Summer means camping and exploring

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 23:00

From October until the last of the snow melted off, I dreamed of palm trees and blue waves crashing on sandy beaches. Jealousy would creep in as I listened to other’s travel plans. I love Alaska, but I would not have minded a change of scenery.

No longer, the snow is gone and now there is no place I would rather be. My dad and step-mother are touring Italy, and I simply crave spaghetti. I’ll be jealous again when the snow comes back, but for now they can have the Coliseum. Summer in Alaska lies ahead and I am preparing for several months of fun-filled adventure.

Next week we have a camp site reserved at the Williwaw Campground near the Trail of Blue Ice. Before coming to Alaska I imagined the mountains, but I also imagined rocky terrain with sparse flora. I never envisioned just how lush Alaska could be. For this girl who grew up at the foot of the Rockies looking eastward toward land that grew only tumbleweed without the aid of farmers, the hike up to Byron Glacier seemed almost tropical. I am looking forward to a weekend of greenery and glaciers.

The following weekend, June 7-8, Louis Palau’s event Love Alaska will be held in Cuddy Family Midtown Park. I am looking forward to Sunday night when not only will Toby Mac be on stage, but Eagle River’s own Cierra Mickens will also be preforming.

Later in June, we will be headed up to Palmer for the Scottish Highland Games. I will miss them being at the Lion’s Park where we could walk to the games. However, last year was quite crowded, so I understand the need for the move. I can’t wait to see what they will do with the extra room at the state fairgrounds.

July 9th-13th we will be headed to the annual Bear Paw Festival. I am excited about this year’s theme: Caution! Bears at Work!

July 26th-27th we will be on JBER for the Arctic Thunder Air Show. My husband was deployed during the last one, so he is happy that the sequestration budget cuts have not yet caused the shutdown of this bi-annual event.

At the end of August we will take the camper up to Palmer so that we might be close to the state fair. With both Duck Dynasty and Pentatonix performing at the Borealis Theater, we will spend more than one day at the fair this year.

I am crossing my fingers that in September we will be able to drive into Denali Park. The lottery for a permit usable September 12-15 is open until May 31. We submitted our application earlier in the month.

Our summer is filling up quickly. We also are looking forward to camp for the kids, a trip to Talkeetna so my husband can use the Groupon I bought him for a flying lesson, a trip to Homer for fishing, and whatever other camping trips we can find time for.

With all this fun, why would I want to be anywhere but Alaska?

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