It took Josh and me 12 days to get to Alaska…7 days in the car and 5 days on a boat. We got to see some incredible things and spend time with great people during our trip. We stayed in E. St. Louis IL, Olathe KS, Fraser CO, Pinedale WY, Jerome ID, and Seattle WA. We stayed for free with either friends of ours or people that our friends knew. At each place, we could take hot showers, had a comfortable place to sleep, and were fed really well. We only had to buy one meal the entire trip… a waffle house in Denver. Gas was about 20 cents cheaper per gallon than I had budgeted for, so that was a blessing as well! My car held up just fine and is still running great in Alaska! Our trip was very smooth. It was wonderful to drive through the familiar mountains of Tennesse and then transition into the more flat, open areas of the midwest. The long drive across Kansas was pretty, but it was also cold, and very windy, and boring! We drove through the Rockies in Colorado and that was more tense because of the snow, but it was beautiful. The drive from Denver to Seattle was beautiful. Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington are all beautiful states. Shortly, I will be putting up some pictures on Facebook so you can see some of the sights we got to drive through.
The ferry ride was also a great experience! I had never been on a boat overnight before, so to spend 5 nights on one was very unique. The first 3 days were filled with wonder and awe at the vastness of God’s creation…riding through the ocean with mountainous islands on either side of us. I had plenty of time to think, pray, and reflect about the past 22 years and the time to come in Alaska. By the final two days of the boat ride, I was ready to get off and start doing things.
Some very gracious people saved me a big chunk of money by allowing us to stay and eat for free. I am deeply grateful for them. To those of you who helped through physical means, and/or by praying for us, your care and love was definitely felt and known our entire trip. Thank you so much.
I think my next post will be about my time in Greenville right before I left…