Besides my travel blog on Alaska I also kept a handwritten diary (I know, very old-fashioned, but I like it) of my daily activities. Halfway through the trip I penned an entry listing some of the things I had learned or come to realize so far. I thought I would share these and add some items from the second half of the Alaska trip.
Now these are all in a totally random order, so please forgive me if we jump around from subject to subject here (however, should make things more interesting).
1. The Alaskan Highway is nowhere near as bad to drive as people and some books would have you believe. I feel that I need to qualify this though. I did travel in a car, not a truck pulling an RV or driving a motor home that is almost the size of a small house or ride a motorbike where you eat enough bugs that somebody might charge you for the extra protein you are consuming. Yes there are potholes, and plenty of them, but avoiding them became easy after a while and you soon get used to not seeing another vehicle on the road for up to an hour at a time. Really – it’s not bad.
2. Travelling alone has its merits (no backseat drivers, eat and sleep when you want, no arguments about the music or the directions – you get my drift), however, travelling with good company is better. Sharing a great moment with someone you like and/or love is just priceless and I missed that.
3. A sockeye salmon has no spots.
4. Wildlife is not as abundant along most highways as some travel books tell you. Apparently animals don’t wait by the highways for a car to approach and then come out and pose for you – strange that!
5. Tenting is definitely not for me!
6. Living in Alberta means that we are some ways away from the ocean. I missed the ocean, or any open waters for that matter.
7. I took way too many clothes.
8. This journey was no more dangerous than crossing a busy road. Despite some people telling me (and my husband) that I would be eaten by a bear, or mauled by a cougar, trampled by a moose or have a car accident, I managed to return unscathed, in one piece and no damage to the car.
9. I am capable of writing a journal/blog.
10. Haines, Alaska is far more beautiful than I had imagined.
11. Sea Otters are as cute in real life as they look on the TV.
12. I enjoyed Juneau more than I anticipated, so much so, that I would like to go back there (and to Haines). However, this time I would fly and take my husband.
13. Alaska got to me, in a good way.
14. I don’t mind my own company. Just as well, as I was on my own for nearly 3 weeks.
15. I missed my family and home more than I thought I would.
16. I don’t like salmon (or any seafood unless it’s haddock or cod) no matter how fresh and good it is.
17. You meet the most interesting and strangest people when travelling alone.
18. Seeing whales was the most incredible thing I experienced on this trip. It is easily my most favourite part and made everything worth it. As I said when I spotted my first humpback that day – I can now happily die.
That’s it really. Nothing too earth shattering, but nonetheless important to me in some ways.
I am still trying to find other subjects to write about on my blog and came up with “It’s a dog’s life”, writing from the perspective of our two Westie dogs Coco and Diva – it’s still under consideration and we’ll see what happens.
For now though I think this is my last Alaska entry – sorry folks! I want to thank everyone that followed me on this trip; for your kind words and your encouragement. I never thought that anybody would find my ramblings of any interest at all – so THANK YOU!
The last thank you however should go to my husband Warren. Thank you for letting me go on this journey alone, for never questioning why I needed to do this, for helping me with my kit, for your patience with practicing the tent set up and take down, for all your practical advice and for always being there at the end of a phone line when I needed you!