My goal is to customize your trip to meet your wildest expectations. In addition, I want to pamper your like a cruise on wheels. Therefore, Id appreciate a phone call to start. It is much quicker to speak than to type.
Here are some of the things I’d like you to prepare to discuss.
- What type of activities do you like: hiking, biking, fishing, glacier climbing, dog sled rides, horseback riding, river fishing, ocean fishing, shopping etc
- How many in your group: are you friends, family, adults, children, ages etc.
- Any physical limitations like: bad back, physical disability, unable to walk long distances etc. Also, any heart problems or other health problems that I should be aware of. Hospitals can be a long way away in Alaska so please be real.
- What type of food do you like or want: I have a basic family style menu and a gourmet menu. (Good to Food tab on my website for more details).
- How much fish do you want to take home: I have some charters that are more geared to trophy fishing than others, therefore, if you just want to take home 25 to 50lbs of fish each, I would put you with a lower cost charter that will get you a diversity of fish. Make sure your freezer and friends freezers are prepared. One year, my daughter and I caught 1000lbs of fish in two days. You can’t always control the size of fish you want.
- Do you want to eat out: I plan to prepare and serve all your meals around the RV, there are some fine restaurants if you have a birthday or anniversary you want to celebrate. I can recommend where to go and take you there.
The Northern Lights book has several activities at much reduced rates. You can simply Google it and get an idea of the wide variety of tours and activities available. It is included in your cost of the trip. Most locals know about it but out of state travelers don’t. The Mile Post has a description of the entire highway system in Alaska and the Yukon. There are brief descriptions for everything along the highway you can do. I will custom mark the pages for the areas I suggest we go, you can study on your own to see if there are other activities along our trail that interest you.
Then we will have another discussion and start nailing down an itinerary. Keep in mind weather changes, road conditions, fires, change of mind etc. all come into play when traveling by RV in Alaska. So, at the end of the day, this trip is about YOU & YOUR TRAVELING PARTY. I will flex and change as needed to insure your maximum enjoyment.
Pack light as you can for two reasons: 1) An RV has limited space and storage. I will bring an outdoor oven, camp chairs, ice chest, fishing gear, rain gear, bug and bear spray, tri-pods, spotting scope, batteries, binoculars, sundries, hiking poles, first aid, back packs and much more so you don’t have to. Ideally, try to fit everything in 1 suit case and two carry-ons. I will do your laundry every 2 or 3 days, so pack for 3 days and layers. Double up on socks and undergarments.
We will firm up what to bring before you travel. The other advantage for traveling light is it keeps room for 1 fish box to travel outbound with you for free or low cost (per your airline rules). A large airline approved box will hold 44 lbs of fish and 6 lbs of icepacks and packaging. That’s enough fish for a couple to eat nearly once per week for a year.
Airline Tips: If you want to avoid getting a hotel and saving money, I will pick you up at the airport any time. I recommend trying to land no later than 2pm. That gives us enough time to travel a long distance on your first day and have time to sight see. If that is not possible, consider booking a hotel for late arrivals and I can pick you up as early as 7 a.m. Either way, the RV will be stocked with several days of food and drink so the fun begins NOW! Consider Alaskan Airlines, they have a lot of privileges and flexibilities that may be needed.
Booking Tips: 1) I give a 5% discount for booking prior to November 31st. 2) Certain tours like custom horseback trips, fly-out fishing trips, ocean charters and guides can be pre-booked up to 2 years in advance. The earlier we plan and schedule the better chance of getting what we want. 3) The number of 2 for 1 coupons or discounts with Northern Lights can be limited on some of the more expensive tours. Therefore, getting those on the calendar early helps you save money. I have arrangements with some tours for discounts of 10-20% without a coupon and the list is growing. But, if we can save 25-50% it’s better for you.
If you need me to get you supplies, fishing gear, clothing, etc before you arrive, you can give me a list and a separate deposit to cover the cost. I have a 5-15% discount at SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE. I Charge $500 for my day of shopping, preparing, packing and readying the RV for your arrival.
If fishing is on your agenda, I always recommend we start with going to Seward Alaska first. I suggest ocean fishing to fill your freezer, get the fish processed or smoke in Seward and stored their while we travel around. For a small fee, I can usually get the fish transported to the airport or we will go back and pick it up.
Alcohol policy– Drinking in moderation is fine, however, excessive drinking even if just in an RV park puts you at a much higher risk. Ambulance time can be hours, transportation to the hospital the same. Therefore, if I shop for you, it will be a modest supply. Ultimately, your care and safety are in my hands. I safe and memorable trip are my highest priority for you.
Hiking and Biking– I can lead you on trips at no extra charge. The bike rentals are not included. The alternative is for me to drop you off, give directions and meet you at key points on the trail with food and refreshments. It will be your choice.
I Love to Cook for You!
My Mom and Grandmother were amazing cooks. It was their way to share their love for family and friends. I’ve inherited that desire to provide amazing meals. In order to do that, I bring my own portable kitchen in the RV. This allows me to prepare food faster and better than the usual cookware an RV rental offers.
- Camp Chef Outdoor Oven/Stove Top
- Coleman 2 burner stove and back up two burner stove top.
- Camp Chef stove-top cast-iron Dutch Oven
- 2 additional cast-iron griddles and pans
- Baggies, Paper Towels, Trash Bags, Kitchen Bags, Dish Soap, Extra Towels etc
- Super large cutting board
- Waffle Maker
- Keurig Coffee Machine with 3-4 choices of Coffee
- Stir-fry Wok
- Plastic containers
- 2-3 extra ice chest
- 6 foot folding table and table cloth (out door cooking or eating)
- Pampered Chef Professional frying pan (high heat searing)
- (2) 5 gallon soup stock pots for making large quantity soups and chilis. Also to heat water to soak your feet in a tub.
- Cedar Planks (Cedar Plan Salmon)
- Ulu knife and cutting board
- Garlic Press
- Portable BBQ (and fuel canisters)
- Snap Wear Containers
- Food Saver, bags and rolls (not for large scale production, more for food storing and down sizing
- Cutco Cutlery, Extra knives, sharpeners and heavy duty scissors
- Safety Gloves
- Paper plates, cups and bowls
- Plastic wear knives, spoons and forks
- Napkins, Aluminum Foil, Cellophane wrap
- Toilet Paper, hand soap, laundry detergent
Typical Basic Family Breakfast – Oatmeal, Eggs, Pancakes, Syrup, Breads, Jams, Peanut Butter, Juice, Hot Chocolate, Tea, Coffee, Milk, Soy Milk, Dry Cereal & Muffins.
For Gourmet Breakfast add: Bagels, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Onions, Waffles, Fruit, Reindeer Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Fried Potatoes w/ onions and peppers, Eggs cooked to order (groups of 4 or less) & blended fruit drinks.
Basic Lunch includes: 3 types of quality deli meats of your choice, 3 types of bread, peanut butter, jams, grill cheese, condiments, chips, snack bars, fruit, hot dogs, drinks.
Gourmet Lunch includes: Green Salads, Reindeer Chili, Grilled Cheese with Ham, Bacon, Salami, Seafood Chowder. Garlic Bread Fruit Drinks
Family Meal Plan Dinners: Top Sirloin Steak, Pork Chops, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Pastas, Beef Stew, Chicken, Stir Fry, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Vegetables, Baked Potatoes, Salads and Fish* Cookies & Desserts.
Gourmet Meal Plan add: Prime Graded Filet Mignon, New York or Rib Eye. Choice Tri-Tip, Sweet n Sour Pork Loin, Baby Back Ribs, Reindeer Hot Dogs & Lamb Chops. Also, Jumbo Scallops and Shrimp wrapped in Bacon, Jumbo King Crab Legs, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans n Bacon, Fresh Vegetables, Salads with Seafood, Seafood Chowder, Homemade Chicken Soup, Ice Cream Sundies, Milk Shakes, Berries, Desserts, Cookies.
I help you find the right side trips for your Alaskan RV Adventure. I will attempt to negotiate for special rates (but discounts are limited because to the short season for vendors to earn a living). However, here is a list of a few vendors over discounts when traveling with the Alaskan RV Butler. In addition, there is a locally well-known discount book called Northern Lights. It often provides 25-50% off many tours, adventures, train trips, dining out etc. Just go online and see the discounts before you buy. Not available are the following “Preferred Vendors”:
Here is a partial list of the types of trips I can steer you to.
- Marine Tours
- Glacier Tours
- Whale Watching and Sea Life Tours
- Dog Sled Tours
- Horseback Riding and overnight trips
- Fly-out Fishing Trips
- Fly-out Bear Viewing Trips
- Scenic Glacier Flights
- White Water Rafting
- Scenic Float Trips
- Denali Bus Tours
- Train Rides
- Zoo’s and Wild Life Conservation Centers
- Sea Life Centers
- Adventure Tours
- Kayak Tours
- ATV Tours
- Mt. Denali Flight Tours
- Glacier Landings
- Glacier Dog Sled Tours
- Zip Line Tours
- Overnight Beach Camping Tours
- Water Taxi Rides for hiking and camping
Extending Your Trip?
- B & B’s
- Yurt Rentals
- Private Home Rentals
- Ocean Charters
- Shore/Beach Fishing
- Fly Fishing Rivers
- Drift Boat Fishing
- Fly-out Fishing Trips
- Fish Processing
- Fish Smoking
- Native Handicrafts
- Russian Souvenirs
- Fishing/Outdoor Supplies*
- Hiking Boots*
- Smoked Meats – Bison and Reindeer
- Smoked Fish and Seafood
- Boat rentals (Seward)
- Kayak Rentals
- Extended RV Rentals
Dining Out – See Northern Lights for discounts
- Tram and Dine in Girdwood 4 Star
- Water-Taxi and Dine in Homer 4 Star