Friday, July 8, 2011

Alaska Day 54 Healy Jeep Ride

Ok what do you do when you have 3 1/2 hours to kill? You take a Jeep out “INTO THE WILD”. If you saw the movie or read the book then you would know about the Stampede Road and that was the road we went on. No need to go into all the details. People – Sharon/Don, Pat/Jim, Marilyn/Larry, Jo/John, Carol & me are the adventurous ones. We got the “Call Of The Wild” to go “Into The Wild”. Later Mary/Gary and Claudette/Jim met us out there in their own jeeps. So, here we go.

Getting ready….DSC_0090

The “bus” from the movie Into The Wild”  where we started.DSC_0096

The road. DSC_0203

First it was a dusty road.DSC_0100 

Then we stopped and walked on the tundra and learned some stuff.  Basically where we were standing the ice was about two-three below the surface. 



Aren’t we neat!DSC_0117

Here comes Claudette and Jim…in theior own Jeep.DSC_0119

Here comes Mary & Gary with the title “been there done that!”  with big smiles on their face.DSC_0121

We all yaked and then we departed.DSC_0126

The guide asked if we were ready to get into the mud.  Now I’m excited.DSC_0136 DSC_0138 DSC_0141 DSC_0143 DSC_0147 DSC_0149 DSC_0151 DSC_0152 DSC_0154 DSC_0157 DSC_0161

What are all these people looking at.  Well, there is always one who gets stuck.  I’m not going to tell on myself.  AND the Jeep wasn’t even in the difficult part yet.    DSC_0164

Yep, right there and it looks so innocent.  I was just enough into the tundra that the jeep slipped down on the right side. I wanted to get that special angle to throw a little mud.  They pulled us out on the second attempt with another Jeep.  The guide said he knew for some reason I would be the one.  I think everybody told him before hand about my liking to mud from the ATV ride had something to do with his reasoning.DSC_0162


Here is where we were…my right tires were all the way to the right in the green.  all four tires were spinning no matter what gear,  wheels etc. I used.DSC_0166


We got to the turn around point and they had stew and drinks for us.DSC_0178 DSC_0182

This is Ron. He stays out here six days at a time. No vehicle or RV – nothing except tents.  No electricity, nothing…….food and wood and a porta potty for us. He prepares the food for the three tour groups that come out here each day.  DSC_0183 DSC_0185 DSC_0186

Pat wanted to pan for gold.DSC_0191

Out windshield was a little dirty.DSC_0196


Sharon & Don were behind us coming back. I think Sharon is sticking out her tongue. DSC_0201

We got the title of getting the Jeep the dirtiest. It just came so natural. I wanted to get it really muddy but just couldn’t.DSC_0205

Afterwards and a little later we went to the local recommended eatery called Rose’s.  No it was not in the trailer.  SDC11799


We got entertained while we ordered and ate. Seems like the owner, Rose (waitress) and her Husband like to make fun as they worked. They picked on us but we continued to ask the tourist questions. The food was so so but who cares if you can smile and don’t get sick from eating it.

Here we are trying to decide which item was the most for the buck.  SDC11796

Larry got pancakes.  We learned not to give the syrup to him anymore unless he has direct supervision.  We now call him sticky poo…SDC11797

That’s part of the excitement and none of the stories we were told about Pistol Pete or “the Bus”.


See ya…

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