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AZ to AK, AZ
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Car Camping avatar Mar 26 2014
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It seems many people move to Arizona for its raw and rugged beauty, the favorable temps, and diverse terrain. So then where does someone from Arizona move to find this same allure? Alaska!

Several months ago Vicky(Littleknee) started to look into her last fieldwork for school. She had been in Vegas for the past year and half completing her masters to be an Occupational Therapist. As fun as it is on weekends, she did not want to spend another 3 months there. While Arizona seemed like the obvious place to look, it was an excuse to try some place new and exciting. Our passion for the outdoors, wildlife, and the ease of pure isolation from everything made Alaska the clear choice. She contacted places in Anchorage and ended up getting a position at Providence Hospital working with children(her dream). The rest is now history.

I knew the road trip alone would be legendary. 4000 miles. One way! I spent the few weeks prior mod-ing the Tacoma to make it as comfortable as possible since we’d be living out of it for a week while on the road. I built a deck to sit on the wheel wells so we could store our stuff underneath and sleep on top. Put a soft top on the bed to help keep us warm and dry. We left Phoenix on Wednesday March 26th. Past Flag the weather became dynamic and into Utah we were already into the snow. After 500 miles our first camp was around Bryce Canyon Utah. The next day we connected with I-15, went another 500 miles, and set up camp in Rock Creek on the edge of the Pioneer NF in Montana(awesome place). The mountains were astounding and rich with wildlife, deer and antelope. The 3rd day took us down the mountains to Great Falls, MT north to Edmonton, Alberta. Those 700 miles were pretty flat and sightless. We stayed at a B and B to shower up, sleep in a real bed, and recharge for the true adventure of the trip. Outside of Edmonton the Forests grew tall and thick. Later in day 4 we reached Dawson Creek, the beginning of the Alaskan Highway!

Rivers from here on out make the Verde and Salt look like creeks. The area between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson had a lot of oil prospects and associated work traffic. However, after Fort Nelson the Alcan became desolate and the Canadian Rockies dominate the landscape. It encompasses a true sense of untamed beauty and remoteness. The highlight of this leg was a stop at Laird Hot Springs, a well established hot tub in the middle of nowhere. It’s a large pool a steaming hot water surrounded by snowed in forest. With only a couple other visitors we spent 3 hours soaking it in and enjoying the environment. The area also had an abundance of wildlife such as Bison, Rock Sheep and we even spotted a few Moose! Gas station along the road became few and far between. 3 times my fuel light came on before we got our next fill up. (I had a spare 5 gallons just in case). At this point the feeling of how tiny you really are sinks in. It made it even harder to comprehend how the road was built in the early 40’s. To think you are driving this little corridor through wilderness larger than any state in the cont. 48 is humbling. Into the Yukon did not disappoint and the Kluane area was especially beautiful. It was kinda funny going through the Capital and largest town in the Yukon, Whitehorse, and realizing it is no larger than Payson. Before long we found ourselves on the international boarder and into Alaska! The terrain became relatively flat but remained scenic. Lakes and streams were plentiful. We made our way to Tok, where the road to Anchorage splits from the Alcan. We spent 1 more night on the road with a mere 300 miles to our destination. From Tok to Anchorage the beauty continued. It skirts along the Wrangell NP, the largest in the U.S. As we got closer I continued to look at what will be my playground for the summer. There is no shortage of places to see and things to do.

Now that we’re in Anchorage I’m searching for a job. Hopefully one at a place that gives Seaplane tours works out. Im sure it will have its perks ;) In the mean time ill get to know the area around Anchorage and branch out from there. It is sure to be a busy few months 
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