Almost 5000 words into it and I realize I may never finish this Alaska Book if I keep stopping to research so much my mother mentions in her notes.
- The Alaska Highway – The Alcan
- Peace River Bridge – Mother mentioned we had to cross the river on the railroad bridge because the bridge was out. I’m sure that was quite the experience!
- The “59’s” – The original “Alaska or Bust” caravan.
Some interesting facts of the trip so far.
- Out of the six family members traveling I was the only one who got poison oak. Mother called it “That hateful stuff!”
- They had no problem giving us carbonated-high-sugar-content beverages to drink. Also candy. Parents are mostly a bit more health continence today. We were probably climbing the walls of that camper with so much sugar in our system!
- We had no mechanical troubles until we reached Canada. How fun was that with four kids under the age of six?
I’m posting on my author Facebook page a lot of personal information and pictures from the trip that may not make it into the book. Also information on the first three items listed above is posted today. Check that out here. LIKE the page to get future posts. This is proving to be a wonderful trip down memory lane.
My mother and father had nerves of steel I do believe. I’m sure we weren’t little angels for that 4000 plus mile trip, but you would never know it by the tone of her journal.
As I copy her words, I’ve noticed my mother and I share the same writing style and I have had to edit very little of her journal.
I can see the book taking shape and have decided to write it in three parts.
- The journal my mother started writing so many years ago – It would be so nice to be able to ask her some questions. 😦
- The letters back home – These actually take up where the journal ends.
- The “children” as she so often referred to us will be the third part – We remember so much and it’s always fun to reminisce!
Of course I will have to have an introduction. I wish I could add pictures, but the quality of the ones we have is so poor. I will however, be adding many of them to FB, so be sure to drop over there often if you are curious as how we looked and to keep up with the journey. (I was the cute one.) 😉