Hello my dear friends and readers! I think this is the longest time that has lapsed between entries about my life here in Alaska. I apologize for that, as I have certainly missed writing.
The last time I updated, I was preparing for my three week trip to Madison, WI to spend the holidays with my two sons and their ladies. It was an amazing trip, and I am so happy I was able to have so much time with my boys. I miss them so much throughout the year, despite the regular communication between us via phone, text, and messaging. What a joy it was to wrap my arms around them and feel their cheeks against mine!
I’ll share more details and lots of photos in my next entry, as I haven’t completed processing and re-sizing all the photos I took while I was in WI.
One highlight of my WI visit, was being able to hang out with Julie - my dear gal pal and roadtrip partner who used to live here in Fairbanks. She and her family moved to IA last November, after her husband retired from the army, to help out on the family farm. Julie made the three-hour drive from Hawkeye, IA to Madison to spend the weekend with me. We went north, in search of waterfalls. Our travels took us all the way to the southern end of the Michigan U.P. - to Iron Mountain - where we spent the night. We enjoyed some much needed “girl time” catching up with each other, exploring the beautiful countryside, and stopping for photos and some winter hiking. It was a fun and beautiful drive. I miss her very much!
WEEKEND IN ANCHORAGE
I returned to Alaska early on New Years Eve. After a long night of traveling in a cramped airplane, it was so fabulous to be back in my own house, and sleeping in my own bed. It was so wonderful to see Steve (and Raven) again, and although we originally had plans to go up to UAF to see the fireworks on New Years Eve, I wanted nothing more than to stay in my comfy clothes, sip champagne, and celebrate the arrival of 2015 here at home.
The day after New Years, my friend Amanda and I flew to Anchorage, where we photographed the wedding of another friend - Tracy. Tracy and her husband Steven spent one of their very first dates at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood (south of Anchorage) and were married at the top of the mountain on Saturday afternoon (1/3). Amanda and I flew down for the weekend, and hung out with Tracy and Steven’s families in a beautiful log home within walking distance of the resort. It was a gorgeous wedding, and I am happy for Tracy and Steven and their new blended family.
On Sunday, since we had a late flight back to Fairbanks, Amanda and I decided to visit the AWCC (Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center) and do some sight seeing. What a fabulous visit! Since we were the only ones visiting, one of the staff members asked us if we’d like to feed the bull moose! Of course we said YES! Amanda and I hand fed two beautiful moose tangerines. And I also had the opportunity to pet a moose nose - something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s as soft as I imagined it would be.