Goodbye Alaska, Hello 48!

Our ferry boarding time wasn’t until late afternoon on Friday so the morning was spent exploring more of Ketchikan. We found a hiking trail in the rainforest behind the town and went for a walk. It was wonderful, and no mosquitoes!

A Walk in the Rainforest

A Walk in the Rainforest

Here we go. I was one of the first to board the Matanuska.

Boarding the Matanuska

Boarding the Matanuska

Bernie was towards the end of the line so I had time to park and make my way to an upper deck and watch him drive in.

Bernie's Turn Boarding the Matanuska

Bernie’s Turn Boarding the Matanuska

The Matanuska can carry up to 499 passengers, 88 vehicles, has 108 cabins, a solarium, a cafeteria and a cocktail lounge. There is also a recliner lounge where they play movies.

It was not raining this time when we boarded, but no sooner had we begun our journey it began to rain again.

The Inside Passage

The Inside Passage

Observation Deck on the Matanuska

Observation Deck on the Matanuska

The Solarium on the Matanuska

The Solarium on the Matanuska

By the time we reached Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada, jumped a time zone (into Pacific Time), and made it through customs it was almost two o’clock Saturday morning. We found a free pull-out just outside of town and slept there. Sunday we drove and drove. At a visitor center in Williams Lake, BC, we saw this display. It’s not too far off! We did see some creative packing in our travels. We spent the night at a roadside pull-out.

Alaska or Bust!

Alaska or Bust!

Monday we just drove. We stayed at an RV park in Clinton, BC. The last nearly three weeks have been nothing but cool, cloudy, foggy, and rainy. It was such a pleasure to enjoy a warm sunny day for a change, it was over 80F. We went for a walk and took some pictures.

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Good Use for Your Old Desktop PC

Some Old Trucks

Some Old Trucks

Finally, after driving hundreds of miles through the mountains we reached the United States Border Inspection Station at Sumas, Washington. We were asked a few questions and sent on our way.

US Border Inspection Station

US Border Inspection Station

Spending this Tueseday night in Bellingham, Washington.

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2 Responses to Goodbye Alaska, Hello 48!

  1. Danielle says:

    Yaaaay! You’re back in the states proper! Come home! We miss you!

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