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Obtained a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in ancient scripture, and a doctorate in educational psychology from BYU. Served with the LDS Church Educational System in Hayward and Palo Alto, California; Athens, Georgia; and Miami, Florida. Served as bishop in Newark, California, and Athens, Georgia, and as stake president of the Sugar Hill Georgia Stake. Served as president of the Mexico City North Mission 1996-99. After retiring from CES in 2004 have served four other missions with my wife: As CES area director in Central America 2004-2006; in Panama 2007-2009; again in Guatemala 2009-2011, this time as executive secretary to the Central America Area Presidency; and finally as a counselor in the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple presidency, 2013-2014. We are currently serving in the presidency of the Fort Lauderale Temple, enjoying serving being able to continue to serve while living at home. We thought we had reached our photo upload allowance at this site, so began a new blog at donandvirginiacazier.blogspot.com, but can no longer find how to add new posts there, though we can again at this site. Feel free to email us at doncazier@yahoo.com.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Adventures on the Alaska Highway

We've now happily arrived in Fairbanks (or at least at the nearby Eielson Air Force Base, where David is stationed), and we highly recommend the drive up the Alaska Highway to anyone with the time to make the trip. We trust we'll feel the same way after returning via a similar route. We were blessed with excellent weather and lovely campsites, even if not all had potable water. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we'll save several thousand units of verbage by posting the following photos, with brief captions for most:


Having a daughter (and a grandmother) named Regina, we were happy to see what the city named after them looked like.
The Regina Temple
Bison in Elk Island National Park in Alberta. We saw nary an elk but several bison and prarie dogs, represented by the following photo.



Two days earlier they had had a major storm at Elk Island National Park, with winds upwards of 60 mph. Much of the camping area was closed, and they had no power or potable water except at the visitor's center, but we had a good stay anyway, including a hike along this trail, made more interesting by fallen trees.

Too bad Taylor (Ricky and Janessa's boy) couldn't have been along to be welcomed.


Mile O of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creen, British Columbia. It's about 1500 miles to Fairbanks.

Canola field seen from the Alaska Highway


Virginia preparing munchies at Muncho Lake campsite.

Photogenic moose

Bear-shaped Northwest Territories license plate

Stone sheep. We'd never seen them before.


Stone sheep

Mother bear with two cubs

Why did the bear cross the road?

Another bear, on hillside
Bison herd with baby bison

Closeup of cute baby bison Don and Virginia at Muncho Lake campsite

Fireweed cover both sides of the highway most of the time.

View along the Alaska Highway

Entering the Yukon Territory

Rainbow near Kluone Lake

Virginia at Watson Lake, probably discovered by Debbi and Greg

Yukon River as seen from hiking trail at Wolf Creek Campground, near Whitehorse

Male moose

Mama moose and mini moose

Swans

Scene near Kluone Lake

Kluone Lake

Wild creatures at Haines Junction

Marger Lake, free campground at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge just inside Alaska

Wildlife seen in Marger Lake

Virginia leaves her mark on hillside (as had many others)

We made it!

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Another view of Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Another view of the Alaska Highway, inside Alaska

Eielson Air Force Base
Videos below of moose, swan, and Yukon River panorama

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