The entire month of July was preparing for our Alaskan trip or being on the trip. The camper preparation was fun. Every morning hubs and I would go out to Gracee early in the morning before it was too hot and check something off our chore list.
By 5 p.m. on July 12th we were ready and at 5:05 p.m. we got on the road. Our excitement level was at an all-time high. When you have dreamed of an Alaskan trip in your very own travel trailer for 30+ years when the time arrives you are more than ready.
Hubs decided to take a shortcut through West Virginia! The route he took wasn’t exactly a shortcut and it ended up taking forever through the mountains and through every coal mining town in that state. By 1 a.m. we pulled into a parking lot with two big rigs and went to bed.
The rest of July was spent on the road. Driving to Alaska takes a long time. We arrived there on July 27th. Two weeks to get there. When we did arrive? We hit the road running! We had one week to do, see, and experience Alaska. Before we turned the calendar to August we had driven the Nabesna Road, gone to Valdez, interviewed the on-strike ferry workers, seen many glaciers, driven through lava fields, experienced Denali, and drove to the Kenai (keen eye) Peninsula.
We stayed with friends in Sterling, AK, on the Kenai Peninsular – we parked Gracee in the yard and unhitched for the first time on the trip. We went to Homer and The Spit and had the best Halibut we’ve ever tasted. Homer is the Halibut Capital of the world. We experienced the most bizarre fishing charter ever seen – see the pictures below!
We sat on the shore and watched the tractor speed up and go all the way into the waves until the tractor was nearly covered with water, then we see this fishing boat coming into shore from afar. The tractor meets the boat and the action begins – they hook up and drive the boat up onto the dry beach and let the fishing guests de-board the boat. It was crazy! Then the tractor takes off to bring another boat in. It was the wildest thing we’ve ever seen.
We drove to Seward, AK, a port town and went on a Marine tour! We saw puffins, seals, otters, sea lions, eagles, and a pod of Orcas! One of my great life dreams! We were in Resurrection Bay on the most beautiful day ever. It was perfect! The Bay is surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers. Honestly, words cannot do it an ounce of justice.
Hubster got to go fishing and he was thrilled. And, he caught fish. He had the very best time. The day of the fishing trip was a Sunday and I stayed in Gracee and read, took a nap and thoroughly enjoyed my alone time.
Monday, August 5th, we began our trip east. We knew we had a two week road trip ahead of us and neither of us wanted to leave. We arrived home on Sunday, August 18th. Five weeks and 13,125 miles later! We were exhausted and it took the rest of August to get ourselves back in the groove of home life.
September began with bidding our grandgirl, Hannah, farewell to go to South Florida. Hubs drove the U-Haul truck with all her furniture and earthly goods. Our daughter drove her big SUV, loaded with more stuff, and Hannah was in her new car, which was loaded as well. They had a good trip and then got stuck in South Florida as Hurricane Dorian made up its mind which way to go. There were windows to board and homes to prepare down there. Finally on September 4th, my daughter and husband got home. The next day Lowell was in the ER with a blood clot in his leg. YIKES.
We are about 95% sure we are going to relocate to Greer, South Carolina. We hope to buy a tiny house (399 square feet) and live on a leased lot in a lakeside tiny house village! How’s that for news?
We miss Hannah very much – yet are enjoying Simon’s visits almost every day. We are blessed that our grands like us and enjoy being with us.
I’m busy writing Gracee’s Great Alaskan Adventure, a picture book with stories. It will be available on Amazon, although I know it’s going to be expensive because of all the color photos. I may buy a box of author copies and make them available at my cost plus shipping. I’m not sure if anyone will be interested in it – I am writing it for us and our memories!
September has been a hot, dry month here in Statesville, North Carolina. We need rain desperately and very much want to see cool, Fall days. Lowell and I are kind of excited about downsizing again and moving. Tiny house living has always intrigued us and we are both confident we can do it successfully! I’ve been shredding files and getting rid of things. I swear, I live in a paper jungle. It’s ridiculous the stuff I save. Being a writer has its drawbacks! Files and files! I scanned the items I wanted and then shred them. We threw away 80 pounds of shredded paper last week.
It’s been a busy quarter and we enjoyed every moment of it.
Tiny House – 399 squares – can we do it!