Getting Ready For The Six Month RV Trip

We’ve been talking about this six-month RV trip to Alaska for awhile now, but it’s finally starting to sink in that it’s about to happen. We had so much travel lined up before the RV expedition, that it always made this seem like a distant thing. However, we’re pulling out of our driveway on Saturday, April 2nd (in just 4 days) and the adventure is about to begin!

We’ll be traveling up the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline via the Pacific Coast Highway. Our route will include a combination of US-1 and US-101 to make the trip. Along the way we’ll stop to visit several friends, which I’m really looking forward to. We also plan on visiting several neat attractions like Universal Studios, Big Sur, The Redwood Forest, Golden Gate Park, and Long Beach Pier. And that’s just in California!

I’m really looking forward to the trip, but I’m concerned about several things at the same time. I already know that it will be much harder to work on the road. Internet access always seems to be a challenge from park to park. Sometimes you have T1 Internet speeds at your site and other times you need to find a Starbucks just to get access. As we head north, the situation will get even worse; since much of Yukon Territory in Canada is very remote. In some ways I’m really looking forward to being “disconnected”, but the reality is that I need to get things done too.

I’m also concerned about how my wife is going to handle the trip. I already know that parts of the trip are going to be in mosquito territory. My wife hates mosquitoes since she swells up every time she gets bit. People in Alaska joke that the mosquito is the state bird since these pesky insects are so large and overwhelming in the summer time. My hope is that if I can keep the mosquitoes away that she will enjoy the trip.

We already have our first 3 stops booked which include Long Beach, Morro Bay, CA, and San Francisco, CA. All three of our campgrounds are either right on the beach, or very close to it; that should make for some great scenery.

Of course we’ll be posting a log with pictures of our journey along the way.


  1. That sounds like an awesome trip! I lived in Alaska during high school and it may surprise you to know that the mosquitoes in AK are huge and everywhere during the warmer months. Such a great place too visit though, I hated living there but I do miss it. There is no other place like it on earth!

    Be sure and drive around the Kenai penn. area – Really nice down that way and of course if you want to feel like you are on another planet, drive up to Fairbanks.

    Love the blog bud!

    • Randy – We spent 15 days in Alaska during July of 2004 and absolutely loved it. It was an amazing 2 weeks and we drove almost 2000 miles through Kenai, Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Arctic Circle, North Pole, and Delta Junction. The mosquitoes were by far the most annoying thing about the trip. I couldn’t believe how many of them there were and how little they responded to DEET. After awhile they stopped annoying me as much, but my wife (then girlfriend) couldn’t stand them. It’s been a big sticking point about this trip.

      We plan on spending the majority of our time in Seward or Homer. Those were my favorite places when I was there last time. However, if it’s a cool summer we might head for the interior where it’s warmer. When I was there in 2004 it was 95 degrees in Fairbanks. That’s my kind of weather.

      The thing I’m looking forward to most about the trip is the adventure of getting there. I can’t wait to see a big chunk of BC and YT.

  2. Sounds like an awesome trip Mike. I just did a month long road trip to the midwest and it’s a blast getting to slowly crawl through different parts of the country. So much different from the normal 1 week whirlwind trips that have been my common vacations in the past.

    Loving the blog too. Just came across it. I live in SF, so if you’d like to meet for lunch or whatever while you’re here, shoot me an email.

    • Nick, thanks for reading the blog. I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

      I totally agree in regards to the trip. We’ve never been anywhere where we really had time to explore. Having a week in each place should allow us plenty of time to do that. I’m really looking forward to it.

      In regards to lunch in SF… that sounds awesome! We have other friends in the area, so we should schedule something soon to make sure we don’t end up with a conflict. Email on the way….


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