Late last year, we found out we were likely moving to Alaska in the spring of 2014!
I’ll keep a long “red tape” type story short and tell you that as of May 20, 2014, we are now living in Anchorage, Alaska!
It was a long journey to get here (the actual journey/travel, paperwork, planning, and emotional toll) but I’m grateful for this new duty station and the new adventures this season of our lives will bring.
We decided shortly after we learned that Alaska was on the horizon that we would take an epic trip in conjunction with our move – and boy did we! We visited family, historical sites, had many fun times, spent LOTS of time squished in the van, and many nights in hotels along the way. But it’s not something we’ll ever forget that we were fortunate enough to do.
Some fun stats:
~ Days of travel: 39
~ States visited: 18
~Miles driven: 6,800
~ Hotel rooms stayed in: 11
~ Days spent on ferry: 3
~ Hours spent in the van: 100+
~ Number of times I told a child to STOP doing something or to be quiet: 4,763
~ Days since we’ve had a home to live in: 54 (and counting – we don’t move into our rental until July 1 – we are currently in temporary lodging on base)
I did keep a travel journal (there seem to be some photos that aren’t showing up on the site, I’m working on getting that fixed) of our trip and have finally finished uploading the photos and events. You’re welcome to have a look and read about our journey!
Also, while I will be forever grateful for this opportunity, it was hard. There were several times where I wondered if we’d made a huge mistake by committing to having all 5 of us confined to such a small space for so many days. Though we did our best to allow the children time to run around, goof off, and generally be kids, it was tricky to navigate having very little personal space or alone time. The van was packed beyond belief (as you’ll see in one of my travel entries near the end of our trip) and anxiety was high at times. As difficult as some days were, I don’t regret having made this journey. It’s something that most people never get a chance to do, and I definitely don’t want to take that blessing for granted.