Alaska Trip - Summer 2013

Shearer Home Alaska Scotland Family “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
- - Michael Palin

In the Aliner

Getting ready for our trip to Alaska this summer, here we are on our first trip in the Aliner last December. It was a good way to find out how our little home on wheels would do. Our camper is a 14 foot Aliner Expedition, also known as an A frame because it opens up to create a hard sided tent-like shape that is much cozier in bad weather and safer in bear country compared to tent pop-ups. It is also lighter, less than 2000 pounds, making it easier to haul with our little 2010 Ford Ranger.

Because Kris has some strange, hidden gypsey blood bubbling throughout her DNA, as soon as she decided to retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, she started planning this trip. First step was researching every possible light RV on the market, checking weight, reviews, bed size, bathroom possibilities and so on.The next task was getting Steve to buy in to the concept - if he has much gypsey blood, it is well hidden. After finding a local NM dealer (Myers RV in Albuquerque) we went up to try sitting in some Aliner models. This is very like "just holding" a cute little puppy - once you try it, you are hooked.

"Why a trip to Alaska?" you might ask. Our son Eric, his wife Andrea, and our three grandsons live in Anchorage. Kris's cousins Jo Ann and Gary live in Fairbanks. Besides, if you wait until later, you will never get to make The Big trip!

Trip map

During our first week we travel from Capitan to Albuquerque and Las Vegas in New Mexico, Pueblo and Fort Collins in Colorado, Flaming Gorge in Utah, and Soda Springs to Boise in Idaho.

Week 2 - visiting Walton family members and going to the Rock Creek Pioneers reunion to meet the Larsen side of the family.

Week 2 and a half - Craters of the Moon and Boise and Targhee National Forests

Week 3 - Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks

Week 4 - Glacier National Park and on to Canada

Side trips on the Kenai and to Denali- trips out from Anchorage onto the Kenai Penninsula, Denali National Park, and the Denali Highway new


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Last Updated: 08/18/2013
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