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Good morning, Blog Buds! This is Part Two. If you haven’t read Part One, scroll down or click on this link- ‘Long Long Honeymoon’ RV Adventure to Alaska
As much as I love Long Long Honeymoon the fact is RV Adventures are very different for folks with kids. I know. I got a whole pile of the little darlings, four in fact, and most of them are bigger than me now, two of them have Special Needs. So I thought it essential to include the perspective of a couple with kids. Stay tuned for the Bonus Feature at the end for a couple with a young child and also a single lady.
Keep Your Daydream is in their 7th Season! Wow, the time does fly. They had three children packed into their camper trailer when they started. The RV Tour for that first camper is hilarious! I watch it just for fun or cheering up. Now they have one kid in college and just got back from a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand!
Well, you know how I feel about New Zealand, right?
Keep Your Daydream does a wonderful job explaining all the preparations and upgrades to their truck and camper for the trip. They also update a list of miles traveled and fuel consumption from their starting point in Arizona, as well as the price of fuel at the time. This can really help you calculate and plan for your needs in that area.
One good point they make is that the trip to Alaska and back is made more affordable by ‘boondocking,’ which is another term for ‘dry camping.’ That is, you camp without any hook-ups, no water, electricity, or septic dumping. You just pull over and live off what you already have in your camper and tow/towing vehicle. This is especially important because…
…ALASKA IS EXPENSIVE!
There I said it and it can’t be said enough. After living in Alaska for a couple of decades, I am still stunned by how cheap a gallon of milk is here in the Lower 48 States by comparison. And I’ve lived here for going on a decade.
So, by stocking up on fuel and food when you can get it for cheap and boondocking whenever possible, you can make your Alaskan dream a reality with careful planning. Cooking in your RV or next to it in the great Outdoors (which is the best thing about AK anyway) you save a lot of money.
Keep Your Daydream talks about the effects of almost continuous sunshine and the weather. You get used to that when you live there, but a tourist can be in for a shock. Especially coming from some place really warm, like Arizona. Don’t expect fireworks on Independence Day, because that’s not something special. Alaskans save that for New Year’s instead, when the sun is on the other side of the planet and you get a long, cold night. Then, fireworks are awesome.
That leads into some of Keep Your Daydreams memorable stops, like Fairbanks. I’ve never actually been there, but now I want to go. They have vintage cars and trucks there! I love vintage anything, you know.
They also ride on the Alaska Railroad which is one of the best things you can do. Did I mention they also ride a ferry?
Along with all the fun they tell you about the trials and tribulations like a mosquito swarm inside their camper during the night and the challenge of juggling the adventure with getting a kid to college somewhere in the Lower 48 at the same time.
In the end, they also dish out the advice on how to create your own trip to the Last Frontier.
Less Junk More Journey takes a trip to Alaska and they have a small child too! That really puts a twist on the adventure. Disclaimer: I haven’t watched all the episodes yet.
Caravan Carolyn hasn’t been to Alaska yet, so far as I know. I just think she’s a lot of fun, a single lady on a full-time RVing adventure.