The Alaska trip has been in our sights for the last three years and for one reason or another it never became reality. Finally, this year is the right time. The plan was to take on a Workamping job in Fairbanks which included a nice balance of work and play. However as winter ended and health issues rose to the top of the priorities, it was determined it was in our best interest to let the gig go. We had worked hard to find the right position so it was difficult to move past it. However as time went on it was clear that was the right decision.
We got back to Michigan in April from a winter in Texas. The original schedule was to be in Fairbanks by the 15th of May. The lesson learned was not to come back North so early next year. The warm Texas weather seems much easier to take. The mid-west greeted us with a storm along the way with plenty of snow to remind us what winter is all about. With so much snow in the driveway, heavy equipment had to be brought in to make way for the RV. However, Mother Nature redeemed herself by showing off her grandeur as you can see from the “Kodak Moment” capturing the results of a late season snow/Ice storm.
Eventually all the snow went away. With warmer spring weather (after the winter that would not end) made getting the RV ready for travel and sprucing up the yard to leave much more pleasurable. Life is looking good as we come into the last week before hitting the road. The trip which will be over four months covering over 11,000 miles requires very detailed planning at least from the “MBA” perspective side of the partnership. The main route is in place and the key reservations are made. You should see the list of things planned. We wonder if we can work all of them in the next few months.
It was good being home catching up with folks and local activities. The Traverse City region is doing a great job with the trail system (TART). The downside is the call of trail can get in the way of the To Do List. Although not too sure we feel too guilty about the time spent walking and biking there. The Sleeping Bear National Park (Sand Dunes) is always a pull. We did manage to get out there for a day to enjoy the new bike trail and do one of our favorite spring hikes. Lots and lots of Trilliums and the views are spectacular. We were hosts at the D.H. Day Campground last spring. Going back stirs up a lot of good memories of meeting all the campers and working with the folks at the park. Of course there are pictures…
Our time here is counting down quickly as we plan to leave Monday (May 20th). We are anxious to get going to realize the dream of heading “North to Alaska” (I think there is a song and movie with that title). The sunrises over Grand Traverse Bay which we enjoy with our morning coffee will always call us back to Traverse City. Stay tuned as next I will post more about our planned summer adventure. There will be updates along the way as well.
Larry and Jan