“We laughed when we saw the stuff people were putting on their trailers to protect them. That was yesterday. By this afternoon, we had contracted to have a man make us a plywood guard for the front of the trailer. We will put the Astro turf rug around it, mud guards will go on the car, we bought some heavy grooved plastic vinyl tape and have covered the trailer windows on the left side, covered the refrigerator intake, and probably will add more tomorrow. We hear the windows cost $109 not installed. We learned about flying rocks, wet and dry gravel, high winds, rain, and road construction. Not to forget dust dust dust. Bob changed the front air duct on the roof by borrowing a ladder and tools. Everyone else is engaged in similar activity, really funny looking. I have been closely inspecting the cars and motor homes coming down the highway. They are plastered with dust and mud — looks like cement. When the meeting ( the Wally Byam group meeting) was over at noon, we went to the Alaska Cafe with Rita and John and had a big wonderful meal. It gave us courage to continue on this adventure. This evening, heard a sales pitch on the ‘fly in’ trips. Seriously considering a trip to Nome and the Arctic Circle, about $1000 for 2 — will probably go as we will never get another chance. We are in this so deep now, we might as well go for broke.. …The arrangement to go to Nome and Katzebu has us really excited, $840.60 for 2 days, overnight in Nome. The agent (so cool) however figured it wrong and had to ask for $48 more today — annoyed us, but we really want to go. Also signed up to go on a boat (naturally) into Glacier Bay. Yup, we’re really going for broke.”
Mom and Dad in Alaska
An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration. Also archivist and avid fan of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.
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