In 2003 we took a family RV trip to Alaska. It was so good that last week we decided to go again.
First the 2003 trip. It was less than a year after we had adopted our 10 year old son, Max, from the Irkutsk Region of Siberia, just across the Bering Strait from Alaska. Since we were a home-schooling family, and I had recently retired after thirty years of service at Blue Bird, we thought it would be a great way to show Max his new country as well as a wonderful geographic adventure for our other two sons. Billy was 16 at the time and not so sure he wanted to be cooped up in an RV for seven weeks with his parents and two younger brothers. I understood but persuaded him to go anyway.
We took a route up through North Georgia and Tennessee to St. Louis and then basically followed the Lewis and Clarke Expedition route to the Pacific Northwest . Then we put the RV on an Alaskan ferry up to Skagway where we off-loaded and continued on up into the Yukon Territory of Canada just before the fall weather turned into winter.
In all, we traveled through 23 states and provinces and the day before we returend home, Billy turned to his mom and said “I hope we can take a trip like this again”! That’s the ultimate compliment from a 16 year-old about a family road trip. It truly was the “Trip of a lifetime”! I doubt that I’ll ever get to make that one again.
So it wasn’t a total surprise when Max, who is now 25, suggested to me last week that we “Go back to Alaska” via a BBC/America series on Netflix called Wild Alaska. The three part series focusing on the Spring, Summer and extreme Winter seasons shows that Alaska is a tough landscape, where the human population density is lower than Siberia. But dotted through the land are small communities where life is unusual – where fearless fishermen go extreme crab-fishing and fire-jumping, and where there’s high-stakes gambling over epic river breakups, and competitions to grow monster vegetables in the endless summer daylight. The cinematography is extraordinary!
While it wasn’t quite as good as our 2003 actual RV trip to Alaska, it did bring back many fond memories and rekindled a lot of conversation about the trip. And after all, when we take trips like that isn’t that exactly what we’re trying to do……store away memories that can be pulled up whenever we want?
So, if you can’t go yourselves on an extended RV trip to Alaska, the Netflix series is a good substitute, and by the way, the price is right too on a fixed income senior budget! Just type in http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/wild-alaska and you’ll be on your way! Hope you enjoy the trip.
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at email@example.com
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