Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Journey Begins

Preparing for the trip to Alaska has been a three month long process of anticipating what will be needed when off the grid camping in the backwoods. This brings up the question "Why do we travel"?

Before leaving on a long road trip restlessness begins to set in. Anticipating the road away that is broad, straight and sweet, the desire to travel is good and sufficient reason for going.

Planning a trip in time and space, choosing a direction and destination is a work of joy. At last I must implement the journey, how to get there, what to take and how long to stay.

Once the journey is designed, equipped and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, an exploration is an entity, different from all other journeys. Each journey is unique into itself, no two are alike. There is an anticipation of what a journey will be. Traveling is a companion into itself.

I have learned while traveling that we do not take a trip: a trip takes us. Like marriage, the certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

May 15th starts an eleven week trip beginning at coastal Carolina in the mid-Atlantic passing thru the Midwest to Great Falls, Montana and entering the Canadian Rockies at Banff, AB. On to Alaska in the third week of travel in Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Canada. While in Alaska there will be a myriad of stops along the way, mostly boondocking in the backwoods and small town parks. A group of 14 Roadtrek RVs will be in the area that our "Walkabout" is registered . We have all shared our contact information and will gather together ocassionally at designated locales.

Later in July begins a southbound 2,000 mile inside passage ferry boat trip with the Roadtrek securely stowed in the lower level of the Columbia, a 200+ foot ferry. The week long cruise will provide needed rest from driving and living in a small motorhome. The Columbia provides a private stateroom to live in with port of call each day to disembark in villages along the way. At weeks end is the destination of Bellingham, Washington where I will immediately re-enter British Columbia, Vancouver for a couple of weeks.
The island of Vancouver has the capitol of BC in Victoria with Butchart Gardens and the Fairmont Empress Hotel with the British custom of high tea in the afternoon along the promenade in Stanley Park.

Vancouver Island offers a nice variety of Provincial Parks to boondock.

By late July I will begin the long trek back to the East coast but stopping along the way in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming  until I arrive home in August.

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First day of travel was from North Carolina to Louisville, Kentucky where we stayed at the Cabella's for the night.

The second day of travel was to Nebraska where we found ourselves in a severe thunderstorm with tornadoes in the three state area. After staying at a family farm with Roadtrek securely put away from harm in a quonset and us in the basement waiting out the storm. At least many hands of cards were played and family time was caught up.

The Roadtrek at Pioneer's Park in Lincoln, Nebraska

Other stops on the way to Alaska will be Rapid City, SD where Cabella's offers a good place to boondock for the night then on to Devil's Tower Wyoming, Great Falls, MT and Alberta, Canada.

Next week will be photos from Custer State Park, SD, Devil's Tower National Park, WY and Glacier National Park  in Montana before entering Canada.

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