Alaska

Alright – let me take a deep breath for this one!  3:45 a.m. Rapid Rover pickup.  Rapid Rover to PHL.  PHL to ATL.  2 hours in Atlanta.  ATL to SEA.  Only about an hour layover in Seattle and I couldn’t find my gate.  I didn’t know there was a separate terminal!  SEA to ANC.  The views out my window seat are stunning coming in to Anchorage.  After 14.5 hours of travel time, I’m on the ground in the 49th state – but I’m not there yet!  My rental SUV is waiting at Enterprise; 6:00 p.m. and I’m on the road heading north.  I figured about 4 hours of drive time should put me there.  First the sun sets around 9:00 p.m., then the sky begins to really darken a little after 10:00 p.m.  I’m nowhere near Denali yet and starting to get concerned!  At 11:00 p.m. I finally pass through Healy.  I bang a left off the Parks Hwy onto Stampede Road (did you read “Into the Wild?”)  A few more miles later, as I pull into Earth Song Lodge, it is simply pitch black.  I get out of the SUV and look up – I’ve never seen night sky like this in my life.  “Congratulations,” I whisper to myself, “you’re in ALASKA!”

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