Well sorta….y'all know I'm not staying anywhere without running water.
This week we've been very up north.
My younger son's paternal grandparents (and an aunt, uncle, and cousin) live all the way up in Alaska. Marcus loves Alaska. He loves his family up here, and he loves the quiet and the mountains and the trees. He dreams of moving up here when he turns 18. He keeps saying, “Isn't it cool how I'm going to move to Alaska one day and NEVER COME BACK??” Teenagers are fun.
When I think if “vacation hot spots” that I want to spend my money to go visit in April……Alaska is not exactly the first to come to mind. I've been to the Anchorage area once for work, like 8 years ago. We stopped in a Walmart in Wasilla to get a few supplies and I went to turn down the frozen food aisle and an employee was standing in the middle of the aisle, arms and legs outstretched like she was trying to keep the world at bay. She saw me and shouted:
“Ma'am, stay back! Someone has SHIT on the floor!”
So yeah, that's been my primary Alaska memory for nearly a decade.
But my kiddo was really missing his family and he wanted me to go with him so here we are!
Ok, so let me say that - if you avoid the Walmarts apparently - this is a beautiful and magical place??
And our accommodations aren't that bad either.
Marcus has been spending most of his time with his grandparents and cousin, so Gabriel and I have been mostly searching for decent lattes and staring at the mountains in awe.
I must say, to have a partner willing to fly with you to Alaska to spend multiple days with your ex’s family is absolutely amazing. I feel lucky to have such a good relationship with this part of my son's family that is so important to him (they are really lovely people), and even luckier to have a partner who is excited to do just about anything that makes my kids happy.
That's it for now, just thought I'd share this little update with you and a little of this Alaskan beauty. Take care y'all.
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