Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Our tight sight in Little Creek campground. Cozy but it was a...

Tom and Jonathan took a walk around the campground this morning while...

We stopped at this lake to wash windows after leaving the campground.

Nice view of the mountains.

Jonathan didn't like the bugs that were flying around so he brought...

Back on the road again.

Views of the mountains as we drive by.

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You can see the fall colors on the mountain and hillsides.

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We got stopped by road construction so we were able to jump...

Tom waiting in the rig. You can see the hillside behind him.

This is the Kluane National Park Preserve. The scenery was just beautiful.

Jonathan enjoyed being down by the lake skipping rocks.

He's going to put ripples in that calm lake!

Getting ready to take off soon.

A few more vehicles are behind us make.

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Our turn! Heading through the construction.

The mirror image of the lake is reflecting the clouds and mountains...

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Coming into Haines Junction. This is where we make the turn for...

This "statue" of a climber and mountain goats was in the middle...

Looking down on Haines.

A shot of Jonathan by the sign at the other end of...

The RV with the mountains in the background. Tom is still laying...

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A BEAR!

More beautiful scenery!

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The fireweed is turning red now and just continues to put on...

It had been buggy out but God sent rain just in time...

Beautiful. I think this was the highlight today.

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It was pretty seeing the sun stream down through the clouds like...

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Snow gathered up on the mountainside.

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You can see a glacier coming down out of the mountains.

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The drive down into Haines was really pretty. We're getting close.

A closer look at the glacier.

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Crossing the border back into Alaska again.

Driving along the glacial run off down to the bay.

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We arrive in Haines. The totem pole Welcome sign greets us.

After setting up camp, Jonathan spots the rainbow and snaps a picture.


Sunday, September 6, 2009.

Oceanside RV Park, Haines, Alaska.

Little Creek Campground to Haines

We got up and got moving around 8:30 or so. We didn't have as much of a time table today so that was nice. Tom and Jonathan went out to see if they could get the things they needed out of the bay for washing the front windshield but we were too close to the trees so they ended up going for a walk while I was getting ready. When they got back we had a quick bite to eat then headed out. Tom said he had decided to make a stop a little ways down the road at a pull-out or something and do the windshield there because today's drive was supposed to be spectacular.

We got out of the tight site okay and got down the road a little ways by a lake. This looked like a good spot to pull off so we did that. I downloaded the camera while Tom and Jonathan worked on getting the bucket, brush and soap out from the bay. They were in front when all of a sudden Jonathan came to the door and yelled “Mommy, Daddy's hurt!” I ran to the front door and Tom said his back had gone out. He could hardly move.

He did manage to come in and lay down on the couch for a little while. He took some ibuprofen to help the muscles relax and Jonathan and I went out and finished the windshield. By the time we were done, Tom said his back was feeling better and that he thought he could sit but not move around much. We went ahead and drove down into Haines. The drive was SPECTACULAR!

Jonathan and I unhooked the Yukon when we got there. The lady at the campground was real nice. We were able to take care of check-in the next morning. Once Tom got pulled into the site, Jonathan and I unhooked the Yukon and took care of our hook-ups.

We were standing in the front of the RV and looked out across the water at one point. There was a rainbow over the bay. Jonathan grabbed the camera and took a picture of it for us.

Our campground is called Oceanview Campground. It's small but everyone in it has a view right their front window. There was a group of people out grilling and enjoying a campfire when we arrived too. They looked like they were having fun. We'll have to do that sometime while we're here if the weather is nice.

A lady from a few doors down walked over while we were setting up and asked if we were Escapees. She had seen the Texas license plates and thought we might be. Her and her husband are too so she introduced herself. Jonathan and I went down and talked with them a little while later in the evening.



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