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StudeDave57
04-29-2010, 09:01 PM
As you may have read in your April and/or May Turning Wheels (in Mimi's President's Message) an Alaska Cruise is being put together for SDC. Funny story- the day after I got my April TW- the Whatcom County SDC met in the very ferry terminal the boat to Alaska leaves from!!! Except for what was in that April note- We knew nothing about this trip at the time...

but we do now!!!

http://www.akferry.com/tours/Studebaker2011.html

Lee Chase is your PRIMARY point of contact, but he has asked me to post this information here. You see~ I'm a member of the 'local' SDC Chapter in the area of the 'jump off' point for the Cruise, and will assist at this end.

Plans are far from firm, but Whatcom County SDC hopes to provide as much hospitality as we can before and/or after the trip. We have lots of ideas at this point~ including a send-off and/or a welcome home party for the AlaskaCruisers.
We have many members in the area who can help out with your preparations for the trip up.
Maybe you'll need a place to store your tow rig while away?
Maybe you'll need parts/repairs after the fact?
Storage, parts vendors, garages and mechanics can be standing by for 'the assist' should that need arise.

There ought to be a local Stude Museum open by then, too!!!


More is sure to come on what looks to be a fun trip~
before and after the Alaska part of it all...

railway
04-29-2010, 10:15 PM
Dang I was getting excited reading the flier, was wondering were I could come up with about $6,000.00 so the wife and my Sudebaker could go.
Then at the bottom 53 hundred ea. not including food on the ferry, or the Studebaker. Another dream bites the dust.

Ebon...

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"I sweat alot to keep others cool"

StudeDave57
04-29-2010, 10:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by railway

Then at the bottom 53 hundred ea. not including food on the ferry, or the Studebaker.
Another dream bites the dust. Ebon...
First things first-- ya gotta pay to play.
Please don't shoot the messenger.

Second- that $5300 INCLUDES your car up and back,
so I'm told... ;)

Just add food and gas- then party on!!!

The Model As & Ts can do it-- why can't we ? ? ?


StudeDave '57 :cool:

413stude
04-29-2010, 11:50 PM
Would it really cost another $5300 for the wife if she came in the same car? I am not sure if that is stated correctly....Does sound like fun though as Bellingham is just 140 miles north of me.

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1925 Studebaker ER Duplex Phaeton Std.Six
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JRoberts
04-30-2010, 06:07 AM
Shoot Bellingham is only 3000 miles from me! This is a trip that I have long dreamed about. I would love to do this, but it does seem pricey. Over 10 grand for a couple, wow. I am not really sure what this includes. Does the price include your Stude on the ferry? What about lodging in Alaska? Maybe I just did not read well enough, but it is not clear to me what you get for the $5300 per person.

By then the Cruiser should be at a point that such a trip would not be a problem, but the pocket book would be the bubble buster.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

railway
04-30-2010, 08:47 AM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57


quote:Originally posted by railway

Then at the bottom 53 hundred ea. not including food on the ferry, or the Studebaker.
Another dream bites the dust. Ebon...
First things first-- ya gotta pay to play.
Please don't shoot the messenger.

Second- that $5300 INCLUDES your car up and back,
so I'm told... ;)

Just add food and gas- then party on!!!

The Model As & Ts can do it-- why can't we [?] [?] [?]


StudeDave '57 [8D]


I wouldn't dream of shooting the messenger. but as I read it the car is not included. (. Vehicles can be added to the package. For those driving on to Anchorage or Fairbanks the fare will be adjusted. Vehicle prices are based on length and width. Ask us for details.)
Ebon...
I still think this would be a fun and great trip, as much as a stint in the Navy was.

StudeDave57
04-30-2010, 07:27 PM
You guys are right- the site is somewhat unclear as to what is included in that $5300 price.
I do know that lodging is included for the ENTIRE three weeks of the trip!!! That'll be either on the boat, or in a hotel- depending on the night. Lee told me that your car (up to 19 feet long as I understand it) is included- it'll be more for longer rides.

On Monday I'll be able to contact my contact in Alaska
and get better answers to the other questions.
(Lee is unavailable)


StudeDave '57 :cool:

studeclunker
04-30-2010, 09:21 PM
That works out to a little over two hundred-fifty dollars a day...

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Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

StudeDave57
05-06-2010, 05:02 PM
Welp~ I just got off the phone with Pat. She's the Lady in Alaska helping set this up.
She says that she'll work the website over a bit to clear up the confusion.

The $5300 is per person. It includes a cabin and/or hotel for you each night of the trip. It includes a car 15.5" up to 19". Shorter is less, longer is more. It includes all of the tours as listed in the intinerary. It also inludes a few meals~ as listed on the same itinerary.

Maybe you'd like to cut your costs by taking the ferry one way, driving the other way, and do the tour in the middle?
Maybe you'd like to cut costs further and wanna drive up, join the tour for a few days, and drive back?
Maybe you live in Alaska and wanna join the tour somewhere along the way?
All of these are options~ give Alaska Ferry Adventures a call.
Ask for Pat- she'll help you out. ;) :D (tell her SDC sent ya!!!)

StudeDave '57 :cool:


edited for spelling... :mad:

silverhawk
05-06-2010, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the updated info Dave, I was about to shoot this trip idea in the head for me. I am considering driving both ways though, we shall see how that works out. :)

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
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prager
05-08-2010, 10:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Welp~ I just got off the phone with Pat. She's the Lady in Alaska helping set this up.
She says that she'll work the website over a bit to clear up the confusion.

The $5300 is per person. It includes a cabin and/or hotel for you each night of the trip. It includes a car 15.5" up to 19". Shorter is less, longer is more. It includes all of the tours as listed in the intinerary. It also inludes a few meals~ as listed on the same itinerary.

Maybe you'd like to cut your costs by taking the ferry one way, driving the other way, and do the tour in the middle?
Maybe you'd like to cut costs further and wanna drive up, join the tour for a few days, and drive back?
Maybe you live in Alaska and wanna join the tour somewhere along the way?
All of these are options~ give Alaska Ferry Adventures a call.
Ask for Pat- she'll help you out. ;) :D (tell her SDC sent ya!!!)


StudeDave '57 [8D]


edited for spelling... [V]





Big bucks for a 19 inch car limit...;)

Making resverations at the poor house parking lot for me and my 62 Lark..

StudeDave57
05-08-2010, 10:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by prager


"The $5300 is per person. It includes a cabin and/or hotel for you each night of the trip.
It includes a car 15.5" up to 19". Shorter is less, longer is more."

Big money for a 19 inch car!!! ;)
yup, ya got me-- :( :(

19 FEET ( ' ) is what that oughtta say...

d'oh :o


StudeDave '57 :cool:

StudeDave57
05-10-2010, 04:18 PM
I just checked the website, and changes have been made!!!

BTW~ I stand corrected (again) on the vehicle sizes...

"Package includes vehicle 15'6" up to 19'5" if your vehicle is shorter
or longer the cost will be adjusted to fit the length of your car."


StudeDave '57 :cool:

StudeDave57
07-29-2010, 09:18 PM
'bump'

Not that there's not much 'new' news,
I thought I'd mention that this tour
got some 'press' in the August TW...

Check it out on page 17.



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StudeDave57
10-14-2010, 10:01 PM
Dates for the SDC Alaska Tour have now been set!!!

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You can check it out here~

http://www.akferry.com/tours/Studebaker2011.html (http://www.akferry.com/tours/Studebaker2011.html)

As mentioned in my posts above~
there are a TON of options for you--
look into one of them!!!




StudeDave '57 :cool:

Welcome
10-15-2010, 05:41 AM
Dates for the SDC Alaska Tour have now been set!!!
You can check it out here~

http://www.akferry.com/tours/Studebaker2011.html (http://www.akferry.com/tours/Studebaker2011.html)

As mentioned in my posts above~
there are a TON of options for you--
look into one of them!!!
StudeDave '57 :cool:

Sounds like a TON of fun!!! :cool:

Wish we could do it all for a third time, but that just isn't possible:mad:

8E45E
10-15-2010, 06:59 AM
One of the ASC stops was at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal for a quick lunch for those who were hungry enough. I looked at the fee schedule posted on the wall, and I read it was $895 for car and passenger to Alaska.

Craig

StudeDave57
01-05-2011, 05:43 PM
One of the ASC stops was at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal for a quick lunch for those who were hungry enough. I looked at the fee schedule posted on the wall, and I read it was $895 for car and passenger to Alaska. Craig
That'll give you a good number as a starting point for comparison with the group rate you'll get by calling Pat. And on that note~

This week I've been in touch with Pat up in Alaska, and Lee down in California. So far there are only seven folks signed up. Two couples are bringing their 'brand x', and one couple is bringing a
S T U D E B A K E R !!!! :eek: :D :p

Whatcom County SDC will begin planning 'something' for the travelers this weekend... :confused:


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Bob Andrews
01-05-2011, 05:47 PM
Holy cow, looking at the prices, I'm surprised they were able to get even seven people!

Makes the cost of doing an IM look like a trip to the ice cream stand...

(S)
01-05-2011, 05:56 PM
I am local enough so that anyone coming into town with a problem, or if you want to check things over before the trip I'll have several work bays open prior to the trip. We'll have several mechanics on duty and parts are on hand to make sure the trip will be trouble free.

StudeDave57
01-05-2011, 06:04 PM
Holy cow, looking at the prices, I'm surprised they were able to get even seven people! Makes the cost of doing an IM look like a trip to the ice cream stand...
Well, it IS a three week trip!!! That price includes transport of your car to/from Alaska, lodging for the ENTIRE trip, a few meals, and all of the tours along the way, too. :rolleyes: If it's too much for ya~ there's always the option of leaving your car at home~ fly out, and bum a ride with one of the folks bringing a vehicle. OR you could fly up to The Last Frontier and only take in part of the trip. :cool: All of these are options as I mentioned above in reply number nine.



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PlainBrownR2
01-05-2011, 07:02 PM
Having grandparents who traveled back to Europe for five weeks every couple of years, and who would take the cruises in the Mediterranean as well, 800 dollars for three weeks that includes travel, food, lodging, and tours, as well as the ability to opt out of parts of the trip is well more than reasonable for what an average cruise costs :D :cool:. That's also not including airfare or gas for guys like me who live in the middle of the continent, and don't have the ocean close by to start with :p.

Bob Andrews
01-05-2011, 07:22 PM
800 dollars for three weeks that includes travel, food, lodging, and tours, as well as the ability to opt out of parts of the trip is well more than reasonable for what an average cruise costs :D :cool:.


From post #9:

The $5300 is per person.

Slightly more than $800!:o

Sounds like a great trip. I was basing my perspective on our usual vacations. We usually go to Disney World for $2-3K for four of us for 9 days, including transportation. Disney's been running a special- one week, including room, park admissions, and all meals, for 4 people, $1400. I know WDW is not everyone's cup of tea, but that's my frame of reference.

Welcome
01-05-2011, 07:55 PM
>>>Sounds like a great trip. I was basing my perspective on our usual vacations. We usually go to Disney World for $2-3K for four of us for 9 days, including transportation. Disney's been running a special- one week, including room, park admissions, and all meals, for 4 people, $1400. I know WDW is not everyone's cup of tea, but that's my frame of reference.

Disney World = Family Vacation

Alaska Trip = Adventure Like No Other

Absolutely NO comparison between the two!!!:D

StudeDave57
01-05-2011, 08:22 PM
Disney World = Family Vacation
Alaska Trip = Adventure Like No Other
Absolutely NO comparison between the two!!!:D
I've never been to either~ I was thinking that very same thing!!!!!
(but I have been to DisneyLand a time or two) :rolleyes:


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PlainBrownR2
01-05-2011, 08:56 PM
I've never been to either~ I was thinking that very same thing!!!!!
(but I have been to DisneyLand a time or two) :rolleyes:


I have......
If I recall we went back in 1994 over somewhere in there. We just bought an SVHS camera(which abhorred the abrupt temperature changes in the air conditioned buildings, lol) to use on the trip. We made a package deal out of it were we drove and stopped each day from Chicago to Orlando. We stayed in Kissimmee St Cloud's Best Western for a couple days to go around WDW, Epcot Center, MGM (no Universal, couldn't stand for a them park that was all roller coasters), and then spent another couple of days in Jacksonville to see Sea World, and Kennedy Space Center. We also saw Silver Springs in Gainesville, which was significantly larger than our Silver Springs, lol.

As a side note we also went around the SIU grounds in Illinois, Shawnee National Forest and the glacial carvings in IL too.

Anyway, between that trip and the Alaska trip, which sounds like a bargain, I wouldn't miss either :p....

StudeDave57
01-28-2011, 08:09 PM
My February Turning Wheels showed up today. On pages 13, 17, & 27 there is a letter from Don N. He lives in Alaska. While I've never been there (flying over doesn't count) I had had a feeling that this SDC Cruise was a deal not to be missed. I now have confirmation from someone who lives there!!! I dare you to read his letter and not be tempted to sign up.
All I have to do is try figure out how I can make it so...



StudeDave '57 :cool:

cycledog
01-29-2011, 03:19 PM
Sounds like a great time. Make sure to post lots of pictures for us po' folks.

StudeDave57
03-08-2011, 01:28 PM
I just got off the phone with Pat. The deadline is now within 30 days from today. I'd like to reiterate the fact that there are a ton of options on this deal. The prices aren't that bad~ call Pat for details. I'm thinking about taking in five days or so myself. Look over the itinerary and think about just taking part of the trip. Cars aren't required.

21-Day Ferry/Drive Tour Itinerary
Our exclusive 21 Day Ferry & Drive Tour begins with the Alaska State ferry ‘Columbia’ in Bellingham Washington. You will cruise by ferry through the smooth calm waters of the Inside Passage, stopping in several ports of call both directions. Begin the drive tour at Skagway in route to Whitehorse YT, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, and the incredible Kenai Peninsula. For the return trip board the State ferry ‘Kennicott’ in Whittier (Anchorage) cross the Gulf of Alaska and return to Bellingham again via the Inside Passage.

Friday July 8 Bellingham Washington
Friday 6:00PM departure M/V Columbia / Alaska Marine Highway Ferry
Cabins on the ferry are included they are spacious and have full facilities in the room.
Meals are not included. The Columbia has a full dining room, cafeteria, and cocktail lounge.

Saturday July 9- At Sea
Sunday July 10 Ports of Call - Ketchikan 3hrs / Wrangell 1hr / Petersburg 1hr
Monday July 11 Ports of Call - Juneau 2hrs / Haines 2hrs / Arrive Skagway 2:15PM
Overnight Lodging Included plus - "The Days of 98" Theatre Show

Tuesday July 12 The White Pass Yukon Route 8:15am
This 3 hour round trip rail narrow gage railroad climbs from tidewater to the summit of the White Pass 2,865 feet on a restored vintage coach pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive.
The Drive -Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon 98.6 miles of dramatic and beautiful terrain from Skagway, this 2-lane paved road has been recently improved is fairly wide and open year round.
Alaska/Canada border crossing in route - US citizens must have passports and clean driving record.
Overnight Lodging Included

Wednesday July 13 Beaver Creek -298 miles Canada / Alaska Border
You will find a post office, bank, and ATM (limited hours) in Beaver Creek.
Overnight Lodging Included

Thursday July 14 Fairbanks - Alaska 290 miles
Fairbanks - No other place in Alaska blends the richness of history with present day than Fairbanks. The midnight sun, warm temperatures, farmers market, botanical gardens, stern wheelers, bush plans, railroads, and hot springs. 2 nights lodging in Fairbanks
Thursday evening Alaska Salmon Bake Dinner at Pioneer Park
Our group will meet at Pioneer Park to enjoy King Salmon grilled over a wood fire, deep fried halibut and cod, salad bar, and desert.

Friday July 15 Riverboat Discovery Cruise & The El-Dorado Gold Mine Tour.
We will join the Binkley family aboard the stern wheeler Riverboat Discovery, for a morning cruise on the Chena and Tanana Rivers. The tour includes a guided walking tour of an Athabascan Indian village, and we will get to see Susan Butcher's champion iditarod sled dogs in action.

Saturday July 16 Denali National Park
125 miles south of Fairbanks, the road is wide the driving is easy, with several places to stop along the way for lunch or a beverage. Six million acres of incredible beauty surrounding Mount McKinley, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears and wolves, roam the park freely.
Saturday Night Theatre and Dinner
"Cabin Night" A gold rush tale of adventure in the early 1900s by Fannie Quigley.
2 nights lodging in Denali National Park

Sunday July 17 The Denali Back country Adventure
"The most complete Wildlife Tour bus tour into the park". 95 miles to Kantishna and Wonder Lake with lunch at the Backcountry Lodge.

Monday July 18 Talkeetna 153 Miles south of Denali on the Parks Highway
Talkeetna, small and quaint, filled with Alaskan history and local charm, is a staging area for Mt. McKinley climbers. We will overnight at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, first class lodging, with unsurpassed views of the south side of Mt. McKinley.

Tuesday July 19 South Face McKinley Flight Tour with Glacier Landing
See Mt. McKinley and the Ruth Gorge: the Ruth Gorge, filled with a 4,000 foot thick river of ice, is the deepest trench in North America. Experience the Don Sheldon amphitheater surrounded by granite peaks and cascading icefalls. Your pilot narrates the tour, pointing out wildlife and geological interests. Land on a glacier at the base of Mt. McKinley and experience the excitement of standing among the great peaks; the immense scale will astound you. Enjoy the sun, snow and the unique sounds of the glacier. Bring lots of film- this is an excellent photo opportunity.
Girdwood 175 miles south of Talkeetna at the base of the Alyeska Ski Resort.
Overnight lodging included.

Wednesday July 20 The Kenai Peninsula -Seward 79 miles of beautiful breathtaking scenery as you skirt around Cook Inlet and over the mountains to the coastal community of Seward.
2 nights lodging in Seward

Thursday July 21 The Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise 8:00AM - 6hrs.
This is Alaska's most popular wildlife and glacier cruise! An in-depth experience of Kenai Fjords National Park's abundant wildlife, alpine and tidewater glaciers. Narrated by an accredited wildlife interpreter and include a visit to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, home to teeming seabird rookeries.

Friday July 22 Homer 126 miles
Leaving Seward we will follow the highway to the "End of the Road". Homer sits on the shores of Kachemak Bay, offering breathtaking highway views of glaciers, volcanoes, and the Kenai Mountain Range. Homer offers many activities; deep sea halibut fishing, birding, kayaking, and glacier hiking are excellent in this area. Friday, Saturday & Sunday lodging at TheLands End Resort .

Saturday July 23 Fjord Explorer & Gull Island Tour
Cruise along the breathtaking Fjords of Tutka Bay, Sadie Cove, and Eldridge Pass. On route, discover Gull Island a small rocky island on the southern shore of Kachemak Bay. More than 16,000 seabirds nest on this natural sanctuary. Gull Island is one of the most viewable seabird colonies in Alaska, and every year thousands of people visit the island by boat to witness the spectacle of nesting seabirds.

Sunday July 24 Evening - Dinner Lands End Captains Quarters
Plenty of Time in Homer to do a Deep Sea Halibut Charter
Salmon/Bear View Tour- Kachemak Bay Glacier Hike - Kayaking
Any activity can be added to your tour - ask for details and prices.

Monday July 25 Whittier to Bellingham by Ferry
8:00PM Check-IN/ 11:45PM Departure - Please note The Anton Memorial Toll Tunnel is open every hour on the 1/2 for 20 min during the summer season. The drive from Homer back to Whittier is about 167 miles. The M/V Kennicott will depart Whittier late Thursday evening for a voyage across the Gulf of Alaska to Bellingham Wa. Cabins on the ferry are provided.

Tuesday July 26 Yakutat
A short stop in the Native Village of Yakutat - Home of the Mighty Hubbard Glacier.

Wednesday July 27 - 3 hr stop Juneau
Thursday July 28 - 3 hr stop Ketchikan
Friday July 29 At Sea
Saturday July 30th 800AM
Arrival in Bellingham, Washington

Studeguru
03-08-2011, 03:07 PM
I can't afford that. I wish I could but I would have to give up my wife and 3 of my Studes. That won't happen because none of my Studebaker's know how to cook

DEEPNHOCK
03-08-2011, 08:13 PM
You know, if there ever was a Studebaker function that I could entice my recalcitrant wife to participate in....
This would probably be the one she would agree to wholeheartedly.
Show stuff she snoozes at, especially when she sees me get all oogy about prep and performance.
But to get in the car/truck and go...She'd love it.
And to be able to do it with a rifle......
I don't know who would be more afraid.
The bear's, or the driver?:rolleyes::eek:
Jeff:cool:

nels
04-05-2011, 08:33 AM
How many Stude people signed up for the trip? I saw this a while back and without reading anything thought it was a Stude caravan to and from Alaska, sort of like the Pekin to Paris run. I guess I was wrong.

StudeDave57
04-07-2011, 01:36 PM
How many Stude people signed up for the trip? I saw this a while back and without reading anything thought it was a Stude caravan to and from Alaska, sort of like the Pekin to Paris run. I guess I was wrong.
Not very many folks have signed up. (see above) If you wanna go~ you'd better call Pat soon...

they are NOT holding these spots for us too much longer!!!! (I'm now hearing 1 May is our 'new' deadline)

blackhawk
04-07-2011, 04:26 PM
I live in Fairbanks, have since 1971. I hope to meet those on the tour while they are here. I missed seeing the ones who drove up a few years back. I didn’t know they were in town until after they were gone.

There is now a car museum in Fairbanks (http://www.fountainheadmuseum.com/). I have not been inside, so I do not know if there are any Studebakers in the collection. There are many video clips on U-Tube if you are interested (for example, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPYlS2QiBkw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd0MxCob6h4).

There is also the Vernon L. Nash Antique Auto Club of Fairbanks (http://local.aaca.org/fairbanks/). Their website lists the following members with Studebakers:
Joe Fuller: 1965 Commander Sedan
Rick and Jim Larrick: 1922 Roadster, 1924 Touring, 1932 Sedan, 1950 R2 Flatbed, ad 1963 Champ Pickup.
Samuel and Melody Simmons: 1958 Pickup and 1938 K10 Fast Transport Express
Rod and Birget Benson: 1962 Lark
Merle often has her ’63 Avanti at the clubs outings, but I do not see her name on the list.

The ships of the Alaska Ferry System have staterooms, but they are optional. If you want to keep costs down, you can just sleep in the chairs in the forward passenger lounge or in a sleeping bag on deck. I’ve done both, but I was a lot younger the time I slept on deck. You cannot sleep in your car. You are only allowed access to your vehicle when the ship is stopped at a port of call.

You can also reduce your costs by staying in less expensive hotels. They all raise their rates during the summer touring season, but some are more luxurious and expensive than others. For the young or young-at-heart, there is always the option of bringing a tent and camping along the way. Alaska is not like the other states. Here, at least north of Talkeetna, you can camp just about anywhere you can find a place to get off the road. There are also public campgrounds and businesses that charge for camping. Same is true for the Yukon Territory in Canada.

You also might consider skipping some of the side tours. Sure, most are nice and worth doing, but they cost money and the constant go-go-go can be exhausting. You might enjoy the trip more with a less hectic schedule of events.

As was also mentioned, you can drive the Alaska Highway and join up with the tour in Whitehorse. The highway through Canada is paved now and there are lots more facilities than there used to be. I wouldn’t give it a second thought. I used to drive it all the time in my Studebaker back when most of it was still gravel road, when it was truly hard on cars. My recent trips have been very easy and enjoyable by comparison. Calculate your costs though to see what it will likely cost to drive, as gas is very expensive now, especially in Canada.

Either way, remember to bring your passport. The days when we drove back and forth without passports are gone.

Dale Haggstrom
Fairbanks, Alaska
’63 GT Hawk
’64 Cruiser

nels
04-07-2011, 09:08 PM
I'm sure I won't be doing the tour as advertised as its just way too expensive for me even though it is probably a fair value. Dale's suggestion of driving up does sound a little more intriguing especially if there was a number of Studes making the trip. Safety in numbers. How much is gas on the way up and are the roads paved all the way to Fairbanks?

StudeDave57
04-07-2011, 09:35 PM
From post number NINE~ :rolleyes:

Maybe you'd like to cut your costs by taking the ferry one way, driving the other way, and do the tour in the middle?
Maybe you'd like to cut costs further and wanna drive up, join the tour for a few days, and drive back?
Maybe you live in Alaska and wanna join the tour somewhere along the way?
All of these are options~ give Alaska Ferry Adventures a call.
Ask for Pat- she'll help you out. ;) :D (tell her SDC sent ya!!!)

StudeDave '57 :cool:


edited for spelling... :mad:

blackhawk
04-08-2011, 01:55 AM
The last time that I drove it, the highway was paved the whole way except for sections being repair or realigned. Northern roads over areas of frozen ground are always heaving and need to be periodically resurfaced. So, some of it may be under repair. I do not know the current status, but most likely it is paved all the way. I also do not know the current price for gasoline along the way. Perhaps some of our Canadian members can help us out. I searched online and found the following recent prices:

Edmonton, Alberta: 2011-04-07 $127.9 cents per litre ($4.84 per gallon)
Dawson Creek, British Columbia: 2011-03-29 $123.9 cents per litre ($4.69 per gallon)
Fort St. John, British Columbia: 2011-04-05 $131.9 cents per litre ($4.99 per gallon)
Fort Nelson, British Columbia: 2011-03-11 $126.9 cents per litre ($4.80 per gallon)
Watson Lake, Yukon Territory: 2010-12-02 $116.9 cents per litre ($4.43 per gallon)
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory: 2011-03-31 $129.9 per litre ($4.92 per gallon)

It is a beautiful drive, still largely unspoiled by development. I don't think you'll ever regret having made the trip.

Dale

StudeDave57
04-13-2011, 06:04 PM
I just got off the phone with Pat. She says we're now down to just three couples. She is pretty surprized given that there are so many options to at least do a portion of this wonderful trip. She has now given me a new (extended once again) deadline to sign up as 6 May, 2011. After that~ all bets are off- and she'll have to give up our slots on the boat, in the hotels, and on the tours.

Whatcom County SDC is still going to plan something for the visitors,
but I won't know all the details until later in the Summer.

StudeDave57
05-28-2011, 11:15 AM
The deadline has come and gone folks!!! Three couples are making the trip~
One of them is bringing a '50 Stude of some sort. I'll know more later.

Now to finalize our plans for their visit here in Whatcom County.
:D :eek: ;) :p


BTW~ if one of those couples should be reading this-
I'll be contacting you in the coming week or so.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

HookedonStudies
05-28-2011, 08:34 PM
The deadline has come and gone folks!!! Three couples are making the trip~
One of them is bringing a '50 Stude of some sort. I'll know more later.

Now to finalize our plans for their visit here in Whatcom County.
:D :eek: ;) :p


BTW~ if one of those couples should be reading this-
I'll be contacting you in the coming week or so.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

The "one of them" is a sweet couple from Little Falls Minnesota. Jim is his name, a retired Dairy farmer will be driving his 1950 Studebaker from Little Falls to the Washington coast and then on the ferry to Alaska. It's all part of their 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration!
Brent (Milaca) and I got a chance to visit with Jim and his wife (I can't recall her name) this past Sunday at a Northland Wheels (SDC) Chapter outing at member Verde and Faye Pepin's home near Motley Minnesota. Verde has an aversion for AMC/Nash/Ramblers, John Deere tractors and Studebakers. His collection is probably in the neighborhood of 300 or so vehicles in all conditions!
The rain dampened our "inspection" a little, but it was a fun time. This was the 3rd time I have seen Verde's collection but it was Brent's first. I brought my camera, but the battery died after about 2 pictures :(
Anyway, I imagine Brent may have something to add. (he usually does!;) )

Milaca
05-29-2011, 12:24 AM
I wasn't going to add anything, but Pat (HookedonStudies) just threw me under the bus. ;)
This is the 1950 Studebaker that is bound for Alaska. Jim purchased this car years before marrying his bride 50 years ago. If I recall correctly, he told me it has over 200,000 miles on it and the 245 engine has been replaced once. He's been looking to upgrade the front brakes with discs, but will likely make the journey with the OEM brakes. 3 speed with OD and gets low 20 mpg's on the highway.
9303
Good luck to all on your trip to Alaska. Sorry that more people arent going. Perhaps the price of fuel scared people away?

StudeDave57
05-29-2011, 12:53 AM
That looks a fun ride, and I can't wait to see it.
I guess I know who I'll be calling first!!! :rolleyes:
He's gonna wanna 'check-up' on this end.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

studeski
06-03-2011, 10:05 AM
If you check, this is a really good deal. Usually you can sign up for a cruise package and it's $12000 a couple. No drive time and a lot less days. If they do it next year, we're going! My girlfriend already warned her boss about being gone 5 weeks next year!

StudeDave57
07-01-2011, 02:35 PM
Welp~ the plan is in place at this end, and the vehicles are being packed at the other. Both couples will be on the road in the next several days. On Thursday Whatcom County SDC is having a little party for these folks. By this time next week they'll be in line to get on a boat.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

StudeDave57
07-08-2011, 12:06 AM
On Thursday Whatcom County SDC is having a little party for these folks. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/IMG_0784.jpg

woodysrods
07-08-2011, 01:31 AM
Bell's place looks like a good place to start!
Good Luck
& Good Roads
Brian

blackhawk
07-08-2011, 11:24 AM
Do you know if any of the participants will have a Facebook account for photos and comments during the trip? I would enjoy following their trip. I especially would like to know when they get to Fairbanks so I might visit them.

Dale Haggstrom
Fairbanks, Alaska
Ph. (907) 455-6831
Email: dhaggster@gmail.com

StudeDave57
07-08-2011, 12:36 PM
Do you know if any of the participants will have a Facebook account for photos and comments during the trip? I would enjoy following their trip. I especially would like to know when they get to Fairbanks so I might visit them. Dale
I don't believe FaceBook will play a role in this trip.
But check out post #29 above- they will be in town July 14 & 15.
I'll forward your information to them- the boat leaves this evening...



StudeDave '57 :cool:

blackhawk
07-08-2011, 03:23 PM
Thanks! I hope I get to see them. If the weather holds, they will have a wonderful time. There sure is some beautiful country along the route they are taking. I've been over it many times and never tire of it. ~Dale

StudeDave57
07-09-2011, 12:28 AM
say- did I mention that a few local Studes showed up for the send off party... :confused:

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/IMG_0786.jpg

right to left-

Betty & Bob's '62 GT Hawk
my '65 Cruiser
Barb & Brian's '66 Daytona
an Explorer from MN
Jim's 'invisible' Avanti

a few other Studes showed up, but they parked 'round back... :p


StudeDave '57 :cool:

Welcome
07-15-2011, 07:08 AM
>>>I'll forward your information to them- the boat leaves this evening...
StudeDave '57 :cool:

How about an UPDATE on the Stude Adventurers' whereabouts??? Some pics. would be very nice too!:cool: TIA

StudeDave57
07-15-2011, 11:54 AM
How about an UPDATE on the Stude Adventurers' whereabouts??? Some pics. would be very nice too!:cool: TIA
Their schedule is posted above in reply #29. One of the folks on the Cruise does post here from time to time, but I'd be willing to bet that they are having way too much fun to do so. I have posted all I can until they return- I'm not on the trip!!!



StudeDave '57 :cool:

StudeDave57
08-04-2011, 02:58 PM
Welp- the trip is in the books so to speak. I got an email from Jim and Dodee the other day and here is (some) of what they had to say~

Hi Dave!!! We want to thank you for arranging the nice party for us in Washington. It was an honor to be there & meet everyone. It was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was first class. Only 2 days of light showers. We even parasailed off a 2000 ft. mt in Girdwood. [buddy sail]. Really fun but don't know if I'd have guts to do it again. Trouble with car missing ended up being a bad ground on the fuel pump. Ferry ride seemed really long home 4days 8hrs. We were anxious to get home so made it 3 days by 10pm monday. 5500 miles in all. Thanks again Jim & Dodee


Who's up for it next year????