have found a place to live before that, Faith starts school Aug 16, somewhere. I am thinking of starting a different blog- one reserved for all of our Alaskan adventures. What would you all like to see? Thanks to everyone who followed us on our journey, I promise there will be more to come.
Tim, Carmen, Faith and Caleb