Saturday, February 23, 2013

We Made It!

We finally made it to Alaska!  It only took about 80 hours of driving...  Pretty much as soon as we hit the Canadian border, the scenery got gorgeous.  For three days we drove past mountains, valleys and lakes.  Had I not been driving the entire time, I probably would have been taking pictures almost constantly.  While there were lots of beautiful sights to see, there weren't many places to stop for things like food, or sleep.  So for three days we mostly ate gas station sandwiches and slept in our car.  One of our dinners was warmed up by a running engine, and I was sitting for so long my ankles swelled up!  Never have I appreciated a shower and a bed and a home-cooked meal as much as I did yesterday.  I still have a little recouping to do (go away ankles!), but I already feel like a new person. 

This picture was taken just across the Alaskan-Canadian border, I'll post some more pictures from our drive soon.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rest Stop

Last Monday, Nick and I started our drive to Alaska, and yesterday we arrived in Spokane, Washington.  One of our dear friends lives here, so we're taking a few days to rest up and do a little visiting.  I cannot express how wonderful it is to not be driving!  Spokane is also the home of Nick's alma mater, Gonzaga, so after sleeping in this morning (bliss!) we went over to campus so Nick could show me around and do a little reminiscing.  After sitting in our cars for too many hours, our legs had almost forgotten what they were made for.  It was a beautiful day to walk around and we loved it!

Gonzaga is lovely.  We were able to visit a couple of Nick's old professors, get chai tea lattes at the student center and finish with a late lunch at one of Nick's favorite restaurants.  When we got home, we left again to go ballroom dancing with our host (so much fun)!  It's been a great day, with very little driving.  Hallelujah.  

In other news, yesterday was Valentine's Day, and my darling husband schemed to have a barbershop quartet serenade me while we were waiting for our friend (who happened to be one of the singers) to join us for lunch.  It was so sweet!  And then he cooked me a homemade lobster dinner.  Not bad for a Valentine's Day on the road :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hello there

Tomorrow, Nick and I will start driving to Anchorage, AK.  We packed up our apartment yesterday and we're spending today with family and friends in Lansing.  Before leaving Grand Rapids, my Alaskan husband took advantage of the abundant snow and warmish weather to build an igloo.  It looked a little too cold and wet for me, but I'm kind of a pansy when it comes to that sort of thing.  I did help with one layer, and  I took care of the photo-documentation :-)

 When my brother Nate got home (he kind of lives with us during the week), he got caught up in the spirit of the thing and went out to build a pair of snowmen with Nick.  I came out just in time to make their faces.  Pretty cute huh?  We thought the neighbor kids would be thrilled with the thing, but I think we actually had more fun with it than they did.  Maybe they're scared of the snowmen...


Friday, February 1, 2013

I Must Have Blinked

Well, hello February, whatever happened to January?  It can't possibly be gone already, can it?  This year started with such a slew of changes, it seems like a little extra time should be allowed for adjusting.  But January is over, ready or not.  I definitely haven't accomplished 1/12th of my goals for this year, but I'm beginning to find my footing, and I won't let February slip away so easily.

Nick and I had some fun with our cameras last night.  As you can see, the snow is back, so we took a little walk around our apartment complex to take pictures of the pretty lights.  I had fun making light scribbles, which Nick laughed at, and then he used his fancy, schmancy tripod to take real photos.  I love you Darling ;)