Into Alaska

AlaskaPosted by Espen Sun, June 06, 2010 03:04:52

Hey All!

We have now reached Alaska and Anchorage on our way up to the Beaufort Sea on thew northern tip of Alaska. The stay we had in Whitehorse lasted quite a bit longer than what we had planned, but the time there was great. The reason we got stuck there for a while was a minor administrative problem with insurance. Or, well, IF we are being honest, it could have ended with disaster. After buying insurance from a Norwegian insurance company which we were told was valid for USA and Canada, we shipped the car over, drove almost 5000 kilometers (3000 miles), and got through Canadian customs (“of course we have insurance”). After several attempts to try to get an insurance certificate in English, we finally get an email saying that the insurance, after all, is not valid in America. Acquiring quotes from other insurers is quite time consuming as they need all kinds of documentation. After about a week of “office work”, we have now three insurance companies to choose between. Still, we are not very happy about this, as it set us back by almost two weeks. That is quite some time when you are on a holiday…

The drive west from Whitehorse was stunning. The first part is pretty much as the rest of the Alaska Highway; trees, trees, and trees, but the part from Tok in Alaska and south to Palmer and Anchorage is breathtaking. Kind of reminds me of the Norwegian west coast, but the landscape is just “bigger”.

Glimpse of the Pacific Ocean... unURBAN has now officially crossed the American continent from east to west!

We spent a couple of days in Anchorage, and then we drove south towards Seward in the Kenai area.Was a lot of people doown there for the weekend fishing for Halibut, and we were even invited over to some other campers for a tast of the catch!

Crossing the border to Alaska went without any drama. The customs officers were both helpful and curious about our trip, and with the comment “of course we have to let you through with a car like that”, they stamped our passports with USA AND a bear stamp.

We are now in Talkeetna, and the plan further is to spend a few days in this area before heading north. Had an interesting drive up to a place called Petersville here the other day, and we have been thinking about going back up to see if it is possible to drive a loop from the Roadhouse at Peter’s Creek (starting on the left fork) and over to the mining area past Petersville.

Interesting area. Notice the bullet holes...

Denali National Park is also on our to-do list, but unfortunately (probably for the best) the road going into the park is only for park busses. Still, if the weather and forecast is not too bad, we’ll try to do some backcountry hiking and camping without the roof top tent. If we are still going strong after these events (not ended up as bear snacks..), we aim for 71 degrees north and Dead Horse.

More later.... :-) E & M

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