At long last, my dream of riding in Alaska has become a reality and in fact, I’m back home now and even unpacked! Well, I should say the clothes are unpacked. The rest of the unpacking is going to take a bit longer because Alaska is everything and nothing I expected it to be.
I suspect that as I start to pull it all apart and write the posts about the days of my trip it will reveal even more. Rather like the layers of an onion. I have unfinished business with Alaska now and at some point will return to close that chapter. But I feel pretty confident saying that it won’t be right away.
This was a very emotional experience for me, and not just now in hindsight. There was a moment on the trip that I came around a bend and stopped overlooking a meadow full of fireweed and greenery, a river and in the distance a mountain and glacier. I was so in awe that my jaw dropped and tears sprang into my eyes for several moments. This was when it hit me that I was in Alaska! I could not have known in it that moment, but this was going to be a pivotal day for me. It sounds cliche to say the trip changed my life, but I know that it has.
I learned a great deal about myself and a few things about human nature on this trip. In both cases, some positive and some not so positive. I reminded myself often that I can only change myself and that’s where my focus will be going forward. Out of this experience I will become a stronger, more confident rider. Also a different rider than before. Sometimes change is hard, but I am ready to do the work.
I’ll be back, Alaska. But first, I want to soak in the experience of my first trip there a little while longer.