We finally approached our last day in Alaska, neither of us were ready to leave. We finished getting everything packed for our flight and then headed to Tongass National Forest, which happens to be the largest National Forest in the US. We walked around on the bear viewing platform and saw several salmon, dead and alive but no bears.
We then did a few mile hike on the Mendenhall Glacier Trail. The plan was to make it to the ice caves but we didn’t have enough time. There’s so much to do and explore at this Glacier, we will definitely be back.
After the hike we headed to the airport to catch our 1815 flight. We lucked out, 2 out of the 3 flights Waves and I had our own row and Dada and Reef had their own. We flew from Juneau to Seattle to Chicago to Charlotte. We still have a 6 hour drive back to the Outer Banks.
Time and time again Eric and I were mistaken for locals in Alaska. It’s one of those places that we just fit in; we feel at home and our souls are satisfied. In the last 6 weeks we’ve nearly spent 3 weeks in Alaska. There’s been a lot of discussion about moving here or at least purchasing a parcel of land. We envision our family living a simple life on our homestead that we built with our own two hands. Taking them hunting for caribou and fishing for salmon to stock our freezer for the winter months. Having a childhood totally unplugged. Being one with nature and being authentic to this world and to ourselves. Ahh dreams!
We should be to the Outer Banks around 2000. Eric will be up bright and Eric to start his 14 day work rotation tomorrow. The kids and I will spend tomorrow at the beach and unpacking/laundry. We are heading to Virginia this weekend to visit family so I’m looking forward to our 2 days of downtime before we hit the road again.
In the next two weeks I’m going to work on this blog site and have it up and running the way I anticipated. Posts might be far and few between but we’re already counting down for our next epic adventure in 15 days!! We still have no idea where we will end up, stay tuned.
A tip from the Travelin’ Tribe Archive:
(1) If possible, take evening flights when traveling with children! I don’t know what our family would do without a red-eye flight; especially when traveling cross-country. It makes our lives pleasantly easier and a lot less stressful. Who doesn’t like a sleeping baby on a plane!
Until Next Time,
Stay Wanderous & Wild
-The Mitchell Tribe