Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We Made It!

We made it to Alaska two days ago!

 It took us a seven full days to drive from the Winnebago factory in Forest City, Iowa to Alaska. It was an amazing drive!

I had no idea how well we would do in a 280 square foot RV with five people, two of which are teenage girls, but I'm happy to report that we are still a family of five.  My husband's limitless humor helped to smooth over the few rough spots we hit.

On the docks in Valdez, AK

Yesterday we enjoyed the sights of Valdez, AK a little town of about 4000 people on Prince William Sound.  It is surrounded by snow capped mountains on one side and the sea on the other.  It's like a tiny cold New England town mixed with Hawaii's mountains and rain forests and is absolutely stunning.

Sunrise on the ferry

Then we took a 5 1/2 hour ferry boat ride through Prince William Sound to Whittier, where we got off and drove to Homer Spit, AK on the Kenai peninsula. :)

We have seen a number of bears, but I'm happy to report that we haven't had to use the bear survival tips yet because we've only seen them from the car, not when we're out walking. I think the kids are so noisy they scare everything away! :)

Here are a couple more pictures:  
Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield, Canada

First Campfire, Liard River Hot Springs, B.C., Canada 

Hope all is going well with you!  I'll be back intermittently as time and internet permits.  Until then have a great week!

Kathy :)


  1. Glad you all made it safely! It looks amazing already, I can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

  2. It looks breathtaking! What a great adventure, look forward to hearing more. :)

  3. Oh wow, wow, wow! I'm truly envious!What an amazing experience :-)

  4. Safe and sound there is grand, enjoy the Alaska land

  5. Great photos! Glad you arrived without resorting to eating your children. Hope all the bears you see are at a distance.

  6. Yay, you're in Alaska! It's so weird to be seeing people in caps and sweaters when it's seventy degrees out here. Watch out for the bears and have fun!

  7. So glad you made it and without killing anyone. The area looks so beautiful.

  8. I've always dreamed of taking an RV trip. My parents had one for years, but they've since sold it because the gas is so expensive. My husband has no desire to drive one and I can't blame him because I wouldn't be comfortable driving something that big. So my dream of RV-ing across the country will remain a dream!