alaska. let's see, where do i even start?
my girls picked me up from the airport and we all squealed and screamed as we were reunited. they gifted me a carhart beanie so we could all match, and we squealed some more.
we made friends everywhere we went, i ate a bacon jam burger and bacon blue cheese and both were game changers. we kayaked in resurrection bay, where we saw a porpoise + a sea lion. we walked black beaches and took too many pictures, if there is such a thing.
we had a lot of deep talks during car rides. we used the phrase "on a scale from blank to blank...this is blank" way too often. i met a reindeer named star. we hiked to a glacier and i learned how to skip rocks in the runoff. we watched beluga whales migrate, which was one of the more extraordinary experiences of my life.
we took a glacier cruise & froze our bums right off, we went to the anchorage temple. we rode a hand tram, we danced to a lot of beyonce music videos. we failed at making a fire + had to recruit a stranger to help. (he was heaven sent!) we cuddled inside our freezing tent and laughed until tears streamed on to our pillows.
we stayed in the sketchiest, smelliest motel i've ever experienced. (we're talking mysterious stains on the sheets and holes in the walls.) we went dancing on saturday night. we caught fish bare-handed. we shed tears when we had to seperate.
i basked in the constant laughter, and tried to truly appreciate the magnitude of the blessing of good friends.