ALASKA

Bodine270

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I went in early June of 2017. The weather was a little rainy with highs in the 40’s to 60’s and lows around freezing. The darkest it got at night was like 15 min after sunset here. Rented a RV and spent 10 days roaming around. We were mostly sight seeing and hiking with some fishing at the spots we camped each night. We were always close to a stream or lake of some kind. The fishing was very slow. Locals told us we were there about a week early for good inland fishing. It was an amazing trip. Never seen so many mountains and glaciers.
 

CCAGLE95

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I went in early June of 2017. The weather was a little rainy with highs in the 40’s to 60’s and lows around freezing. The darkest it got at night was like 15 min after sunset here. Rented a RV and spent 10 days roaming around. We were mostly sight seeing and hiking with some fishing at the spots we camped each night. We were always close to a stream or lake of some kind. The fishing was very slow. Locals told us we were there about a week early for good inland fishing. It was an amazing trip. Never seen so many mountains and glaciers.
cost you a fortune for the trip?
 

1 good shot

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When I was working in Wyoming
, most of the other people I worked with were from Anchorage. One of my co-workers was going back on his vacation and invited me to go. They all knew that I was really big on hunting and fishing. They kept telling me about this place called the Bush Company.
They said it was an old fort that was really awesome to see. They brought it up every time we talked hunting or fishing. They had me believing it was the ultimate sporting goods store. They talked all the animals they had mounted and all paintings of Alaska scenery they had. Turns out it was a strip club. They got me good. I was totally unprepared. It wouldn't have been so bad but that was the ugliest bunch of fat women I have ever seen
 

Bodine270

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cost you a fortune for the trip?
No, but that was due to having some good and generous friends. Flew on a buddies companion pass part way. Just had to pay for airfare from Seattle to Anchorage. Another friend with a very good paying job footed the bill for the RV and wouldn’t accept any funds for it. That was the largest expense. We hit Walmart in Anchorage for groceries and split the bill and ate out a few places along the way. Prospector’s Pizza outside Denali has some awesome reindeer sausage pizza. We also shared the fuel expenses. I probably had less than $1000 in the whole trip. Been a few years so my memory is a little fuzzy on the exact cost. One of these days when I take the family, yes it will cost a fortune.
 

Buzzard Breath

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Anyone who's dreaming of Alaska needs to know Alaskan Air has a 50,000 bonus mile deal going on right now. And, they fly out of Nashville.

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JN

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I went and worked a summer at various towns for school when I was at ETSU. I told my fiancé who is now my wife at the time that I must really love her because if I didn’t I wouldn’t have come back and would have stayed there. I loved the remoteness of everything and the people I worked with were great.
 

Mattt

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Yup. Went up for a prospective job. I’m a lineman by the way. Landed in anchorage with the intent of buying a cheap vehicle or even bicycle. Got off the plane with 250 lbs of luggage,tools and a .44 .carried all my crap down to the rental car place and for a car for the week. Cheap Buick with a Tom tom for those old enough to remember pre google maps pretty sure I had a flip fone. Stayed at the puffin inn(not fantastic) ended up not taking the job, no cheap vehicles available, too pretty to work. Bumped around awhile until way past couldn’t afford it.spent two years to recover financially. Why my wife put up with it idk. Wouldn’t change a thing if you have enough funds to get there go u get hungry enough it’ll work out. damn I miss it
 

philsanchez76

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JUST GO!! Only way to describe it is that Alaska feels truly free. It's just so wild and you can go days without seeing a person or vehicle which I love. Been twice. Both times flew to anchorage and rented and RV. We drove from Anchrorage all the way past Fairbanks and then all the way down to Homer after that. In Alaska it is legal to camp anywhere you pull off the road as long as it's not posted private no trespassing. So we boondocked 80% of the time and then driving through a larger city we'd stay at an established campground to get a real shower, dump our tanks and fill up with water and propane again. We fished stream, rivers and the ocean every single day and caught fish almost all of them. We basically just survived on fresh fish the entire trip. Halibut being a big favorite. We also caught salmon, cod and graylings. I caught one Dolly Varden which id never heard of before and it ended up being the best tasting fish we've ever eaten.
 

ttf909

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My mom took the entire family in 2007. Fantastic trip. Did inside passage cruise. Lot of shore excursions . These pics were from a charter fishing trip that 6 of us went on . Only fish we caught ironically was a dolly my nephew got .
The guides fix up no fish trip by chumming eagles. Fishing in a glacier bay with half a dozen eagles a few feet away. My pics were so old they were on photo bucket.
Also went to a animal rescue in mosquito lake . It's where some of the gold rush series is filmed . https://www.kroschelfilms.com/ this guy was biting on a wolf's ear . Not a joke.
Some of the deadliest catch boats were docked near by a couple places we were at. Could go on and on.
Just do it.
 

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Snowwolfe

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Lived there for over 35 years. Spent my leisure time hunting and fishing. Managed to kill grizzlies, dall sheep, caribou, black bear, moose and blacktail deer. Some hunts were done on atv’s on trails so rough it would take us 12-16 hours to go 25 miles. Fly in hunts for deer and sheep. Some of our moose hunts involved driving about 450 miles then launching our river boat. Then we ran the Yukon to the Koyukuk then headed up the Huslia. Roughly 600 miles on the river in each direction on the rivers. We had to carry 400-500 gallons of gas on the deck of each boat to make the journey.
Owned an ocean boat and we caught our fair of salmon and halibut. My personal best was a 167 halibut.
I miss it, but you need to be young and have plenty of extra money to enjoy the state. Big boy toys are expensive.
 

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