Revels in Alaska: Midnight Sun Meetup Recap
Revels in Alaska: Midnight Sun Meetup Recap
Learn more about this adventure-focused, four-day owner event.
By: Jim and Cynthia Spies (@WingsandWheelsAlaska)
Planning a trip to Alaska in your RV can be a daunting experience. The most difficult part is deciding which route to take, where to stay along the way, and how much time to spend on your adventure. In previous GoLife Blogs, we provided tips for traveling to Alaska, but what happens when you get there?
When we purchased our Winnebago Revel 4x4 Sprinter, we did it with adventure in mind. Our goal was to go as far off grid as the roads will take us and get away from campgrounds and crowds. We spent last summer exploring the lower 48 and this summer, we put together a bucket list adventure of a lifetime with our First Annual Midnight Sun Winnebago Revel Meetup in Seward, Alaska. Hosted by us -Jim and Cynthia from Wings and Wheels Alaska.
We documented the Revel Meetup and our Expedition North to the Arctic Ocean and oil fields of Prudhoe Bay on our YouTube Channel, telling the story of life as Revel owners and our adventures along the way.
Why Seward, Alaska?
We chose Seward for a variety of reasons, but the main reason being its beauty. Located two hours south of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. The drive to Seward is nothing less than breathtaking. Taking you along the Turnagain Arm, the drive sandwiches you on pavement between the ocean on the right - full of whales and drastically changing tides, and mountains on the left - teeming with wildlife such as eagles and sheep.
We climbed a gentle 1,000 feet in elevation over Turnagain Pass and back down through the valleys and into the cute little town of Seward, located at the end of the Seward Highway. Sandwiched between the Kenai mountains and the vibrant waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities.
Read more about places to see on your way to Seward here.
Its location is perfect. Those joining us could choose their own adventures during the four-day Midnight Sun Meetup and rejoin us in the evenings, with all activities no more than two hours away.
Revel Midnight Sun Meetup Recap
We had twelve Revel owners joining us for the meetup from all over the United States: Florida, Texas, Utah, Colorado, California, and Washington. We even had a few non-Revel owners and a Storyteller join in the fun. We had full-time Revelers and part-time Revelers. remote workers, retirees, and a few on an extended vacation.
The four days of the meetup were a chance for everyone to relax, recharge and enjoy the sights after the long drive to Alaska. It was also time to bond and get to know each other before our 10-day, 1,000-mile adventure North together up the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay.
Our boondocking spot along the Resurrection River was expansive and off-grid enough to provide us with the beauty and seclusion we were looking for along with the amenities just a short drive away - such as water, dump station, and showers. The views out our side door and back doors couldn’t be beat, even with the rain!
Advice from Alaskans: When traveling to Alaska our greatest advice is: “be prepared for the weather.” This means all seasons. It can change quickly and remain the same for days. We had rain, but we still enjoyed our time together under a makeshift Alaskan style tarp, lit a fire, and told stories of the amazing places our vans have taken us.
Midnight Sun Meetup members took sightseeing tours out of Homer to see the Alaska Brown Bears feast on salmon in Katmai National Park and whale watching tours out of Seward. Others went salmon fishing on the Russian River while we hiked Exit Glacier.
After the meetup, we took off to Prudhoe Bay. During our 15 days together, we overcame challenges, learned from each other along the way, and provided the confidence for all to enjoy their Winnebago Revels to the fullest. We were all so different but had so much in common, including our adventurous spirits!
Are We Doing Another Alaska Revel Meetup?
Yes! The Winnebago Revel Midnight Sun Meetup had a great turnout and we had so much fun! We are in the process of planning another event next year.
After the meetup, we will be taking a small group of Revel owners up the Dalton Highway to experience it for themselves in 2023.
For more information, stay tuned to our future GoLife blogs and find us on YouTube and Instagram @WingsandWheelsAlaska.
Leave us a comment below and tell us your thoughts on Reveling around Alaska, would you join us on a future adventure?