Monday, June 16, 2014


We are now at the Mt View RV Park in Palmer.
It is about 40 miles NE of Anchorage and a good spot
to regroup before we head down onto the Kenai Peninsula.

I've dropped the truck off at a Ford Dealer in Wasilla for some routine service
and some minor electrical repairs and today we did some shopping, joined
Costco and found some good barbecue.

Did I say Barbecue?
Yep Barbecue.
Turnagain Arm Pit Barbecue.
If you find yourself in Anchorage you owe it to yourself to give them a try.
The baby backs were meaty...  smoked to perfection and very moist.
Their motto:  "Life's too short for a half rack"
I fully agree!

We've had some clouds and rain obscuring the best of our drive the past two days.
We drove some beautiful highways but unfortunately the scenery does not
always reveal itself fully.

Still when it peeks out - its majestic!

We spent sunday night in the shadow of the Matanuska Glacier.
27 miles long and 4 miles wide - it is the largest glacier in the US that
is accessible by car.

Here it peeks from below the clouds.

Southbound down the Glenn Highway towards Anchorage 
we follow the Matanuska River

Here the river valley is framed between the trees.

And the setting for another self portrait.

The summer wildflowers are bursting forth!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Today we took a short spin down from Anchorage to the Turnagain Arm.
It is an arm of the sea - part of the Cook Inlet - that separates
Anchorage from the Kenai Peninsula.

We tried to catch it before the clouds obscured the mountains but got there too late.

Todays tides in the Turnagain were over 36' from low tide to high tide.

These tides rush back into the arm in what is known as a "Bore Tide"
A wall of water up to 10' tall rushes up the arm followed by other walls till the tide
has returned.   These Bore Tides only happen at certain times and tomorrow should
be a good time to see one so I will roust the troops and make another
90 minute drive down to the arm to try and see it.


  1. 36 feet! That is a crazy tide! My little 35 footer with 250' of anchor chain would not like that! OMG. Again your photos are fantastic and so beautiful. Outstanding blogging. Thank you Greg and Kate. Doodle Love.

  2. I agree with the slogan for the ribs.

    I had never heard of the tide. Thanks for the info.

  3. We were fortunate enough to see the bore tide come in while we were there last year. Quite an awesome thing to see... and hear! It is quite loud coming in.

  4. Just breathtaking photo's Greg! I have to admit that I'm a little jealous but you guys look so happy that I can't help but be happy for you! Next time can't you bring me with you??? T

  5. I'm loving the bbq joints name and slogan! Leave it to you to find a good joint anywhere.
    So, how was that first real-membership visit to Costco, huh? I suppose you now have their app, too. Boy, I hope you can catch that bore tide w/ some more amazing photos! Sounds awesome. Thanks for all your great coverage of this trip. Fun to be quasi-with you. xoxoxo Kristi

  6. Even with clouds, the scenery is amazing! Beware- you'll never leave Costco without spending $100!-Kate's gonna love it!
    Hope you'll be able to catch the tidal bore! We witnessed one at the Bay of Fundy- very cool!!
    Thanks for the selfie- you both look great!
    Love ya! Mary

  7. Now I want some ribs & BBQ! The view is gorgeous. I really love seeing the pics. The tide is amazing! I'd like to see that. Until next time, safe travels!


  8. Greg:

    I'm in the Keys again as I read this - wondering if anyone was out surfing the Bore? Weather looks similar (clouds that is) how are the bugs? Or is it to early in the season?


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