Posts include days 50-76 in chronological order. Click to read each short story.
Day 50: Alaska Arrival!
I saw a bear and a moose on the side of the road. Then just before the border, there are signs showing the line between Alaska and Canada. I pulled over and looked into the forest.
Day 51: Female Role Models
Jack and Florence were both early Alaskan pioneers and I respected their adventurous spirit. It made me think about how so many people do extreme things today, like climb Mount Everest. I think we’re built with a desire to explore and experience harsh conditions, but our lives are so easy now. It often leaves people feeling unsatisfied.
Days 52-53: Unexpected Feelings at the North Pole
At the North Pole, I watched children with their families take pictures with Santa. I felt sad that I didn’t have children. It was a strange and unexpected feeling.
Days 54-55: Locals in Fairbanks
I went on a river cruise and dug for gold using a pan. I also had the chance to meet several locals in Fairbanks and learn about their life there.
Day 56: Friends in Fairbanks
Traveling solo can be lonely at times. On this day, I met Zack and Lily and they kept me company for dinner and hanging out in a hot spring. Before the hot springs, I went for a hike in a beautiful landscape.
Days 57-58: Denali National Park
I hiked for six miles in Denali National Park. The views were incredible! It got extremely windy and cold at the top, though.
Days 59-60: Homer, Alaska
I spent a couple of days in Homer, Alaska, at an Airbnb. I walked along the spit, went to the salty dog café, and had wonderful conversation with my hosts. I stayed up until 2:00 am talking with Jerry on the porch.
Day 61: Alyeska Resort
I took a gondola to the top of the mountain and enjoyed dinner at the AAA, Four-Diamond award-winning restaurant. There is also a famous drink there. It’s called the Fizz and they limit how many drinks people can have because of its high alcohol content. The bartender explained that there is only one bartender who makes it, it’s a secret receipt, and he only makes it in the winter.
Day 62: Sadness in Anchorage
I was feeling incredibly lonely. Not just lonely, but completely alone. It’s the feeling that I am not “number one” to anybody. I tried to talk with my parents about it, but they didn’t seem to get it.
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