HOME! What fantastic 5 weeks. The past 3 days have been long drives, with a very different kind of scenery; wheat fields, oil rigs, swollen rivers and streams and flat farm land.
On Monday, we did 630 miles, North Battleford, Saskatchewan to Carrington ND, where we stopped at a rest area in the rain, thunder, lightening and wind. Tuesday we drove home, just over 400 miles.
Some of our observations -
- The mosquitos in Alaska were nothing compared to those in the Wal-Mart lot in North Battleford, Saskatchewan! We never even used any mosquito repellant in Alaska.
- There seem to be lots more stormy weather in the lower 48. Alaska had some cool, misty rain, but no storms.
- food and gas are much cheaper in the Lower 48 thank goodness, we're almost out of $$
- There is none of that beautiful fuschia fireweed in MN or WI, yet! Jean and I have seeds....
- "free WiFI" does not necessarily mean reliable or fast WiFi
- Highways in the lower 48 are sooo much better than "up north"
- Everything in Alaska is big!
- Highlights: Bob - the town of Chicken; Lowell - Kenai River Fishing; Jean - Fairbanks and Skagway, for the shopping; Jackie - probably Skagway, but I am having a tough time deciding!
- Next time: more time to pan gold in Chicken, catch fish at the end of the trip and just bring a freezer in the camper! Hike more, in Denali & other places, raft one of the rivers, try some halibut fishing, more time in Dawson city, a bigger notepad for keeping score of card games!!