A good year. Started off spending five months with the guy I love, skiing and hiking and working a nine-to-five schedule with weekends off, and biking to work. In early June, my best friends and my little brother biked from Pittsburgh to DC, a rag-tag disorganized group of jokesters, becoming Mud People as the rain…
The trip to Valdez totally energized me for Alaska. No sleep til the Lower 48! And I’m just gonna decide it’s fine to blow all my money.
This selfie is from Thompson Pass. What followed, the rest of my day, was fucking incredible.
The sun came out. Valdez is beautiful, and, for the record, I was totally wrong. Valdez is NOT the site of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill.
We’re floating around Valdez, entertaining ourselves through the clouds.
Walked out Thompson Pass.
Changing seasons is super obvious in Anchorage. This is sunrise today, yesterday the sun was UP when I left the house.
The institution I work for is pretty cool. Imagine a hundred indigenous kids in the evening sunshine blowing up balloons, getting their faces painted, and bouncing on the moon. This was the sight after my twelve hour shift.
I’m working day shift for a few weeks. I’m not a fan. I do, however, act like a Lady Bird and eat super healthy carrots every day. I can’t wait for night shift. Chocolate binging to commence!
Tried to go trail running today, but a mama moose and calf stood at the trailhead. I went up a different, exhausting, steep way and made it about 20 minutes before I realized it was way too hard. But the view was worth it, despite not running.
So, I went to a carwash. Where I paid good money for machines to blast this hunk of metal with superpowered water and soap. And shit, it looks better, but not good enough.