We are mushroom hunting in the forest when our tummies start rumbling. Matt gets that look on his face and I know exactly what he is thinking. “Let’s go to the Moose’s Tooth!” So predictable, and so appropriate. Many times while traveling I wished for the familiarity and good food, and now we were finally back in Alaska together and could go.
“Moose!” Rylan says. “Yes, yes, we are going to the Moose’s Tooth.” I reply. “No, I see a moose!” I look up, and sure enough right in front of us is a bull moose, standing still as if he is trying to blend in with the trees around him.
Oh, Alaska, never short of surprises! We veer off to give the moose his space and make our way back to the car with our bounty of mushrooms. We are happy to be back in the land of abundance.
Alaska in late summer does not disappoint. We see friends and family, go blueberry picking, hiking and camping. There are play dates, BBQs, and birthday parties. It is wonderful to be able to enjoy it without worrying about the garden, house, or work. We are free agents, able to go where we choose and do what we please.
It is nice to see Alaska through fresh eyes. We truly have an amazing community here that we miss so much. There is so much to do and see. Super foods like wild mushrooms, blueberries and salmon are available for those who search them out. Even Anchorage doesn’t seem too bad with some sunshine.
It is difficult to say goodbye, but I am anxious to get back to Matt, who already returned Cleveland. I’m looking forward to planning our sailing trip this winter in the Caribbean, and figuring out where our next home will be. The one thing we know for sure is that Alaska will always be near and dear to our hearts. We will always cherish our friends and family there, and those sunny August days that we never want to end.