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Alaska Travels: Revving Up and Winding Down

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Sunset last night, from my parent's deck, Eagle River, Alaska.  Phall Photos 2014

Sunset last night, from my parent’s deck. Eagle River, Alaska.
Phall Photos 2014

A week from today I’ll be catching a ride home on another big metal bird. Yes, I’m 55 and still amazed that those things can carry us through the sky. Of course, the miracle of electricity still boggles my simple mind too. No, no, don’t try to explain them! I NEED every little miracle I can claim ๐Ÿ™‚

Up and Down

So, I’m revving up to wind this visit down. It has been one of my best trips home (I always say this, because the present one IS always the best one!). The lists that mom and I make just grow longer, as my days here grow shorter. Sure, we got a lot done the last 2 months, but man, there’s still so much to do!

And Up and Down Once More

One way or another, I’m heading home on the 29th and am very excited to see my Centralia family; 2 adult children, 5 little grands, cousins, aunt and uncle. There are some special friends I’ve been missing too. And then there is my beach gypsy cave and secret garden awaiting my return to Westport. From social to solitary again. At last. The solitude lures me more every day, no matter the love and joy I receive in the presence of family and friends…

A Traveling Clan

Dad will be flying “home” to Kentucky to see his ailing sisters and brother for a few weeks, on October 1st. Four days after he returns to Alaska, mom will leave to spend the winter in Arizona with my youngest sister and her family. We should own Alaska Airlines by now. The sister that I have had the longest (not allowed to say “oldest sister”) and her husband spend the coldest winter months at their condo in Costa Rica. Some how, some way, I have plans on making it over there this year. A girl can dream ๐Ÿ™‚

Swing over toย http://phallphotos.wordpress.com/homer-alaska/ to see some slide shows from our trip to Homer, if you have a few minutes. No metal bird needed for this tour!

Traveling On,

Patti

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

19 thoughts on “Alaska Travels: Revving Up and Winding Down

  1. Peggy heads off to Alaska in three weeks to help out with the grandkids. I’ll be sitting this one out. Had a great time kayaking with our Alaska friends off of Vancouver Island this summer, checking out the Orcas. โ€“Curt

  2. I returned not long ago from your neck of the woods. A mixture of sadness and happiness to be home in the familiar. I hope your trip is amazing and that you return home with many fond memories…and photos.

  3. Patti:)
    It’s always so great to read a post from you…enjoy this week with you mom and take care. ***hugs***
    Ellespeth

  4. Phenomenal sunset picture Patti. I wish you a safe journey home to the garden which you’ve done so nicely. I hope all is OK with it when you get back.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • Thank you, David! My friend has been watering, so hopefully it is fine. I am determined to be in my garden for the duration next summer…okay, a short visit to Alaska to help mom open her garden, but then right back home ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs back to you!
      P

  5. I will miss your Alaska pictures when you leave to go back home, Patti, but I always enjoy the WA pics, too. I will climbing aboard a big silver bird on my way to Texas for two months in Oct. I, too, am amazed that we’ve developed this wonderful technology to fly us around the world in such short order (I love flying and feel more comfortable in an airplane than in a car)…and don’t much care how it ‘happens,’ either. Just beam me up Scotty! Safe travels, my friend! Jenna

  6. Hi Patti: I have your ‘liked’ notices in my e-mail just now and wanted to write you to say thank you for spending time with me. I am trying to finish a novel and haven’t been as busy with the blog as I like to be. Like you, I’m sure you find it a wonderful writing/creative outlet. You are living an interesting and spirit filled life. Beside saying thank you to you for taking the time to read today, I am sending you prayers for safe travel back home and into the future that is waiting for you.

  7. “A week from today Iโ€™ll be catching a ride home…”

    And for a moment… I had to think… are you coming, or going??

    Home is… where your heart is, or where you hang your hat…

    I guess, if you don’t have a heart, or a hat… you’d be in quite the predicament… *smug grin*

    See ya real soon!

    -m

  8. Thank you. Glad to be catching up with you so many days later and will check out your photos, too. You’re back in your solitude now. I long for quiet when I’m with lots of people. I feel a little nunnish sometimes, but that’s a role I hadn’t explored before. It’s sweet to think of you with your parents, helping them and bonding with them as an adult.
    Warmly,
    Elaine

  9. Thank you, Elaine. I’m happy to “see” you around, no matter when. Yes, solitude. I’m allowing it to swallow me. It was wonderful being with my Washington and Alaska families. I’ve basked in the past 2 weeks of weather in the 70’s, and now the windy and rainy weather is here, and I love that too.
    It is strange to imagine you out in the world doing your book tour and PR, but you seem to be sailing through it very well. I’m only on the computer enough to check in, but I’m so proud of you! Hugs to you and Willow ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. lmao~no worries Patti…. I just had a similar conversation with my son. I was holding a DVD and said to him. How to they fit these images on this flat metal disc. How…. He laughed and said to me: “Mom, you need help….seriously!” So clearly you and I do cuz I’m amazed by modern technology. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

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