Ziiiiiiip. ZIIIIP. The bag are packed. Suitcases lined up by the door. The black Mercedes buss will be at our place at 8am to take us all (8 of us) to the airport. Kid's are ready to go to grandma and grandpa's house. Brent and I are ready to head on our Alaskan trip. A second honeymoon. Our first long trip away from the kids. It took months of planning and organizing but it's finally here! WE are getting away! 12 days of pure vacation. Fifteen years ago we embarked on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon. We loved every minute of it. Cruising is a great way to get to see so many parts of the world in a short amount of time. When we got off that boat 15 years ago we said, "Lets do Alaska in 15 years." I never thought it would be something we actually did. It took us about 5 years to pay the first one off!
Honk honk! Kids rush down the stairs; it almost sounds like a heard of animals falling down a steep embankment! The gracious man helps us load 10 bags into the back of the bus. Plus he drove our crazy, curvy, mountain roads to get to us. We load the bus and head on our way to the airport. Did I remember everything? Does the house/pet sitter have everything she needs? We live in a dead zone where no cell service is retrieved. We've figured it out, but it's a little nerve racking to leave your home knowing it's hard for you to contact who's there.
Upon making it to the airport, we unload bags, check everyone in and get through security. I always feel like I should just show up to the airport before getting ready for the day and get dressed after going through security! Anyone else feel the same?? Our kids were on an earlier flight with their aunt and uncle to travel to Kansas; where my husband and I grew up, and where grandma and grandpa are. Hugs are given out. Abundance of kisses delivered. Tears shed as we say goodbye to the kids for 12 days. While we are excited to take this adventure, it's so hard to leave those precious children even they are getting taller than dad and I! After we watch them board the plane we have to leave the secured area and change terminals, even though we booked with the same airline.
Excitement starts to flood the body as we finish our lunch and find our gate. The crowd around the gate area is so huge we go a couple gates down to wait. When I get up to stretch I noticed a line by the gate and mention we should probably go check it out. Thank God we did because we almost missed our flight! They were doing an all call boarding. Months ago when we booked our flight to Anchorage we splurged and got first class; let me tell you there is no other way to fly! We got drinks in real glassware, amazing snacks on real dishes, and a meal ordered off a menu!!! Our flight was only 3.5 hours too! LOVE Alaska Air!!!
Fasten all seat belts, put your trays and seat backs in the upright position as we begin our decent into Anchorage. What?! We are almost there!!! Our plane landed at 9:20pm, and it looks like it's 6:00 outside. Welcome to almost the Arctic circle! We shuffle to baggage claim, pick up our rental car, and leave for our Airbnb. It's almost 11:00pm (still very much daylight). I inform the host that we are on our way and apologize for how late it is. She replied with a no worries, we are just hanging out with some friends on the deck! She did warn me before arriving to bring our ear plugs and eye masks because Alaskan's don't sleep in the summer! After many days there we began to notice how true this is. One night I went to close the curtain so we could go to bed and there was a lady doing her run through the neighborhood. Uh, does she realize it's 12:30am? We had the cutest little Airbnb! Moose and Squirrel; I just had to take pictures to document our travels!
Isn't her place the cutest? Thanks Harmony for such a memoriable stay. We will forever want to return to Anchroage!