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Alaska RV Adventure: The Last Great RoadTrip, by John Holod

Alaska RV Adventure

Professional videographer and travel speaker John Holod has been exploring and filming the back roads of North America for nearly thirty years. In this 80-minute video, he provides glimpses of the magnificent topography and rich cultural heritage to be found in British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and the vast state of Alaska.

While in fact there are still thousands of great roadtrips all over the continent, there is no disputing that driving to and through Alaska is an adventure in a class by itself. In addition to footage shot from his motorhome, Holod treats viewers to vicarious travel aboard ferries, ocean kayaks, scenic trains, light planes, and helicopters. The video blends images of grizzly bears scrounging for dinner, dall sheep playing on the rocks, magnificent spring flowers, and mighty waterfalls with zany human distractions like Talkeetna's annual Moose Dropping Festival and a savory local cocktail purported to be flavored from a miner's missing toe.

Holod's journey, which he completed in 1998, begins at "Mile 0" of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and proceeds all the way to the Artic Ocean and the village of Deadhorse near Prudhoe Bay. Along the way, he chronicles explorations of Skagway, Haines, Gates of the Arctic National Park and the wildlife-rich Denali National Park. From Anchorage, Holod follows the king salmon run along the Kenai Peninsula and drives the spectacular Seward Highway. His trek ends in Valdez with a kayak trip around Prince William Sound. Beautifully photographed and edited, the video is a terrific source of ideas and inspiration for anyone contemplating an Alaska vacation.

While his web site is no longer active, previews of John Holod's vidoes are available on his YouTube page.

Updated 6/23, RTA

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