|Riding Bikes along the Valdez Glacier Stream|
|Juneau to Haines on the Alaska Marine Highway|
|Life-renewing showers at Discovery Yukon. We stayed twice!|
|Tucker and Kenedy paddling Jackson Lake while Kris was in New York City.|
|Kenedy paddling Pyramid Lake while Kris was in Chicago.|
|Kris in Chicago while we camped in Jasper.|
- Ice? Yes but the cooler was usually not very cold.
- Gas? No problem. Lots of gas!
- Laundry? We had way too much laundry all the time and only one place that we really wanted to do it (Snowdome in Jasper).
- Coverage? Great cell coverage at most of the towns along the Alaska Highway but not much in between. WiFi was tough. Mostly this comes through satellite which is OK for checking the occasional e-mail, but not great for making reservations or loading maps.
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- Power? We were always powered once we invested in the GoalZero Yeti to charge items required for digital nomads.
- Sunshine? 16-22 hours of manic sunshine (kinda weird indirect, semi-sunshine, though).
- Cords? Often lost.
- Showers? Take them whenever you can because you never know when the next will come.
Any recommendations on camp eats and drinks?
Laundry, fuel, ice and food were constant needs during our trip. You can find food and groceries all along the Alaska Highway but stock up when you find the good stuff (if you have room). Memorable options for us were the IGA in Glenallen, Three Bears in Tok, Rainbow Foods in Juneau, and Little Green Apple in Haines Junction. We were in delicious, fresh food heaven in BC and even stayed at Hidden Acres Farm and Treehouse where we were able to buy freshly harvested spring greens and peas.
A few specific tips on how to make the best of day-to-day food on the road:
- We spent five nights and six days rafting the Main Salmon where we learned that wraps are the best delivery method for salad.
- French press coffee makes a big mess. Plus the coffee gets cold fast if it's cold outside. Aeropress (or maybe pour over) is the way to go even if you have to make one cup at a time.
|A typical lunch|
- Good ground coffee, like Kicking Horse, was available just about everywhere. Pre-made smoothies, like Happy Planet, were also at most gas stations to keep things on the healthy side.
- Mike’s Mighty Good just-add-water Ramen surpassed expectations...by a lot. But, then again, food just tastes better when you're camping.
- Seeds of Change pre-cooked rice in a vacuum bag is easy to heat and tastes great with cubes of paneer and curry simmer sauce.
- Birch Benders pancake mix: grab it up whenever you see it and then eat it often.
- Bagels toasted on the camp stove are a special camp treat.
- Wean yourself from pop in favor of bubbly water at gas stations.
- Sir Kensington mayonnaise and mustard make lunchtime sandwiches a little more exciting.
- For gourmet PB&J just add freshly baked raisin bread and local jam.
- Being away from the comforts and luxuries of home.
- Not having space for me-time.
- Motivating to work.
- Asking selfishly for time off of work.
- The long cold walk to the bathrooms.
- Missing friends.
- Long drive boredom and waiting.
- Staying organized.
- The full spectrum of laundry and wifi (and the never-ending need for ice and fuel).
- Being broke for several months after return.