I just keep saying it: I can’t believe I’m in Alaska. I’ve been here for four days already, and I still can’t believe it. It’s been a pretty cool trip, too.
I worked till noon on Wednesday. Then, I rushed around and caught my plane at 4:00. I flew to Dallas and visited with a fellow geek (more video game geek, though) along the way. It was the first time I’d been to DFW. It’s the size of my hometown. So, I cruised around on the train until I found my flight. I headed to Seattle (traveling back in time, even!), where I met up with a friend of mine that I’ve known for about six years but never met in person. (Yes, mom and dad, I did go meet up with a strange man I met online. Why do you ask?) We partied hard. Went to Deny’s and everything. I finally left, fresh from three hours of sleep, at 6:00 the next morning. I arrived at Juneau, ate some breakfast, meandered around, and caught a six-passenger plane to Skagway. I arrived at 11:30 or so, and jumped into the waiting arms of my wife and son. I tell you, nothing’s better than your son running up to you after a three-week absence, and saying “Welcome to Alaska!”
My first day, we explored the town, bought some shirts and trinkets in the shirt and trinket stores, and drove out to see a brown bear catch some salmon in a creek. I also got to see a seagull and some seals. Freakin’ nature, baby!
Day the second: Drove to Canada to go to a Wal-Mart. Ok, so we actually drove to check out the beautiful countryside. Mountains everywhere. Waterfalls. A huge black bear crossed right in front of us, even, and didn’t give a hoot. In Canada, we also went to a museum to learn about Beringia (look it up!).
The third day, we went on a 7.5-mile hike. My legs and feet are still wornout, but it was worth it. We burned up, ran out of water, and starved to the point of near-death, but we made it to the end. It was great.
Today, we hiked a lot smaller trail. It was beautiful, smoother, and had some interesting landscaping to boot.
I’m not sure what tomorrow holds, but I know that these past five days have been chock full of new and unusual adventures for this Arkansas kid who’s been drastically needing to get out more.