EVERY STORE WAS WIPED OUT! YOU HAVE A VAN OR RV THEN YOU KNOW… YOU HAVE TO USE RV OR MARINE TOILET PAPER. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED TO DO AND EVERY STORE IN TOWN IS OUT OF RV POOPER PAPER?
One of the things we learned being in Alaska is how remote the towns you visit really are. You learn that when you are at a bigger town that has more than just a general store you need to stock up, especially on staples like RV toilet paper. Every store we went to in Haines was wiped out… get it??? Wiped out. This episode shows off how beautiful the little harbor town of Haines is including hikes, eagles a search for grizzly bears and even singing around the campsite with new friends!
✅ Most of our footage is shot with DJI Osmo Pocket, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Sony DSHX80 cameras
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We are Owen and Lynn Poteat and Maggie. We travel the country in our Winnebago Travato 59K camper van and try to document what we see and experience at destinations we’ve always dreamed of going to. We love the water and our trips seem to always be centered around having fun on the water… either fishing or just paddling around enjoying the wildlife from our BOTE inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards.
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IT’S HARD TO PICK A FAVORITE BUT VALDEZ ALASKA MIGHT BE OUR FAVORITE ALASKA TOWN!
That’s why we chose to go back there for a second visit during our 2019 van trip in Alaska. You’d think since we were going to be in the state for no more than 8 weeks we would see all we could see. But, we woke up in Anchorage and had a very deep discussion about whether it’s better to seek out new places or spend time in familiar places you know you like.
We thought we were going back to Valdez with our granddaughter when she visited but that didn’t happen so off we set out to go back down the Richardson Highway to what might be our favorite little seaside town. This time we wanted to fish, take a boat out to see glaciers and hike more. In this video we share with you our most favorite hike in our lifetime, so far, the Goat Trail right across from Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a 9 mile hike up a mountain beside of steep cliffs in a bear infested area. But, the payoff at the end is just breathtaking… waterfalls… glaciers… glacier fed streams… and wildlife. We think you’ll see why it’s our favorite hike so far.
GRANDDAUGHTER’S LAST FEW DAYS IN ALASKA WITH US… HOW MUCH CAN WE DO??!!
With just a few days left to explore Alaska on her two-week trip to visit with us, her grandparents, Carrie decides she wants to try to do it all in Alaska before leaving. She actually decides that she has to at least try to see Denali… so off we go back to Denali.
You see we had already been to and through Denali but since it was such a tourist trap we blew threw pretty quickly. But not with our granddaughter. We even booked the Tundra Wilderness Tour bus ride… an 8-hour ride on curvy, bumpy, remote roads… in the rain… through mud slides and rock slides… on what is essentially a school bus!
So we hated it, right? Wrong! We loved it. Our bus driver was more of a tour guide, pointing out wildlife, scenery and facts about the park that no amount of research could have taught us. We saw all kinds of wildlife multiple times, even getting a glimpse at a rare Lynx.
After all the fun, even though it was raining buckets the entire time, it was time to meander towards Anchorage so Carrie could board her plane to head back to NC. Along the way we took in a great hike at Bird Falls. After spending the night in our Travato van in the Anchorage Cabala’s parking lot we got up at 4am to get her on her plane. Two weeks with her here in Alaska with us flew by and we soon found ourselves in a quiet, somewhat lonely, van again.
Wouldn’t you know it… our granddaughter visits with us in Alaska and it rains on us for the first time! But, we made the most of it!
With just a few days left in Alaska, Carrie decided that she wanted to at least try to get to see Denali so we set out for Denali Nation Park and Preserve. Along the way we stopped for breakfast at The Moose Is Loose bakery in Saldotna. We then checked in for our 3-night reservation in Teklanika Campground inside of Denali, only to find out that, as Carrie put it, we were held hostage… meaning we could not leave the remote area of the park. And, of course, for the first time since we’ve been in Alaska it rained… and rained… and rained. We sure tested the limits of how long 3 people could stay cooped up in a Travato 59K van. We made the most of it and found enough of a break in the rain to take Carrie to the Denali Sled Dog demonstration, which she loved!
In this episode we leave beautiful Seward, Alaska and make a stop to hike out to Exit Glacier with our granddaughter, Carrie. If we had stopped there it would have been a successful, non-forgettable adventure in Alaska with her. But, we pointed the Travato van further south and headed down the Kenai Peninsula on our way to what we thought our destination would be, the Spit in Homer. But we got sidetracked big time. We found the jewel of a state park in Deep Creek State Park about 30 miles north of Homer and that ended up being our home base for 3 nights as we enjoyed the views of the volcanos, the eagles, the tractor-assisted boat launches and we even drove down to Homer for an afternoon.
So when we downsized to our Travato van from a 31’ 5th Wheel we knew it was going to be really hard to have our grandchildren come and stay with us on the road. In fact, we had just had to make ourselves OK with the fact that when they wanted to visit us on the road we’d have to get a hotel.
So when Carrie’s mom changed her mind and decided we could fly Carrie to Alaska to spend 15 days with us here we decided we would try to make the little van work. Both of our beds have gel toppers on them so we had the great idea that we could just put one of these on the floor near the front of the van and she could sleep in the “hallway” area. Wow! How easy! And it worked like a charm. Our granddaughter was comfortable and slept well each night. The driver’s side bed has a seatbelt and our granddaughter actually enjoyed the time driving as she’d just ride immersed in reading her book… she actually read nearly 20 books while with us.
So, it can be done. It’s tight and there’s a lot of excuse me… and hey I’ll just sit at the picnic table while you guys get dressed and ready… but it worked. And what a blessing to get to be part of this special time in our granddaughter’s life as she saw her first glacier, her first midnight sun in Alaska and well, just the splendor of Alaska! She loved it and we’re sure the tight quarters of the van were made better by the smiles she had on her face many, many times each day!
Haven’t you always wanted to fly??… like an eagle? Well, after camping right on the edge of a huge cliff over top of the Copper River watching eagles laughing and playing as they flew by time after time we’ve got to say that we sure wanted to be able to fly. But, what a great place to spend the night!!!
How did we find this spot? Same as almost all of our boondocking spots in Alaska… the iOverlander app. It’s our go-to way of finding cool, unique places to spend the night out dry camping / boondocking in our little Travato 59K van. That van is perfectly suited for these kind of 1-3 night stints in these remote places. This place was a bit of a test to get down to the exact spot… in fact Lynn had to closely watch the rear end of the van was we went down one steep hill to make sure we didn’t drag as we got to the spot! We didn’t and the rest is history… what a great, great spot and precious memories that will last a lifetime.
After a great night’s rest at the literal edge of a cliff we headed to Palmer, Alaska to spend a few nights the quaint little Paradise RV Resort washing clothes, the van and ourselves and preparing for the upcoming visit with our granddaughter, Carrie, who was flying in to Anchorage in a few days.