Sometimes I look forward to trips because I’ve never been to a place. Sometimes it’s because I’m going with friends or family and I just know it’ll be great. Sometimes Cassie and I have booked a trip so far in advance that I can’t believe it’s finally here. But this trip is different.
On fairly short notice, my dad is taking me and my brothers to Alaska to celebrate his retirement. As some of you might know, over the last few years, my dad has been fighting a scary battle with an aggressive melanoma, and I can honestly say it’s beyond my wildest hopes that he’s even still with us to take this trip at all.
Luckily, it’s been over a year since my dad’s last surgery to remove a tumor, and things are going as well as I could ever dream, but I’ve learned not to take anything for granted through this experience. This trip is going to be very special to me, even if I don’t catch a single fish or get even one good picture of a bear.
So anyways… cancer sucks, Alaska is awesome! It’s awesome in every way a place could be awesome (though one could argue there are a few too many Palins for anyone’s good). It is North America’s answer to the Serengeti Plain. Incomprehensibly vast expanses of pristine wilderness, gargantuan beasts, and endless daylight await me. In the summer, the weather is amazing.
We went once before back in 2004. This time, I’ll have a way better camera (our Nikon D5100 vs my old D70) capable of focusing on fast-moving critters and shooting in low light conditions. Both of these factors severely limited me last time. But even still, here’s a little of what I’m looking forward to (my photos from 2004):
Stay tuned for more photos!