Im active duty Aiforce and received PCS orders to Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson several months ago. I'll be driving my family from Charleston, SC early next year (Feb-Mar 2012). I've been searching all over the net for advise and ran across this awesome site and figure I'd see what advise any members had! My main concearns for this trip are the following:
1. Which route to take? Espeacially during the winter months! Shall I travel across the U.S. and enter Canada from Washington State or enter around Wisconsin and travel through Canada? The military authorizes me 13 days travel and my daughters will be missing school...so unfortunatley this will not be a vacation/leisurely trip. I'm looking for the fastest/safest route that has the easiest driving (good road conditions).
2. I just bought a 2011 GMC Acadia Denali and it states in the owners manual to NOT use chains on the tires? It's an AWD so will chains really be necessary or is this over kill? I dontbwnt to spend $150+ chains that might damage my ride if they really aren't necessary.
3. How crazy should I really get with preparing? IE...survival kit. I'm 15+ years brainwashed by the military soooo my idea of survival kit/bug-out-bag might require a roof rack and/or small trailer...lol. Seriously though...how many service stations and towns are out there once we hit the wilderness/remote areas?
4. Has anyone taken the ferry service to Anchorage? I believe it departs from Seatte area? We do have a dog as well so I just figured she wouldn't be permitted in our cabin. Do pets stay in the vehicles for the 2 day ride???
I believe that's all I can think about for now...it's bed time and I've got a wedding to shoot tomorrow...by the way...I've got my own photography business and have a wicked idea I'm going to work on during my entire trip. check back around April 2012...I should have the project compete by then..if I'm not too busy at my new assignment.
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