One thing about living in Alaska is that no two days are alike.
Take for instance the last 2 weeks. We had friends who had “casually” mentioned they wanted the FULL Alaska ‘experience”……..and did they get it!! They flew in on a blizzard on May 17, had 6” of the white stuff by the next day, then POOF! By Sunday it was robin blue skies and the Denali Mountain Range in full view as we drove to Willow (for Shirley/Donna’s famous cinnamon rolls of course!) and Talkeetna, where Bill worked last summer. Needless to say, Bubba (no longer a cute LITTLE puppy, but rather a MOOSE) and Bill were the town attractions!!
By Wednesday the temperatures were climbing. Who would think that one could lie on the back deck of an Alaska Marine Highway ferry in shorts while lounging in lounge chairs watching doll porpoises accompany us from Whittier to Valdez?
The plan WAS to hike up to Worthington glacier, but once in parking lot, were looking head long straight into restroom door handles – and no way to get there!! Hmmm guess they got more than 6” of the white stuff on Saturday!!
We were then off to Chistachina and Fairbanks to see good friends, still with temperatures climbing. Sleeveless at 11pm taking photos of Denali from the north side?!! Unheard of!! That is until the bugs started biting!
The last day was spent at our place playing around with what last October’s flood had left us. Had fun, got golden, but not the expensive kind…..just the sun kind!!
Off to the airport and the day after they left: WHOOSH – another flood……..yep – all that snow has to go somewhere when it’s 80 degrees in Wasilla. We so far have lost some more bank and 4-5 big trees, but the water is still coming and going rising with the day/night time temperatures. Our road has water over it, but passable – so far….they are watching it hour by hour.
So it’s off to Anchorage Relay I go, with my overnight bag packed in case I can’t make it back. A girl’s night at my daughter’s sounds good to me!!
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.