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nrbsr

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Posted: 02/14/20 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did it last year and our only reservations were for Denali. We used Church's book and the Milepost to plan our stops. Besides occasional boondocking we tried to end the day at provincial or state parks, usually about $20 a night. Nearly all dry camping but water and dump facilities were usually available.
We tried to travel with an empty black tank and a full fresh water tank. The wife and I could stretch our 40 gal water out to 5 days with 2 showers each but we were definitely looking for water on our 5'th day.


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Posted: 02/14/20 08:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We might have crossed trails with nrbsr last year. We left central IL May 16 and spent nearly all summer in AK and Canada. Mostly AK. Like nrbsr the only reservations we made were at Denali and we didn't make them until a couple of days before getting there. We didn't want to be locked into any schedule. We stopped when we wanted to explore an area and when we were ready to see something different we moved on. Sometimes we moved 300 miles in a day, sometimes only 50. If we were driving along and felt like stopping then we stopped.
We watched the weather to pick our leave time. We ran into snow in WY, MT and a bit in southern Alberta but nothing heavy. In southern Alberta a lot of the lakes were still frozen over. Lake Louise was still frozen. But the advantage of leaving early was we had very few crowds anywhere along the trip. By mid/late June we noticed the steady of campers heading north. We beat the caravans. By end of June a lot of the commercial campgrounds were getting pretty full at night. Still lots of dry camp to be found tho.
We're planning on returning in 2-3 years. We've already decided to leave home about the same time or maybe a week earlier depending on the weather along route. But we definitely want to leave early and avoid the crowds.


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Posted: 02/17/20 12:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FWIW, in Alaska, generally the only reservations you'll need are for whatever time you'll be in Denali.

However, if you are going to be in a "town" location (Fairbanks, Los Anchorage, Homer, Talkeetna, Seward, shoot...Glenallen, Girdwood, Kenai, Slodotna) on the road system over the 4th of July, you'll want reservations then as well. I would recommend avoiding Seward and Talkeetna during the 4th. Talkeetna is crowded just on general principles and Seward has the Mt. Marathon race during that time. FWIW, other than possibly flying to my cabin, the 4th and it's related weekend is a good time to mow the lawn, stay at home, smoke a brisket, etc. The Alaska recreational population is always out in force over the 4th and "campgrounds" near to any population center tend to get pretty busy.


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