So I decided to change the title of my blog to something a little less cheesy. It may not be as glamorous as other blogs out there, but I'm not a literary genius by any means. Plus, I'm not sure people are looking a philosophical or spiritual journey as you peruse through my ramblings in life.
I also thought I would give people an overdue update on what I've been up, so here it goes. My summer started out with me getting licensed for driving a motorcycle. That's right, I'm road certified. It's probably going to be while before I own a bike, but some day I will enjoy the freedom of the open road on a motorcycle. I chose to purchase a car instead, because it was more practical and I couldn't find motorcycle with a side car for Katja. Once I had the car, the miles just starting ticking off. A week on the Eastern Shore visiting friends, day fishing trips with Dad, and finally, my trip out west. My first stop was Ohio to visit my dear friend Erin Schalk. We kicked it in Uhrichsville, OH for a few days and then headed to Sheridan, IL to pick up our former colleague, Traci Buckle. I got to do a little bass fishing in Sheridan to help satisfy my fly fishing addiction. Then onto Hayward, WI for another friend's wedding. Rachel and John's wedding was awesome and hanging with friends from LKSD and Seattle in a quaint cabin near the Namekagon River was incredible.
After the wedding, Erin and I said farewell for now and continued west through S. Dakota. A quick detour through the Black Hills area for lunch and a sneak view of Mt. Rushmore and our compass guided us farther into Wyoming and eventually into the Montana. By the way, Cassie's Steak House in Cody, WY is definitely a place you want to stop for dinner. Once we got into Montana, my anticipation of more fishing starting giving me the shakes and tremors. We had to swing through Yellowstone Nat. Park and see the sights. We entered the park from the east and drove up to the Northern end of the park and then out through West Yellowstone, MT. There we stocked up on some light groceries and headed up the Gallatin River towards the Greek Creek Campsite where we spent an evening, me fishing and Erin relaxing with Katja and watching me fish. About a dozen trout later and a good nights sleep, we headed over to the Madison River and I proceeded to get skunked by the mighty trout that lie in Quake Lake. Then it was onto Gig Harbor, WA where we stayed with Erin Kavanaugh and tried to accept the inevitable. Erin was catching a plane back to OH, where she was going to be getting ready for her own adventure in Abu Dabi, teaching at an all girls, private school.
I, on the other hand, still had to drive to Bellingham, WA to catch a ferry that would take me to Haines, AK. I stopped at REI and made it to the ferry with plenty of time to spare. Katja and I got loaded onto the ferry and then started exploring the deck of the boat only to quickly realize that dogs had to stay in the car deck. Needless to say, Katja had cramped quarters for 3 days while we sailed up the inland passage of SE Alaska. She seemed to handle it okay, but I could tell it was getting to her. I was enjoying deck lodging in my tent, which stayed fairly dry despite all the wind and rain we received. We stopped in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, and finally Haines. Katja and I almost missed the boat on our first stop in Ketchikan. Literally, it was so close, we almost got turned away from the ferry, which would have meant we buy plane tickets and meet up with the ferry farther along its journey. But, we made it and we made sure we stayed closer to the ferry terminal from that moment on.
After 3 days at Cooper's Landing, I headed back up to Anchorage to do some laundry and clean myself up a little before heading back to Bethel and eventually, Eek...aka home. The Subaru handled the whole trip just fine. Now she is resting and awaiting our next adventure at Agen's Garage. I'm looking forward to breaking her out and hitting the snow covered roads along the Seward Highway seeking fresh powder for Katja and I to play in.
Well, I think that wraps it up for now. Sorry I waited so long and made this post soooooooo long. Non the less, I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, stay adventurous.