Summertime is just gorgeous here: green, lush, and some days perfectly warm and sunny; otherwise, it’s overcast and rainy, which can also bring some of the most awesome cloud formations too. Plus, those overcast days seem to make the sunny days even more amazing. Like you can’t appreciate the sun till it’s gone, you know? Devin had it right when he said, “I’m in love with Alaska.”
We’re moving back home to California, and it’s bittersweet to leave this place. It’s been a place of extremes with dark winters, sometimes making me feel like stuffing myself full of food and hibernating like a bear. But there was a beauty to the cold too: white snow, crisp air, being alone with nature. Thanks to Devin, we didn’t just opt for indoor activities during the winter. We took the kiddos in a “bike trailer sled” while we enjoyed Matanuska Glacier and it’s beauty. We hiked along icy trails using our yak tracks. We spent time exploring with our cross-country skis across a frozen lake in complete stillness except ourselves. The silence and looming mountains were powerful. Alaska has reminded me of how small we are and how great nature is. People here say this is God’s country, and I agree. Alaska has been the perfect place to reflect on the beauty of nature.
Once we started getting more daylight, the feel changed and it’s like everyone woke from their hibernation. And now that the sun doesn’t go down till like midnight, it feels like two days instead of one. It’s crazy how the sunlight affects us! We’ve been spending lots of time outdoors with some wonderful neighbors that we’re going to really miss. We’ve been hanging so much with these lovely people and their children that it feels like we’ve known each other for longer than a year. And it feels the same way with our wonderful friends at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. Today, we spent our last day at church and it was hard to know that we’re probably not coming back. I guess that’s the blessing and curse of being adventurous: you meet some amazing people that you have to say goodbye to 😦
Alaska has been a crazy wonderful year of physical and spiritual growth for all of us. We’re so thankful that we got to spend a year in such a beautiful place with such genuine people. Goodbye, Alaska. I hope we meet again!