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Traveling with Marshall

We've known each other since 1971; however, we lost touch for about 25 years beginning in the early 1980s. Marshall and I drove all over the West, out of Colorado, in the mid-1970s. We've reconnected - I moved to Hailey, Idaho, six years ago - he is in Helena, Montana - and we're going to drive to Alaska (a life-long dream of mine), since Bonnie Lambert (his partner who I have also known for 35 plus years) is not going.

I get the empty seat.

Airstream motorhome that Marshall bought last year.

Pretty plush.

Scott, another friend since 1971-72, is likely to trail behind us on a motorbike. Scottie has been biking all over the west for 40 years.

Boys' trip.


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A A collection of over 6,800 hats stapled to the ceiling throughout the restaurant....and growing. One of the stories associated with the place is the origin of the name....The Alaska highway was constructed in 10 months, 1942-43. One version of "Toad River" is that the engineers had to tow supplies and materials across at that particular point, and it somehow got bastardized from "towed" to "toad." There are many such strange stories and origins to the naming of places in Alaska.              (I mean, why was Denali originally called McKinley? (other than his recent assassination....he never visited the place.)