Life as (ab)normal in Alaska

12 days back in state and there’s an old Jay-Z line stuck in my head: straight outta the frying pan and into the fire… There’s more to it, but the line is irrelevant from here. We are on our Alaskan grind!

While two have returned east, my family is still in town and touring hard around Alaska, with yours truly in tow. In just 5 nights with a rented RV, we camped in Talkeetna, Denali National Park and our driveway. Despite rain and chilly overnight temperatures in Denali NP, I broke out my hammock and had a much-appreciated night outside. It’s worth mentioning also that while I went north, Adam went southeast with sister & friend for dipnetting salmon. Good on him, we have a fully stocked freezer of salmon and halibut!

Grandpa Ron & Bill prepping Copper River reds
My beautiful mom in rainy Talkeetna
Crossing KBay on the Danny J

Coming down from our France trip has been a bit uncomfortable, physically and emotionally. First, to drop from 6-8 hours of cycling to 30 minutes/ 1 hour to none… My body is adjusting to less daily activity, eating different foods and drinking beer again (while the wine ages, of course). I don’t have aches or pains, just a general discomfort when I’m inactive too long. To fight against the bad feelings, I’m putting energy into running, yoga, bicycling and indoor spinning. 
And emotionally – do I even need to explain? Two months on the road with just my sweetheart, new and exciting people/places/things, exotic stimuli, foreign languages, delicious and inexpensive foods?! I loved every bit of our France bike tour. I’m sad it had to come to an end.

But! On the flip, to come home to our awesome friends and family in state – how could we (I) complain? As we ease back into work and play and life returns to normal, busy as ever, I’ll find my happy place between the Eiffel Tower and Denali.

…But if you find me crying over a pain au chocolat, don’t be alarmed…


Nantes. Thanks for sharing, Mike!
“We travel because we need to. Because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we go home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has changed. And that changes everything.” – unknown


2 thoughts on “Life as (ab)normal in Alaska

  1. I have loved reading every entry you’ve posted while you were off in France, and this one just as much. I’m jealous of all your energy you need to channel (I need some of it please, raising a puppy is tiring but rewarding)! Love and miss you. Skype soon lady 😊


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