Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Haines Junction to Border City, Alaska

Last night we decided that today would be a good time to“sleep in” since we have a relatively light travel day planned for today. About 9:30 we went to the Village Bakery in Haines Jct. and purchased coffee and sweet rolls for breakfast and visited with the local merchant. It was about 11:00 by the time we left our camp site then we filled up with gasoline in Haines Jct. and hit the road again traveling north on the Alaska Hwy. The road was good the first part of the way but we did encounter rough and gravel road a good part of today. Part of the way we had to deal with road construction workers so hopefully they will get the road in better shape. We made a few stops along the way and our wildlife sightings today included one black bear and one bald eagle. We reached the Alaska state line at 5:00pm Alaska time, stopped and took a few pictures then traveled to Customs. At Customs we had to declare our holdings and the officer ask us to surrender our lemons because they were not allowed to cross the border. Just before handing the bag of lemons to him I ask if we could make lemon aid with them; he said "you can take the lemons if you peel them and leave the peelings here."  Marie and Mary Jane quickly peeled them and we gave him the peels in exchange for him returning our passports that he held and headed on.  We are now in Alaska proper (about 2 miles north of the boarder) at Border City Motel and R.V. Park. Our travels today included driving a mere 204 miles; according to our GPS we are now a mere 4,186 miles from home.

Camp site last night at 11:30PDT

Mary Jane, Marie, and Stanley outside of bakery

 Village Bakery in Haines Jct.
 Breakfast at Village Bakery
Merrill, Marie, and Mary Jane & Stanley

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