Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wasilla Again

We are once again in Wasilla.  We only plan to be here two nights.  Of course, that could change if we don’t get everything done that needs to be done.  We’ll see.

Our 90 mile drive from Williwaw this morning was pleasant despite the rain.  It started raining yesterday afternoon and rained all night and most of the day.  We hitched up in the rain. Haven’t done that in a very long time. We left Williwaw early with a mind to get through Anchorage before those that stayed home for the weekend got up and out and before those that went away for the weekend started coming home.  The plan worked and we had very little traffic for the entire trip.

Potter Marsh
I made a couple pictures as we drove past Turnagain Arm.  We’ve made several trips along one side or the other of Turnagain Arm this month and each time the tide has been out leaving large areas of mud flats.  It was no different this morning, so I made pictures anyway.  Not very pretty to look at and what water was there was muddy.

We arrived in Wasilla too early to check into Big Bear RV Park so we went to Walmart for groceries.  Today, we stocked up on enough food and paper products to get us through most of Canada.

Duck Tape Award

This is the Walmart which won the Duck Tape award.  I think it also has the distinction of being the largest Walmart in the state.  It’s a huge store, for sure.  There are things in this store I’ve never seen in a Walmart anywhere else before.  Sorta wish I’d had more time to explore.

Clam shovels
Gene, on the other hand, was ready to get out of there.  He saw the dollars mounting with every item I put in the cart.  I think he must have also been seeing pounds on the motor home axles because he wanted a whole lot of stuff to be stored in the car.

Feed and bedding for large animals
Once we got to the RV Park and set up, we’ve spent the rest of the afternoon doing chores.  Gene’s been flushing and dumping waste tanks and I’ve been doing laundry, organizing food, and doing a little cooking ahead in anticipation of many boondocking nights on the way home.

I haven’t quite decided whether I like preparing meals ahead to reduce the amount of water used in prep and clean up when dry camping.  I did that a lot at the beginning of this trip and then decided it wasn’t worth the effort.  Gonna give it a try once again.

Tomorrow morning, bright and early, we have an appointment to have the oil changed in the motor home.  It’s just routine maintenance and shouldn’t take too long.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping.  After that, we’ll come back to this park for the night.

It hasn’t been a very exciting day, but we’ve gotten a lot of stuff done.

GAS REPORT:  We didn’t buy gas today, but have noticed the prices as we passed through town.  We were excited to see prices below $4.  From Girdwood to Wasilla the going price for gas is $3.87 and diesel is $4.27.

CRITTER COUNT:  Saw another moose this morning.  There were several mountain goats grazing on the high cliffs above Turnagain Arm.  If a couple people hadn’t been out making photos, I would have missed them.

That’s about all I know for today.  Thanks for tagging along.

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