The inspiration for my Alaskan adventure came from a book I read called, “Into the Wild”. It was supposed to be a summer trip but it was too busy at work to leave. It became a summer trip, then a fall trip, and finally a winter trip. Traveling to Alaska in the wintertime is a lot more expensive. More dangerous… maybe. In the wintertime all I have to worry about is the cold, right?. By the way, I’ve never experienced coldness like this before. It was brutal and unforgiving.
Day 1-2: Fly into Fairbanks, rent a car, get fuel and supplies.
Day 3-8: Drive down to Healy. Park the car and proceed to hike to the bus. A 22 mile (44 roundtrip) hike to the bus in the snow with a 60 pound pack. I was foolishly ambitious.
Day 9-10: Drive past the arctic circle.
Day 11: Return to Portland.
Why did I do it? I can’t adequately explain it in words. All I can say is that it felt right. It was time for me to start doing the things I want to do; to follow my heart. (after my return) I was texting a friend Liv who was telling me about how she got lost “in life” at one time. It reminded me that sometimes we need to get lost in order to find ourselves…, and sometimes we get lost over and over again. She seems to care about people and their health and well being. She’s an altruist which fascinates me.
I must admit that I was afraid I wasn’t going to have fun on a winter trip, but I’m glad I did it. There is beauty everywhere. Even in places where you would not expect or imagine to see it. The filters I create for myself distort my view of the world and of myself. In order to experience the beauty, I must put aside my prejudices, my desires, and my expectations.
There’s no one right way to live life. Everybody has they’re own idea of right and wrong. A friend told me once that “life is short, but it’s also very wide.” I want to explore and experience life and to see and understand it with open mind and open heart. Easier said than done but not impossible.