For the Love of Hope

We found a great little town on our way to Seward. Hope,AK    Down by the water is a small RV park that is completely briming with RVs, tents ⛺️,  and vans on the weekend.  There is a great stream next door where many of the campers fish for Pinkies. Live music at the bar/restaurant and plenty of free tailgating most of the night.  Don't expect a quiet night, they don't need no stinking 11pm quiet rules   

We stayed two nights, ate out once.   Took plenty of walks down to the water, Saw a seal, eagle and about 12 unleashed dogs roaming the park.  Glad we stayed.    

  Next stop is a great little boon-docking spot on Upper Trail Lake, half way to Seward

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Chugach National Forest Whale Center?

Chugach National Forest Whale Center?

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Main St Hope,AK

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Biked to a coffee ☕️ shop, love hippie baristas

 

Love this rig

Love this rig

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Anchorage and Girdwood

We landed in Anchorage for two nights to get some much needed supplies since had to dump a bunch of food before crossing back into the U.S.   

Cabelle's let us stay for two nights for free.   We were walking distance to Starbucks and our first ever Smashburger .  (meh).   

Costco and Target were both less than a mile away and the local gas station (across from Fred Myers) had a free dump station.   

 

Our next stop was the sking town of Girdwood..  Credit  to Gone with the Wynns who recommended the site.  Here in Girdwood we went biking, hiking, and toured the cute town.  Overnight parking was 10 bucks, not bad.  Enjoyed the stay, next stop is HOPE!!!!!!

My Coffee spot.  Cool sci-fi art inside.

My Coffee spot.  Cool sci-fi art inside.

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Thanks Cabella's

Claimed our spot at Cabela's

Claimed our spot at Cabela's

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After a great hike.  Free bus takes us back to the trailhead

After a great hike.  Free bus takes us back to the trailhead

The Yukon.

Had a great time celebrating Canada's 150th birthday in Prince George.  Next we headed to WhiteHorse and the Sign Forest in Watson Lake.   Stopped by the Teslin Lake Interpretive Center which was very informative.  Met a wonderful First Native who showed us how she tans moose hides, great stop!

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Learning about tanning hide from a First Nation woman

On to Jasper and Columbia Ice Fields

Hello all,  We made it to Jasper after visiting the Columbia Ice Fields.  Unfortunately, British Columbia is not as forgiving as Montana is to boondoclers.  We had to search hard and wide to find some free campsites.  

The Ice Fields were amazing, probably the best scenery on the trip so far.  After we visited Banff and Jasper, we had to find some place to stay.  We drove all the way to the Beaver Recreation Site on Holmes lake before we found a spot that would not end with a knock on the door from Dudley Do Right.   Mosquito's.........vicious.  Price......Free.   

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Ice Fields........very cool

Ice Fields........very cool

Glacier!!!!

Glacier!!!!

Canada!!!!!!!!

Well, all my worrying about crossing the border was for not.   It took about three minutes and no camper search, body search or anything.  Phew.    We drive North to Cranbrook to camp for the night.   A home improvement  company has a welcome sign for overnight RVers.  Very nice.    After enjoying a nice exchange rate at the grocery store, we grab some Thai food and hit the hay.  Phew. 

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yum. Quail eggs.   

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Our spot for the night.    

Glacier National Park

After hearing so much about this Park, we finally arrived.    It did not dissapoint.   We spend two nights in Avalanche campground.  The Going to the Sun road was still closed to cars so it was an amazing treat to be able to bike it  without worry about a Prevost bus mowing us over.   

We did some hiking, junior did another Junior Ranger badge and checked out a ranger talk as well.   Next stop is 🇨🇦 .  I think.   

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Devil's Tower

On through Sundance to Devil's Tower.  A recommended visit if your in the area.   The park is designated a dark sky park and is open 24 hours a day!  We did the 1.4 mile walk around the tower and listed to a park ranger talk.  Junior gets a badge and a post card.   We had a nice time and after half a day, we head out to find a place to stay.

After a nice drive to Buffalo Wyoming, we find a great bargain of an RV spot .  It was 10 bucks a night without hookups.  Beautiful little lake with local boaters and water-skiers.  Next stop was Costco, Bozeman and a date at our first Walmart parking lot.  

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Lake Desmet

Lake Desmet

Doo dee daa doo duummmmm

Doo dee daa doo duummmmm

Bozeman Walmart

After refuelling and stocking up on much-needed supplies, we head to a local restaurant and have some halfway decent bar food.   Next, we have to swallow our pride and stay at our very first Walmart Parking lot.  It did not disappoint,   loud, free and loud......not complaining.   

Almost forgot  Museum of the Rockies . This was an amazing museum!  and with our fancy museum pass, it did not cost a thing.  In case your wondering, WY used to be a major swamp and huge ocean teaming with dinosaours with the teeth and the biting.....

Beautiful downtown Walmart.

Beautiful downtown Walmart.

If you need Zima,  BOZEMAN Montana has it stock piled!

If you need Zima,  BOZEMAN Montana has it stock piled!

Muesum of the Rockies

Muesum of the Rockies

The Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore

After a great time in the Badlands we head to Custer State Park and pet some Bison.   We stayed at Wrinkled Rock Climbing Area - Keystone, South ... - Free Campsites.  The price and location was right, but it was quite loud.  The next morning we head into the park to see Mt. Rushmore.  Junior completed a Junior Ranger badge and all had a great time.

After a long day,  we head out to find a boondocking spot our of town.  Unfortunately,  this spot is full, so we put the pedal to the metal and drove for several hours all the way to a great boondocking spot in WY.  It was right next to a beautiful creek and in the middle of no where....perfect (except no cell signal) . We did see the sheriff drive by a few times and there were several campers upstream.   Next stop, Devil's Tower,

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Our Camping spot in Wrinkle Rock.

Our Camping spot in Wrinkle Rock.

Climbing around campsite

Climbing around campsite

BADLANDS

We spend two nights at an amazing boondocking site.   Did some spring cleaning, changed out the batteries in Roy, visited the Badlands.   This was a fun stop and we all agree, we could have spent a week at the boondocking site.

Sweeet and Free!   5 bars LTE to boot!!!!!!!!!

Sweeet and Free!   5 bars LTE to boot!!!!!!!!!

Junior Ranger Badge Time

Junior Ranger Badge Time

Surrounded By Tornado Warnings

After Itasca, we pass through Ada, MN and on to Fargo.  A "quick" stop at Costco, and we head south on our way to see The Laura Ingalls Homestead.  With plans to stay in a Casino Parking lot on the way, we run into a huge storm cell that looks about as nice as a 7th grade algebra teacher on the first day of school.  Things go south from there.  After weighing our options under an underpass, we decide to make a run for it and find real shelter.  Enter Steve and Bunny.....   We saw him pull up into his farm house driveway and rapidly pulled in behind him.  As his garage door was closing, we asked for help.  He and his wife graciously let us into their house and gave us shelter while the storm passed.   Just North and East of us, they reported baseball sized hail and multiple touch downs in the state that evening.   Phew! 

Not Pretty

Not Pretty

Steve and Bunny......How heroes!

Steve and Bunny......How heroes!

Lake Itasca State Park Visit

Hi all!  Yes, we are still alive and kicking.  Sorry for the delay in posts, doing many miles combined with bad cell service = decrease post volumes.  

Beginning of the Mississippi River

Beginning of the Mississippi River

We spent two days in the park.  Did some serious biking, hiking and other outdoor activities just like the phablet.  For those who are not in the know, this park hosts the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  It's a Minnesotan right of passage to walk across it.  I remember doing as a young boy and i hope the same for junior.  Camping was nice, but the bugs were bad.

We are off to Ada, MN for a quick gravesite visit, and then Fargo for supplies (and coffee).

 

 

 

 

Top of the fire tower

Top of the fire tower

Our Spot

Our Spot

Camper Damage!

We make our way Northward to visit some old friends from our prior life on the range.   We break the cardinal rule of dong a walk around before hitting the road.   Results:  Window damage.   :(

Check out the video for the quick fix.

On a good note, Deb and Ron treat us like kings, show us a great time, and we head out.  Junior had a wonderful time with Deb and Ron's grandkids.  We had a great time catching up.    Hard to say goodbye.

Next, we headed back to Duluth and spent a few more days fixing up the truck and hanging out with friends.    Our next stop is Itasca State Park,  headwaters of the Mississppii.

Best Tech Evahhh!

Best Tech Evahhh!

Ron and Deb have the most miles by motorcycle as anyone I know.   Half a million between the two.

Ron and Deb have the most miles by motorcycle as anyone I know.   Half a million between the two.

Sweet spot,  Free Hookups!!!!  

Sweet spot,  Free Hookups!!!!