I have fallen in love with Alaska all over again! When I first got here, it didn’t feel like home at all. Between the media and stories from my mom, it seemed as though this state had gone off the deep end. Crime rates at an all-time high, a massive drug epidemic, robberies down the street. Those things are all anyone talks about anymore. What they won’t tell you is that Alaska is truly one of the most incredible places in the world! I could go on and on, but here are my 3 favorite things about this that I have noticed this week: scenery, simplicity, and sincerity.
I mean, this one is a given. Just look at these photos! Everywhere you turn is beautiful. So many locals (myself included) take this for granted. When we were done fishing yesterday, we drove the boat back up the river and Mt. Mckinley, the tallest mountain in North America, was out and beautiful as ever. The sun was shining making the monstrous white mountain glow. That’s not something you see every day! I was sure to snap a mental photo so I can remember that moment forever. It was so beautiful.
If you’ve ever visited Hawaii, you know that life there is more laid back and relaxed. I feel the same way with life here, but opposite climates… haha. People here love to run. They love to hike, be outside, enjoy each other’s company. What car you drive, the cleanliness of that car, the latest clothing trends, big expensive homes… None of that matters here and I love it. Not that there is anything wrong with those things (because I am definitely guilty of these myself), but I love that worldly material things are of lesser importance. Always a great reminder for me!
The people here – I mean wow. While there is an unusually large population of “sketchy” people living here, the majority of people here are top notch. Genuine, kind, and sincere people. It’s the best kind of community to grow up in. Driving around town the past few days has given me major flashbacks, and I realized that my childhood was freaking awesome. Because of the people here, I was able to grow up with some amazing influences and life long friends. If you are ever in need, people will stop to help at the drop of a hat. I do love the community I live in with Tyler, but have yet to find anything quite like Palmer, Alaska.
These are some photos we took last week on a little hike up to Gold Cord Lake at Hatcher Pass. Brady leaves for his two-year mission tonight and the tears are so real!! Wow. I am so proud of him and I know he will be great!!
If you have been or live here, what are your favorite things about Alaska??
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