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Travel Blogs from Julian
It's extremely early when the alarms buzzes at 3:50am. The shuttle is taking us at 4:30 for our 6am departure. The kids struggle to dress, sleepy eyed and grumpy. Laden with bags we kiss Christine goodbye, she just had to see us off, and hop on the shuttle.
The airport is practically empty with only a skeleton crew at TSA. Thankfully, Starbucks is open amid the throng of darkened shops. We grab coffee and breakfast then walk to the gate. Two gates ...
... say after 4 days. I'm still trying to figure out "What I like about Backpacking?" I put myself through these days, and I'm happy, but any time I wonder why, I don't have a complete answer...just jumble words, kinda like the jumble rock graveyard i pass by...those stones, put together can form a great mountain, but as they lie there, set apart, they are nothing more than lost ideas
... in the first 2 weeks. How hiking promotes mental health, what benefits i'm getting, what am I learning. Amber, her family, and I stay up til 10 that night. having a fun time off the trail, they made a delicious dinner that filled me up after 2 plates lol. hiker hunger setting in. I had a great time with them and even meeting Gitta, an elderly woman from Amsterdam, who helped me push some miles out on the trail thanks to the trail magic *magic hat*
It is mile 4 and my body has figured out that it is going on another long hike. I settle in to my stride, 28 lbs on my back (most of the weight is water). 2.2 lbs per liter. the desert has been kind. 60 and overcast, with a good head-wind. I stink like Tequila, Love-making, skunk weed, and camp fire. It's not from hiking. On my last night in town I had a going away party and my flight was the next morning. No time to shower...it was ...
... is much to behold
Glaciers and rivers and lakes unfold
The ALKAN Highway begins at Dawson Creek
We stay on the highway for over two weeks
We enter Alaska not knowing what to expect
We find mosquitoes sucking blood from our necks
We travel the 49th state and make a big loop
Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks and Tok
We stay weeks at a time and I blog as we go
Riverboats, rapids, tours and canoes
I write ...