Published: Monday, 16 May 2011 10:27
Tentative Trip Costs
- Flights (From Colorado Springs to Anchorage and back) - $1400
- RV (More detail about this in it's own article) - $1500 (Plus $500 deposit)
Misc. Fees / Food / Parking / Licensing / Gas
With the gas prices escalating like they are we wanted to play it safe.
We figured our RV will get approx. 9 miles to the gallon. We also figured that gas will cost $5.00 per gallon (which is high) Since our planned trip is about 1400 miles we used the following calculation to figure out gas costs. (1400 / 9) * 5 = ~$800
So $800 for gas, and we budgeted an additional $900 for other costs and to dip into if our $1000 each runs out.
A total of $1700 is factored into these misc. fees.
Misc Spending Money
We have planned spending no more that $1,000 each on activities.
In total we are taking $3,700 with us for the trip.
Published: Monday, 16 May 2011 10:19
Basic Trip Information
Our Trip to Alaska this year is from May 30 - June 12.
We will be landing in Anchorage and picking up a RV and driving around the state for a total of 12 days. We will not be staying in any hotels and will be only staying in paid camp sites if we have to.
- Go to Fairbanks, Tok, Valdez, Whittier, Homer
- Spend a night or two in Denali National Park
- Attend local farmer markets when possible
- Not enter any chain stores, especially Walmart!
I hope to be putting up daily or bi-daily reports of what we are doing in Alaska. My hopes are that with these series of reports someone will be able to successfully duplicate our trip and have the time of their lives without the need to figure all this out as we have had to do.
Published: Sunday, 06 March 2011 10:25
Alaska - Getting closer
So our plans have changed somewhat...
Melissa was not able to go to Egypt this year (for obvious reasons) so instead she's coming up to Alaska.
Sam wasn't sure if he could make it but now is hoping to come up for a week of the trip.
Heres, our current plan
We have reserved a RV for the whole trip. While it's more expensive then a car it's cheaper then getting hotel rooms.
Land in Anchorage and Taxi over to the RV for the night.
Leave out for a week long loop around Fairbanks and Delta Junction.
Get back to Anchorage in time to pick up Sam from the airport (hopefully) and then head down to the peninsula
Then we'll spend almost another week there seeing the sites.
It's going to be really fun! I can't wait.
I'm so lucky to be able to go back to Alaska (my favorite spot) for a 3rd time. This time will be the best because both Melissa and my best buddy Sam get to come!
Published: Sunday, 13 February 2011 11:05
After talking to Sam the new plan is as follows.
Melissa will be in Egypt at the same time were on our trip so it all really works out well.
Fly to Anchorage, get a car. Then drive that sucker from Anchorage - Fairbanks - Valdez - Whittier - Seward and then back to Anchorage... 1100 miles or so in about 7 days. It's going to be great!
Were also going to Fedex our packs up to Anchorage and do some backpacking in Denali Park. No, we won't be attempting the summit but it would be nice to spend a night or too somewhere in the park.
This trip even though it sounds adventures really isn't... Just a 1000 miles of driving. Hopefully we'll only stay in a hotel once or twice and sleep in the tent the rest of the time.
I wonder how many Alaskans are going to see as much of the state as were going to!!!
Published: Friday, 11 February 2011 12:10
Hopefully sam will let me know this week if he's going to be able to accompany me to Alaska this year.
If he can below you'll see a little picture of the road trip we plan on taking.
Published: Saturday, 08 January 2011 12:36
Was thinking about doing another trip to Alaska while Melissa is in Egypt this year.
Hopefully the stars will align and Sam and I can head up north in May!
Today I paid the big bucks to get the house in Palmer AK reserved. Now we have to go!
$1008 for a one bedroom cabin here
Now we just need to get the flight tickets, and a rental car and we'll be set! Minus food, activities, and drinks of course!
Published: Monday, 15 March 2010 11:51
Just wanted to let everyone know that the pictures I took in Alaska are now on the site.HERE IS THE PHOTO GALLERY
Published: Wednesday, 25 June 2008 12:44
Well, this is it.... the last day :(
It's been a great week and a half since we got here... I've met some really nice people, and have seen many sights. I wish I could stay longer, but I need to get home and see my lady.... I've been missing her like crazy. We purchased a insulated shipping box to carry home my fish that I caught, but we'll have to exchange it for a large one as it looks like I'll be bringing home around 60 or so fish, and some moose meat "burger" that was given to me.
I will be back, oh yes, with my girl, we will be back!![newline] !!!
Published: Tuesday, 17 June 2008 20:01
Today we woke up extremely late due to our 2.30 am fishing trip. I awoke and started getting ready for out fishing trip today. We fished for about 4 hours and I got 4 big keepers, including my personal best. a 22 inch 8lb trout.... It may not sound that big, but I'm a shitty fisherman :) tonight were going to go to Eagle River to catch a movie and get me a Ice cooler to help bring home my catch. Then guess what.... were coming back to the cabin to do some more midnight fishing!!!
I'm having a great time, but I'm ready to get home, see my lady, and plan her and mine's trip to Alaska next year :)
Published: Sunday, 15 June 2008 20:55
Well, it's cloudy and raining right now.... Hopefully the weather will get better so we can do some more fishing... but it not it will be a great day to catch up on some rest.
Published: Saturday, 14 June 2008 14:33
Today is my 5th day here and it was really neat.
but first, I just want to say how much I miss my girl.... I can't wait to see you again.
Today we woke up and did some fishing, where I got 1 good keeper and 5 finglerings. Were hoping to go again tonight around midnight or so since the sun is up for ever here.
We went to a small town thing today. Much like the place where I grew up.
I forget the name but the main event was the Palmer bed races where 8 or so beds did this little race about 300 feet long. While moving they had to stop at these little stations and had to do little goofy things while there. It was kinda dorky but really nice.
Now it's 9.41 AK time and were just waiting for these people on the lake to leave because were not actually allowed to fish there for two days... HA! were lawbreakers!!
Published: Friday, 13 June 2008 23:42
Well, we are four days into our trip and let me tell you it's pretty cool up here. We've seen all the wild life there is from moose, to carabu, to beavers, no bears yet. Today we are going to be going into Anchorage to see some parade and maybe do some fishing tonight.
I just wanted to say a few words of thanks to Jared, Scotie, and Zack who opened their homes and cars to me to help out. I can't wait until I can repay the favor to someone else.
You can see the pictures I'm uploading from the trip in my gallery, just look at the very top and you'll see the photo album, but don't worry, I'll re-edit all the pictures that are twisted or messed up when I get home.
I could move to Alaska in a heartbeat!
Published: Friday, 13 June 2008 12:22
Well boy's can girls, WERE HERE!!!
We flew into Anchorage around 9.30 pm and were amazed that the sun was still high in the sky!!
We left the airport and got a rental car, then the hunger bug attacked. Well even though it looks like it's 7pm outside, it's really almost 11.30pm so most of the places we wanted to eat were closed. So we settled on Dennys. The food wasn't very good but we had a few laughs watching this crazy lady constantly check one of her EIGHT watches! Yes you read correctly, this woman had five watches on one arm and three on the other. She kept looking at them and writing in a journal or something. When we left I was able to catch a glance of what she was writing and it was our typical crazy lady stuff... numbers, bits of sentences, and a lot of time entrys...
Any way we got to the cabin about 1am and now it's 2.11am which is actually 4.11am my time.... I'm so tired, but it's still semi-light outside, so it's going to be hard to sleep!
Published: Tuesday, 10 June 2008 04:12
Well, the time is almost here! I'll be leaving the Springs around noon on Monday and will be landing in Anchorage around Midnight. Then we'll be heading to Palmer for a few days, then back to anchorage to do some site seeing. I'll be staying with several people while in anchorage. and THANK YOU FOR YOUR HOSPITALITY!!!!!
Hopefully I'll be able to add pictures to the site each night while i'm there.
Published: Friday, 06 June 2008 09:19