Why Alaska


Well, the whole thing was not my idea. You see, my husband Walter is an avid outdoorsman. He loves mountains, rivers, trees, wildlife, everything. He loves fishing, he loves hunting. He just loves the outdoors. I've never been much of an outdoors-woman myself, but I have always been able to appreciate the beauty and serenity of nature. (I suppose that's just the Saggitarian in me.) Anyway, he often fancied the idea of living in the middle of nowhere, depending only on wildlife and the land for sustenance. I suppose that's a romantic idea of primitive life, but it didn't exactly impress me much. I'm a little too attached to my indoor plumbing and my nice warm bed, not to mention my shower and most importantly, my radio! (Can't live without my tunes, man!)

One night while we were watching PBS, we saw a special called "Braving Alaska". Walter really enjoyed the show, and the idea grew from there. He tried to find out everything he could about Alaska, and it didn't take him long to be convinced that it was the place to be. But he never really acted much on going there because I never really expressed much interest in it. And, well, who could blame me? After all, I didn't want to live in the middle of nowhere. I didn't really know too much about Alaska, and the images I saw of isolation on PBS didn't do much to change my picture of Alaska. The image of Alaska never really left the forefront of Walter's mind, so we talked about it from time to time. He finally admitted to me that he was not ready to risk living in the wilderness our first time out. He didn't think we would do well, and besides, he really didn't want to do that to me. After a particularly hard day at work, sitting out on our front stoop, I complained of my troubles. His reply was, "Well, we could always move to Alaska." I looked at him in the eye and without hesitation I said, "Let's go." And that's all Walter needed to hear.

After that, he made plans for us to take vacation there. And it was a lot of fun, and very interesting. Walter wrote a little about his anticipation of our trip, and I kept a journal while I was there. You can view both by clicking on the link below.

Dreams


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