SingleDad Travel blogger shares his summer vacation adventures. Learn how a 10-day RV Vacation in Alaska is saved by the power of Silk Almond Milk. Read more…
How Silk Saved My Alaska Vacation
month, I celebrated a couple special events in my life. One of them was my annual
summer family vacation. This year was extra special because all six of us were
flying into Alaska to experience the 49th state in a RV for the
entire 10-day vacation. This was one of the longest trips I had taken with my
"blended family", (my girlfriend, her daughter and my three kids) and it was
filled with several special events and activities like river rafting, zip
lining and a wedding…. more on that later.
So as this
trip began, there was my typical speech to everyone about the challenges of
everyone keeping their cool and being patient with one another during the trip.
Little did I know that the first 6 days of our summer trip was going to test
everyone’s patients; especially mine!
So as I
stated earlier, the trip plan was to fly into Anchorage, pick up our RV rental
and begin the 10-day road trip. Like most vacations, I had planned a little
"wiggle room" in between events and activities just in case things get delayed.
As I picked up my RV, I did the standard inspection of my vehicle. Now, if you
have never rented an RV before; there are a few tips I would like to share
about my personal experience:
Tip 1: Take
your Time and go through the entire vehicle with your sales associate. Use your
Video Camera or Smartphone to document your inspection.
Tip 2: Ask
for all RV functions to be turned on and functioning. This means the Stoves,
Pumps and generators. Record the startup functions on your video camera or
Tip 3: Have
a Copy of your Car Insurance. In addition, pay the extra fee for windshield
insurance. In Alaska, there is always road construction because the summer time
is the only time they can repair the roads.
Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping
are very expensive in Alaska. The
main reason why groceries are so expensive is because EVERYTHING is flown into
the Alaska. The weather is so extreme; it is hard to have the common staples
locally produced and available. There are no dairy farms, so milk is expensive
and so is the price of beef, etc, etc… The bottom line is that even after a
thoughtful grocery list and a trip to the "Super Walmart", my girlfriend and I
were able to stock our RV for the 10-day trip on $600 dollars.
note on a few of the items that were purchased on that trip to Walmart; as a
cooking blogger, I am part of a group of #SilkBloggers
who write about Silk Almond Milk, Silk Soy Milk and Silk Coconut Milk as
part of my family commitment to plant based nutrition. I had brought some Silk
Coupons and purchased both the Silk Almond Milk in the perishable and
shelf-stable containers. Little did I know that this purchase was going to come
in handy on this trip.
Denali National Park
About a 5
hour drive outside of Anchorage is the Denali National Park. Now if you are not
familiar with summertime weather in Alaska, let me tell you a few things to be
prepared for when visiting Denali:
it rains, sometimes it is windy and sometimes it is sunny.
ALWAYS mosquitos in the summertime. Mosquitos are the State Bird of Alaska, or
at least I think it should be…
gets completely dark at night; so expect to bring "eye covers, Benedryl, or
Nyquil" to convince your body to rest; otherwise you will be like my family
going on midnight hikes in the complete sunshine and burning out at 3 AM.
the park is huge, our campsite was perfect and we had a blast. We saw Moose up
close, and Bear from afar. During our first meal, I had decided to BBQ and the
first night in Denali was a hit. It wasn’t until the next morning that I
realized that something went terribly wrong…
What’s that smell?
Waking up in the RV
the first morning of our road trip was somewhat eventful. My girlfriend Beth is
an expert on describing smells and decided to give me her thoughts on the smell
that was coming out of our RV. Now my girlfriend Beth is from Gulfport,
Mississippi; and to understand her southern ways and vernacular on describing
certain events is something of comic proportions. No matter how vulgar the
words may be; everything sounds funny with her southern accent. Anyways, you
get the point; something smelled really bad and it was not coming from any of
our four children.
the refrigerator was broken; and after further review, the fridge was never
going to work from the moment we had left the RV sales office. The exterior
vent from the RV that holds the refrigerator components had been tampered with
and the entire machine was inoperable. Our dairy products, meats, and cold cuts
were spoiled and our produce was about to spoil as well and become part of a
science project growing in our fridge over the last 30 hours…
Silk to the Rescue
As the rest
of my family woke up to the smell, I was busy managing damage control. The
nearest access to ice for an ice chest was over an hour away at the Denali Park
entrance and I had a handful of kids hungry and waiting for their first
assessed my options, I saw that I had a box of pancake mix and sitting next to
the mix was a block of Silk Almond Milk. This almond milk does not spoil and it
was because of this discovery, our first breakfast of my family summer vacation
was saved by Silk.
I served up
the best Pancake recipes I know; Bacon Pancakes, Banana Pancakes and just
regular pancakes using Silk Almond Milk and Krusties Pancake Mix.
Our Alaska Journey Continues…
breakfast was served, I headed back toward the park entrance and bought ice for
my two ice chests. I was able to continue on the first 6 days of our trip
without an operating refrigerator; the RV company that I rented from made it up
to me by exchanging an upgraded, newer model. Despite the refrigerator
inconvenience, our Alaska journey continued to our other activities and events
other activities, there were a few surprises in store for all of us…and there
are more "Silk Tales" to share!
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”