My first, but not my last, trip to Alaska took place one week ago.
I helped Amber fly the girls up for their big move.
Branden left several weeks earlier in order to drive with some of their belongings
and find an apartment.
I probably would have been excited to see Alaska
had I been going for a different reason.
But I have to admit that Alaska,
at least in August,
is really really beautiful.
|I saw two bald eagles while I was there but never got a good picture.|
The weather was a perfect 65-67 degrees.
There were no mosquitoes.
(I had been warned that they would be bad, but apparently mosquitoes are more of a spring thing)
The mountains, and trees and flowers are just gorgeous.
Branden found a nice little apartment.
|Isabelle posing for me in her new bedroom|
The only flaw in the place so far is that the upstairs neighbors walk like elephants and stay up until all hours of the night.
It is already driving Branden nuts.
I spent most of my time there helping get things set up.
We bought groceries and diapers
Went to garage sales
and managed to furnish the whole place for under $150.
|Isabelle enjoying her new couch|
We also got to know the neighborhood a little bit.
Within walking distance there is:
a nice park
the town square
a grocery store
the post office
a very busy Blockbuster store.
Yes, Blockbuster is alive and well in Alaska.
One day when Branden had a day off we went on a little adventure.
We went to a bird sanctuary
(beautiful but we saw zero birds)
|Yes, I took this picture with the very bad lighting...|
and then drove up around a glacier.
It was all within about 30-40 minutes of their house.
I will miss this little family!
But I'm so glad I got to help them get set up and see a bit of where they are living now.
I know they will have a great adventure
and grow closer as a family.
And I will be back to visit again!