(April 1, 2021)
Exactly one week ago we set off on a 13 day journey north, heading for our new home in Alaska.
It’s been a fairly wild week, to be sure. Not insofar as mechanical problems or anything major, just some interesting things.
To start off, we were about 4hrs late in departing, and we were not even close to being packed or having the family home cleaned up. Thank God for family & friends that I could never repay for their efforts and caring.
After the obligatory traffic around Denver (even using E470) we made it to Casper. First road lesson…...these rigs eat fuel under a full load!
Wyoming is a beautiful state, and they know how to maintain roads! Our first night was spent outside Casper. We were all exhausted and hungry, and this was the girls’ first “glamping” experience. A couple very minor water leak issues (dry seals) and one blown fuse were our only mechanical issues.
The next morning while fueling, I was amazed to discover that cashiers and clerks actually do still have faces (they believe in freedom!)
On to Montana!
Mountains and wind made for interesting travels, and of course ate into the pocketbook. A tiny little town called Anaconda with a nearly perfect RV park hosted us for the night. The most epic views possible in the Lower 48 were ours as we traveled through Montana, making our way to Idaho.
Idaho had amazing views, but I was amazed that coming “down” from Montana, the decline never seemed to end. I swear we drove on a 5-7% decline for hours, must’ve been close to the center of the Earth!
Ok, I will be the first to say that the views that greeted me upon entering eastern Washington were NOTHING like any I”d ever imagined or even been told about. This was straight up the same geography as SE Colorado!
As we crossed into the western part of the state heading for the port, the rain came in buckets, sheets, however you want to describe the most falling sky water ever!
Five days and a wake-up in an RV park near the port, waiting for the ferry boarding. Way too many people for this mountain/country boy, but I’ll manage.
For the most part we’ve interacted with and met genuine friendly people (short term RV neighbors have been awesome), and a few complete douchebags, but such is life.
Next time, it’s all about the ferry ride to our new home!
What causes a person to want something? What sparks a want or a dream?
Good questions, right?
When I was really young, I got a book as a gift called the Gnome from Nome. Great little book for a 5 year old.
In 1989, when Discovery Channel was also really young, there was a special aired called Alaska Turns 30. Apparently I loved that program a lot, because I ended up using one of our extremely rare blank VCR tapes to record it. (My baby sister still has the tape at the family home in NM. I was enamored with the visual beauty, the enormity of the state, and the frontier/”newness” of it. It really did stir something almost indescribable in me.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering where the Hell I’m going with all this……
We are 8 days away from making a ginormous move, and making Alaska the new, permanent home of the Wild Barrys clan. Angie and I were talking the other day about what to say to all of you, and I had the idea of composing a little backstory blog.
In several of our previous posts, I’ve told you that I have a huge love and background in the outdoors. My Grandpa and I always used to say that we were born in the wrong era. I think he actually got the better end of the stick, because he was born in an era where he was able to leave home at 13, and rode on horseback to southern Colorado/northern New Mexico.
While we’ve had this in mind for a looooong time, this opportunity really did just kind of pop up on us. Angie got connected with a really great job opportunity (not much in her wheelhouse around here, in smaltown CO, if you catch my drift) & I have a few potentials.
A fairly easy decision to make, but difficult at the same time. A lifetime spent in a relatively small geographical area, a family history literally going back over 100 years here, an awesome job with amazing people…..you get the point.
Now, let’s pack up 3 people, 2 dogs, clothes, books, cooking/kitchen supplies, guns/ammo, fishing gear. Uggghhhh! You learn really quick what is vital and what is a want. How much that is of strictly sentimental value goes? What stays? It was starting that process that made me appreciate minimalists in a whole new way lol.
But, life changes and moves on. You really are going to want to check in and stay up to date with us. Angie has made it clear that we’re going to post and share everything possible with you guys.
Buckle up, something tells me this is going to be an awesome ride.