Day 9. Seattle, WA to Boston, MA

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Finally made it home!

Overall the trip was amazing. The scenery was beautiful and we saw some amazing animals that I would have never seen had I gone straight to Anchorage. When I get home from work I will post some of the pictures from the trip.

Day 8. Anchorage, AK to Seattle, WA

Saturday, July 18, 2009

After one night in Anchorage it was sadly time to leave. I went to the airport around noon and just made it on to my flight to Seattle. The flight got in at 6:15 and the last flight to Boston left at 10:20. I waited the four hours only to find out that they were over booked and I would not make it on the flight. Kori helped me find a hotel in Seattle where I stayed then night.

Day 7. Tok, Alaska to Anchorage, Alaska (320 miles)

Friday, July 17, 2009

This was the shortest leg of the trip, luckily. We got into Anchorage around 5:30, met up with Kori's fiancee Daniel, visited the home Elizabeth would be living in, and then went out to get some Mexican food. Even though the average age of our group was 27 we all agreed that we must see Harry Potter. While I feel the movies never live up to the books I was still entertained. When we arrived at Kori's lovely apartment we spent a long time calculating how much we owe each other. Between hotels and gas we individually spent $330 plus our food and for me the tax/fees on my plane tickets. A weeks worth of travel for just over $500 isn't too bad I'd say.

Day 6. Whitehorse, YT to Tok, Alaska (388 miles)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

We slept that day until 1:30pm got some breakfast for lunch and headed out. We decided that, while we could do another 18 hour day and make it to Anchorage, we would rather make it two days and stop driving (hopefully) at a reasonable hours. This time we made sure to call and get hotel reservations before we left Whitehorse. We arrived in Tok at 11:30pm, with the sun still up. This was the first real night of sleep any of us had gotten and it was great.

Day 5. Dawson Creek, BC to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory (888 miles)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Because the previous day was so tiring and we were not sure of the road conditions on the next stretch of driving, we decided that we would stop Watson Lake, instead of our previously planned stop in Whitehorse. We arrived in Watson Lake at a very reasonable 10:30 however, again, no rooms were available. To our defense we did plan on calling ahead however at no point on our drive did we have service to actually make a call. It was still fairly early and we were all still awake so we decided we could just drive the 25 or so miles to the next town and stay there. The only room there was $250. Out of our price range, even with the three of us splitting it. The next town was only 15 miles away and supposedly there were rooms there so we kept driving. We got there and there was a sign stating "The hotel is closed however feel free to chose any open room and we will come by in the morning to collect money." While this seemed a little sketchy the only thing that really prevented us from finding a room was the omission of a price on the sign. We continued on. By now it was close to 2 in the morning. It was getting very difficult for all of us to stay awake. We kept switching up the drivers however it became increasingly difficult. We soon realized that the only option that remained was to drive all the way to Whitehorse, a larger city with multiple hotels. Around 4am (I think) I took over. Kori and Elizabeth had been driving all day and, while I had trouble driving at night, I did not want to spend the night in the car. We stop and took a 15 minute nap and then I drove. We had to stop one more time because it was so painful to drive. I took a nice little walk down to the river we were driving along to get some air. By now the sun had risen and I was hoping I could trick my body into thinking that I was supposed to be awake at this time. Finally we arrived in Whitehorse around 6:30 am. We stayed in a hotel that, had we all be awake and functioning, we probably would not have stayed, however there were beds and that was more than we had in the hours before.

Day 4. Seattle, WA to Dawson Creek, British Columbia (827 miles)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We woke up bright and early, knowing that we had a long day of driving a head of us. We were attempting to drive 827 miles. We passed into Canada a few hours into the drive. We made some pit stops in Cache Creek, Williams Lake, and Prince George. Before we knew it we had been driving for 18 hours. When we finally got to Dawson Creek around 1am the first few places we stopped had no rooms available. Apparently we arrived simultaneously with the North American Logging Championship (no joke). Finally we found a hotel and, vowing to never drive that long nor to put off booking a hotel, we went to bed.

Day 3. Portland, OR to Seattle, WA (145 miles)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kori's mother met us at the hotel and took us out for a lovely lunch on this day. We did some more walking around the city and when we returned to the hotel (after some searching) we found Elizabeth, Kori's sister. After moving some things around and packing the car to the max we got in and officially started our trip. Because we didn't actually get on the road until 8 or 9 we only did the three hour drive to Seattle.

Day 2. Portland, OR

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Because her sister could not move out until Monday, Kori and I had the day to explore the city. This, of course, means we spent most of the day lounging around watching movies, hanging out in the pool/hot tub, and only made it into the city when we realized we had no way of getting food. It was pretty rainy (because the rain obviously followed me from Boston) so we just walked until we found somewhere to eat. After that we came back to the hotel, watched some more movies, and went to bed.

Day 1. Boston, MA to Portland, OR

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I quickly realized during my road trip that not only did I not have time to write anything up, but also that the middle of no where usually does not have an internet connection. It has taken me this past week to recover from the insanity that was my trip so I'm sorry this post is a little delayed. I'll start from the beginning.

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My parents drove me to the airport around 2pm. Because Kori works for the airline I was flying on standby. I had never done this before so I was pretty nervous but I managed to get on the flight without a problem. When I landed in Portland I turned on my phone to find several messages from Kori saying that the first two flights she could have taken were full and, while she was originally supposed to arrive in 4:30, she would not get in until midnight. She offered to give me the information about our hotel but, since I enjoy airports, I decided to wait it out. I had Harry Potter and got myself some food and settled in. After a few hours Kori made it and we headed to our hotel. Both of us had been traveling all day so we went straight to bed.

On The Road meets Into The Wild

Friday, July 10, 2009

I'm back! It has been quite a while but since this blog is dedicated to my wanderings I haven't felt the need to post anything. I have been back from Russia for seven months now which seems crazy. What is even more crazy is that I actually miss it. I think it's really just a case of Stockholm Syndrome. As difficult, scary, and torturous as life in Russia can be there is still something that makes me love the country. I haven't forgotten the worst parts however they have taken on an almost endearing image in my mind.

Anyway, I am update this blog for my next adventure! My suite mate from Russia, Kori Gwynn, lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Since she is one of the coolest people ever (and works for Alaskan Airlines), she invited me to visit her this summer. She spent the whole year in Russia so she may have a different view of it than I have but we experienced a lot together and sadly haven't seen each other since I got on that bus to take me home in December. Originally I was just going to fly out there and spend the week in Anchorage however our plans have changed slightly. Her sister decided to move to Alaska and, while she can fly her belongings there, she wants to take her car with her, too. So now, instead of flying to Anchorage, I will be flying to Portland, Oregon where I will meet Kori and her sister and together we will make the 2,700 mile journey to Anchorage by car. This trip is going to take about four days (we think) and then I will still have a few days to spend time in Anchorage.

When I mention this to people they immediately look shocked and confused. Why would you want to do that, many of them say. Why WOULDN'T I want to do that? I really enjoy long car rides. When I travel my favorite part is alway sitting in a bus or plane or train. And what better way to really experiance Alaska than driving through it? While I'm not really sure where we will be going, doing, or seeing along the way I know that Canada has some cool little gold mining villages remaining we'll obviously be seeing some beautiful scenery and probably a lot of wild animals.

I'm considering this my On The Road meets Into The Wild life experience. It could be really long and boring however I'm still really looking foward to it.

I'm still not exactly sure when I'm flying out tomorrow. I guess that will be the first little speed bump I need to get over on this trip...