Right now I live in Minneapolis. Once upon a time (for reference, in this story that means 4.5 months ago) I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska. And loved it. I then got this crazy idea that I needed to go to graduate school...got accepted to a school in Minneapolis, and *POOF* Moved.
Now Minneapolis has been great thus far, really. (As great as a city int eh winter acn be...) but it just isn't for me. I miss the woods. I miss the isolation of a cabin. I miss my amazing friends. So, after much talk with Nick, we decided to move on back to Fairbanks.
I AM SO EXCITED. I also want to throw up at the thought of packing everything in my life up again. You take the good with the bad. And, if you are me, you try to make the good FRICKIN' AWESOME. So, I have started planning out our return home driving trip. Yes, we drove down here, and we are truckin' it back. Added Bonus: one of my fancy favorites EVER, our friend Glenna, is doing the trek with us. WE ARE GOING TO SMELL SO BAD AND BE SO HAPPY.
I thought, I would try and keep everyone informed with the trip as i plan it, and as it happens. Which means maps, pictures, and itineraries! (ALL THINGS I LOVE...EQUALLY. I'm a nerd.)
The first time I trucked up to Alaska from South Carolina (Post here) was awesome! When I trucked back down to Minneapolis almost 5 months ago (Post here) it was once again, AWESOME. This time, I picked a THIRD route to take, and i believe it may be most awesome of all because, for once, I am truckin' the distance during camping season. OH JESUS I'M EXCITED.
So here, for now, is our tentative route:
Minneapolis, MN--Makoshika State Park, Glendive, MT (625 mi - about 9 hours 56 mins)
Makoshika State Park, Glendive, MT--Elkwater, AB, Canada (406 mi - about 7 hours 57 mins)
Elkwater, AB, Canada--Lake Louise, AB, Canada (335 mi - about 6 hours 14 mins)
Lake Louise, AB, Canada--Purden Lake Provincial Park, Sinclair Mills, BC, Canada (343 mi - about 7 hours 52 mins)
Purden Lake Provincial Park, Sinclair Mills, BC, Canada--Kitwanga Mountain Provincial Park, Kitwanga, BC, Canada (342 mi - about 7 hours 25 mins)
Kitwanga Mountain Provincial Park, Kitwanga, BC, Canada--Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park, Kitimat-Stikine D, BC, Canada (235 mi - about 5 hours 17 mins)
Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park, Kitimat-Stikine D, BC, Canada--Teslin Lake, YT, Canada (374 mi - about 8 hours 45 mins)
Teslin Lake, YT, Canada--Kluane Lake, Yukon, Unorganized, YT, Canada (263 mi - about 6 hours 12 mins)
Kluane Lake, Yukon, Unorganized, YT, Canada--Goldstream Road, Fox, AK (437 mi - about 8 hours 35 mins)