I have to admit I was running on empty the week before our trip, empty is code for "in desperate need of a break from the challenges and responsibilities in my life." Even though I knew I really needed a trip my heart was heavy knowing that there might be some unpleasant times for those watching over our kids and dog. Right before loading into the car and heading to the airport I looked in through the crack in the door to see my little Lucas who was sleeping and silently cried to myself, I was going to miss him and my crazy five year old and I needed on last snuggle so I woke him up.
I got reunited with the airport, back in my student days I was quite the frequent flyer going back and forth from England to America but it had been 4 and a half years since I last flew. I was excited, I felt a little like a kid again as we boarded the plane and watched the flight attendants teach us about safety. For the first 30 minutes of flight time I had my eyes glued to the window seeping in all the beauty of the world below me but then the Chinese food that we had eaten earlier warmed my tummy and I was asleep leaning on Ben's shoulder in an instant. Oh by the way my gift for falling asleep anywhere at any time was really show cased on this trip.
After arriving in Alaska, Dwayne picked us up and we headed to his home where Lindsey greeted us with awesome homemade matching ties for the boys. The cool thing is about this family is we just pick right up where we left off; I adore them! After a night of chatting and giggling and a little planning we went to bed.
Our sea kayaking was cancelled:( Too much wind. We decided to find a quirky place for Lunch and hike to a glacier. I was such a warm day, we were wishing we wore shorts. There was a moment when Ben embraced the title his mother has given him "an adrenaline junkie" when he jumped over a glacier crevice. I didn't take a picture because I was too busy rebuking him. Naughty, naughty Ben!
The weather really reminded me of England and everything was so GREEN just like England but instead of rolling hills there were gigantic mountains everywhere, literally everywhere!The mountains are really enormous and lush. There is every shade of green covering them. I was such a delight to see the sea, I LOVE sea sides.
The Plane View
Day one ended with sushi and a lot of packing for our bush plane adventure starting early the next morning.