1997 Alaska
In the summer of 1997 we went on a long camping trip to Alaska.  Gail flew from Indiana to California to spend a few days with her parents.  I drove out to California with our only dog, Suddenly Sam, a Golden Retriever.  From southern California we went up the coast to Oregon and then into Canada and Alaska.  Our return trip was across Canada and
down into Minnesota and then on to Indiana.  These pictures were taken then and scanned back in the day when scanners were big, slow, and expensive.  Enjoy.

Our second night on the road and our first camp.  Colorado on the Poudre River. Next night in Utah, Fishlake National Forest.  The black Misubishi was our car for the trip. Sunset, same campground
After leaving Gail's parents we started up the coast and stopped for lunch in a State Park named Gaviota.  There was no way to know then how much time we would spend in that park in later years. That night we stopped at Montana de Oro State Park, a little further up the coast. Late afternoon sun and bikers
Gail and Sam watching the sunset. The next couple of nights were spent  in the Redwoods Parks in northern California. Sam enjoying himself on the rocks above the ocean.
    Capo Blanco State Park on the Oregon coast
  After visiting Courtney and Erin in the Portland area we spent several days working our way north through British Columbia.  This is the Frazier river Canyon. Our first BC campground, behind a small country store, the Pavilion Store which was the oldest in BC before burning down in 2000
At Prince George we turned left on the Yellowhead highway and camped in this small, commercial campground Same campground and one that demonstrates that a well composed pictures can make some places look nicer than the really were. A view along the Yellowhead
The junction of the Cassiar Highway and the Yellowhead.  We turned north on the Cassiar which ends at the Alaska Highway. A little ways up the Cassiar we turned left on highway 37A heading for Hyder, Alaska.  This is Bear Glacier along the 37A A hanging glacier also along the 37A
After watching a Canada Day parade in Stewert, B.C., we drove on over to Hyder, AK, a town so remote from the rest of the U.S. Canadian currency is used. A young grizzly on the outskirts of Hyder. The Salmon Glacier, a few mile beyond Hyder.
Another shot of the Salmon Glacier We spent that night in a small campground up above the Cassiar Sam guarding our stuff while we went off to talk to the owners (Germans I believe) and to take showers.
A small lake along the Cassiar. And another And another
A large lake along the Cassiar, maybe the Kinaskan The north end of the Cassiar.  A few more miles up the road and we will come to the Alaska Highway where we will spend the night in Watson Lake before heading west into the Yukon Territory. A very small sampling of the signs in the sign forest at Watson Lake
One of the many lakes seen from along the Alaska Highway. This one is near the BC-Yukon border Along the Yukon River near Whitehorse Two days after Whitehorse we crossed into Alaska
Camped outside of Fairbanks Hidden Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.  We stayed here for three nights while we made day trips. The first day trip took us to Homer.  This is looking across Cook Inlet on our way to Homer
On the spit at Homer Same The next day we drove down to Seward to do some shopping, sightseeing, and laundry.  On the return trip we stopped to see the Exit Glacier.  shortly after that, the head gasket in our car blew.
We spent a week camped here in the Anchorage City campground while we waited to get the car fixed. Out of Anchorage and on the road to Tok From Tok we took the Top of the World Highway to Dawson.  along the way we stopped in Chicken, Alaska.  the town supposedly got its name because the miners wanted to name in Ptarmigan but didn't know how to spell it.
Dawson on the Yukon River in the Yukon Territory Our campsite across the river from Dawson Downtown Dawson
We ate dinner here and and enjoyed the show East of Dawson in another very nice Provincial Park Between Whitehorse and Carcross we stopped to look at Emerald Lake.  This photo really doesn't capture the beautful color of the lake.  From Carcross we went north a bit to catch the Alaska Highway and the shortest way home.
Back in British Columbia and heading southeast on the Alaska Highway At the end of the Alaska Highway Camped in Alberta
Canola fields in eastern Alberta Lavender fields, also in eastern Alberta Jackfish Lake as seen from Battlefords Provincial Park,  Saskatchewan.
Our campsite in Riding Mountain National Park And one of the lakes in the park We crossed back into the US at International Falls and camped there for the night
Au Train Lake on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Mackinac Bridge, a half a day from home.