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A bald eagle we spotted at Crescent Beach the other day.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Port Townsend, Washington.

Where are they going next? Somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.

Friday, July 13, 2018

The skies are clearing...

First of all, we are a little overwhelmed by the response to our Mexico RV Caravan news from yesterday! We have received 19 emails so far from people interested in joining the trip! Wow!

It's going to be a great trip. We are looking forward to finalizing things over the next couple of weeks.

But, lets bring you back to the present for now...

We have spent more than 48 hours parked up in the rain at Eagle Plains, Yukon. Let me tell you, this is not a spot that you really want to spend that much time!

Especially in the rain.

But fortunately, we are self sufficient, and we were well prepared for this kind of delay. And, we had a good, free internet connection courtesy of a Yukon Highways and Public Works free guest connection. So, to occupy our down time we got a lot of stuff done on the internet.

Watching other people travel on this road is entertaining!

We prefer to sit it out. We came up here to see the scenery, and if you're on the road in this kind of weather you're not seeing much in the way of scenery. We don't see the point, but that's just us. Each to their own, as they say.

View out our front window during a break in the weather.

We also played lots of backgammon!

Another wet few hours on Thursday afternoon.

But, we are now seeing a break where we're going to make a run for it. The forecast looks considerably better not that much further south from here, so as soon as things dry up a bit here this morning we are outta here! It might be a long day, but maybe we'll make it to Tombstone Park so that we can get that beautiful Grizzly Lake Trail hike in first thing during the forecast sunshine on Saturday morning!

We will likely be without internet until sometime on Sunday.

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Intex Air Bed with built in electric pump. Dirt cheap!


And in Canada...



24 comments:

  1. Wow, 19 responses. Maybe some of the folks who can't be accommodated could get together on FB and organize a follow-on caravan (after Christmas?) on that general route.

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    1. travelwithoutkevinandruth.com??

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    2. Hahaha...great idea!! Love the 'travelwithoutkevinandruth.com'

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    3. Lol genius! The ragtag fugitive fleet of RVs too long to make the cut, on a lonely quest just to keep up...

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    4. Lol, you never know maybe someone will do just that! We leave lots of details in our posts, it would be easy enough to do! ;-)

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  2. As soon as you get back to paved roads it should be easier going. The response to your winter adventure is no surprise to me!

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    1. Yes, it will be easier but there have also been times where we have almost crawled along on the paved highway, dodging potholes the size of craters and frost heaves on top of that, still it will be nice to have Sherman's feet on pavement again. Problem is, it will only be for a very short time!

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  3. Hmmm why don't you do a caravan to Yukon to see the pingos LOL Better hurry through US cuz of the dreaded wall. I think Canada is also very proactive in their borders...we got scrutinized big time entering Vancouver Island last fall. they probably thought we were coming from Mexico haha.

    I love rain but not on muddy dirt road. I love the Yukon wilderness territory. I can see myself in a small cabin in Alaska in middle of nowhere. I've never been to Fairbanks but most of Alaska is mountainous in areas I traveled. I haven't visited the island in southern or western Alaska. I'd like to go see the Aleutian & Kodiak Islands. Safe travels back to civilization with paved roads!

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    1. Not the least bit interested in doing a caravan up here! BTW, the pingos are in the Northwest Territories, not Yukon.

      Crossing any border anywhere in the world can sometimes cause delays, it isn't just the USA or Canada that have this problem.

      We've never been to Alaska before so I guess we will see at least a little of it ourselves later in the week.

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  4. Wow that is a lot of rain! Hope you can get away soon and back to decent roads. You only wanted 6 or 7 RVs on this Mexican trip how are you going to chose from 19 good luck on that adventure. Drive safe and wishing you lots of sunshine!

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    1. Yes, it is quite a bit of rain but it also seems fairly localized, mainly where we were at the time. Further south they didn't get as much rain which was nice and the roads were drier but with drier roads then you get more dust, you can't win, lol!

      First of all, some people will drop out once they get more info on the caravan itself and the pricing. After that those that are still interested will let us know and then we will pick names out of a hat, that way everyone will have the same odds. We don't want anyone to feel pressured into signing up without having time to think about it, whereas if it is done as first come first served they may feel more rushed about the idea.

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  5. Nic that the weather is finally clearing up for you ad can move on down the road.

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    1. Yes, we are happy that things finally started to dry up so that we could get back on the road.

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  6. Do you ever find your back gets sore at your dinette? we have the same one and even improved the foam seating but I think its not the supportive and can cause back aches at times-
    www.oneincomedollar.com

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    1. Nope, we have never noticed a problem with our backs when we are sitting at the dinette. We also don't spend lots of time there, only when we do some computer stuff or if it's a rainy day then we will play backgammon, cribbage or Yahtzee there and of course our meals otherwise we are out and about or sitting on the sofa or passenger seat reading.

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  7. You look good with your hair longer Ruth! You must be a bit weary with the rain huh! Hope you get that awesome hike in and get fair weather the rest of the way to Dawson City. Safe travels.

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    1. Thank you, except that my hair really, really needs a cut! Yes, the rain is starting to get a little annoying but we can't do anything about it, so we just make the best of it.

      We did get our hike in and it was a fantastic one. :-)

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  8. Looking forward to following along on your Mexican caravan trip. I love Mexico too and am currently modifying my rig to one day snowbird in Mexico. Much easier and convenient now with ATM's, cell phones, and internet etc. It's amazing how you were able to relatively easily get front end parts for Sherman last winter! I recall my first Mexican driving adventure fresh out of high school in 1987. That wasn't the case. My friend and I drove a 1971 Buick Skylark that I paid 100 dollars for, from Canada well over 1000 miles into Mexico. It had large rust holes behind the rear wheels that I would stuff with old blankets and clothes to keep the stuff in the trunk from falling out on the road! Haha. We were sitting at a red light in Mazatlán, right by the Malecon, and we had a South African hitch hiker in the back seat that we had picked up and KA-BANG. We got rear ended by a Nissan pickup truck from one of the Hotels. It bent the trailer hitch a bit, but barely a scratch on my car. The Nissan was a right-off. That was a real steel car! I figured not my fault, nobody got hurt, why wait for the cops, probably shouldn't have, but I just drove away. Just what happened at the time. Oh well. Later on in the trip the car broke down in a very rural area of Western Mexico. No Green Angels to be seen, darnit! The radiator had been red hot and over heated so many times , it just totally fell apart. The top and bottom tanks fell right off the core of the rad. My friend stayed with the car and I walked several miles to a small Pueblo and tracked down the local mecanico. We had a communication gap, but this guy knew what was needed right away. He welded my radiator back together by hand with a small propane torch while the chickens, dogs, small children, and everything else ran around the yard. The neighbors came over to help too. The bill for the repair? a couple dollars, which was good because I had very little money at the time. I made it back to the car. There was a farmers field with some slightly damp mud in the ditch. I dug in the ditch with a screwdriver until there was water to fill my jug. I drank half of that water in the jug. Not proud, but it was either die of thirst or die from the ditch water, one or the other. My friend took his chances and refused to drink the water. Luckily we both survived and the car made it all the way back to Canada. The radiator never leaked a drop! I sold the car for 150 when I got back. Haha. True story, and I have enjoyed driving (rental cars) in Mexico many times since. it's just so much easier now! Cheers Scott

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    1. Well they said they wanted people who could roll with the punches...great story!

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    2. Ha! Too funny.

      Also funny... the car I was driving when Ruth and I met was a 1971 Buick Skylark! We drove it to Florida on our honeymoon in 1984!

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    3. What! No way! It was a great car. Green 4 door 350 v-8. When I parked it, it wouldn't quit running. It would sit there and pop and rattle and hiss and sort of keep going then finally....heavy sigh, it would stop. People would stand there and look at it and wonder what it was doing. Haha.

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    4. Ours was a 2 dr... dark green, 350 V8 four barrel carb, dual exhaust. It was a nice car!

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    1. Yes, it was a bit of a mess, that's why it was better to just stay put. Luckily, it doesn't take long to dry up. :-)

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