A road trip to Alaska from Southern California
by Rosanne M & Kevin J
our trip in San Diego, north through Oregon, Washington, Canada and
then 3 weeks in Alaska. We stayed in Anchorage with a friend - and we
took trips from there to Seward, etc. When we left Anchorage we drove
up to Fairbanks and then across the Top of the World Highway. We then
went across Canada and down through Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff, then
on to Wyoming & Montana (Yellowstone). We drove 12,000 miles and were
gone for 3 months. It was quite a trip. I have about 200 pictures in
albums in the order in which we took the trip. I will try to tell a
story with these pictures.
now live in Grand Junction Colorado. I can see this mountain (Mt. Garfield)
from my house & also the Colorado monument.
my best friend and traveling buddy kept calling me and reminding me that
we hadn't gone on a vacation for a long time. He had been out on disability
and was itching to go on the road. But unfortunately, I was bogged down
with a 50 hr work week and a leased condo.
One day I was called into the office and my boss told me that they were
downsizing and I was laid off. The next morning my landlord told me that
my condo had been sold. In less than 24 hours I was jobless & homeless.
I called my buddy and we decided to put all our stuff in storage and take
We had a friend living in Anchorage, Alaska and when we called her she
told us to come on up for a visit. We called our family and friends and
told them we were headed North to Alaska. We literally threw a few things
in the back of my friends Jeep and headed out on the highway looking for
we left from Southern California, we didn't really feel like our vacation
started until we got to the most beautiful spot in California, the Monterey
Peninsula. We stayed with some friends for a few days and toured all around
Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove.
This is Pacific
is Steinbeck country and a lot of history to explore down on Cannery Row.
After filling up on some great seafood at Fisherman's Wharf we were anxious
to get on our way.
drove from Monterey to Yosemite, but because we were footloose and had
no itinerary, we wound up at the park on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.
When I asked the Park Ranger if they had any room for a 7X7 tent, she
just laughed and laughed. Most people make reservations at Yosemite YEARS
did a halfday tour and enjoyed all that we could see of the park in a
few hours. Even though it was the end of May, there was still a lot of
snow in the mountains.
we drove through many California Gold Rush towns on our way to Lake
Bay, Lake Tahoe
Our first night
in Tahoe was the first time we camped out. All the camping we did was
in a 7X7 tent that got very small after three months on the road. I didn't
mind that we had snow that first night - but I did mind when the forest
ranger posted a sign on a tree near our tent "WATCH OUT FOR BEARS".
Oh, my, god - the only bears I had ever seen were behind bars at the zoo!!!