Sunday, March 23, 2014

North to Alaska

My Mom will be 70 this year in May. I guess I should have asked her before I shared that, but I think it's quite a landmark and one to celebrate. Last year we had a bit of a scare when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a long road but she pulled through that and now we're doing things that we had put off doing. Like this little adventure that we're on right now.

My sister Mindy and niece Abby brought Mom to my place and dropped her off last Saturday. The adventure started right away. It's almost like a wildlife safari with all the animals that I share my house with. On Tuesday, we went to lunch with my best friend Lori and I insisted that Mom try a bite of sushi. I gave her a rousing "you're going to be 70! You have to be adventurous!" speech till she folded to peer pressure and ate it. I was so proud of her. She even waited till I went back to work to throw it up. (Sorry Mom....)

On Thursday morning our real adventure started. We flew out of Eugene bight and early. It was a quick flight to Seattle where we had a little lay-over and some breakfast and people watching...


Then it was on to Juneau. Another nice flight. Much smaller airport than Seattle. And full of bears...
 
 
My son Timothee had no idea that Mom was coming with me and thought that I was taking the ferry the next day. But we managed to catch a small six seat "puddle jumper" a couple of hours later for the last leg of our trip.  I was a little worried about getting Mom into the smaller plane but with the help of a few friendly Alaskans we got her in and settled.

I actually enjoy the smaller planes. I love how you can really see out at all the beauty. In the last three trips I've taken to Skagway the plane has left Juneau and flown up the Lynn Canal. Which I love. But this trip we took off from Juneau and headed straight up and over Mendenhal Glacier. Breath taking....

 




It was only a 45 minute flight, but the entire time Mom and I were both in awe. Alaska was never a place that I had a strong desire to explore, but after my first visit here I was hooked. There is something so humbling and soul soothing about the vast uninhabited views from the plane.

We landed in Skagway and were greeted by my daughter-in-law and my sweet grandbabies. Mom had a little trouble getting off the little plane but I'm pretty sure that it was a total act just to get the good looking young bush pilot to put his arm around her and help her down the ladder. I'll have to try that "help me down" act on the flight out...

 

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