We had friends over for one last gathering before the trip. Robin suggested she wanted to see photos with people in them from the road, so naturally I forgot to take pictures of the bon voyage party until everyone was driving off.
This actually solves a problem for me: Can you say “bon voyage” to yourself? I get to say “bon voyage” to our guests as they leave our house, so the question is moot.
We leave in less than two days. Here’s a rough itinerary:
- June 1 – New River Gorge. First stop on the journey, with whitewater rafting on the agenda. The weather forecast has been, generally, improving as we get closer to the gorge.
- Kalamazoo, MI – Four nights with our good friends the Avakians, who will be in various stages of their own adventures.
- Various stops along the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, including the Porcupine Mountains.
- Rocky Raccoon (somewhere in the Black Hills of Dakota); and the Badlands.
- Cowboy town, Sheridan, Wyoming
- Yellowstone, Tetons.
- July 1 – Glacier National Park. The question of the moment is, will the Going to the Sun Road be open? The latest Flattop Mountain SNOTEL Snowpack web page suggests the snowfall at Glacier this season has been well below average, which portends an early opening of the road through the park. But the last data posted is from April 22. In previous years the road has opened as late as July 14.
- Waterton Lakes National Park. The Canadian version of Glacier, where we will be spending the night of the Fourth of July (ironically?).
- Soho and/or Kootenay National Parks.
- Mount Robson
- Jasper National Park. Staying in Wapiti campground, where, nearly 30 years ago, I stayed with my family on a Mini Wini trip. At dusk, the campground was overrun by a herd of elk.
- The Alaska Highway
- August 1. Alaska.
- Kenai Fjords (Seward)
- Alaska Maritime Highway (ferry system). Our “Alaska Cruise,” with extended stops in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan, before debarking at Prince Rupert, BC
- September 1 – somewhere near Whistler.
Tune in frequently for updates on our experiences, as well as filling in some of the gaps. For example, a month in Alaska will likely cover more than three stops.