Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

Holy mind-blowing insanity, the world is full of strangeness.  Even in moments of complete familiarity, a new perspective can shift the mundane into weirdness.  But, for maybe the first time in my adult life, I have been first-person awed at an event unfathomable: the Aurora Borealis. One can have an academic comprehension of a phenomenon … Continue reading »

Running in Snow

Running in Snow

Winter fun in Alaska comes in two forms: drinking indoors, or intense physical activity outdoors.  Somehow finding an energy reserve in spite of plentiful skiing and bathroom remodeling, we elected to volunteer for the Iditarod. We’ve always appreciated the sport from afar, but got to Alaska at just the right time for a full immersion. … Continue reading »

Subsitence

Subsitence

Meat and egg and cheese, wrapped in a shiny package, warmed and sold and consumed while hurtling through the sky at hundreds of miles per hour. Already on this trip we have achieved a hyper-awareness of food and its sources, because we are hunting and gathering our way around the globe in a very sophisticated … Continue reading »

Departure

Departure

An image from the precipice of departure: It is strangely the only one we have.  No pictures of hugs with family.  No record of us burdened under our haphazard loads.  Just a guerilla shot of the Toledo train station.  Keeping it real.

Stuff

Stuff

What a strange condition; to be simultaneously storing and eliminating possessions while painstakingly researching and procuring, at great expense, so many others.  Certainly, upon our return, we’ll wonder just why we couldn’t live without all this stuff. The old possessions in storage: (thank yous to all involved).   And the all of the new possessions, each agonizingly selected:   It … Continue reading »

Preparation

Preparation

A little conditioning against both discomfort and disease while our health insurance is willing to pay for it. In case you think we got off easy, the arms on the back side of this photo match the front.