A lifestyle blog about life and living in Southeast, Alaska.
I can see the stars again
June 29, 2016
Traveling to the "lower 48" this time was one of the easiest travels I have had to date. Leaving Haines on the fast ferry at 10:45am and arriving in Seattle at 6:00pm without a delay or some sort of hick up is unheard of, well usually during the winter months. Thank goodness the weather was beautiful and luckily my friend Sabine booked her tickets on the same flight to Seattle so she was able to be my second pair of hands. Her husband Skipper is also a gill netter in Haines but they winter in Seaside, Oregon where she is originally from. She was heading back south to take care of their old dog, Locket. She hopes to come back up to Haines in October where Skippers boat will be hauled out and docked for the long winter, then they will make the long drive back down to Oregon to enjoy the Seaside winter.
My new little niece Kate Elizabeth Conley was born on June 23rd. My summer trip planning worked out perfectly as the kids in I flew into Seattle on the 26th. I am so fortunate to have met her in her first couple days of life. I forget how sweet and precious the little ones are. Watching my brother, Kyle and his wife, Melissa become parents and transition from full time students to mom and dad is very sweet. You can tell that little baby Kate is so loved and they are cherishing every single moment with her. Melissa just finished her doctoral program in nutrition science a couple weeks before she had Kate and my brother has applied to med schools throughout the west coast of the U.S. They are a hard working team, and their aspirations inspire me to keep pursuing dreams and passions and I'm sure their talents will get passed down to their daughter as well.
After we snuggled, kissed, and said goodbye to my new little niece we made the trek over Snoqualmie pass to the east side of Washington where it was 100 degrees at 5 pm. Not unusual weather for this time of year or this part of the state. I actually like the dry scorching hot heat. It warms me to my bones. Summer in Alaska can be hot but it always cools down at night, so you you need a heavy sweatshirt. Here in Tri-Cities even after the sun has set, you're most likely still sweating.
Stuart called me this morning and told me that he slept in until until 9am. He said he is taking a day off but in reality he is getting fresh bait from the cannery onto his boat and getting his drum reel set up for gill netting next week. So I am happy he slept in and woke up to a quiet house because I don't think my husband has ever really take a day "off" during my 8 years of knowing him.
Last night as I was putting Loralai to sleep I gazed up at the skylight my parents have in their upstairs living room that we are staying in the for the next couple weeks. I saw bright twinkling specks in the sky and let out a sigh of relief. It is so comforting to see those stars because I haven't seen them in months (Alaskan summers are always dusky at night) and I remember as a little girl, every summer having sleepovers in the lawn with friends and watching the stars and satellites in the sky. I remember how much I do miss this place and all my friends and family that are here. But I know my home is in Alaska. It's a place I'm happy to be and want to raise my little family, but for now I am happy to see the stars again and I know every summer I'll come back to make sure my kids see them too.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!