We got a late start today because Kate decided to get up at 4:30 and not go back to sleep. So Mom and Dad were kind of slow moving this morning. We left at 9:25 with only 584 miles to go before we were at our new home.
We gassed up as soon as we left the hotel. Gas was $2.49 a gallon. We got 9.55 gallons which cost $23.87.
Every year the Arctic Air-Cooled VW club holds a reunion, which means if you have a Volkswagen you can bring it and show it off. This happens on the Saturday before Father’s Day. I got involved because my son in law, Dan Montgomery, is involved with the club. He has had a love for VW’s all his life. He even inherited his Dad’s 1967 Bug which he drove to Alaska when he moved here. Which if you saw the Bug you would wonder how he made it up the Alaska Highway. It has won the VW in the worst shape many times.
Anyway back to the Family Reunion. It is a lot of fun. They give out prizes every hour. Yes, they have something to do with Volkswagens. I do believe that the Diamond Center usually donates some kind of gift card for the big drawing.
The event is free but they do like everyone to vote on the VW’s. There were four divisions to vote on, The best Volkswagen, best Audi, best Porsche and the best beater.
Why you ask are Audi and Porsche at a Volkswagen Family Reunion? Well I asked too and this is what I found.
Volkswagen Group sells cars under the brand Volkswagen, Audi, and Porshe. So, all these brands are owned by the same parent company. Volkswagen started in 1937. They had a majority share in Audi by 1966, bringing Audi under the control of the Volkswagen group.
So I guess they are all Volkswagens.
I am sure you can find a vehicle that interests you enough to vote on it but I warn you it is hard to chose.
Even the young are having fun.
If you would like to know about the club you can check them out here:
Yesterday as my son and I were driving down the road in his work truck we started hearing this buzzing noise. We are checking everything in the truck. Nothing is buzzing there. We check our phones and nothing. My son says it sounds like it is coming from the back seat. He has all his tools and things from different jobs back there. He starts to look back there, I am driving just to let you know he did not look while he was driving. Then he finds it. A bunch of old smoke detectors he took out of a house and replaced with new ones. He starts pulling out the batteries. Finally, after the 4th one he makes the noise stop. He has opened the back window in his truck and it really smokes when a stop light, so the smoke came in the back window. Who would have thought that would have made it go off. We laughed all the way home.
Well I guess the vacation or holiday whatever you choose to call it is over now. We had to start getting back to normal. Went grocery shopping, since there was not much in the house. Started washing the clothes from the trip with the help of my sweet husband. Decided what to cook for supper because the two men here think they should be fed. Started working on articles for which I have a tons of ideas for many stories. Starting with the brewery in Girdwood because I told them I would write theirs when I got home.
Dusty got the no running water in the camper problem fixed. He also figured out why we had no turn signals or brake lights which we found out while camping. It was a fuse under the hood, so that was an easy fix.
I have got the packages ready to mail outside or the lower 48 other people would say, with things I brought back for my family down there.
Supper is almost done and the boys went to look at a used generator for the camper. Things are looking good. Oh damn, I forgot about the laundry again. Guess I better go get the stuff out of the dryer and put the last load in the dryer.
Well clothes are dry and next load in to dry. Boys came home with generator in hand which David was very happy with. Supper is going to be served now and we can settle in for the night. Hopefully, a movie to relax by.
I know we just got home but we couldn’t wait to get the camper on the road. We planned this trip before we left because we wanted to go to the Girdwood Forest Fair. Then we are off to try to find somewhere to camp which is very hard in the summer in Alaska. July is the worst because the Red or Sockeye Salmon are running thick.
The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family fair that has become an annual event in the resort town of Girdwood, Alaska located 36 miles south of Anchorage. This year event times are as follows:
Friday July 6 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday July 7 ~ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Parade at 10:00 am
Sunday July 8 ~ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.
The fairgrounds are located at Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Daylodge with Shuttle service provided. Car pooling is encouraged!
There is no admission fee, only good times! Be sure to purchase a limited edition Girdwood Forest Fair T-Shirt “The Cover Charge that Covers Your Back”!
Camping will be allowed in Forest Fair Campgrounds only for a fee – Camping permit required. Public Camping is prohibited in the town of Girdwood during Forest Fair Weekend. Law enforcement personnel will be patrolling the Girdwood Valley.
If you live in Alaska come check it out or if you are planning a visit it happens every year. The only bad thing is no dogs allowed, so poor Alice, the chicken dog, will have to stay in the her truck with windows down and water. Yes, I did say her truck. Alice seems to think that every time the truck goes anywhere it must be going camping. That means road trip for Alice. She loves to go camping and is a great road tripper.
Alice did slip trying to get into the camper yesterday while I was getting things ready. I sure hope she is not to scared to jump in today when we go to bed tonight.
This will also be Katharine and Rebecca’s first camping trip. Heather and Dan said they would be meeting us for the night at the campsite. Can’t wait to get photos of the girls first campout.
Well I better go make sure the fridge is cold, so I can put in the food. I need to add a last few things then I think the camper will be ready.
I will be posting pictures and tell you all about our trip when we get back so be sure to check it out.
I don’t know how many of you have kids out there but I have five, 3 boys and 2 girls. They age from 44 to 35 this year. You know we all love our kids no matter what stupid things they do. Of course, I have to remember the dumb things I did when I was young and survived. The boys as they grew older slowly got their head out of there; oh what would you call it, Oh yea ASS! Anyway so my youngest finally got his head out and just got out 6 months of rehab. We are all very proud of him for this. So he has decided that he should not drive until he gets his license back. I guess he decided seven years without was probably enough because those driving without a license fines and jail time was not fun. So we were helping him get a truck today so he can get his interlock in it and then he can get his license. Anyway he finds a $800 truck he wants. We take him over to look at it and he buys it. I am thinking great we can get everything done before we leave on Monday. I call about getting the interlock put in and am told that because it is almost closing time and a holiday weekend they won’t be open again until Tuesday. Then we found out that he has to take the driving part again in his truck with the interlock in because it has been so long. Which means he is going to have to fix the passenger seat because the back of it is in the back seat. The truck needed an alternator, so we took him to pick that up. We go back to the truck and he puts it in. We jump it and of course, it is empty. Off to the gas station with David, my husband, driving and me following. We gas up and get onto Diamond, a main street in Anchorage, Alaska, at rush hour. What happens then you ask? It dies at a stop light. I have to pull up next to them, so they can try to jump it. I now have blocked the turn lane and have now pissed off tons of people because they can’t get a round us. So the guys decide we will pull it with out Subaru Outback. All we have is some nylon rope that they have doubled and got us tied together. As we start off the rope breaks. They fix it and we get pulled into the nearest parking lot. After tightening up connections and charging the battery the guys get it running. We are off again home. Oh yea, I forgot to mention that the guy that had the truck had a ton too much oil in it, so it is smoking to high heaven. So we have smoke going everywhere and then this guy in a convertible goes zooming past us. I am thinking I bet you are trying to get out of the smoke. I remember driving down some Interstate one time and saw signs that said don’t drive into the smoke. I could never figure out what that sign meant but now I am wondering if it has something to do with this. Anyway, the truck is home. My son then says I think things are starting to go my way!