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.