The Oregon Trail and Our Alaskan Trail

On our way to Seattle we stopped to visit The Oregon Trail National Historic site near Baker City in eastern Oregon.  As usual the National Park Service does a splendid job of interpreting the story of those 500,000 intrepid pioneers who mostly walked from Missouri to Oregon from 1845 to 1869.  They had it tough.  It was said you could follow the trail by following the debris left along the way.  And by the graves along the way.

Now here we are getting ready to trek North to Alaska.  Not so much drama for us.  But it is still the grandest RV trip we’ve planned.  While we are assured by recent blogs we’ve read that the road is good and services are available, we really don’t know anyone who has taken this trip recently.  Our auto and RV insurance will cover us in Canada but we must obtain a Canadian insurance card from our carriers.  Our cellphone and mobile internet will not work in Canada.  We hope to find WiFi along the way.  We are constantly reviewing our supplies.  Do we have too much?  Do we have enough?  Trying to anticipate each scenario.  We are even carrying a spare tire for the RV.  Road service may come to change a flat, but a replacement tire could be hundreds of miles away.  Also we hear windshield damage is common even on the new improved road since Summer is also road work season and flying rocks are not uncommon.  Visiting our great friends Dave and Nancy in Boise, we found they had a cover for the front of their Honda CRV.  It will fit our CRV and they loaned it to us for the trip.  They even loaned us their RV GPS.  Huge thanks!  Two less things to worry about.

Now we must decide whether to take the bikes to AK.  Will we use them?  We also have to leave some things with our son Jason in Seattle.  We’ll leave the herb plants that ride in the back seat of the tow car CRV.  Can’t take into Canada, or at least we know we could not bring them back into the US when we return.  Got to leave our personal defense pepper spray, not allowed into Canada.  Will leave a couple extra camp chairs, don’t need the extra weight.  Then we have to evaluate our pantry.  Given our plant-based diet choice, we will have to stock up on certain necessities.  But not over pack, again don’t need the extra weight.  The Okanagan valley of British Columbia should be abundant with produce and Anchorage will be a good re-supply stop down the road.

Like the pioneers of old, we find we have to leave some things along the way.  And we’ll surely pick up others as the need arises.  Our trip is nothing like the pioneers in their prairie schooners other than we carry all our stuff in our modern diesel powered motorhome.  They were excited about the future as we are now.  We don’t know exactly what we will find.  The stakes are not so high for us but still there is adventure ahead.  We are excited about the possibilities.

NPS Site, Baker City OR

NPS Site, Baker City OR

Prairie schooner

Prairie schooner

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Oregon trail across eastern Oregon

Oregon trail across eastern Oregon

Fred (our RV) in middle at Moab

Fred (our RV) in middle at Moab

View from campsite

View from campsite

Camel rock

Camel rock

Shoshone Falls in Idaho

Shoshone Falls in Idaho

Snake River

Snake River

 

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11 Responses to The Oregon Trail and Our Alaskan Trail

  1. Mike says:

    Good luck, Safe Travel

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  2. Exceptional post, Randy. You have covered the pros and cons of what to take as well as adding the analogy of the early pioneers. Great photos. Here’s a toast to your next adventure. We just arrived in Key West for a few days.

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  3. Kings On the Road says:

    Thanks Lynne. Enjoy Key West! We leave Seattle for Alaska next week.

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  4. David Gobble says:

    Great post, and really showed the preparation needed to make a safe trip. We wish you safe travels, and a wonderful adventure.

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  5. captdaveh says:

    Hi guys, great blog. I sure wish we were with you.

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  6. Good luck and have fun Randy and Dianne. My sister Linda and her her husband did the same trip and loved it. Judi

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    • Kings On the Road says:

      Thanks Judi. We are very excited to make this trip. Looks like we are on schedule to leave Seattle this week. We’ve had a very nice visit with our son Jason and Connie, Graham and our 16 month old grandaughter Awen!

      Randy and Dianne

      On Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 6:09 AM, Kings on the Road wrote:

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  7. Ingrid says:

    You must have stayed at Ken’s Lake while in Moab. I recognize the views. Have a great trip. Should be quite the adventure 🙂

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  8. Ken O'Brien says:

    Be careful and have a great trip. Looks like you are proceeding with the right attitude…. Don’t know what to expect so be prepared. Look forward to future reports.

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  9. To me planning and packing are part of the fun of traveling (I always practice pack before we go somewhere). What an adventure – glad you seem to have the pioneer spirit about your travels. Have fun – keep the photos and progress reports coming.

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