Sunday, May 31, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Well here I am! The flight was horrible (but thats just cuz i hate flying) the rockies were stunning then after seattle it was all clouds so i didn't see much. I am now sitting by the window in our 3 bdr 1 bath apt (sorry but..... crack shack) cuz this is the only place I get service here. I've been watching the bald eagles, 4 of them, fly and "sing/call" around the complex and land in the trees across the way! AMAZING! Jamie (one of the girls here) and I went to the Nugget mall (what a mishmash of stores!) so that I could buy extra tuff boots (really heavy duty rain boots in an ugly brown/red with yellow trim that everyone in AK wears, and Bama booties, then came back to the apt and decided to go on an adventure to the downtown, caught the bus and went the 45 min to down town. When I woke up it was raining but it started to clear up as soon as we got to the bus stop. The mountains were still covered at the top by clouds but it was still really beautiful. Alaska is just as I imagined it, a mishmash of anything you can find to throw together as a house with moose antlers with moss growing on it, shops spread around everywhere, selling everything you can imagine! Jamie and I went to a little italian resturant for lunch and a chocolate shop for desert :-) its now 5:08 and the jetlag is still hitting home hard so it feels like I should be getting ready for bed... I'll be up on the Ice "Herbert Glacier" either tomorrow or Monday, I'm going to be in training shadowing Rick for a week then I'm on my own giving tours. I've found out that I get my own 10x10 tent with a propain tank heater, and a gas stove in the "kitchen tent"! more on that later.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Last night in Maine

Well here it is, the moment I've been waiting for since I first got the call asking if I wanted to be a part of the Blue Kennels and Coastal Helicopters team! wow, I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would be what I was going to be doing after I graduated from COLLEGE! But here I am living one of my dreams, getting paid for doing something that I absolutely love to do! For those of you who do not know I will be living in Juneau for the summer (until Sept 15th) working on the Juneau Icefield as a guide, mushing dogs 5 days a week. Sleeping in a platform tent (yes I am crazy but most of you knew that already :-) ) working with 6 other people including my boss Rick who is part owner of Blue kennels with Sebastian (who won the Yukon quest and placed second in the Iditarod this year!) It is now 11:40 the night before I head out and I need to go close my eyes before I worry myself sick! leaving the house tomorrow morning to make my 1:45 flight out of boston! OMG here come the butterflies! I know its going to be amazing :-)