2 months in AK and about time I wrote an entry
Trip Start May 11, 2008
6Trip End Sep 21, 2008
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After a stressful and hectic senior year Alaska has been exactly what I needed. I simply could not be happier with how things turned out. I'm surrounded by beautiful mountains and good people. There's a gorgeous mountain that I have a perfect view of from my bedroom window!
When I arrived here at McKinley Creekside Cabins two months ago there was still snow on the ground and the creek was still frozen over. It's been fun to see things start to thaw out and turn green. You really appreciate the few flowers that are tough enough to face the fickle weather
But enough about the weather already. I'm working as a housekeeper here with 3 other people. Josh, my boss, is a really laid back guy and easy to work with. Kebra is from Portland Oregon and is currently teaching me how to knit. Alaina is from Canada (I'll post pictures from our huge Canada celebration soon) and has become one of my good friends here. I was kind of shocked when I learned that there were only 4 of us on the housekeeping staff. At my previous housekeeping job there were a lot more of us and a lot less cabins. But after a few days of work I realized that we can definitely handle it. I still giggle a little bit everytime that I have to announce "housekeeping" before i enter a room. I've come to a couple conclusions after two months of housekeeping...one is that I couldn't do this job for the longterm...it's hardwork and definitely underappreciated
There are about 30 of us that work for Holly and Tracey, the owners of Creekside. They are two best friends who started this business completely on their own about ten years ago, and which has now turned into quite a success. We all live together in community housing. I share a room with someone and then a bathroom with 2 other girls. I seem to have troubles keeping a roommate. My first two roommates ended up leaving for various reasons. My new roommate Emily just moved in and hopefully will stay longer than the other two.
My brother Matt is also in Alaska this summer! He has a job near Anchorage, which is about 4 hours from where I'm located. We've been really lucky in being able to meet up with each other. He had a job in Fairbanks last month, and was able to stay with me at Creekside for a few days. And over the 4th of July weekend I was able to get some extra time off of work to go and meet him to visit both Seward and Homer AK. We basically spent the entire time hiking and gaping at unbelievably stunning scenery
Sorry again for taking so long to post in here! I'll be posting more pictures throughout the next couple days. I love hearing updates from all of you as well!! My address here is...
P.O. Box 652
Denali National Park, AK 99755
My cellphone also works here...most of the time...reception is kinda sketchy, so if you call me and i don't respond right away it's probably bc it took 3 days for my phone to register your voice mail. My number is 218-851-3756.
will post again soon.