Today I head back “down south,” as they say in Alaska–meaning the lower 48–and it’s always a time of reflection for me. My first trip in 2009 was a 3-week whirlwind. In 2010, I stayed for 6 weeks. And since I landed in Sitka on New Year’s Eve (December 31st, 2011) to start this most recent journey, I’ve officially never missed a year since my first glimpse of The Last Frontier. By the time I get back to THE CLAW and gear up for the next stop on the tour, it’ll be nearly 9 weeks given to this great state. This is where the best of “America” is, in my opinion. Being in Alaska makes me feel patriotic, as if I could finally get what it means to be American and feel mostly O.K. about it, too.
I’ve met a lot of great folks along the way, and if you’ve enjoyed following these Alaska writings, you might enjoy my blog posts from previous trips. The day-to-day archives are searchable on the left sidebar (look for August 2009 and August-September 2010) but here are some links to some of my favorite posts from the past. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!