Relocating from Michigan to a base in Alaska? Pack up the “V-Wagon”—as it’s labeled on the back of this picture—of course. The Johnson family did just that loading up this van with parents, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat. They have a bunch of interesting stories of their trip and their time in Anchorage—like being chased by moose, housing with flat roofs and tons of snow (yes, they caved in), and the fact that they managed to move on to Grandpa’s next base posting in time to miss the 1964 earthquake where the prominent image from the quake was their destroyed elementary school, Government Hill.

Happy hunting,