Journey to Alaska
I don’t know if I’m quite there yet, but the opportunity arose and I felt it was time to see that great state. Not only that though, I’m really looking forward to a great road trip with my brother. He’s the only family member I haven’t taken a road trip with, so I’m really looking forward to the bonding time we’ll have. As siblings, we grew up hating one another, but as adults we’ve become great friends. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
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The way this journey came about has nothing to do with me. I’m really just along for the ride. My brother has a friend who picked up some property in Alaska on the cheap. It’s up near Denali National Park, and it’s totally undeveloped – just wild tundra. He agreed to lease my brother a chunk of the property in exchange for helping him clear and develop a small area for a house.The first step of that process is developing a ‘base camp’ to start from, hence the truck and camper you see here. My brother pieced it together over the last year. It’s got big, deep-cycle batteries, a dependable generator, new suspention and tires, and road armor to protect the lights from gravel. His wife knows a few of the cast members on Ice Road Truckers, so he was able to get some great advice on how to prepare a truck for the Alcan Highway.
This first trip will involve punching in a simple road and a lot of exploration of the area. Before leaving, we’ll winterize the truck and drop it off in a covered parking area near the airport, then we’ll fly back home. After this trip, a $250 round trip air ticket will be all we’ll need to get to a truck, camper, and private property in Alaska.
In the years to come, my brother and I plan to build a small cord-wood house for each of us on the property. At first, they’ll just function as hunting cabins, but eventually we hope to develop them into summer homes. Only time will tell. For now, I’m looking forward to a great road trip!