Last summer 2020, we visited Alaska on a nomadic road trip that took us from Anchorage to the beautiful Denali park and then down to the tip of the lovely Kenai Peninsula to Roads End of Homer. After that trip we started to joke about moving and then it turned into a why not? What do we have to lose? We’re not getting any younger!
In May 2021 we stayed back on the Kenai peninsula to do some exploring and figure out if this was an area we really wanted to move to. We did not make this decision lightly, moving meant leaving the home we had recently built, the craftroom I made my own and loved, our families and our friends. The more we talked about it the more we had to ask ourselves what we would think 20 years from now if we didn’t take the chance. I had spent nearly my whole life in Oregon, it was home, but we were ready to explore, see more, do more. Life is too short.
We listed our home and had offers immediately. On Monday, August 16, 2021 we hit the road, my hubby and a dog in our truck pulling a cargo trailer full of my craft supplies and other items and me following with our other dog and cat. Our very long road trip took us through the Sumas, Washington border crossing into Canada. We spent three nights making our journey across this beautiful country and through the Yukon territory. We had to change some flat tires along the way, but overall were able to enjoy the scenery and a variety of amazing wildlife!
Having that much time to myself in the car driving for hours on end gave me a lot of time to ponder life, dream of my next craft projects and think about my blog. Honestly, I did a lot of singing to a wide variety of tunes off my playlist. I will only sing alone in my car, so, sorry to my pets who endured the terrible show.
On Friday, the 20th we crossed the US border where a very nice agent gave us dog treats and told us welcome home. Oh those words, “Welcome Home”. It was so good to hear, it had been such a long drive, I was exhausted and emotional. I burst into tears promptly after pulling away. Oh, my gosh! We really did it! We were in Alaska! It all became real at that moment, what have we done? I’m so excited and still a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of it.
We have rented an apartment and will move into a larger long term duplex in a few weeks. In the meantime, we got to unload all my crafty stuff I was afraid would draw moisture if I left it in the trailer. Upstairs, repeatedly, holy cow, did I really have that many boxes? I really need to do some more thinning things out! I have carved out a little space to craft in the meantime and will start my new job on Monday. I hope to be able to start sharing more again here on the blog for you in the next few weeks! Happy crafting, no matter where you are!