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Thursday, May 23, 2019

An American avocet

 

 

…and a gazillion phalaropes.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It’s not supposed to be like this

 

 

We're still three thousand miles from Fairbanks and it's snowing already!

 

 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Check it out

 

 

Long pants!  It’s a cool day in Colorado and I thought it would be a good idea to see if I actually could wear long pants.  It was a challenge, but I made it through the entire day.  I still hope that there aren’t that many cold days in Alaska though…

 

Another picture of dinner at Becky’s, because this time Taylor was there too.

 

The head count is off by one, but it’s always off by at least that much at Becky and Brian’s.

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

St Vrain State Park


Here at St Vrain.


  
For a fine time at Becky and Brian’s. 


 

Friday, May 17, 2019

It was a dark and stormy night



Not really; but it was raining by the time we got to the Front Range.

Afternoon thunderstorm.  Crashes and booms.  Hail too.  The last loudest lightning strike had a very “clangy” reverberation to it.  We think it hit one of the metal picnic table shelters.

We’re settled in at St Vrain State Park.  We can visit Becky and family from here.

3,037 miles to Fairbanks.

Dinner with John B. and Kip.

Here is the spot we left at Jackson Lake State Park.



And the morning light.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

That was a lot of days of consecutive travel

 

So we stayed for two nights at Jackson Lake State Park and cooled it.

 

Internet still sketchy; we’ll see when this goes out.  We’ll call the Colorado rough roads, and intermittent internet, our practice for the Canada and Alaska parts of this trip.

 

Still 3,063 miles to Fairbanks.

 

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Welcome to Colorado

 

Land of handkerchiefs and Claritin.  We got here just in time for hay fever season.  First trees, then grasses.  And it’s almost time to get the humidifier out.  The humidity is down in the teens.

 

Jackson Lake State Park.

The Great Alaska Trip map

 

3,063 miles to Fairbanks.

 

Limited internet; can’t send campsite photos.

 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The first bad road this entire trip

 

Starting right at the state line as we crossed into Colorado from Kansas.  Eastern Colorado isn’t getting enough love (or money) from the state.

 

Limon, CO.  There is a new RV Park in town.  It doesn’t even look like an RV Park on Google Maps yet.

 

The Great Alaska Trip map

 

3,145 miles to Fairbanks.

 

Character.

 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Highway 83

 

Highway 83 has been very good to us.  We’ve been on it almost all the way so far.  Not like the freeway at all.  It slows down and goes through every small town.  Just like the old days.

 

It is one of the longest highways in America.  It goes 1,894 miles from the Canadian border above Westhope, ND to Brownsville, TX.  We’ve driven most every part of it on one trip or another.  (In fact, on Google Maps, it goes all the way up to Swan River in Manitoba, but we haven’t driven that part.)  We’re going to leave it soon when we turn left on Interstate 70 just above Oakley.

 

Tonight we’re at Lake Scott State Park.

 

This is the warmest sunniest day we’ve had so far this trip.

 

The Great Alaska Trip map

 

3,343 miles to Fairbanks.  This driving to Alaska thing is easy.  In 530 miles, we’ll be a third of the way there!

 

Canada geese and kids.

 

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

So far,

 

… our Alaska trip looks like every other trip we’ve ever taken from Texas.

 

The Great Alaska Trip map

 

Miles and miles of Texas.

 

We had a plan.  We were going to do something different.  We were going to go east through Houston to the Louisiana border, then go north through East Texas.  We don’t spend much time in East Texas.

 

Problem.  There is severe weather every day through that route.  Instant change in plans.  We headed west.  Now the plan is to head north from Junction and stay west of the weather.  We’ll let you know how that goes.

 

Wildflowers along the way.

 

3,996 miles to Anchorage.  We lost a little ground with this diversion.

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Happy Anniversary to us!

 

We got to spend the day together.

 

Tacos, enchiladas, charro beans, and a blurry photo for dinner at El Chaparral.

 

 

Monday, May 6, 2019

3,968 miles to go

 

We’ve finally put a dent in that 4,219 number!

 

We drove through some serious storms to get here.  No problem.  During the worst of it, we pulled over at a truck stop and let the most severe part pass.  Otherwise, an uneventful trip.

 

Now we’re San Antonio-ish.  An afternoon walk along the Medina River in the Texas Hill Country.

 

Chicken fried steak at the Old Spanish Trail.

 

The Great Alaska Trip map

 

Look how much closer we are!

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

We’re on our way!

 

The big trip to Alaska has begun.  The house is clean and empty.  The bus is clean and full.

 

Here we are at our first night's stop.

 

We're spending the night in the bus at Sandpipers on the 300 row.  No longer do we have 4,219 miles to go to get to Fairbanks.  We've cut that down to 4,218 ¾!

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Alex

 

He had a tough year in gymnastics.  His wrists were hurting enough they needed treatment.  Six weeks in casts.

 

 

When the casts came off, he couldn’t do any exercises for another six weeks.  Then he couldn’t do any high impact or high torque moves after that.  All he could do was go to gym every day and watch and do conditioning.

 

So he didn’t compete at all the first half of the season.  Then he only competed on three out of the six events for the second half.  Then came the State Competition.  He did all six events for the first time this year, and advanced to Regionals in Long Beach.  He competed at Regionals and advanced to Nationals in Reno.  He did the first round of all six events on Thursday at Nationals, but didn’t advance in All-around.  He did advance in Floor though, and will compete again, just on Floor, on Sunday.

 

Go Alex!

 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Oh

 

…and tomorrow is the Global Big Day!

 

Put any bird sightings into ebird (www.ebird.com) tomorrow, and you’ll be part of it.  Last year the Global Big Day netted about three-quarters of all species found in North America.  World-wide, there were sightings of two-thirds of all bird species on the planet on one day!  All these sightings go into the ebird database for scientific purposes, and they’re available to the general public as well.

 

Happy birding.

 

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Road construction

 

We all moved our cars and golf carts offsite before they got stranded.  We can hike through the mess to get to our cars, then go wherever we need to go.  The road out the gate is still open.

 

It’s a little inconvenient packing the motorhome right now.  We park the golf cart as close as we can get it, carry stuff out to it, then ferry it to the motorhome.  A little slower process than normal, but not a big deal.

 

Heavy equipment.

There is a steamroller in the background, with spikes all on it for compacting the soil.  “Steamroller” seems like such a dated term.  I doubt there has been any steam involved for a lot of years.  I wonder if there is a more current name.

 

And progress.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

4,219, 500, 56, 138 update

 

Now it’s May, and we’re still at 4,219 miles to Fairbanks (but not for much longer).

 

223 birds remaining to get to 500 for the year (at the rate of one new bird a day, that’s a 22-bird cushion).

 

30 continuing education hours to go.

 

And 138 counties in which to report a bird to have all 254 counties in Texas!

 

Here is a rose-breasted grosbeak

 

A contented squirrel.

 

And my favorite billboard.