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JANETRUPP

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Posted: 06/13/18 05:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

missnmountains wrote:

I have updated our Blog with a couple new posts.

We have yet to meet any of the Roll Call Alaska 2018 travelers. Where are you all?

We are at Big Bear until the 29th except for three days starting the 18th to go up to Denali.

On the 29th we head down to Homer for three weeks.

Hopefully we will catch up to some of you.

Ken


We are still in the Yukon. Will probably be in Alaska on Friday. Moving slow and having a great time.

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Toto on the Road wrote:

We hear the crime problem is very serious in Anchorage. Anybody have a comment? We plan on doing all the reasonable stuff, locking everything and not leaving anything in the car wherever we go. Should we get more serious than that?


I've lived in Anchorage most of my life, from when it was a small burg next to Spenard, through the turbulent Municipality (vs. GAAB) formation years, the spendy 90's and now the declining 20'teens. Spent 8+ years in Houston TX in that period as well.

Anecdotally, since I don't have facts/figures to cite, I believe Anchorage has seen an increase in "petty crime" in the past 5 years; there has been a verifiable uptick of vehicular thefts in certain parts of town and there is a verifiably greater presence of the homeless....leading to more panhandling and, again anecdotally, more encounters between panhandlers and potential donors.

In the '90's, there were parts of town (MV and Muldoon) that I didn't prefer to go to after dark. Now, while I still don't prefer Muldoon, I refuse to go to MV, primarily because I don't want to expose my vehicles to the increased risk of theft but also because I don't want to have to fight my way out of either an aggressive panhandling attempt or attempted robbery.

If one stays away from the obvious problem areas, leaves valuables out of sight, and doesn't drive a late 90's - early 2000's domestic pickup (the target of choice), you'll be fine.

If I was forced to make the choice, walk from MV to Muldoon at 11:00 pm or venture through Houston's seamier parts, I'd take the MV walk anytime. Driving through Houston's seamier parts was the only time I felt like "carrying".


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Posted: 06/16/18 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For those who might be on the Kenai around the first of August, take a look at the article about the Salmon Fest HERE.. It may get you interested in attending or make you avoid the Ninilchik-Homer area completely, depending on your love of festivals.

Incidently, the author of the article is a half-time resident of Willow (the winter half!). She and her husband adopt retired sled dogs.


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That will be a ZOO since Homer is always busy during tourist season. One year I led a motorcycle tour of friends from the lower 48 and Canada of the interior of Alaska. We visited Seward, Alaska hitting their Salmon Derby weekend. Place was packed. Luckily I had secured lodging for the 8 of us at two local lodging facilities the prior winter. Had a 3 bedroom house on the beach and a nice room with a couple beds at a local hotel.


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Tok tonight 6/17. Fairbanks Chena state rec area tomorrow. Denali front CG Ties. Teklaneka wed thur & fri.


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OOPS double post

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bump - to get this back at the top.

come on you guys traveling up North.
we have been there two times and now our third time traveling with you.
love to read your adventures, I can close my eyes and see you there.
love it.
keep up the postings.

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We just got back to Wasilla from a three day side trip up to Denali.

Our Blog has been updated.

One more week here then down to Homer.

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I'm leaving Idaho for Northern AK on August 17


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Enjoy the snow driving home.

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