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Traveling in a Prius
I did have bear spray along with me but I didn’t do much hiking because I have a problem with my age and shortness of breath so I can’t walk very far especially at any altitude. Canada doesn’t allow you to bring a weapon along with you so I didn’t even think about that. I had also read that “bear spray” is a much better alternative than a gun. If I was younger I would like to do what Bob does and I have taken along a pet dog on some of my trips but not this time. Get bear spray from Amazon here: 13.4ozSuper Magnum Bear Spray with Chest holster
Before I purchased the Prius I had an 03′ Chevy Astro Van that I drove to Big Bend Nat. Park in Texas in April and had a good time on that trip but the Astro only does about 17 mpg’s versus the Prius’s 50 so since I’m a little bit of a Cheapy! the Prius was a better choice for the Alaska adventure.
I bought a used 2006 Prius with 101,000 miles on it and did some conversion so I could sleep in back comfortably and then headed for Alaska from Fort Myers, FL about 5000+ miles. I made it there and back without any problems and enjoyed the trip in the Prius, I averaged about 50mpg’s and was gone for 22 days. Well I only stayed in a motel twice!
I removed the rear seat and built a platform from the edge of the rear ledge to just in back of the rear seats when they are moved forward. The front piece of plywood is removable so I can move the driver seat back to drive. I have plenty of storage underneath and had more clothes and food than I needed. I found that all along my route that there were enough gas stations, fast food places and rest stops that I didn’t need my coffee maker or portable pottie but used the things along the way.
I did have mosquito netting on the two rear windows so that I could get some cross ventilation but only needed that twice on the trip. I had enough blankets that I was able to keep warm plus I did leave the Prius in park a couple of times with the heat set at 65 so it did come on when needed. I think the Prius makes a great camping car and I love the car for it’s gas mileage and trouble-free operation. Get No-See-Um Netting from Amazon here: No-see-um Netting 54″ Wide X 5 Yards – Black
Would I do it again, well maybe not to Alaska but I love traveling and just looking at things so I had a whole lot of fun and I will head west again next year but probably just to Wyoming, maybe Montana and back. I will be 86 next June so I will have to wait and see if I’m still able to do it. I plan on keeping the Prius and will use it again but I will do more camping next time
I’m 85 years old and Alaska was my last of the 50 states to visit.
Visit my blog at https://priusalaska.blogspot.com
Dick Kelly, Fort Myers, FL
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No-See-Um Netting: No-see-um Netting 54″ Wide X 5 Yards – Black