“The road ahead lies within.”
Smack-dab in the middle of the land of superlatives, I am dreaming big!
A few things (listed in no particular order) I’m wishin’ on a Northern Star I get to experience while residing in the Great White North, (some require striking gold, all require a little luck):
* Survive (I understand the biggest threat to this is 1. the cold; and 2. a moose charge).
* Host a few Great North adventure-seekers in our state-of-the-art igloo guest quarters! (Now accepting reservations through August 2013. Unless I’ve never met you and somehow you stumbled across my little blog, which I appreciate, I’m just not sure I can let you stay overnight at our house.)
* Experience The Northern Lights (October and March are “the most active” Aurora seasons, but I’m told the lights make appearances throughout the long winter nights.)
* Look (but don’t touch) WILD(!)life including: Alaska’s three bears (polar, grizzly, black); whales (humpback & killer); bald eagles; foxes (in their red and white phase); moose; seals; salmon; muskox; Santa’s reindeer. (Bonus points for mom & baby sightings – that just kills me. BUT hopefully not literally.) Please note, my arctic safari hit list does NOT include a lynx or a mouse.
* Catch a wild Salmon / Halibut with my bare hands (well, maybe not with my bare hands).
* Polar Bears / Northern Lights photography tour! I’m on the waitlist for the 2011 trip (it runs in Octoburrr) anyone want to go with me?!
photo credit: Patrick Endres
* Drive through the remote Yukon in the midst of Autumn. (check!)
* Dip a toe in the arctic ocean. (mmmm, balmy!)
* Go NORTH, all the way NORTH, as far NORTH as possibly possible (within Alaska) to actually cross into The Arctic Circle and be as close to the top of the world as possibly possible.
* Actively cultivate my photography / story telling skills so I can record this experience; and in doing so create an Alaskan anthology for my family and share it with others – hence, the blog!
* Keep in touch with my friends and family who are everywhere but here (hence, the blog). Thank you for checking on us, and thank you for your comments! It makes me feel not so far removed. 🙂
* Soak in Chena Hot Springs Healing Waters under a meteor shower (Fall / Winter / Spring). – well, you can do this in the summer too … but the midnight sun might make it hard to see the shooting stars.
* Shoot (photographs) from a hunting platform high up in a tree.
* Climb to the top of Denali (or to the top of a place with a nice view of it.)
* Ride the Rails!
* Make some turns in AK snow (locally and Alyeska), maybe even * Heli Ski (Hell, I’m not sure I really want to do this, I just wanted to sound cool)
* Glaciers (I’m not sure what you do with them, but I want to do something glacial).
* Cheer on the dog racers!
* Experience the longest day and the longest night of the year, and enjoy a host of sunrises and sunsets and pink skies at all hours in between. (It is so great to see the sunrise without having to wake up early!)
* Become a sourdough (local) without becoming sour.
* Learn about the native culture (I’d love to learn to read totem poles!)
* Visit the Iñupiat Heritage Center in Barrow
* Love living on “College Hill” a minute away from the University! Get involved with the U: attend community lectures; teach some classes like I did at Hawaii Pacific University; take some classes; visit the museum and pretend to be an intellectual!
* Ensure my cubs have a happy pretty school (and age 1-5) experience.
* Hit the road for a few Roadtrips! (Barrow, Kenai, Prudhoe Bay, Denali, Talkeetna, Sitka …)
* Meet a few “true” Alaskans
* Make a few friends (host a few game nights and playdates at our house; enjoy child-free nights OUT and about in the big city of Fairbanks!; and have some local adventure partners!)
* Learn to build / maintain a fire, dip the water, drive through ice fog, and get in and out of car with children in below zero temperatures. (This is all part of the top priority, survival).
* Enjoy cozy Alaskan nights in front of the fire reading; playing boggle or bananagrams; drinking wine or hot chocolate; watching movies … livin’ the life!
* Gather some great stories and live to tell the tales!
* My Moose Charge list is intentionally open-ended (ideas are welcome!), this is just the tip of the iceberg! And, I am looking for partners in adventure, let’s plan your visit!
Anyone want to join me?
If you can’t get out of it, get into it!,
Bottom Line: This is GONNA be FUN!
** In the spirit of recording great adventures and sharing them with others, I bet this Antarctica Year On Ice video is fascinating.
** In creating this list I stumbled across Patrick Endres Photography Blog, a-ma-zing Alaskan landscapes and WILDlife images