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After working on the truck since January until literally 2 hours before we left, we finally started our annual Westbound migration in mid-July. A little later than we wanted to avoid the building heat and humidity of Southwest Florida, but migrating we were. For some reason the trip West, although we did things and visited people, seemed to pass in mostly a blur with few pictures taken.

Our first stop was in Orlando to visit our friends Rob, his wife Meghan and their two sons, who recently moved from Fort Myers. (regular readers may remember we visited Rob’s parents in Alaska during our travels last year) They had dinner waiting for us when we arrived (late) and we spent the evening and next morning over breakfast catching up. When it was time to leave the boys were trying to leave with us. Future adventure travelers perhaps? Still hot and humid.

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From there we paid a visit to our older daughter and son-in-law in Jacksonville. While there Andre, our son-in-law, and I did the Crocodile Crossing zip line tour at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Unfortunately cameras were not allowed on the course. We had a blast but man was it hot and humid in the tree canopy! Did I mention we were leaving Florida to escape that?

The next few days found us wandering around Georgia and North Carolina. We visited Tallulah Falls in North Georgia. Still hot and humid with a nasty late evening thunderstorm thrown in for good measure. Glad we weren’t in a tent!

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Being novices to whitewater rafting, we went on our first “self-guided” whitewater trip with Rolling Thunder River Company on the Nantahala River in North Carolina. Of course it was my job to keep our Funyak upright and pointed in the right direction while under various threats to my well-being from Pamala. It didn’t help that the rental company refers to the two person boats as “divorce boats”!

Here we are deciding (I’m deciding, Pamala is reiterating previous threats) how to approach an upcoming class 3 rapid notorious for flipping rafts.

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Me doing my best to avoid said threats.

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And a happy, mostly dry, Pamala after my successful navigation.

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Still hot and humid, although the forty-something degree water helped. From there we were headed to a friends cabin in the boonies of North Carolina to spend the night. We were following hand written directions, so after passing a few gravel roads, when they said “go about a mile and a half and turn left on rough gravel road”, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting! At least we knew it was the right gravel road. Still hot and humid.

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We made a few more stops along the way which were mostly uneventful…except one.

Beware of the town of Calhoun Tennessee, it is a SPEEDTRAP! 

And yes we were trapped! A $215 lesson learned!

Along the way to the interior of Alaska we took a 3 day side trip to Haines with a one day fast-catamaran trip to Juneau. After we left the area, I realized we didn’t take any pictures in Haines. I guess the fact that it rained the entire time might have something to do with it! We did, however, take some pictures of wildlife from the Haines Highway, wildlife from the boat and a few sights in Juneau.

Mama and cubs next to the road

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Our ride to Juneau   How the other half travels!

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Eldred Rock Lighthouse is for sale if you really want to get away from it all!

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Juneau

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Kayakers by the glacier

Nugget Falls next to the glacier

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Predator  Potential dinner

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A harbor in Juneau  Cold wet day to be fishing!

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Humpback whales “bubble-net fishing”.

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Sea Lions  Harbor Seals

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After leaving Clearwater, we explored the Falls Grey Wilderness Area of B.C. Waterfalls and raging rivers were impossible to avoid, not that we tried. Even after seeing hundreds of waterfalls (I am not exaggerating), we couldn’t resist each one we encountered, especially when we could obtain close access to them. Unfortunately forest fires in B.C. were generating a lot of smoke in the area.

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By the end of the day, Jim was lured to this spot by the river to contemplate the beauty of nature, with a little help from an Irish Death Ale, courtesy of Peter Roesler.

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The next day, we encountered an ancient forest in British Columbia that is a rare inland rainforest. It is one of a kind in Canada. The Red Cedar trees are gigantic in this forest and were due to be cut for lumber before this area was discovered by a botany student and protected as a Canadian national treasure. Some of these trees are reported to be between 1,000-2,000 years old.  Mind boggling that they survived droughts, forest fires and the good old chain saw!

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It wasn’t long before we were on the Cassiar Highway bound for Hyder, Alaska. Like much of British Columbia, this stretch of the highway was full of snow-capped mountains and yes, more snow-melt waterfalls.

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