5 Weeks to go…

So excited that our summer is coming to an end and we get to embark on our next adventure.

We took a quick trip to Anchorage to complete our drug screens for Amazon, everyone is officially hired, so that’s good news, and did a little touring of the big city of Anchorage! We don’t get up there very often, it’s about a 4-hour drive one way, and well, it’s not the most awesome place in Alaska, but it was kind of fun to eat greasy fast food and drive on a 4 lane highway.  We had to make an obligatory tourist stop in Portage Valley, one of my absolute favorite places.

Middle Glacier, Portage


We didn’t make any trails, or anything just stretched our legs, admired some glaciers, and checked out the spawning salmon. It’s always a special feeling to watch the salmon. It’s really a magical Alaska moment that never gets old.

Fish Viewing Platform – Williwaw Campground, Portage

It’s pretty neat to watch them do their little dance. Whether it’s making their redd or fighting for their territory, it’s incredible that these little guys even made it here, and all in the name of procreating. They swam for miles, jumped the falls, escaped anglers and wildlife alike. Scarred and exhausted they’ve fulfilled their life’s destiny and can now meet their inevitable demise. So amazingly cool!

Lifecycle of a Pacific Salmon

Fish Viewing Platform – Williwaw Campground, Portage

After our brief overnighter in the city, it was time to head back to Anchor Point!

Now that we were back in town it was time for the kiddos and me to get caught up on school and Hubby was going to put the finishing touches on the Big House for a 9/1 move-in. Whoo hoo!

Speaking of school…

Olivia is now officially a freshman in High School. Super exciting. We will still be homeschooling her, but she opted for a few “distance learning” classes. So far so good with a few surprises. Maybe not surprises per say but this is certainly the first time are working on others’ schedules. Good practice, as I’m sure this is how the “real world” operates. Ha! And of course, I was curious as a teacher-mom to see if we were even prepared for high school curriculum. It’s definitely not what I thought it would be. Spanish is easy, Language Arts is fun, and her science is…odd… Lots of subjective assignments and I’m trying to be patient because I still don’t totally feel like we’re learning anything about science, but maybe this is just the “new school” that everyone’s talking about. Either way, it’s exposing us to new things, which can only help us along our educational path!

Ryder is pretty buried in Language Arts right now, naturally, we cover everything, but he’s really taken to a new grammar program we purchased, and he loves his Wordly Wise, and when I say loves it really means tolerates, but a mom can embellish! Ha! But seriously, when a kid takes off with a subject, there’s no need to distract them with other things. We’ve schooled in so many different ways over the years, and the one thing I’ve learned is to just let the learning happen when and how it can, pretty simple!

I mean look at those kiddos…

Olivia’s First Day of School

Ryder’s First Day of School

First Day of RV School

And now…

Becuase no matter what these kiddos are growing up one way or another…

And that’s pretty OK with me!

While we were working through school Hubby was busy winterizing the property and tying up any loose ends. We have been waiting a long time for the house to finally resolve itself, and I couldn’t be happier. I think both of us feel like all the rest of the “things” that need to happen before we go are pretty manageable now that we have the rental property square.

Hooray for some mailbox money!

So now we hurry up and wait! Well, not exactly, but we will continue to pick away at the list and enjoy these last quiet days around camp. Although I have to say that in our 5 seasons up here this has got to be the sunniest, driest August/September we have ever experienced. Quite honestly I’m ready for rain. And lots of it. I mean I’m super happy for the campers and of course my boss, but selfishly…well you get the point! In any case, the countdown continues. We’ll keep you posted!





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