Here is a long overdue report from our trip in late August – early September. I read this forum for over a year while planning our trip, and appreciate all the information and tips I found. It certainly helped me to plan a fantastic trip! I have linked albums throughout the report. Enjoy!
DAY ONE – Sat, Aug 26 – After 3 long flights from the East Coast, we arrived in ANC around 2:30. We rented a RV from Great Alaskan Holidays and used their shuttle van to get from the airport to GAH. Once there, the orientation process was fairly painless, especially since we watched the videos on the GAH site ahead of time. We have never driven or really been in a RV before, so I was a bit nervous about this part of the trip. We rented a 28 foot RV for the 2 of us (adults in the our mid 30's) and while it was probably bigger than we needed, it was very manageable. Now, I say that as a person who did not drive it, my husband did all the driving and did a fantastic job. While big, it was nice to have extra room for all our luggage/boots/cold weather gear. I researched a lot about whether or not to take the extra CDW insurance and had mixed feelings about it, but in the end we did get it. We had no major problems so I guess it was a waste of money...but it gave me peace of mind during the trip. We also prepaid gas and propane which I knew was losing money but it was just another thing we didn't want to deal with on that last day. We did return it on gas fumes and hardly any propane left so I guess it wasn't too bad....I was just about making things as easy as possible, even if it cost a bit more.
After GAH we headed to Fred Meyer for supplies and then called in an pizza order to Moose's Tooth to pick up on the way out of town. Man, was that delicious! We drove down Turnagain Arm enjoying the beautiful scenery, it was spectacular even in the rainy weather. We camped overnight in Williwaw campground. I was initially worried about staying in a dry campground the first night, as I didn't have a clear picture of how the RV worked as far as hookups, heat, the bathroom, etc. Turns out it was totally fine. The camp restrooms were very nice, and we were able to run the generator during certain hours to keep everything powered up. If you are new to being in a RV, don't think you only have to stick to the full hookup places. Williwaw was very much a natural setting and was the most private campground we stayed in the entire trip. The only bad thing was it was too rainy to enjoy a nice campfire, but overall a great first day.
General Scenery photos from throughout the trip -
More to follow....