So…..we are down to only THREE MONTHS left until the BIG MOVE.
We have made a few decisions about how we want to do things. The biggest decision we have made, is that we are going to purchase a pop-up camper,..and pull it behind our van, and camp the WHOLE WAY THERE!
Last week, I went and got the current copy of "The MILEPOST."
It is the planning book for people who plan on traveling to Alaska. I have never seen anything like this. It gives you every possible route from the lower 48 to all over Alaska.
Then every mile along the way, it tells you things to see, places to stay, where you could eat. It tells you "look out for loose gravel," "winding curves," and one of my favorites….
It also tells you about every "town" you come to….and wow. That is a term used with great relativity. For instance, 436 miles from Dawson Creek, and 950 miles from Delta Junction, you will come to the community of Muncho Lake.
That’s right. The bustling community of Muncho Lake. Population 29.
That is actually one of our planned stops along the way. Jeff stayed there when he was a kid, on his way to Alaska when his father was stationed there. He caught his very first lake trout there. So it is a place of fond memory to him, and so a place we plan on staying for a day or two.
So I have been researching campgrounds and RV parks at each potential stop. Getting rates, making sure they are pet-friendly (most seem to be) and what amenities they have. A very cool discovery, is that many of the privately owned RV parks (not state parks) have WiFi!!!! So I will definitely be able to blog the trip on the way, and keep in touch with family! How exciting is that!?
So now that I have the northern portion of the trip mostly planned, I still have to do the Westward portion, from North Carolina to Washington State. A couple places we plan on stopping, are Tennessee to see Jeff’s family (of course), St. Louis…and go up in the arch. Then to Wisconsin to see my family, South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Not sure about anything else…..but of course we will certainly geocache along the way as well.
In preparing to move, I also need to finish going through the house and getting rid of any items that we absolutely don’t need. We have several things that can go…so we can try and stay under our household weight limitations. Like the dining room table that I refinished last summer. It is going simply because it is so large, and we really don’t need two tables. Housing tends to be smaller up there, so we don’t think we’ll have to room for it anyways.
So besides that, the major things we still have to do before moving…not necessarily in order:
- 1) Get a camper
2) Have a hitch installed on our van
3) Complete our screening process for the move (medical exams and all that lovely stuff)
4) Get the actual orders
5) Ship our household goods and truck
6) Sell the motorcycle (ad went in the paper today)
7) Clear post and housing
8) Get new tires and a REAL spare for the van
9) Get our passports
10) Get health certificates for the animals, so we can cross both borders. They can only be 30 days old, and we are going to be on the road for about a month as it is. So we have to try and get those the day before we actually leave, so they will still be valid when we hit the Alaska/Canada border.
11) Hit the road!
It’s getting exciting!!!!