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Why Make This Trip At All? -- (Dream Travel Trip Anywhere; Yukon-Alaska Road Trip)

Alaska and Back: Did The Guides Work? > Getting Ready to Leave

Why make the trip at all?

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.

~Albert Einstein

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.

Joseph Heller,
Something Happened, 1974

The lover of nature is he
whose inward and outward senses
are still truly adjusted to each other;
who has retained the spirit of infancy
even into the era of manhood.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I had first heard about the Alaska Highway in 1949, when I was 7 years old.

Known then as the Alcan Highway, its entire 1,400 miles had been carved out of northwest Canada and Southeast Alaska in only 8 months by over 11,000 military and civilian personnel.

Thus it was that by end-October 1942, military supplies could be trucked north day and night to help the US Armed Forces defend the Alaskan peninsula.

By mid 1949 when I first heard on the radio about the Alcan Highway, tourists were actually driving the rugged two-laner and surviving to tell the tale. I decided then and there I was going to be one of them.

Fast forward 57 years.

The trip began, without much ceremony, when a packed-to-the-gills car and I started from Washington DC early on August 9, 2006.

"Car" was a used BMW that I had just purchased, a 2001 model 540i, 6 speed, black exterior, black interior, and 59K miles on the odometer.

Attached to it by a little plug-in-the-lighter FM transmitter was my first-ever iPod. What more could I ever want!

More than once over the next 31 days, I actually got to see heaven, covering 10,578 miles to Coldfoot Camp above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and then back to DC.

With the encouragement of a dear, dear friend, I decided to keep a hand-written daily journal on this, my dream-of-a-lifetime journey to Alaska and back.

I had never done that before on any trip.

I also promised to send emails back to family and friends, sharing travel highlights, whenever I could access the internet. I had never done that, either.

In the pages that follow, you can read
all the emails, and see all the photos included with them (plus more).

I hope the emails and photos succeed in giving you a sense of
how incredibly beautiful it all was!

Be who you are
and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.

~Dr. Seuss

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