Day 59 of our Alaska Caravan has arrived. It seems like just few weeks ago that we met and started to get to know each other, and now it’s already time to say “so-long for now”. Nearly two months have rushed by and we are still really getting acquainted and having a great time learning, sharing and playing together.
Good fortune has brought us sunshine, setting records in Alaska. The scenery has enriched our days with unsurpassed beauty. We have driven awe-inspiring roads through lush country of a scale that few of us have seen before. We have touched many facets of the North Country from mountains to the sea.
We head back to our homes with new experiences. We navigated the “Top of the World” highway unscathed (except for a few extra pounds of dirt). We are now quite skilled at spotting frost heaves. We have found ways to maneuver into the tightest of rustic campgrounds. We have seen more wildlife than many will see in a lifetime.
We have learned lots about the different cultures throughout Canada and Alaska, and a bit about each other’s as well.
Our route has brought us closer to understanding the history of the region and what brought so many to seek their fortune, and why so many were willing to risk their lives to do so. We’ve shared the adventure of a journey most will never take.
At our Farewell Dinner everyone shared some thoughts about their experience. One was inspired to write the following:
A Toast to Our Adventure Caravans Alaska 2013 Trip
Here’s to the land of the midnight sun,
A land of adventure for everyone,
Where salmon swim in waters cold,
Where miners search for hidden gold,
Where moose and bear and caribou roam,
Where whales swim in the ocean foam,
Where snowcapped mountains stretch so high,
Where eagle’s wings slice through the sky,
Where rivers of ice flow slowly down,
Where fireweed prepares its winter crown.
Our time together is nearly past,
Friendships and memories are all that last,
We traveled through summer and into fall,
A safe trip onward for one and all.
We hope you have enjoyed your tour as much as we have. We have enjoyed our time with each and every one of you. We thank you all for your support and assistance along the way. As we have said many times, for us, it is the people who make the trip. Have safe travels, and we hope to see you again. Please keep in touch, and treasure the memories you have all taken part in making.
Submitted by Ken & Carole