My Dad was a man of few words. Always. So, his Trip Journal reflects this same habit of writing his thoughts in as few words as possible. As I had written long ago, we brought my Dad into our home to live with us in 2004. This was in a period where we were RV-less. When our Mothers got ill we sold our motorhome since it was going to be a few years before we could travel again.
By 2005 we all 3 were living a boring life. We decided to buy a new MH and take Dad traveling with us. Turned out he loved it! Today when I picked up his little Trip Journal I couldn't resist reading through the whole thing again. I decided to rewrite some (not all) of his entries here.......
Trip to Alaska - 2006
(selected and random entries)
Drove to Blaine, WA 173 miles
K/M Birch Bay RV Park
Drove to Prince George, BC
Saw Buffalo, 1 Deer
Had lunch at McLeese Lake, saw 2 Loons
Glacier above Glacier View RV Park
Drive to Yukon Territory
Yukon RV Park
Ate at Mukluck Annie's
slow service, pork chop dry
Monday, still in Fairbanks
Drove up to Yukon River, 275 miles
many miles of rough roads
saw pipeline, got flat tire
Drove to Denali
Bad time getting RV level
Lousy water at park
Father's Day Breakfast at Fannies Flapjack
All you can eat.
Went to see dog sled demo pull. Wow!
In Anchorage we went to Heritage Aviation Museum
Had picnic overlooking Cook Inlet
Ate at Gwinnies...lots of food.
Went to Native Heritage Museum, nice.
Drove to Homer
went out on spit saw lots of bald eagles
Went on boat trip to Fjiords
saw: whales, puffins, sea lions, glaciers
Took ferry from Haines Jct. to Skagway
Too many gift shops, too many people
Took train ride in Skagway
Start for home
Saw lots of critters: red fox, bison, brown bear and cubs, caribou, deer
These were just a few selected entries. Naturally there are gaps since I didn't want to put the whole journal into this post. We were in Alaska for 6 weeks so he could have written pages and pages of stuff. Most people could go through a notebook or 2 just writing entries for Alaska. Not Dad. Like I said, a man of few words. Dad did talk to us a lot about how much he was enjoying the vacation. It was obvious that he was having the time of his life. I know he never dreamed he would see Alaska the way we took him to see and experience it.
Dad passed away in 2007, 6 weeks after we had returned from taking him to Nova Scotia. That allowed us the opportunity to begin this fulltime RV journey. This fulltime living is fantastic, but even now when we go to some interesting or beautiful place in our travels, I'll pause a moment and think about my dear Dad and say to myself, "Man, Dad would sure love to see this!"
Until next time.....so long for now!