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Postby Ken » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:36 pm

ok, we can do it, lower 48 to Alaska, anyone interested... 1 rule, only home builds allowed
ok, i was wrong about only home builds, no predigest here, i apologize to all, madjack and queeniejeanne, can we start over

anyone interested In Denali summer 2010, required, vehicle towing a small tailor
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Postby madjack » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:40 pm

...hey Ken...why so prejudiced...sounds like some of those that only allow "vintage" at their gatherings...anyone willing to make that extreme trip oughtta be welcomed
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Postby S. Heisley » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:14 am

1) Answered with a question: When? Next summer? (Have always wanted to go.)

2) I agree with Madjack.
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Postby Pat's 49 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:22 pm

That's been our dream to pull our teardrop (not done) with our 49 chevy pickup (not done), hope to finish bth this winter and try a shakedown trip to the black hills in the spring. that was my plan last winter too, one year!!!
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Postby bart » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:29 pm

Great idea. It would be an adventure. :thumbsup:
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Postby Carol Reed » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:23 am

2010 is IRG in July. How about Alaska (ALL tears...) in 2011 ???

I've been thinking about the ferry up from Vancouver, and then driving down the Al-Can. What a rush !!! I would love to do the caravan with other tears rather than the motor homes who are the norm (or so they think...)

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Postby Dean in Eureka, CA » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:55 am

The ferry thing will have to be pre-arranged well in advance...
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Postby dguff » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:05 am

We are planning a trip up the Alaska Highway with the teardrop next year whether or not there is any kind of gathering. The only question is early or late summer. When are the noseeums the worst? May/June or late August/September?

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Postby S. Heisley » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:21 am

Something else to consider: Sometimes they get blizzards by the end of August...Wouldn't want to get caught in one of those. I would think maybe the first part of August might be good (but I don't know when the no-see-ums come out). That way, we probably wouldn't miss IRG! I don't want to miss that! If all else fails, 2011 sounds good.

Oh! and Happy Birthday, Jerome!
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Postby SandyD » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:02 pm

I'm game too ~ This is on my wish list !!

I also would like to attend IRG ~ If a lot are going to IRG, maybe that could be the starting point ~ or the end !!

I looked up a few travel Alaska facts:
* Peak season is mid-June to mid-August.
* June 21 is the longest day of the year, with 19 hours of daylight in Anchorage, 22 in Fairbanks, and 18 in Southeast.
* Alaska's sky is light nearly all night long from late May to late July (unless you're out and about at 3am).
* Daytime highs range from 60°F – 80°F. Nighttime lows are refreshingly cool, dipping into the 40's – 50's. May and September are 5° – 10° cooler.
* If you're worried about Alaska mosquitoes, come the last week in July or first week in August. Night frost will have killed off a lot of the mosquitoes, but you'll have to put up with chillier evenings.
* Put it all together, and we peg June 15 – July 15 as the best time to visit Alaska.

I have to start saving gas pennies (quarters, dryer dollars). This sounds like fun !!
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Postby Carol Reed » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:28 pm

IRG, one week, plus Alaska (3 weeks ?).... That is a long stretch to take off work. But I would definitely be interested in 2011.
In the meantime I will do some inquiring to see how far in advance the booking is for the ferry.

See you all on the hiway.... :)

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Postby Carol Reed » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:35 pm

WOW...... Options, options, options.....
LOTS of options and opinions. The ferry schedule for 2010 is available now. Pets are allowed on the ferry, of course with restrictions.

This is a trip that I have been thinking about for a long time, so I am really excited that others are as crazy as I am and seriously considering it.

I just bought "The Milepost" which is supposed to be the "bible" of Alaskan travel. I am sure that it will take me a year to figure out how and where I really want to venture, so I am still targeting 2011. So stay in touch; I am looking forward to getting this together.

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Postby Dean in Eureka, CA » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:48 pm

Juneau Dave highly recommends the MilePost...
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Postby S. Heisley » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:25 am

For those who want to attend or work on IRG in 2010, 2011 might work out better. Many people get limited time off work for vacations.

Those who want to make the trip will need to have either a passport or that new land-passport card....Don't know how long it takes to get one.

Maybe we could get a dedicated ferry just for our trailers or plan to take up the whole top floor of the ferry! Wouldn't that be a delightful sight! :lol: 8) :lol:
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Postby sdtripper2 » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:53 pm

dguff wrote:We are planning a trip up the Alaska Highway with the
teardrop next year whether or not there is any kind of gathering.
The only question is early or late summer. When are the noseeums
the worst? May/June or late August/September?

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Jerome:

I can appreciate your apprehension of going into the land of ferocious bugs.
Punkies, for instance, are commonly called ''no-see-ums'' or ''biting midges."

Punkies (ceratopogonidae)
Flies so small they can slip through head nets and tent flaps. Females bite fiercely,
often making victims yelp from the pain. They fly in large numbers, usually in still, humid air.
They tend to bite unprotected skin, as on the forehead, or where the skin is fairly soft.
The bite looks like a red splotch rather than a distinct spot.


See this article on the seen and unseen beastly flying hungry pestilence here
Article from the Anchorage News called "Eaten Alive".


Here is some forum chat from real Alaskans
that might help you decide how to fend off
the hordes of fur bearing eaters of human flesh.
"A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country
is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards." -------Theodore Roosevelt

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