Trip Summary

Here is a collection of random summary thoughts about the trip.

  • We drove a total of 8400 miles, paid a total of $3000 for gas, with an average price around $6.30, so we averaged around 17 mpg. Not bad. Diesel was $.50 to $1 more than unleaded everywhere we went.
  • We stayed in a lot more campgrounds campgrounds than I expected, and did less boondocking than expected. Maybe 50/50, where I expected to do 80% boondocking. Even though boondocking options were everywhere, campgrounds were cheap (or free), nice, and mostly half empty, so toilet access often won out.
  • We did a total of 15 nights in an AirBNB. It’s important to get out of the van periodically.
  • I was surprised how few bears we saw. Lots of moose though.
  • Mosquitos were way less of a problem than expected, and flies more of a problem. Mosquitos were really only bad the last 3 weeks of June, and small flies that liked to land on your eyes were everywhere. The head net was very useful for both.
  • It seemed like it rained 2 out of every 3 days in June/July. We had been warned about this, but it did get old.
  • There were a lot of Unimog-based campers with German plates. Why do the Germans like these crazy vehicles, which are completely unnecessary in Alaska? I talked to one of the owners, and they said they all ship them from Hamburg to Halifax, and it’s not that expensive to ship them.

Here are some of my favorite photos of the trip.

Thats all for now. Till the next trip….

We saw many of these crazy campers with German plates

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