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Posted: 08/17/19 12:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just got back from our two week vaca in Alaska. We flew, so no RV but wanted to advise on a few things.

The weather is still hot and dry. Palmer was experiencing records temps two days ago. Rain has been and continues to be scarce. This has had a dramatic effect on the salmon. They cannot go up river to spawn in many areas due to low water levels. Water temps are nearing or at 70 degrees. At that temp salmon start to die. The ripple effect is the bears are relying on other food sources such as berries and are retreating farther back into the woods/mountains. Per people who have been there, wildlife sightings in Denali are down, bear fly-out trips are being cancelled and the bear numbers at Brooks River in Katmai are down. We did see about a dozen bears at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center's areas but those numbers were way down from when they opened the week of 7/15. Moose sightings are also scarce. The wildlife is there but just not in the numbers most are used to. Some areas were expected to get rain but it didn't look like enough.

Wild fires are still burning. The Swan Lake fire had died down but was active again as of this past week. There was some smoke along the Seward Highway and fires were popping up near the highway in various spots. Not a threat and not large ones but still there. Everywhere we went (Anchorage, Whittier, Seward, Homer, Kodiak) at one time or another there was detectable smoke smell.

There was construction along the highways (Seward, Sterling) but overall the roads are in good shape. Traffic wasn't bad at all-being from the Boston area I may be jaded!

Overall we had a fantastic trip. The good weather was appreciated although it's impact has been unfavorable on the environment. We are already starting to plan another trip.


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Everyone should do it at least once. The scenery alone makes for an awesome trip. The train Fairbanks/Denali/Anchorage is great. We have been trying for the last 20 yrs to go back, but life circumstances keep getting in the way. [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/17/19 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BB_TX wrote:

Everyone should do it at least once. The scenery alone makes for an awesome trip. The train Fairbanks/Denali/Anchorage is great. We have been trying for the last 20 yrs to go back, but life circumstances keep getting in the way. [emoticon]


X2. Not sure about the train part, but it sounds good. Get up there while you can. We made it in 2016, and would love to get back asap.


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We're in Seward today. There is heavy smoke in the air and it's quite windy, and warm. Perhaps we crossed paths somewhere along the way. Glad you enjoyed your trip- we are certainly enjoying ours.


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Posted: 08/18/19 07:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Perhaps we crossed paths somewhere along the way.

Quite possible. We were driving "incognito" in a blue Hyundai Sonata rental LOL!

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You had the exact opposite of our trip in '06, where Alaska had experienced 2 solid weeks of rain, and the rivers were swollen and there was a waterfall around every mountain corner. And some of the RV parks were just mudholes....

The beauty of Alaska is just relentless :-)

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While the sunshine has been somewhat enjoyable, the hot weather is getting to be too much...hopefully, by September if not before it will start raining like it's supposed to.

This weather is going to have an impact (not good IMO) on the flora and fauna. The birch trees are already losing their leaves due to dryness (and recent high winds) rather than due to fall arriving.


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We left Seward last Sunday (2 days ago) a little before Noon, headed toward Soldotna. We got as far as Cooper Landing, when we got caught up in a traffic jam due to wildfires on the Sterling Hwy. We got stopped around 1:00, and sat there until Noon on Monday, when they finally opened the highway. Many campers turned around, so we assumed the campgrounds would be full. We just camped on the highway. It was pretty scenery, but we got tired of it after the first 12 hours.

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We had visitors (based in Los Anchorage) who took a side trip to Homer. They got caught in the fire delay and spent two nights / 2.5 days in Soldotna. Even with the option to tour the lovely town of Kenai, after 2.5 days, I believe it lived up to it's nickname of Slo-dotna. [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/21/19 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How can you call it Slo-dotna, when it's got beer and fishing?

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