Day Three – The Adventure Continues

Departing Valdez Saturday morning was bittersweet. I could’ve easily stayed for several days, but this trip is all about travel, not destinations.

So I unhooked water and electric, tidied the rig, and stored away my mosquito plants, step and door mat. The road ahead would be bumpy, so I made sure everything was extra secure. After one last walk with Ronni in the grass of the harbor-side park, we were ready to bid a fond adieu to Bear Paw RV Park in Valdez.

“Roada”, seeming so small below the still snow-draped mountains of Valdez.

With a brilliant sunny day drawing us, Rhonda and I looked forward to the drive up Keystone Canyon and back through Thompson Pass … eager to see all the beauty again – from the other direction. We were not disappointed.

I don’t recall the name of this river – I stopped because these milky green, boulder-strewn glacial rivers are special to me. They epitomize scenic Alaska.

Unknown river along Thompson Pass, Alaska

Rhonda particularly enjoyed this roadside stop. Not only did it have a great view of the river, but it also had … rabbits!! 🐇

RABBIT! Oh, did Ronni want that bunny!

This was probably the worst argument Rhonda and I have had during our trip so far. The strength of her harness and leash were all that kept my little hunter from disappearing into the deep Alaska woods in pursuit of her prey. If the following (very short) Youtube video doesn’t pop open, click on it … she was madder than a wet hen!

🐇 I don’t think so, Rhonda! 🐇

We finally made it back to the junction of the Richardson Hwy and Glenn Hwy at Glennallen. After gassing up, grabbing a quick lunch and a potty break for Ronni (she had forgiven me and was back to her cheerful self), we chose to turn north and followed the signs that said “Tok, Delta Junction, Fairbanks” (in no particular order), ignoring for now the mileage listed for each. No matter! Off we go.

I slowed down and sighed deeply as we passed the turn that would have taken us to Tok … and across the border into Canada. That had been my original plan for this summer, denied me by the Covid pandemic.

Shaking my head sadly, I reminded myself of how very much I had to be grateful for – including this diverse and beautiful state I call home.

Huge lake … and even bigger expanse of Alaska beyond.

I haven’t driven the Richardson Hwy in several years and the last time, we were heading the opposite direction. It’s amazing the difference this makes.

Every curve in the road, and they were plentiful, brought into view another awe-inspiring snow-capped mountain vista (yes, in late June), glittering alpine lake or high expanse where you would swear you could see the entire state stretched out below you.

Summit Lake, between Glennallen and Delta Junction
One of the more spectacular pull-outs, this was high above Summit Lake (not in view). I truly wanted to boon-dock here for the night, but had promised to only stay overnight where there was cell service for safety reasons. Sigh.
This glowing mountainside was SO much more awesome in person. The colors and textures, the play of sun and shadow – not to be believed! It looked like a oil painting.

Probably only a 3-4 hour drive straight through; with all my stops for photos and deep, gulping breaths of beauty (it may not feed your body, but it surely feeds your soul), the whole day passed with my hardly noticing the time.

When I pulled into Delta Junction State Campground, it was 8pm. It had been a glorious day, but Ronni and I were both tuckered out.

Delta Junction State Recreation Campground (only $15 a night). I pulled into the first site I found, said “Oh, thank you God, it’s level!” And called it a night. 🌲

Well, I thought Ronni was tuckered out … until she saw SQUIRRELS! 🐿🐿

Published by 2dachsnite

I’m a RV Sometimer (less than full time, but more than a weekend warrior) living in Alaska, with dreams of seeing the country in my RV. I am 70 years old and married, but my husband isn’t a fan of RV travel, so my journeys are mostly solo except for my navigators; dachshunds Baxter & Rhonda. I’m also a spinner of tales - and a spinner of yarn (my other passion). My spinning wheel, along with the dogs, go along on all my travels. I look forward to sharing my stories, including photos and videos, with you.

2 thoughts on “Day Three – The Adventure Continues

  1. Hi Deb…love reading about your adventures! You sure do have more nerve than I ever have had. I have been wondering why you aren’t taking both pups with you!?! Seems like Baxter must miss you terribly…and I thought he and Ronni were both going to be your travel buddies? Is he having any health issues that are forcing you to leave him at home? Your pictures are beautiful!! Love, K

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    1. Baxter still comes along on shorter trips, but yes, he’s coping with some issues. He sees his acupuncturist next week – we’re hoping that will help. I really DO prefer to have both of them with me.
      Baxter is a much better navigator. If I ask Ronni which way we should go, she says “That way! Bunnies!!” 😄🐇🐇

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