We traveled North.
We had some of the most amazing adventures, that I won’t soon forget. Full of sunshine, and fish, grizzlies, ice caves, mountain ranges that make the Rockies look like mole hills, family and fantastic food.
It of course was mass chaos before we left, but I will have to get to that another time.
My brother lives outside of Anchorage Alaska. My husband and I have both traveled there separately, but never together. And never with the Dino Dude. It was a first for all of us. The plane ride was uneventful (except for the strange reaction my kid seemed to have to Dramamine, that he’s never had before. He had crazy episodes and sleeping and hitting and yelling. We think the eye meds didn’t mix well with the motion sickness meds.)
We landed safely and were welcomed with open arms and purple mountains. And even though our plane landed at nearly ten at night, the sun was still shining, and the birds still chirping. We happened to visit on 3 of the nicest days of the entire summer, which according to my brother is “just not right”….. we should have to experience Alaska in its true form. Cold and rainy. It was the first trip in 10 years, since the great Canadian Trip of 2002, that I fished. And I loved it. And……I was kind of awesome. More on that later.
Our first day was pretty low key. We took my brother’s jet boat out to the Deshke river. And remember everything in Alaska is bigger than in real life, so it’s more like a GIANT river. We fished the day away in the sunshine. Even got sun burnt. My son was the first to pull in a Silver Salmon (the run had just started in that area and there were only a few in the river.) If you need a mental image of a 6 year old pulling in a rather large fish on his own…..picture him screaming ” I CAN’T DO IT, I CAN’T DO IT, I CAN’T DO IT!!! HELLLLLP MEEEEEEEE!!!!” in which we all responded by ignoring him (except we held on to the back of his pants so he wouldn’t fall in to the ice cold water) And he did indeed get it in himself. And rather proudly I might add. He also ate it for supper. My brother has mastered the cooking of Salmon and Steak I might add. It was some of the most fantastic food ever. Good thing I came home with 48 lbs of it.
Now I know, the pictures on the first day….well, not that intriguing, but just you wait, they get better every. single. day.