Hi everyone. First off, I would like to apologize for the lengthy break there. Things have been more than crazy around these parts – after we got back from our Alaska trip we moved out and into grandma’s house. Which was a total blast. The last time I slept in “my” bed there was the night before the wedding! Let me tell you, it felt all kinds of funny to announce bedtime and then have Justin come trotting after me into the bedroom, unassaulted by raised eyebrows or tsk tsking.
Well we are finally moved in! The house is ours and full of stuff, but it’s not quite ready to be photographed yet. For starters, I can’t find my camera. Secondly, I want to show you all the pictures from our beautiful Alaska trip! Because what a thrill. I had heard over and over “oh, Alaska is so beautiful” so I figured I knew what was up. Clearly I had no idea.
Can I say “beginning of the voyage toast”? Our twist on a classic – salt, tequila, orange.
One of the best parts of this trip was our opportunity to get all cozy with our cousins. There are a ton of us around the same age – Ali, Bianca, Justin, Nicky, Timmy and I. Then one baby step down we have Brendan, Jonathan, Dwight and Ben, whom we hung out with but couldn’t participate in our imbibing. Then below that come even more cousins. But for the most part you could not find any of us without the others the entire trip.In Juneau we got to visit the Alaskan Brewery, where my main man showed off his plaid. Since the actual brewery was a little out of the way, we were some of the only people on the tour. Therefore we got the ultimate experience – an extremely lively tour from an excited and knowledgable guide followed by an extensive tasting menu. My favorite was the Alaskan Amber, while Justin’s was the Alaskan Freeride APA the sheer hoppiness of which will burn a hole through your shirt if you happen to spill any.Doesn’t that little gold ring just make the outfit? We could mostly be found on our top deck. And from gray and mysterious the sky suddenly became bright and the water a brilliant green-blue. With the weather at an unbelievable 75 degrees, we all peeled off our layers and basked in the sunlight. And out came the camera.
Clearly I cannot claim credit for this beautiful shot. I think this may be the best picture anyone has taken of me ever. My little sister is forever talented and basically just picked up the camera and caught me at the perfect moment. I mean seriously, I’m actually trying most of the time and my shots aren’t half this good!
The men among our family decided amongst themselves that they would seem more authentic in the Alaskan wilderness with a bearlike visage.
Emmett and Bianca looking chipper as usual.
Family soup a-brewin’.
As Alaska is wont to do, it got cold.
Undaunted by the chilly temperature, we decided to go hiking. And what a hike it was.
About halfway up, we thought seriously about turning back. And every 100 feet after that.But these guys would not allow it. Every time we let out a fresh wail, Bianca and I were reassured that we only had ten minutes left. Like we would fall for that. But by that time we had gone too far to turn back. And how glad we were that we made it to the top. Can you believe this view? Once we reached the summit, there was only one more thing to do… We leapt! After the initial shock and misery, we felt as if we had conquered the mountain. And then we reenacted the climb. Climbing down was almost worse, if you can believe that. But we finally made it back and had some celebratory beers before staggering back to the boat.
We were extra sad to leave, but I know I probably can’t stay away too long. It was an amazing trip that I can’t quite put into words. Our great big family got to spend quality time together in an exceptionally beautiful place. What could be better than that?