Life at the Running Y

Life at the Running Y
Life at the Running Y

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Alaska. Planning begins. Oh My.

Milepost Just a short little post today.  I am hoping for some responses from some of the folks on blogland who have traveled the Alaska Highway in an RV.  I know I read a great blog last summer about someone’s trip, but somehow lost it and have no idea who it was.  If you are reading, forgive me!  We ordered the very BIG “Milepost” publication and it was delivered yesterday to our snowy driveway by a very determined UPS delivery truck.  Those big brown trucks have NO traction it seems, but he was laughing as he slid up the driveway.  I am getting to know him quite well, since just a few days ago he also delivered my shiny new DVD for “Streets and Trips”, which is a bit less intimidating than the “Milepost”. 

I got the software installed and immediately plugged in the first leg of our trip to get an idea of the possible route.  What a great program!  Once I entered the estimated price for gasoline and our estimated mpg, I had an idea of how many miles we had ahead of us and how much money I need to save up for the summer!  whew.  Who knows how things will be by then regarding gas prices, but there is still no better time than now.  Once those prices go up they don’t often go back down for long.

talking to Edna on her birthday Last night I sat down with the “Milepost” and after an hour or so looked at Mo in consternation and said, “Maybe we should just start driving and see what happens.  I have no idea how to plan this trip!”  She laughed with me, having done the road in the past, she thought that wasn’t a bad idea.  The trick is to have plenty of money, plenty of time, and to stay loose.  Lots of mosquito repellent helps, as well as good rain gear and a good attitude.  I did find one blog on the lonely planet, and the driver talked about the beauty, but also about the many miles and miles of flat nothing. 

So, if anyone out there reading this has traveled the Highway, could you please comment or send an email to me with your blog address?  I want all the information I can get from real people doing the real thing, rather than all the advertisements and tours and such that keeps showing up on searches for “Alaska Highway in an RV blog”.  I even went to RVForum and when I search “Alaska”, my own silly post about deciding to “go” to Alaska is the one that comes up first.  Geez.  HELP?!

It is Mo’s birthday today, and so far it’s been a good one.  She’s getting the birthday calls as I write.