Alaska's frozen tundra couldn't be any farther from Thailand's tropics, and that is probably at least a small part of its appeal to Whim, as are the majestic views. Talk about a photographer's dream! But I know that the biggest part of the attraction is my family there.
Over the years, Whim and the boys have been to Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and Montana, traveling and visiting my family. Every time we spend time with my family, Whim enjoys connecting with them and learning about American culture and our family dynamics. So while we've had some lovely visits with the Alaskan branch of my family tree during reunions over the years, we haven't visited the Great State... yet.
We weren't planning any trips this year, but then last week, the boys asked us when they were ever going to see snow. Such an honest, fair question for kids in a tropical climate. So Whim and I started cooking up a plan. We thought of a quick trip to a nearby, snowy country- maybe Japan- for Christmas, but quickly realized that if we were going to travel, why not make it a trip we've been wanting to make for years?
So we are! We're heading to Alaska to celebrate Christmas with my wonderful Aunt Cynth and family. I can't believe it all came together in just a few days.
We spent the first two days of our October break in various government offices, updating passports and prepping for travel. Now we're sitting back with tickets in hand, counting down the days.
I've never been one to like spontaneous plans, so I don't know what has come over me. Normally, I take almost a year to plan a trip, and the anticipation is half the fun. I guess we'll just have to fit all that excitement into the next two months.
Alaska, here we come!