Here We Go Again

So, in the next few weeks, my husband will begin making inquiries, and calling “they that know” to try and get an idea of where we might get stationed next. We have completed 2 years and 4 months of our 3 year tour in Alaska. So that means 7-8 months from now, we’ll be loading up and heading south. As of yet, we don’t know where that will be. We do know we’ll be heading back down through Canada again, and experiencing that AMAZING trip again.

We are hoping to take a slightly different route this time – the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. Because it is a slightly less-used route than the primary Alaskan Highway, there will be less amenities along the way. As it is, we will definitely have to load-up on the groceries and supplies, because we will go several days of traveling without seeing anything other than tiny villages. But, if we do end up traveling in September, we may have issues finding fuel as well. I’m not too keen on hauling gas cans – people do that a lot up here in Alaska, but we would like to be able to use the back of the truck for the pets to roam and such. I don’t want them having that room if there are gas cans back there. So…we may have to adjust our route. I’ll have to research fuel stops and closing dates – not all places are open all year. It wouldn’t be the end of the world. We’ll also be taking a slightly different route once we pass Cache Creek – this time taking the Sea-to-Sky Highway and see what there is to admire that way.

We also know that once we reach Washington State and enter the lower 48 again, that we want to take another route across the country. Last time we traveled through North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington State. This time we are planning to head slightly south, make a stop in northern California to see the amazing Redwood Forest, then head east through states like Utah, Colorado, Kansas and others.

I have already picked up a new copy of the Milepost, and have been highlighting important notes in it and researching camping locations.

Why am I starting so early? I will have everything planned, down to the very last detail. I even use the “Google Earth Street View” to look at locations, see what the interchanges look like, and see what the towns look like. When we arrive in a new city, I will already know where to find a grocery store and a coffee shop, and have a strip map drawn out. There will be no wasting time and driving in circles looking for places to get what we need. I’ll already know! Once I have all the important details worked out, I’ll then plan the fun stuff. I’ll get on Roadside America and look for all those great things to see along the way, all those fun photo-ops and cool sights, just like the trip here.

Things like The Jolly Green Giant.
Jolly Green Giant

Or this. Yes – this is a SPAM museum!
SPAM museum

So…now I sit on pins and needles. I’m looking around my house thinking about weight allowances and movers. Praying my antiques make just one more PCS without being destroyed. Wondering what will get damaged this time. What irreplaceable treasure from a grandparent will be lost. Hoping it won’t be too bad.

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Comments

  1. Kendra says

    Seeing that truck actually gave me the shivers. I can't believe time has gone so quickly. We traveled through the middle of Canada, entering in Montana. I do not reccomend it. It is so hard not knowing where you are going to end up! I think the wait is the worst part.

  2. Rebecca B. says

    Can you put in a good word for us with "they that know"? I would like to plan ahead for our move thus summer as well. ;)

  3. Joan says

    And, while you are in the travel mode, drop by the Corn Palace, in Mitchell, SD. Don't live there, but it is a fun place to visit … even if you just drive by.

  4. says

    I am sure you already have all of your destinations picked out but if you are going to check out the Red Woods then this wouldn't be far off your path and in my opinion it is a must, the Jelly Bean factory. This might have something to do with my addiction to these tiny bean candies. :) But seriously it is very interesting to see how they are made. Plus the large bag of 'belly flops', jelly beans that are misshapen, that you can buy are pretty wonderful too. http://www.jellybelly.com/visit_jelly_belly/calif

    • says

      Oh! Jelly Bellies! I used to get these for the kids when they were little. We actually had a VHS tape from them on how they make the jelly beans. My kids watched that thing SO many times! LOL

  5. says

    Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  6. says

    I LOVE your blog! As a lifelong Navy brat, I know the ins and outs of PCSs, adjusting to new places, and never really settling in too much. I can't wait to read about your move, and hope it's to somewhere just perfect!

  7. Melody says

    Hey Connie, if you do go through Colorado, drop me an email. I would love to see you and the family again!

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