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Counting down the dog days!

Michael and I leave in just three days to go to California to pick up a service dog. I have been struggling with my hearing loss for years, and now I am getting a hearing dog from Canine Companions for Independence to help me. I am really excited. I have been without any pets for many years. It will … [Read more...]

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Your love has lifted me higher

We woke up early, in case the roads were a repeat of yesterday. And because we had a ferry to catch in Haines at 5 p.m. We had great road all the way to Haines Junction. It was a bit nippy, but the BMW gear kept me warm. We pulled into the Village Bakery to have a hot cup of coffee. While … [Read more...]

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Penises, the Cold War, and film stars

Our trip to Nome, Alaska could not be complete without a trip to the top of Anvil Mountain to see White Alice. On a clear day, towering above Nome you can see several creepy towers that remind me of the fins on the alien spacecraft that parked on the ocean flow in the movie, The … [Read more...]

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Kougarok Highway

Today was an interesting day. We swapped out the Jeep for a large, ¾ ton Dodge Pickup – newer truck with better tires. Michael walked out and put our gear in the truck and closed the door. The rear window of the truck exploded. Now, I know you are all saying that Michael slammed the door too hard, … [Read more...]

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Flat tire fiasco

We started our morning out attempting to fix the flat tire. The spare tire now on the Jeep was in pretty good condition. The flat tire from yesterday was in very bad condition, as were two of the other tires. Basically, we had one good tire. The dry rot was so bad on the flat tire, we didn’t think … [Read more...]

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“Happy 4th of July”

We got up bright and early from our night at the Dredge No. 7 Inn. A dredge is a piece of equipment that sits on water and processes sand and rock for gold. The historic dredges were very large – they almost looked like hotels with large mechanical appendages on both the front and rear. Today, there … [Read more...]

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No place like Nome

You can’t be a Wandering Alaskan if you don’t wander. In addition, I really should wander in my home state a lot more before I wander outside. I have done pretty well in the last 24 years, managing to wander in almost every nook and cranny this great state has to offer. There are only a few places … [Read more...]

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No cops around this time – Thank God!

We woke up in Torrey and mingled with the travelers. It turns out this little secret is getting out to everyone but the locals. We chatted with some folks that came in from New York to visit Hell’s Backbone Grill, and a couple from Colorado that were doing the red rock tour. Snow was … [Read more...]

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Was that a sock that flew off your motorcycle?

And we are off! We pulled out of Grantsville and headed over to Tooele and then turned south. Stopped for coffee at Vernon and then crossed over the hills into Eureka. Gene and Arlene were leading the way, and I was second, with Michael bringing up the rear. All of a sudden, I see a … [Read more...]

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Overland Expo 2014

Adventure in the Desert – Overland Expo 2014 We are headed off to Overland Expo 2014. This is an adventure travel conference filled with courses and venders related to folks that like to travel off the beaten trail, generally by motorcycle, ATV, or a well-suited vehicle. We have scheduled a few … [Read more...]