Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 10: San Francisco & Carmel, CA

I can't believe we've been on this trip for 10 days! Sorry had to get that out!

Ok, so last night, I had a migraine (hence the short and probably boring post for day 9). I tend to get migraines a lot, so it wasn't much of a surprise (and no, I don't think it was the wine!). On top of that, ever since we left Anchorage my eye has been bothering me. My tear duct is swollen and hurts and tears pour out of it from time to time. Everyone probably thinks I'm crying! For a couple of days it stopped bothering me, so I figured I wouldn't worry. But after staying in the horrible hotel that smelled like gas and nursing home mixed together, it started acting up again.

It's worse today and we tried to go to an eye doctor, but they didn't have any appointments til 3:30 p.m. so we couldn't wait that long. Hopefully, I'll be able to get in somewhere tomorrow. Therefore, the day was off to a rough start. We did get some really great sleep though! FINALLY!

We embarked on our journey to San Francisco (SF), which was only about a little over an hour. We crossed into SF on the Golden Gate Bridge! That was pretty cool to finally see it! We didn't know you had to pay a $6 toll while traveling south on hwy 101.

Alcatraz is right across from the Golden Gate Bridge. We wished we would have been able to take a tour over to it or by it to get a more 'up close' look at it. Of course, we weren't surprised how many people there were in SF. People were walking, jogging, kiting, sailing and out and about walking all around the city. From our experience, MOST of these people are begging to get hit by cars! They walk and run out in front of cars expecting everyone to stop no matter what. So, that was a bit frustrating. And there were a couple of them that if I were driving, I might have 'accidentally' hit the gas to scare them a bit. Ok, I'm kidding, I'd never do that! But it does cross your mind!

It was so windy outside in San Fran. Both of us wore jackets, and my hair was going nuts. So, these pics aren't really the best!

We'd read about SF having the crookedest street in the world and took a drive down it. It was crazy curvy (5 mph was the speed limit), and of course, it made me nervous! (I didn't take this pic; pulled it from the net so you could see!). I videoed this, but it was sort of long and internet is slow at our hotel, so I'll upload later!

We stopped off at Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39 to walk around and do some shopping.

This is where the most unexpected thing happened. I'd joked earlier, while on the phone with my grandparents, that Klay gets hit on by gay guys a lot (because he has; he's a handsome guy so I don't blame them).

So, Klay and I were walking down the street holding hands, surrounded by people in Fishermans Wharf, when a girl walked passing us. While looking at me she said, "Hey sweetie," and said something else that at first we didn't quite catch. I just kept looking at her when we passed because I didn't really process it all at the moment.  We continued walking and Klay said, "What did she say?" And then it registered in my head (ding! ding! ding!), as I said to him, "She said, 'Hey sweetie... would you like another sweetie?'"

Klay said, "And you thought I would be the one that would get hit on!"

So that was an unexpected part of the day! After that experience, we continued walking and saw a bum (I tried to take a pic) with a sign that said "Why lie? I need a beer." At least he was telling the truth!

After we had both of those encounters in SF, we decided to head to the car. The dogs were in there waiting for us! It was time to go check on them. They seemed to be amused by San Francisco--both of them stared out the window the entire time.

We left SF heading toward Santa Barbara trying to find a place to stay. We ended up being in traffic for about 2 hours (it wasn't that bad because it was moving, but just slowly. So, that set us back. We went through Monterey to Carmel where we are staying tonight.

Santa Barbara is on our list for tomorrow. Hopefully it will be a nice day to wine, dine and spend time at the beach!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 9: Sonoma & Healdsburg, CA

After a horrible night's sleep, I couldn't wait to leave Fort Bragg. We left bright and early and entered wine country. Of course, we couldn't resist another 11 a.m. wine tasting!

We pulled into Saracina Winery in Mendocino County. We walked into a wine tasting cave (I guess that's what you would call it) with another group of people. The cave was pretty big and really cool.

We discovered that they were big winos, and the eight of them were really cool. They plan a trip to wine country every year. They had a spreadsheet with wineries to visit (on each day of their 5-day trip), with the phone numbers and addresses, cost of the wine tastings, etc. And they were nice enough to give Klay and I copies of their spreadsheets and maps for places to stop.

During the tasting, Klay didn't like any of the red wines. I used to not like them, but I thought some of them were pretty tasty (or perhaps after the sixth one). We ended up buying another bottle of wine (which makes three so far) at Saracina.

Then, we headed to Francis Ford Coppola Winery (the guy who directed "The Godfather." Yes, he has his own winery (actually, I think he has two). And this place was huge! He had a restaurant, bar, pool and memorabilia from his movies. They had they desk from "The Godfather" and costumes from "The Dracula."

We ate lunch at the Coppola winery, and it was pretty awesome. Then, we wanted to go to a nice hotel and just relax some more. Yesterday wasn't very relaxing, and I really need some sleep!

Both wineries were pretty neat, we might hit up a couple of more on the way to San Francisco tomorrow.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day 8: California & Redwood National Park

Today was a sad day for us. Leaving Oregon, was unexpectedly sad and disappointing. I thought originally we'd be excited to get to California, but Oregon was truly amazing. Our little cabin was so awesome, we didn't leave til checkout time at 11 a.m. We tried to relax and soak it all in.

When we got in the car, Klay told me he had a song for me...Can anyone guess what it was? If you thought "On the road again," you were right on the money! I guess he got tired of singing and decided to let Willie Nelson do it for him--or at least thats what he said.


We decided to stop off at one last beach right before the Oregon/California state line.

We ended up spending an hour just walking along the beach with the dogs and picking up white rocks along the shoreline. It was nice and relaxing, and I knew that when leaving the stunning Oregon coast I'd be sad.

We got to California without a hitch and with Oregon behind us, I figured I'd focus on our excitement for Redwood National Park.

We stopped at a Redwoods visitor center to get some more info and directions on nice paths to take, so we'd know exactly where to go. When we got to our first path, our immediate reaction to the redwoods was: "Whoa." Here's why (see the pics!)...

These trees can get up to 361 feet and 25 feet wide (according to Klay; he's the one that remembers). So they really are giants.

Majority of our day we spent driving through the parks gazing at these gigantic beauties. While driving in through the parks, we passed a ton of wild elk.

So the destination for today's trip was for Fort Bragg, CA to spend the night and it was a horrible idea.

By the time we were almost to Fort Bragg it was pitch black and I was driving.

We turned off to Hwy 1 which took us down the curviest, swerviest, ridiculous road ever. It took an hour just to get 30 miles. We were running low on gas (which I was slightly worried about) and I couldn't see anything. I have a tendency to hit deer, or they like to run it to me (that's the way I like to think), so it was crazy scary for me!

But we made it to Fort Bragg just fine. I'd looked up places to stay in that area and found what I THOUGHT was a nice place (it had a spa). Boy, was I wrong! We still stayed, but had a horrible night sleep. Glad to leave in the AM!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 7: Depoe Bay, Newport & Gold Beach, Oregon

The soft roar of the ocean made soothing sounds to help us get a good night sleep. This past week, the pups slept mostly through the night except around 5-7 a.m., which is when they'd begin to hear people move about in the rooms around us  and would bark and wake us up (which was frustrating). So I was excited to have some background noise, so we could try to get some real rest. Unfortunately I woke to unpleasant sounds (thinking Klay was in the bathroom), but it was Stretch whose tummy was acting up. So we had to deal with that at 6 a.m. (when we planned to get up later), so the decent sleep we were getting was ruined.

After leaving the hotel, we headed down the Pacific Scenic Byway (Hwy 101) along the 363-mile stunning Oregon Coast. We got to Depoe Bay around 10:30 a.m. and stopped at The Depoe Bay Winery, and yes we did a wine tasting at 10 something in the morning. It definitely woke us up, and we tasted yummy wines from Cranberry, Plum to Peach and Riesling and more--ok, it was a lot more, but it was fun! Depoe Bay was a cute town with some beautiful views and I have to say the wine was pretty amazing!

I've started a glass collection of the places we've been, so I'm stopping at as many places as possible (more wineries to come!).

Along the coast there are 8 or 9 lighthouses (some of them you have to go out of the way to see), but the first one we encountered was Yaquinta Head Lighthouse (the tallest lighthouse in Oregon). We decided to stop and have a look around, where we ended up seeing some starfish! It was slippery on the rocks, and I fell! It wasn't bad though. I wore my 'UGG'-type boots and those aren't the best shoes to wear in wet weather.

They had tours in the lighthouse, and that was pretty cool. We learned a lot and got to walk all the way to the top (which I started to regret when I realized I had to walk back down the swirly staircase). I really don't think I'm a fan of heights anymore! My legs were shaking and I was so happy to get back to the bottom!

Today, we stopped at several beaches and let the dogs walk/run around. They really love the beach and we just wanted to take our time and enjoy our trip toward Gold Beach.

We also stopped at Devil's Churn where we took more pictures (I really think that's all we did; take pictures of the coast, lighthouses, etc.).

We also stopped near Florence, Oregon at the Sea Lion Caves. It was kind of cool because we rode an elevator 240 feet down into the cave to see them. We've seen sea lions before (on a boat/wildlife cruise in Alaska), so the cave thing was cool, but we didn't stay that long.

I think the best part of the day was spent in Gold Beach. We let the dogs run without their leashes on an empty beach with just me and Klay. They really loved running around freely and did really well. It was a blast watching Billie run from the tide as it came in to shore. We also got this super cute cabin to stay in (and it's cheap!). We ate at the Porthole Cafe and saw a couple of seals (a harbor seal sat on the dock next to the restaurant). So, we're really enjoying slowing down and cruising the coast.

This day was sort of mellow (I'm sure you can tell). It was a fun day. Klay said that doing this trip with anyone else wouldn't be as fun and of course it would be different. He was a real sweetheart today, helping me down hills to the beach, etc.

Things are good tonight. Might hit up California tomorrow. Still unsure of where we are going!

P.S. I'm so tired when I do these, so if these don't make sense, I'll fix them later!

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Day 6: Forks, WA and Astoria, Cannon Beach & Lincoln City, Oregon

Every morning we leave our hotel, Klay starts off the trip with a beautiful serenade of "On the road again..." which reminds me much of Donkey in "Shrek"--if that tells you anything. And yes, I still love him!

We had an exciting day ahead, going to Forks, Washington (even though Klay might not admit it, he seemed excited
for it too). My dreams of seeing Edward chase after me in the Olympic National Forest were on the verge of coming true...except that was only my imagination, and the closest I'd get to Edward would be a cardboard version of that glittering beauty! Klay wanted to see Alice--he loves Ashley Greene; so I guess we were both ready to go after our dream vamps.


We drove (well, he drove) in rainy weather (perfect, it's Forks, right?) and I anxiously awaited getting to Forks and seeing those signs I've seen so many times in the movies. It was fun and Klay was a trooper--telling me to take all the time I wanted--and he was excited to see "Tru Blood" stuff in the stores (we both love that show) and really enjoyed himself too. It was a fun morning.

Because it was Easter today, some of the Twilight stores were closed. But we went to Dazzled by Twilight in Forks and the owner really put some effort into the place. Fake trees were in the store everywhere with red ribbon flowing through them. The store has grass turf floors, the Cullens' school lockers, wedding invites, diplomas, maps, gazebo--this store had everything! It was pretty awesome and intense.

After our Twilight adventure and after Klay helped Bella out with that dent in her truck, we headed south down hwy 101, jamming to none other than the Twilight soundtrack. We saw our first beach on the trip (Ruby Beach). It was gorgeous.

We continued on into Oregon (and I started driving right before the border) through Astoria where another favorite movie of mine, "The Goonies," took place and was filmed. I wished we would have stopped in there because I wanted to find a shirt that said "Goonies Never Say Die" with Astoria, OR on it (I know I'm a nerd). But we drove and hit Cannon Beach when I realized and shouted "Those are the rocks on the beach from 'The Goonies' movie!" So I, of course, pulled off and we stopped to take pictures and enjoy the beach for a bit.

We took the dogs out on the beach with us (they were beach virgins), and they loved it! We cracked up at them enjoying the sun (the only sunny spot today), the wind and the smell of the salty Pacific Ocean. The dogs ended up taking us on a quick jog because they were pulling us down the beach! We didn't want to leave the place. But our destination was planned for Lincoln City and we're here and made it safe and sound! And we have a room with an ocean view!

Klay and I stopped to get gas in Tillamook (whose mascot is the cheesemakers; that's where the Tillamook cheese comes from) and thankfully we knew about a quirky law of theirs due to  a Travel Oregon magazine. Here are a couple of funfacts:

  • Oregon has no sales tax (like Anchorage)

  • All Oregon gas stations are required to pump their gas for you

  • Oregon's population is 3.7 million with half living in Portland Metro area

  • Oregon is the tenth-largest state, covering 97,073 miles

  • The highest elevation point is Mt. Hood at 11,245 feet, and the lowest is at sea level

  • Oregon contains more than 5,900 registered campsites along with 230 state parks and 13 national forests

  • There are more than 6,000 lakes and 112,000 miles of rivers and streams

  • There are 16 known hot springs in Oregon

  • There are nearly 800 vineyards in Oregon, planted on about 17,400 acres

Yes, a guy came out at the gas station and pumped our gas for us. He said Oregon and New Jersey were the only two states that did that (not sure how accurate that is).

So far Oregon is a gorgeous place. It's so green right now and we're loving it. Can't wait for tomorrow, lots more exciting things on the way!

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Day 5: Vancouver and back to the USA--Seattle & Port Angeles, WA

The long and rough night yesterday wore us out. So, we decided to sleep in til 9 a.m. to try to catch up on some much needed sleep--and for me, beauty rest (lord knows I need it!). When we woke up, it was a beautiful, sunny day with 60 degree weather in Vancouver! We drove around the city some and decided to take the pups for a walk by the one of the marinas. This has to be the most active city--or perhaps we caught it on a great day--because people were everywhere running, biking, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding and in row boats (you name it, they were doing it).

We could definitely see why everyone lives in Vancouver. It really is a unique and beautiful place! We definitely wouldn't mind living there after experiencing that.

We'd already planned to leave and head to Seattle, but on the way back to the U.S. (which wasn't very far--about  50 km) we started wishing we would have stayed in Vancouver another night. It was so gorgeous, and we just wanted to put on our work-out gear and jog with the pups around the city.
But unfortunately we didn't; we headed to Washington instead. I drove to Seattle, once we crossed the U.S. border, and that was not fun. I get nervous in large cities, especially ones I've never been to, and Klay said I got 'brake happy' in the car.

But Seattle was also a cool place! Once we found a park right by the water, we started to dig it too. We tried to find gift shops in Vancouver and Seattle and literally had no luck. After a drive in downtown Seattle to the Space Needle, we decided to go to Forks (but stay in Port Angeles). It was supposed to be a pretty drive --and you know me with "Twilight," it was almost a must--and we'd never be so far up in Washington to get there again. It was only going to take 2 hours to get to Port Angeles and after driving from Alaska through Canada, it seemed like cake.
We ended up boarding a ferry in Edmunds to get across the bay to Kingston to get on Hwy 104 to Port Angeles(it's a lot faster, only 30 minutes, rather than going down to Olympia and around to Pt. Angeles). We've never boarded a ferry, so that was kind of a cool experience for us! The dogs stayed in the car, but we got to walk around and enjoy the view on the 30-minute ride over to Kingston.

When the ferry ride was over, we headed toward Port Angeles and arrived safely. I realized I was headed toward two places that understood my passion for "Twilight," when I saw this store in Port Angeles--which made me so excited for Forks in the AM! =)
Port Angeles was a pretty cool town with a great burger joint called Frugals. It was a cool town to stay overnight.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 4: Prince George, Whistler and Vancouver, baby!

The drive from Smithers to Prince George was extremely boring--or at least it was after driving the Cassiar Hwy. There were some pretty parts with some neat small towns, but most of the way it was mostly farming communities.

They were pretty, but I kept saying "I miss the Cassiar" to Klay most of the time.

After a few recommendations in the morning in Smithers and some friends of ours, we decided to detour through Whistler, BC and stay the night there. When we made this decision we were in the car leaving Smithers, so we had no idea what the town looked like, how large it was or any knowledge what-so-ever about it. All we knew was it was a beautiful place, a tourist town (home of the most recent Winter Olympics where Shawn White got the gold) with a gorgeous drive. And that was it.

We started on the gorgeous drive up, turning off before Cache Creek, and drove in between mountains surrounded by multiple rivers and creeks. We passed small towns in the mountains way out in the middle of nowhere. It was an absolutely stunning drive.

After stopping off along the way to take lots of pictures, we finally made it to Whistler at 9 p.m. It was a gorgeous town with tons of hotels and resorts--super lodgey looking and was a real ski town. People were everywhere and we made our way to four different hotels which were all booked. Guess it was just our luck cause it was Friday night. So, after the fourth failed attempt in Whistler, we decided to move forward.

On the way toward Vancouver, a silver porsche passed us, and somehow I got on the conversation of Robert Pattinson owning a green one, and then we got into where they were filming and everything. The silver porsche turned off in Squamish (a town 70 km outside of Vancouver) and headed toward Extended Stay Suites. We ended up stopping in Squamish at the Best Western because the drive started to wear on us. So, I went in the lobby to see if they allowed pets and had vacancies. The hotel receptionist said they were all booked too.

I asked, "Is it because of Whistler?"

"No," hotel receptionist said. "We're booked because film crews are staying here."

"Is it the 'Breaking Dawn' film crews?" I said.

"No, try Twilight," she said.

"Oh, really? It's the same thing. So, the film crews are here?"

She nods.

"Hmm, I wonder where the actors are staying..." I said.

"Oh, I'm not at liberty to say," she smiles.

I walked out and told Klay. His immediate reaction was I'm sure they weren't staying there (it wasn't the nicest of hotels). I doubted the actors were staying there too, and then he said "what if one of them were in the porsche?" I was like "REALLY?" Now, I'm going to be thinking about that. Anyway, to make a long story short, I got on and the guy who plays Carlisle Cullen, tweeted a picture of a sign that said "Bear spotted in the area. Please be careful."--or something.

Ashley Greene (Alice), Jackson Rathbone  (Jasper) and Kellen Lutz (Emmett) were all spotted in Vancouver Wednesday and Thursday. So, who knows where they are!

Anyway, after that last failed attempt in Squamish, we made it to Vancouver at night (which was crowded with people bar-hopping). We were so exhausted and looking for any place to stay. We had one more failed attempt, before finally finding a place that would take us in.

So the long night wasn't very much fun, but the drive in was a blast!  We decided from now on that we should really plan our trips, hotels & stops more throughly than before.

Tomorrow we get to experience Vancouver in the daytime! Yay!! =)

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 3: British Columbia & Cassiar Hwy

Day 3 was interesting for us. Westmark hotel was great, so we started the day bright and early. We wanted to get to Bell 2 Lodge, and that was our original plan, but when I called this morning, their cheapest room was $230--with taxes and extra fees for pets. So instead, we decided to go as far as we could and see what happens.

We saw some more swans (they're funny to watch in the water) and while driving, Klay almost murdered a squirrel running across the road and a bird who just stood in the middle of the highway like he was committing suicide. But thankfully, we all came out alive.

That was about as exciting as the wildlife got for us--besides Klay seeing a wild ferret. But we finally made it to Cassiar Hwy and it was a beautiful drive. It was pretty warm out, sunny and snowing--a combination I've never seen before. It was beautiful.
We had our first "gas scare" today. When we left Whitehorse, we filled up our tank (like $84) and headed toward Cassiar. The first gas stations on the Cassiar were closed and by that point we had maybe a half tank left. Then, a sign said "Check Gas. Next Gas 100 km" (they go by kilometers), so we planned to stop there. Little did we know, that Good Hope Lake (the town 100 km away that's supposed to have gas) doesn't sell gas until May 1! Klay and I at that point started to get concerned. We had a 2 gallon gas can (which was full), and were running on empty in the car. The extra 2 gallons we had would get us to Dease Lake, the next closest town (that's also supposed to have gas), but if they were closed, we were screwed. Luckily, Dease Lake was open and running (what they call a "gas bar" aka gas station was also a grocery store for the small town).

It was about 4:30 p.m. when we got through Dease Lake, so we decided to keep on trucking forward. We passed Bell 2 Lodge, actually we stopped and got gas there, and it was a beautiful place! I wanted to stay, but I still wanted to see how far we could get.

After another 4 hours in the car, we had our first 'night drive' which was scary--at least it was for me. It made me nervous and took way longer to get to Smithers than planned.

After 14 hrs and crossing one lane bridges over rivers at dusk, it was time to find a hotel and get some sleep.

So here we Hudson Bay Lodge in Smithers, BC and I'm on the computer blogging! This is probably my only means of communication for a while--other than Facebook. I know my Mom will want to know what's happening. So, Mom--we're ok. The dogs are great, Stretch found new spots to lay at in the car (see pictures). It's beautiful here. Love you!

I need to go to sleep, if we're trying to get to Vancouver tomorrow. We'll see how that goes!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 2: Entering Canada (Yukon)

After a rough sleep in a motel, much like the one in the movie "VACANCY," we set off this morning unsure of where we wanted to end our day. Klay drove again, and we realized about two hours into today's journey that we were definitely lacking in the music department--both of us complaining about the other's choice in music (well, only a little bit). But luckily for us, we like MOST of the same music...but only MOST. The dogs are doing pretty good. It's just hard to get them to potty when we want them too and they whine/bark when one of us gets out of the car, but other than that they've done well.

I was filming when we thought we were 20 miles from the Canadian border, but it ended up being more like two. Little did we know that you leave Alaska, enter Canada and drive 20 miles already in Canada before hitting Customs (where they check our passport/info). It was kinda sad, for me, to leave Alaska. And there wasn't even a "Leaving Alaska" sign!

We got through Customs just fine, and pulled into a gas station in Beaver Creek, Yukon, where we encountered our first Canadian accent--and people thought I sound funny. We passed by Kluane Lake which seemed to go on for miles. I can't imagine what it looks like in the summer, because it was the prettiest place we've seen so far since our trip began.

Now to the wildlife. We saw some flying swans (that's what Klay said they were anyway), wild horses and some funny looking deer-like creatures. The dogs went crazy when we saw the deer-guys and scared some of them--wish I knew what they were called.

After being on the road for seven plus hours, we ended up in Whitehorse and are staying at the Westmark hotel--oh it's so nice! I couldn't be more excited to feel like I can actually relax. Tomorrow, we'd like to get to Bell 2 Lodge, which is about a ten-hour drive. We wanted to get farther today, but we couldn't pass up the chance to stay in nice hotel.

Canada definitely feels strange. It really feels like we're out of place! But we're ready to see what tomorrow brings, I should get off here and head to bed.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 1: The end of our Alaskan adventure and beginning of a new journey

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When Klay and I got married in 2007, the thought of 2011 and the end of his Air Force career seemed too far in the future to even contemplate--and now here we are. After three and a half years in Anchorage, we're coming back to Texas and are so excited to be back with family and friends. Of course during our time in Alaska, we met some great friends and we were sad to say goodbye to them today. UAA's University Advancement, where I work, had a 'going away' party for me this morning, and then we met Klay's co-workers for his 'seeing-us-off' lunch after. After the sad send-off's, it was time to leave Anchorage in the rearview and embark on the new journey ahead.

Klay and I never got to go on a honeymoon, so we really wanted to take this trip for ourselves. We've never been out of the country--no, not even Mexico--and we want to enjoy ourselves on our long trek home. As of now, we plan to stop in Vancouver, go through Washington and Oregon, then to the beautiful and sunny California! Perhaps eventually a stop in Las Vegas and of course visit the Grand Canyon.

We left Anchorage at 1:30 p.m. today, and our destination--Tok, Alaska--a town about 100 miles before the Canadian Border. We saw the beautiful Mat-Su glacier, passed the place where Klay ruined his 4-wheeler and almost drowned a few years back, saw a fox and an owl (which flew right in front of our windshield; pretty awesome) and after lots of bumpy/hilly roads, swerves and curves, we made it to Tok in one piece.

As Jessica Hamlin and a few others at my work recommended, we ate at Fast Eddies--which was amazing--and then found a motel for the night. It's not the nicest place, and I kind of feel like I'm in the movie "VACANCY"--which can't be a good sign--but I guess it'll do.

In the morning, we will set off into Canada (assuming they let us in) and we'll see how far we get...

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