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Thread: Going to Alaska. Some advise please.

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    Going to Alaska. Some advise please.

    This is my first post. Hello fellow quilters. Hope to see the northern lights in Feb/Mar. Does anyone live over there, up that way and can give me ideas of things to do and best places to stay ect. Bombarded with info from the net and travel agent. I just want some plain and simple local knowledge please. Oh and some quilt shops worth a visit too of course. Can't go anywhere without buying fabric!

    p.s I am in Australia. Many Thanks

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    We just got back from Alaska in September. We have a motor home plus I have a brother in Palmer, Alaska. How long are you staying and what mode of transportation will you have? I"m assuming you are flying in, than renting something? I'll contact my brother and see if I can give out his email to you. PM me so I can give more personal info!

    Here is list of quilt shops. I visited the one in Skagway, very nice and one in Soldotna, small but mighty!


    http://www.quiltvisionusa.com/Awesom...uiltShops.html
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    I loved my Alaska trip. But I would never go in Feb or March. The weather is too severe those months. We went in August and it was 70* inland, cold on the water.

    We took a cruise ship from Vancouver then a land tour across to Fairbanks. I have friends that rented a car and drove themselves.

    I never wanted to go to Alaska, I prefer warmer places, but my cousin in Australia wanted to, so we all went, 12 of us, and it was a great vacation, I enjoyed it.
    Jean in MI

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    We lived in Anchorage for 14yrs and we loved it. You are going during the cold winter months. Dress very warm and bring boots depending on what activities you plan on doing. If you are lucky you will see moose and maybe a bear. It is a beautiful state.

    There were not many quilt shops when we were there but that may have changed. Google will help you with that. Order a copy of The Milepost magazine before you go if you can. It will have information too. Have fun.
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    My Granddaughter and two Great Granddaughters live in Fairbanks. Short days and long nights, very cold. No place for me. I like cold but, it is ridulous there.
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    Any advice on best time to see the Northern Lights? I've always been curious about that. Is it easy to do, or is it kind of chancey? Are some places and times of the year better?

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    We've traveled Alaska a few times but never saw the Northern Lights there. We finally saw them about 3 am on Hwy 37 in B.C. at Meziadin Junction while camping, really eerie! (summer) I would not choose to travel Alaska in the winter months, visiting in a home is one thing, but out & about..... brrrrr!

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    I saw the northern lights a few times while we lived there. I only saw white and green colors while a friend saw multicolored. While there you will be able to buy cd's showing the lights in case you don't get to view them first hand.
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    Anchorage has a nice shop, I was there 2 years ago.

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