Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 16, 2011 Tok, Alaska to Delta Jct., Alaska

Delayed post by Merrill on 6-18-11

This morning (June 16, 2011) we enjoyed our sourdough pancake breakfast at the campground café.  It is so much fun to visit with the campground host and volunteers, they tell some very interesting stories.  It was about 10:00am before we left the campground.  About three miles up the road we were able to wash our R.V. free with gas fill-up so since we needed gas and the price was $4.29 per gallon just like the other competitors in the area so we filled-up and took time to wash the R.V.  It was about 11:00am as we pulled out onto the highway heading north from the R.V. wash.  As we were traveling on the Alaska Hwy. on the way to Delta Jct. we saw a moose along the edge of the road, by the time I got slowed down and creep toward the moose to take pictures another R.V. camp from behind and the moose was scared away so no pictures.  We stopped at the small community of Dot Lake, Alaska and visited with the postmaster for a little while; he is the one who told us that about forty people make up the population of Dot Lake.  We also visited a small unique community church building and made use of their “outhouse”.  Before we got to Delta Jct. Mary Jane spotted another moose but by the time I got stopped the moose had disappeared so no moose pictures today.  At Delta Jct. we stopped at the visitor’s center; this is mile post # 1422 of the famous Alaska Hwy. and this is the official end of the highway that was constructed in 1942.  Soon after we left the visitor’s center we located the Delta Recreational park where we are staying tonight. Our travel with the R.V. today totaled 113 miles.  This is the same park that Marie and I stayed in during our trip in the summer of 2003.  We made pizza and blue berry mountain pies for supper over an open fire at our camp site.  After supper we took a drive to see the river that the ranger told us was across the road from the park entrance; what we found was a muddy river flowing over a wide area that changes its water flow over time. While we were looking over an “overlook” a local residence came out and talked with us; he told us of another river that is clear water so we drive out about 12 miles and sure enough we found the Clearwater River and another beautiful park.  On the way out there we were privileged to see a beautiful rainbow even though the rain did not adversely affect us. We returned to our R.V. and listened to another chapter of the audible book “The Betrayal” before retiring for the day.  No internet access so this blog entry will be posted later.

     Stanley and Merrill washing the R.V.

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