ONE YEAR IN ALASKA — FROM NEWBIE TO “SOURDOUGH”

One year. I have lived in the wild and weird state of Alaska for one year as of today.

A year ago today I’d spent days upon days in a dirty car filled with way more things than we EVER should have road tripped with and FINALLY arrived in Anchorage, AK. We’d been traveling with two dogs, two people, more jerky than is probably healthy, and two fancy goldfish in a 5 gallon bucket. There are quite a few people in my life that still give me shit for that whole road tripping for 5+ days with two goldfish thing. To them I say, SUCK IT.

Living in Alaska

Goldfish not pictured. People frown on bringing them backpacking. 

I knew that moving to Alaska was going to open me up to an adventure of the likes I was unable to predict. I knew that living here would enable me when I was old and grey to begin stories with, “When I lived in Alaska…” waxing on and on about wild Alaskan adventures. What I didn’t realize is that after only one year of living here I’d already be brimming with stories, adventures and sights.

Here are a few:

 

There was more, I know there was, but these are just the highlights from things I blogged about. In one year I’ve done and seen more than I think I ever managed to do and see while living in Washington for nearly 8 years.

Even better? This summer is already looking epic. This summer I’ll go to Denali National Park, go on three different halibut fishing trips (looks like I’ll need a second freezer!), have my parents and Adam’s parents visit, backpack and hike with friends in and around Anchorage, fish, fish and fish some more, spend the 4th of July in Seward with friends, and those are just the trips I have booked! I have dreams of so many other adventures. Fly in trips to see grizzly bears, girls weekends at mountain cabins, white water rafting, kayaking next to glaciers in Valdez, there’s so much I want to do!

So in conclusion, this place is very far away, takes some adjusting at first, but being here is the greatest adventure I’ve ever had.

Put this place on your bucket list.

You won’t regret it.

  • http://www.aquaticbehavior.com Tori

    I feel like every one of those activities could be written as, “DID THIS! DIDN’T DIE!” Especially any of them involving moose.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/accidentalolympian Ashley, The Accidental Olympian

    There does seem to be a level of danger in Alaska that doesn't exist elsewhere…

    Ashley the Accidental Olympian 

    *please excuse any typos, email sent via my iPhone*

  • Mommy McD

    You have a spirit that I admire.

    I live vicariously through your adventures.
    Gotta do something in traffic.

  • http://rescuedinsanity.com Kristine

    I think it already is on my bucket list, or pretty dang close. I’d love to head up north one of these days. It sounds absolutely breathtaking.

    Congratulations on a very exciting year! I just have one question… Are the fish still alive?

  • http://lifeofadoctorswife.wordpress.com/ Life of a Doctor’s Wife

    I can’t believe it’s already been a whole year! And what a year full of excitement and fun.

  • sharon

    Ok after hours of reading through your blog allI can say is Thank You! Thank you so very much for sharing, I hope you and Adam are doing good to this day and still thriving in beautiful Alaska … We still are and after two years I don’t ever see it changing :)

  • http://www.accidentalolympian.com/ Ashley the Accidental Olympian

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on the site! I’m a little jealous you’re still in AK frolicing in all the aweseom! Hopefully our turn to living in Chicago isn’t too boring in comparison. :)