Sunday, June 7, 2015

Getting Ready to Leave for Alaska

Theatre Alumni Reunion, 2015
Wednesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 7, 2015, Oswego, NY, 0 Miles, 0 Miles for the Trip

Off on another trip. Like my previous trips, I spent the last couple of days packing. To add to the confusion, I discovered that the repair of my refrigerator wasn't quite as expected. While the replacement of the thermostat did fix the problem on the 120V electric side, now it won't run at all on propane; won't even light. Since there isn't enough time to take it back to the people that did the thermostat replacement (and I wasn't all that happy with their work), I tried Seven O's in Cicero, but they still have a 2 week backlog due to their fire. They suggested calling their other location in Kirkville, and they managed to fit the trailer into their schedule. Hopefully, it will be repaired in time to leave on Monday (obviously I'm starting today's post a bit early).

Another complication is this weekend is the Theatre Department's 5 year reunion weekend. As both an alumni & retired department member, I plan to attend the events. I even have a couple of alumni staying at the house.

The trailer is mostly packed & I'll finish when I get it back. I am taking the RAV4 (fully packed) to the scale at the dump to see where it is at; I'll take the combination on Monday morning before we leave.

The "we" is another difference for this trip. I will be "Caravaning" with a former student & friend Don Guido & his wife Anne for the Alaska part of the trip. They have often joined me on my trips for a week or two, and in 1996 we spent the summer tent camping across the US. This time they purchased a 2010 Scamp 16 so no more wet tents to pack in the morning!

Well, it is Sunday, we all made it through the reunion, the refrigerator is working fine on propane (it started fine for the crew at Seven O's and has been running since.) The house has emptied & we are finalizing our route & first stop. For anyone interested in the Reunion photos, they are here.

Until tomorrow (assuming I can get an internet connection in Canada)


  1. If it is your first time to Alaska get this book
    Enjoy you trip,it is beautiful country out there.

    1. Thanks! We have both the milepost & Mike & Terri Church's Travelers Guide to Alaskan Camping.

  2. Hi Jon - Had to laugh at your propane fridge story. I had the same experience with my fridge - would NOT light on propane. Took it in to be serviced and later the guys just said "it worked fine for us" - and, yes, it's worked fine for me ever since. Sometimes, I think these trailers just have an odd sense of humor!

    Have fun on your trip!

  3. Looking forward to your journey. Hope to make it one day.

  4. I've been waiting anxiously for your trip to start. Really looking forward to seeing your pictures.