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Week 1 of MI to AK

About 1000 miles through the UP, Northern WI, and Into Minnesota. So far, so good. People love to stop us and talk about our Alaska plates and give their stories, either how they’ve been there, have a relative, or want to go. When we get somewhere with WIFI I will upload our map progress so far.

Lesson 1: The Gander Mountain tent we wanted to love just wasn’t as good as needed. I don’t like rain on my head. And random holes appearing after a week of use doesn’t bode well for the next 5 or so weeks. Thankfully, GM accepted the return, promptly emailed me a shipping label, and we are on our way to trying tent #2.

Lesson #2: FedEx freight in Duluth gets an D for customer service. FedEx express in Duluth gets an A++ for going above and beyond. Thank you kindly, Bret. I appreciate your service.

Lesson #3: Kids do not like confined spaces for 12 hours, even with a stop at the park, grocery stores, and tent shopping. 6 hours seems to be optimum. It tends to go downhill from there.

Lesson #4: Kolorz 2 Dye 4 in Marquette, MI kindly washed my hair for free while we were at the laundromat next door. Awesomeness. đŸ™‚