Alaska - daylight 22 hours a day!!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2006
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Where I stayed
Artic Adventure Hostel
Rented an RV from Mugsy's

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Thursday, June 24, 2010

I have gotten feedback from bloggers that my tips are priceless but not found as they were at the end of the entries. So all entries will begin with tips, leaving the detail for the body of the entry. I apologise now for grammar, time is short as there is much to see and do that being in internet cafes!!

I will upload pictures in the next few days.

Tips for travellers:
1) Arctic Adventure Hostel is a great basic, very clean place at $50 a night, shared bathroom. Host was great. Not the closest to town (30 minute walk), but a short bus ride away. This was convenient for us as it was closer to our RV hire.
2)  RV hire through Mugsy's (http://www.mugsysbb.com/). I found them to be the cheapest and one of the few that allowed us to drive the Denali Highway with the RV. We rented the 22ft (Minie). She was great and perfect for two. Warren, the owner, is a great friendly easy going guy and was only too happy to pick us up in the RV at our hostel.
3) Crab at Phyllis restaurant is great. On the main road so you can people watch and the crab is awesome!
4) Head down to ship creek, towards the train station to watch locals fish for massive salmon. In the 30 mins we were there we saw 2 caught.

After a 25 hours (door to door) I started round two of the LTD (Living The Dream) tour - Alaska, Seattle, Canada, NYC, Portugal, Egypt and Thailand!

I am currently 6 days into my trip but will do separate entries per location. The trip has been sensational to say the least. Alaska is a place of sheer beauty. One can only imagine what it is like during the winter.
I love the long days, luckily I am not an insomniac! I went to bed at 11:30pm and it was broad daylight!!! Woke up during the night and it was still daylight and of course it was daylight when i woke in the morning!!
Anchorage is a small town with a population of less than 1/2 million, surrounded my snow capped mountains (in the summer). After not having slept for the most of 3 days I didn't do much else but walk the streets, eat delicious crab and watch Salmon fishermen pull massive Salmon from a creek nearby. Heaps of tourist outlets and reindeer hot dog stands :-) Didn't get to try one but will do before i leave.
What I did fin fascinating was US customs now fingerprint you and take your pic when you enter the US now!!! So much for privacy!
I transited via Canada, their use of technology was awesome. I had to identify my luggage by digital picture before they would allow it to board my flight.


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