Musings at Journey’s End, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010 - 4:03 am 1 Comment

We can’t believe we actually did it! All the planning, dreaming, and waiting finally paid off in a big way. We wouldn’t change a thing about our time away. We made new friends along the way and came to the understanding that most of mankind is ultimately honest and kind.

Trip to Alaska: 14,000 miles at a cost of $13,000

Memories of a lifetime: Priceless

We are coming home to some sadness across the street (the impending death of our beloved neighbor), but we are hopeful that we will get home to say a final goodbye. Allan visited him on Sunday with his wife, Catherine, and beautiful little Olivia, and Rembert was alert, although weak, and knew he was there.

Here are some parting thoughts as we make our way home on the last day of our trip.

1. Alaska is a long way from Chattanooga

2. You can do anything you set your mind to

3. You better LIKE your travel partner to make a 3 month trip in an RV

4. A sense of humor is a MUST on a trip of this magnitude

5. RVing is hard work

6. America is breathtaking

7. The sun never sets in Alaska in the summer

8. Alaska has a love/hate relationship with the cruise industry

9. Most roads in Alaska are much better than we expected

10. Retirement is what you make of it

11. Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today

12. Trekking to Alaska is not for the faint of heart

13. We do not like “parking lot” campgrounds

14. Canada is just as pretty as Alaska with more wildlife

Best memory of the trip: Hard to narrow down, but we agree the catamaran trip to Juneau from Skagway is high on the list

Worse memory of the trip: Tour buses

Most interesting town: Hyder, Alaska

Least interesting town: Juneau, Alaska (touristy and also the capital of AK)

I could go on and on but I like to get these thoughts down so I can go down memory lane in the future. I appreciate everyone who took the time to join us on this trip by keeping up with the blog. We hope next year to visit the New England states and Nova Scotia.

Stay tuned! Bonnie

One Response to “Musings at Journey’s End, Tuesday, August 10, 2010”

  1. Cindy and Randy Says:

    WELCOME HOME! It is hard to believe your trip is over. I have enjoyed reading everything you all have done. The best thing to do now is soak in the memories……… and start planning the NEXT TRIP!

    I am so sorry about your neighbor and hope that you get a chance to spend some time with him before he takes his final journey.

    So happy that you had a safe and wonderful trip and I look forward to your next ones for many years to come.

    Signing off till the next time,

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