So, in the next few weeks, my husband will begin making inquiries, and calling “they that know” to try and get an idea of where we might get stationed next. We have completed 2 years and 4 months of our 3 year tour in Alaska. So that means 7-8 months from now, we’ll be loading up and heading south. As of yet, we don’t know where that will be. We do know we’ll be heading back down through Canada again, and experiencing that AMAZING trip again.
We are hoping to take a slightly different route this time – the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Because it is a slightly less-used route than the primary Alaskan Highway, there will be less amenities along the way. As it is, we will definitely have to load-up on the groceries and supplies, because we will go several days of traveling without seeing anything other than tiny villages. But, if we do end up traveling in September, we may have issues finding fuel as well. I’m not too keen on hauling gas cans – people do that a lot up here in Alaska, but we would like to be able to use the back of the truck for the pets to roam and such. I don’t want them having that room if there are gas cans back there. So…we may have to adjust our route. I’ll have to research fuel stops and closing dates – not all places are open all year. It wouldn’t be the end of the world. We’ll also be taking a slightly different route once we pass Cache Creek – this time taking the Sea-to-Sky Highway and see what there is to admire that way.
We also know that once we reach Washington State and enter the lower 48 again, that we want to take another route across the country. Last time we traveled through North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington State. This time we are planning to head slightly south, make a stop in northern California to see the amazing Redwood Forest, then head east through states like Utah, Colorado, Kansas and others.
I have already picked up a new copy of the Milepost, and have been highlighting important notes in it and researching camping locations.
Why am I starting so early? I will have everything planned, down to the very last detail. I even use the “Google Earth Street View” to look at locations, see what the interchanges look like, and see what the towns look like. When we arrive in a new city, I will already know where to find a grocery store and a coffee shop, and have a strip map drawn out. There will be no wasting time and driving in circles looking for places to get what we need. I’ll already know! Once I have all the important details worked out, I’ll then plan the fun stuff. I’ll get on Roadside America and look for all those great things to see along the way, all those fun photo-ops and cool sights, just like the trip here.
Things like The Jolly Green Giant.
Or this. Yes – this is a SPAM museum!
So…now I sit on pins and needles. I’m looking around my house thinking about weight allowances and movers. Praying my antiques make just one more PCS without being destroyed. Wondering what will get damaged this time. What irreplaceable treasure from a grandparent will be lost. Hoping it won’t be too bad.