Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

61 Day Alaska Caravan: Day 34-36

August 14-16, 2016

Day 34

Lake Kashwitna
Travel day today, 242 miles and we reached Anchorage, a nice ride with peaks of Mt Denali along the way. A stop at a lakeside rest area for a bite of lunch and we were pulling into Golden Nugget RV Park right around 1pm.

Day 35

Today was all about smoking, butts that is. Early in the tour we had offered to do some pulled pork for the group, well today was the day we were going to be serving. Dave stayed up late last night and got two of the butts in the smoker about 11pm, we transferred them to a Nesco oven around noon and then put 3 chickens in the smoker. New friends Mike and Liz smoked the other two port butts in their Traeger grill/smoker. It was a relaxing day filled with an extended happy hour, it started about noon and didn't end until 5pm. Of course we were so busy once the butts and chicken came off the smokers we never took any pictures.

Day 36

Today was our day to explore Anchorage a little bit. We headed out with Mike and Liz, first stop was the Alaska Botanical Gardens. Of course most things were passed blooming time but we had a nice walk, there were plenty of mushrooms growing.

One of the many means of transportation in Alaska is float planes, there is a local sea plane base in Anchorage so we headed over there to watch the planes take off and land for awhile.

 By this time we were ready for lunch, one of Dave and Mike's goals is to sample as many local bears as possible. With 60 beers on tap, half of them local Humpys Great Alaskan Alehouse seemed like a logical place to go. Beer and great fish and chips, no desire for dinner after that large lunch.

Our last stop of the day was the Alaska Wild Berry Products store where we found a 12' chocolate fountain. Also found my first virtual Geo Cache, lots of chocolate and a few pieces even came home with us.

The rest of the aftenoon was dedicated to chores and getting ready to move on to Homer tomorrow.

Until next time...


  1. Aahh yes ... good ole Humpies. Went there in 2001, but could get nowhere near it when we returned in 2010 ... it was that crowded.

    1. Guess we were lucky, able to walk right in and get a table.

  2. We too went to Humpy's in Anchorage! It was a nice quiet bar with good atmosphere. How many of the 60 beers did they get through?

    1. They sampled 6, then had a few of their favorites.


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