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Trip Report Trip Report - NW North America (Long)

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In July and August, 2009, I made a six-week road trip through much of the northwest portion of North America. 10,900 miles later, I’m home again.

I have long wanted to make a trip such as this. Given my advancing age and some recent health problems, I have no idea how much longer I’ll be able to travel, so, I decided now was the time to do it.

In brief, the trip covered an almost straight line from my home north of Las Vegas through Bryce Canyon, the Salt Lake City mountains, Yellowstone, and into Canada. From there, I traveled my favorite part of the Canadian Rockies – the Icefield Parkway. From Jasper, I went north and west to spend a few days photographing bears around Hyder, AK. After that, I went on north and west through British Columbia and The Yukon Territory, and into south central Alaska. I spent a little over a week in the Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula areas and then backtracked down the Alaska Hwy, the Cassier Hwy, and the Yellowhead Hwy before heading south again at Prince George. I made a visit on Vancouver island then continued down the coast through Washington, Oregon, and northern California before turning east and heading home again.

It was a wonderful trip, not counting a little bad weather and some forest fire smoke at times. I visited friends and relatives along the way, saw many new places, and enjoyed re-visiting some of my favorite places from the past.

In the next few segments, I’ll give you a bit more expanded description of the various segments and try to highlight a few special occurrences.

I’ve also taken a huge bunch of photographs. Once I get them culled and processed, I’ll post some of them for anyone who might be interested.

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