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Old 08-19-2014, 09:48 AM   #11
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Congrats on a good trip, seeing snow this time of year is hard for me to imagine, but then I've never been that far north either. what does the term "turtle" mean??
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:51 AM   #12
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Actually, we had wonderful weather during the entire trip with the exception of about 3-4 days. Mid 60's in the the day and 40's -50's at night. In the picture with the mud and rain we were on the "Top of the World Highway" between Chicken AK and Dawson City, Yukon. We turtled in that night. On the way up from KY on a couple of the 400 mile days we stayed at Walmart parking lots and we turtled in on those nights as well.
Turtled? Thanks for the new (to me) expression. Perfect!

I have spent a couple of years in Alaska, but never in a TT. That is a great trip you took and it must be a testament to your trailering skill. Kudos!
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:29 AM   #13
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"Turtle" means to spend the night in a hybrid camper without opening the tent ends. I guess sort of like a turtle closing up in its shell.
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:24 AM   #14
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"Turtle" means to spend the night in a hybrid camper without opening the tent ends. I guess sort of like a turtle closing up in its shell.
The term "turtle" is very descriptive and we have already had an "Aha" followed by a good laugh, because of it. It's one of those things that just makes sense. So what are the opened beds called?

We sometimes camp in bear country and have begun referring to those open beds as "tacos" or "cannoli's" . Of course, this would be strictly from the bears point of view. May have to turtle in bear country. Are they otherwise called bunks? or ?
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:46 PM   #15
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Ed,

Great trip!!. My wife and I are planning a similar trip this summer in our X17X leaving from NY. We had been there 10 years ago in a pick up truck camper. Can you comment on your experience's camping with a Hybrid in bear country. Thanks.
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We wondered about camping in the hybrid in bear country as well. Having camped in Yellowstone and vicinity where they do not allow tent camping we were a bit surprised at the approach they take in Alaska. Lots of campers in tents in Denali National Park and other parts of Alaska. They do a good job of educating you about the bears, but they are not overly restrictive. We saw 13 grizzly bears in one day in Denali. Going through British Columbia we lost count of the number of black bears we saw. Again, lots of tent campers.

Good luck on your trip. If you get a chance look up Barkerville in British Columbia. It added about three days to our trip but was well worth it.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:24 AM   #18
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My wife and I have driven the Alaska Hyw. 79 times since 1963. She says that is enough. We are flying this year.
7 of those trips were to southern Mexico. About half of them we were pulling a RV or a boat.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:36 AM   #19
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Jack in Alaska. That is amazing. I bet you have witnessed the gradual closing of all those Inns, resorts, Cafes, bars along the Alaska Highway. Some appear to be falling apart and others look like the owners walked away yesterday. My wife and I were speculating that the paving of the highway has contributed to that, since people can travel further in a day now than they could in the past. Therefor people are driving past places where they might have had to stop before. What are your thoughts.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:15 AM   #20
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Jack in Alaska. That is amazing. I bet you have witnessed the gradual closing of all those Inns, resorts, Cafes, bars along the Alaska Highway. Some appear to be falling apart and others look like the owners walked away yesterday. My wife and I were speculating that the paving of the highway has contributed to that, since people can travel further in a day now than they could in the past. Therefor people are driving past places where they might have had to stop before. What are your thoughts.
We have lived in the Yukon for 30 years and I also grew up here. The first time I drove up the highway, it was 1968. I was only 6, but i vividly remember how bad that road was. Narrow, not paved for the most part and the dust was unreal. We only travelled short stints each day and there were a ton of small little lodges and gas stations.

Now the Alaska Hwy is all paved, except for those areas where it's under construction and being widened out, and it is a much faster drive. And for exactly this reason, the highway lodges have slowly closed up over the years and travellers hit the main towns along the way for gas and lodging -- whether an RV park or a motel.

Many sections of the highway were diverted to straighten it out (less twisty) and widen the road. But there are still some stretches where there "Old Alaska Highway" wasn't destroyed and you can turn off and drive it for a short stint. It is sort of paved (LOL) and it is so narrow, you will feel you are in a back alley. Back in the day, it was quite an adventure when you had to pass a semi-truck on those narrow roads!

In any event, it's a beautiful drive and I highly recommend it. Great country and very friendly people (even if I do say so myself!)
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