Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK

August 14-15, 2018 First, here are pictures from the drive. Stewart, British Columbia Stewart is located at the head of the Portland Canal, a 90-mile fjord that makes for Canada’s most northern ice-free port.  It does not appear ever to have been a location where First Nations members settled, although Read more…

Juneau, Alaska

August 9, 2018 There are no roads to Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, so we took the Fjord Express ferry the 83 miles along the Lynn Canal.  We stopped at nearby Haines to pick up other passengers.  The boat’s 15 sea miles would have required 355 miles by road. We were Read more…

Skagway, Alaska

August 7-9, 2018 Skagway is in southeastern Alaska, 396 air miles or 753 road miles from Valdez, our previous destination.  The highway took us through Yukon Territory and British Columbia. As we neared the border with the U.S., we saw some of the 600 fires that plagued British Columbia over Read more…

Return to Whitehorse

August 3-6, 2018 Our return to Whitehorse had a sense of urgency with the discovery of the front end damage to the Jeep.  Our first stop in Whitehorse was to the Jeep dealer who informed us that they could not repair the damage but did recommend a welding shop with Read more…

Bumps in the Road

August 1-2, 2018 Leaving Valdez, we traveled northeast on the Richardson Highway and Tok Cutoff to the town of Tok, Alaska near the border with the Yukon Territory.  Everyone traveling by road to or from Alaska passes through Tok where the roads east and west all intersect.  We spent the Read more…

Valdez, Alaska

July 29-31, 2018 Valdez is on Prince William Sound a the southern end of the Richardson Highway.  Getting there was a beautiful drive. Valdez (think val-DEEZ) is the most northerly ice-free port in the western hemisphere.  A whaling company promoted a route to the Klondike goldfields terminating in Valdez as Read more…

Palmer, Alaska

July 26-28, 2018 Palmer is a town of about 7,000 people north of Anchorage.  It is located on the banks of the Matanuska River.  The Matanuska Valley was carved by glaciers that left behind a fine fertile silt.  This soil, combined with long daylight hours, makes the area a perfect Read more…

Seward, Alaska

July 22-25, 2018 It was a beautiful day to drive to Seward from Homer.  The air distance is only 68 miles, but the driving distance is 170 miles of fjords, bays, and mountains. Seward is 127 miles south of Anchorage on the east coast of the Kenai Peninsula. It is Read more…

Homer, Alaska

July 18-21, 2018 The drive from Kenai to Homer along the western shore of the Kenai Peninsula was spectacular. Homer is located on the southwestern Kenai Peninsula on the north shore of Kachemak Bay, 226 miles south of Anchorage.  It has a population of about 5000. Homer was named for Read more…