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LookBeforeYouLive: RVing Across The Country
« on: January 22, 2015, 10:54:26 PM »
A friend of mine has been RVing for the past 12 months with his family all over the western US, Canada, and Alaska.  He's also a professional photographer so he has some nice shots if you are interested in seeing them.  This link takes you to the day or two before they entered Alaska, but day 1 started in Monsey and there's a "Trip Map" page with an interactive google map so you can find any day from that map.

http://lookbeforeyoulive.com/?p=4770

Thanks for the link, for what it's worth, I really enjoyed driving up to Prudhoe Bay and touching the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. See here: http://lookbeforeyoulive.com/?p=4903

Also, realize that depending on which opinion you follow, Alaska either is or is not on the other side of the halachic date line, so Shabbos could start either Thursday night or Friday night, with some poskim suggesting keeping two days of Shabbos.

Happy Travels!

-Ben
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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 02:26:59 AM »
Thanks for the link, for what it's worth, I really enjoyed driving up to Prudhoe Bay and touching the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. See here: http://lookbeforeyoulive.com/?p=4903

Also, realize that depending on which opinion you follow, Alaska either is or is not on the other side of the halachic date line, so Shabbos could start either Thursday night or Friday night, with some poskim suggesting keeping two days of Shabbos.

Happy Travels!

-Ben
Welcome to DDF, Ben!

I gotta admit, I've been following your blog rather religiously (and dare I say, jealously?) ever since seeing that link back in July.

I'm curious, if you don't mind my asking, how much advance planing and research do you do? i.e. When you get to a place do you know exactly how long you're going to spend there and what you'll do there? or do you have the main attractions planned and kinda just wing it? how many steps in advance do you generally have planned?

p.s. I think we were in Rapid City on the same day in August...

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 11:44:07 AM »
Thanks for the link, for what it's worth, I really enjoyed driving up to Prudhoe Bay and touching the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. See here: http://lookbeforeyoulive.com/?p=4903

Also, realize that depending on which opinion you follow, Alaska either is or is not on the other side of the halachic date line, so Shabbos could start either Thursday night or Friday night, with some poskim suggesting keeping two days of Shabbos.

Happy Travels!

-Ben

Ben,

By the way the quote below, which I love, is famously MISattrbuted to Mark Twain. In fact, it was actually said by H. Jackson Brown's mother.

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2015, 02:26:04 PM »
Welcome to DDF, Ben!

I gotta admit, I've been following your blog rather religiously (and dare I say, jealously?) ever since seeing that link back in July.

I'm curious, if you don't mind my asking, how much advance planing and research do you do? i.e. When you get to a place do you know exactly how long you're going to spend there and what you'll do there? or do you have the main attractions planned and kinda just wing it? how many steps in advance do you generally have planned?

p.s. I think we were in Rapid City on the same day in August...

Thanks, it's nice to know that it's not just my parents keeping an eye on us. :)

In terms of finding things to see, I have a google maps pin set that I built up over the years from reading other fulltime RV blogs while I was still in a cubicle.  We also use the Android apps TripAdvisor, AAA TripTik, and Field Trip to find points of interest.

We have seasonal goals, like "let's do the gulf coast to Florida and up the East Coast between now and May".  Then there's more local goals like "we need to be in the Phoenix area in mid-February".  From there, we take a look at what's between here (Borrego Springs, CA as of 1/23/15) and Phoenix, and then plan a route.  We will stay in a particular place until we run out of stuff to see, then move on.

In the last few months, we lingered in the Las Vegas area until a scheduled meet-up with my parents and brother in Death Valley.  We're now staying in the Borrego Springs area until an upcoming Fly-in at Salton Sea in early February where I'll fly my PPG.

I hope that answers your question, please reply if not!

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2015, 02:35:24 PM »
Amazing. How long do you plan on doing this for?
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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2015, 02:44:21 PM »
Have been trying to convince my wife we should do this ever since I read your blog!

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 03:21:25 PM »
Wow! Been reading the blog for the last 30 minutes and already I am thinking about how I can pull off something like this...

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2015, 03:23:15 PM »
Ben,

By the way the quote below, which I love, is famously MISattrbuted to Mark Twain. In fact, it was actually said by H. Jackson Brown's mother.

Thanks, fixed!

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2015, 03:24:53 PM »
Amazing. How long do you plan on doing this for?
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Until my wife gets sick of it. :)

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2015, 03:33:33 PM »
Have been trying to convince my wife we should do this ever since I read your blog!

The scariest part is deciding to do it, but we haven't looked back since we left.
 
Technology is letting people work remotely and stay in touch with families, removing most of the obstacles to doing something like this.  We primarily live for free on public land (see the clickable Camping Type Chart), so our primary costs are food and fuel.  Solar provides free electricity, and when you only have 400 square feet to play with, there's no urge to buy garbage you don't need.

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2015, 03:41:23 PM »
Wow! Been reading the blog for the last 30 minutes and already I am thinking about how I can pull off something like this...

I think it's easier without kids, but it can be done!

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2015, 03:43:24 PM »
I think it's easier without kids, but it can be done!

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Up to day 20... Do you detail anywhere on your blog what your average daily/monthly costs are?

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2015, 03:49:01 PM »
Up to day 20... Do you detail anywhere on your blog what your average daily/monthly costs are?

No, I don't have that anywhere.  It's on my "get to it someday" list.  The folks at RV-Dreams have put together a great resource for that here.

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2015, 01:49:41 PM »
No, I don't have that anywhere.  It's on my "get to it someday" list.  The folks at RV-Dreams have put together a great resource for that here.

What are you using to build your trip map?

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Re: Re: Alaska Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2015, 10:18:11 PM »
Thanks for the link, for what it's worth, I really enjoyed driving up to Prudhoe Bay and touching the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean. See here: http://lookbeforeyoulive.com/?p=4903

Also, realize that depending on which opinion you follow, Alaska either is or is not on the other side of the halachic date line, so Shabbos could start either Thursday night or Friday night, with some poskim suggesting keeping two days of Shabbos.

Happy Travels!

-Ben

I thought they don't let you go to the water when you get there?

ETA: Oh, I see you did that on the official tour.
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