At Grand View RV Park the morning of Day 17
The sun was shining, so we decided to retrace about 20 of the miles we had covered the day before, since that day's overcast had prevented our enjoyment of the mountain views.
We drove back east on the Glenn Highway for 20 miles, then drove back west to our campground, and on to Anchorage, taking photos along the way.
Matanuska Glacier at Glacier View, Alaska
Overlooking Matanuska River
Anchorage has a population of about 280,000; and that's pretty overwhelming after traveling so long through little villages. Doug's anxiety level rose accordingly.
We stopped there for gas, then went looking for a Walmart, where we restocked some of our supplies. After that, we went in search of an RV service center where we could get that circuit breaker checked out. We called Karen's RV Service, and they couldn't get at it that day. But they called two other places for us, and one of them agreed to look at it. The guy from Karen's RV called us back and gave us very specific directions to Mobile Trailer Supplies.
The serviceman there opened the circuit breaker panel and reset the breaker with no problem. He had us fire up the generator to see if the microwave came on, and it did. He told us that you have to push down on the switch before pulling it back up to the "on" position. And he didn't charge us anything. So things were looking a little brighter for my stressed-out hubby.
After getting the RV taken care of, we went to Sam's Club, which was right across the highway from Walmart. We bought some snack foods, as well as a rotisserie chicken and some fresh fruit for our supper, which we ate before leaving the Sam's Club parking lot.
After that, we drove over to a McDonald's near the Sam's Club, and ordered ice cream sundaes for dessert. Then we headed south, down the Seward Highway, looking for a place to spend the night.
Turnagain Arm, South of Anchorage on Seward Highway
We found a campground, off the main highway a little way, called Portage Valley RV Park. It wasn't fancy, but it was very peaceful and relaxing, completely surrounded by mountains and glaciers, with a babbling brook running right behind Harvey. The only hookups they had were electric, and the campground toilets were porta-potties. But we had enough fresh water on board and enough room in the holding tanks to get by.
Harvey at Portage Valley RV Park
The drive down from Anchorage had been stressful because it was a winding road; traffic was moving very fast; and it's illegal to hold up more than five cars. So we had to keep pulling over to let cars pass. The scenery along that road was awesome, though, and we even saw some beluga whales from one of the turnouts.