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Snapshot: News-Sentinel readers rate their vacations Retired Lodians get their hands on the Trans-Atlantic Pipeline

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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 7:11 am

Who went: Robert and Pauline Litfin.

Where you’re from: Lodi.

Occupation: Retired from Liftin’s Rock Sales.

Vacation spot: Homer, Alaska.

Why did you go? We went to install a new fence and do some landscaping for our daughter’s daycare business.

Was is it a trip from heaven? It was a great trip; wonderful!

What was the best part? The best part of the trip was that we got to be with our children and grandchildren for eight weeks with our motorhome parked in their driveway.

What was the worst part? The worst part of the trip was driving — 6 1⁄2  days one way (3,600 miles) — with no open RV parks along the way, as it was early May and snow and slush had washed out some of the roads. The was Highway 37 going up. We took Highway 97 on the way back and that was much nicer, and the weather was much better.

What was the most memorable part of your trip? On the way back, we did a side road to Valdez, Alaska and saw and actually touched the Trans-Atlantic Pipeline. The TAPS, as it is called, is one of the world’s largest pipeline systems, running from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. We also stopped on Vancouver Island to see the Butchart Gardens.

Would you go back? Yes, but not driving! We would fly to Anchorage and take a car from there.

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