All night it was as if the Lord spoke to me saying, “Trust me!” I do trust Him; I just don’t trust ME ‘hearing’ Him clearly! We woke to clear skies and great hopes for a safe passage. 511alaska.com said the pass was good and clear and so we headed out of Valdez. The L-shaped poles on either side of the road mark the edges for snow plows – yes, the snow gets that high. Near the top of the pass, we saw hundreds and hundreds of ptarmigan.
Because this is our second year to do the Alaska Highway, we are taking more time to stop and see those things we passed by last year. It’s not that we didn’t want to stop, we just wanted to make the best time to Alaska. This year, we have some time to spare and are taking our time.
Why not campground host? I have loved camping over the years beginning with my family when I was a child and then with my own children. My husband was a backpacker and forEVER until this fifth-wheel, we tent camped everywhere imaginable from Glacier National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to Zion National Park, to state parks in South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado. We have the blessing to be outdoors and breathe nothing but fresh mountain, sea level air, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Kenai Peninsula, watch for moose, eagles, bear and whatever else saunters along, as well as spend time with family.
When we first decided that we wanted to campground host in Alaska, we were directed to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge. All of the information said that we would have to ‘boondock’, a word we had never heard before. A little research showed us that it meant ‘living in the boondocks with no amenities’ or no water, no power, no sewer. In other words, ‘off the grid’ in a trailer.