And boy, did it stack up.
When I wrote my last blog post, I was scheming away and no one ever knew. My mom, brother and both grandpas had milestone birthdays in February. With some support from the east coast, I came back and surprised all four of them separately. It felt really good to see people moved to tears at my presence... What can I say, this girl still has it! But really, it was just lovely to see my family and friends.
Three days after I returned from New York, Adam's parents and sister hopped off a plane at Ted Stevens International for a 10-day winter vacation. Emily's on task to write their guest blog post, so I won't get into details. But, Johnny told me people kept asking him "You're going where in February?" We'll let the pictures do the talking... (working backwards, loosely)
We spent their last night in Talkeetna at the Blue Moon Cabin (just like I did with my mom almost one year ago!). This is the Denali view in the first afternoon there.
And this is the view the next morning... It doesn't get old. Mt McKinley is still roughly 176 miles away from us in this picture.
Rocking the skhoops in Willow at the official Iditarod start! A gorgeous day and so much fun.
Emily's new best friend forever.
The official starting line of the Iditarod - the Last Great Race on Earth!
King & Queen
We spent a night in Hatcher Pass in a funky cool cabin. Lucky us, we had the place to ourselves that night and this it what we got the next day!
I love this picture... John snowshoed up with us mid-way up Microdot/Rob's Run. It was great to see him and Adam playing in the mountains!
We spent the first weekend of their trip at Alyeska. Deb came down for a day of shredding!
My new-to-me minks!
Emily, Ian, John and Adam. Patiently waiting for me to snowplow down the mountain...
That brought us right up to the beginning of March. Barb, John and Emily flew back east and Ian is on his own Alaskan adventure in Nome. This week, I'm getting studs for my bike tires and will be getting back to riding while the days gain light. March brings fresh snow (we hope) and plenty of weekend adventures, like winter camping in Talkeetna. It surprised me today to write out my April calendar and not have anything planned for the weekends.
Who's planning their Alaska trip next??