Saturday, June 4, 2011

North! (Actually, South) to Alaska!

Yesterday, three girl friends and their toddlers crammed themselves into an SUV and drove to Alaska. It was a noisy, beautiful, energetic and whirlwind journey that I really, really needed.
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” -Bill Bryson

Bryson is right, and what he's saying here relates to parenting as well. It's all a journey of seeing things through a new pair of eyes. Going on a trip, whether short or long, gives us a chance to experience the simple things anew: new setting, new sounds, new foods, new landscapes.
Ours was a landscape of soaring mountains, a smell of crisp seaside air, the sound of old trains, and the tastes of American treats like cherry coke, Pepperidge farm cookies and a lunch at an amazing little Thai place called Starfire.
It was rejuvenating, but how can travel not be? My body was taken from one scene and transported into another quite different. Some familiar characters were there with me (including one who whined through lunchtime and had us relegated to eating alone in a garden rather than disturb other Thai food enthusiasts. Oy).
We went to a place we'd all been before with our families, but it was almost luxurious to find the time for all three of us girl friends to go together, (even if it meant towing kids along). I loved the chance to dedicate an entire day to hanging out with my friends on an adventure.
And what adventure is complete without drama?
Abby cried, of course, and my friend's son kept leaving his tourist trinkets all over town, and on the way home we pulled over to the side of the highway for some very close but very cool bear encounters. Seeing wildlife is always invigorating and beautiful, but being within an arm's reach of a serene bear lying in a field of dandelions, munching away on a snack was pretty unique.
I had a great escape, and am juiced up about my next travel adventure!


  1. it was just what I needed too. It was so fun to go all together, an adventure and little break from the regular day to day stuff. xox


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