|Fresh tracks. Denali NP.|
Summer has officially come and gone in the Mat-Su valley. The sun now sets at the reasonable hour of 8:30ish, and I am now the lone wall-tent resident left at the Hideaway. All others have returned to their end-of-the-season homes in the Lower 48 or moved into neighboring trapper cabins. Our first frosts have occurred (brrrrr, in my wall tent), the birch and cottonwood leaves are turning and falling, the dwarf dogwoods are returning to the bright red color that they were when I first arrived here in Spring, and the rain and wind storms have arrived early. In Denali last weekend, I experienced my first snow of the season. Here in Talkeetna, it has rained non stop for three days straight. This new evidence of Fall comes with a sigh of relief, and I now find myself falling into my Fall and Winter pace.
|The season's first snow! And white-out conditions at that, for a little while. Denali NP.|
I've spent most of this weekend indoors and in Talkeetna. I can only think of one other weekend this summer where I chose no plan of adventure and just loitered around town. I was stircrazy! But this weekend I feel like I can finally take a well-deserved deep breath. For the last 5 months life has been a whirlwind of wilderness, midnight sun, camping, music, and dance. Now I head into a season of shorter days, lots of rain, soft sweaters, thick blankets, movies, and hot tea...sigh...The mountains, music, and dance from the summer will likely carry over in to the new season, but in a different location, and without tent accommodations. Soon, I'll return to the “real world” of city streets, electricity and internet in my home (whoa!), traffic, and options galore whether it be food, drink, entertainment, transportation modes and routes, or shopping.
As I sort out the last bit of my travel plans back to the Lower 48, I grow more and more excited (very excited!) but I also grow a bit unsure and conflicted. Unsure about re-adjusting to life in the city, when I've come to love the little town life. I will miss my short hike into town, kicking up gravel on the streets of Talkeetna, recognizable faces everywhere you turn, and so much more.
As it was 5 months ago, I find myself again in a place where I have no clue where I'll end up next. The months of October and November will be quite exciting as I visit Seattle once again, travel to Tennessee for some much needed bff time, and then onto Florida for my sister's wedding and a family-filled Thanksgiving (It's been awhile). After that I'll likely return to Seattle and sort out the rest from there, provided I can both afford and re-adjust to city living. Whatever the case, I hope the next phase will be just as epic as my time here in Alaska.
I have two weeks of work left, then I will make a 3-week trip back to Washington via the Inside Passage. Whew! I think I'm headed for another whirlwind adventure. I better soak in the rain, fall colors, and slower pace of the time I have left here in Talkeetna. (sips warm beverage and settles into my sweater and views of the autumn yellow birch leaves dancing and floating about in the wind and rain) Cheers.