As some of you may know, my family & I moved from Alaska a few weeks ago. After living there for almost 9 years, it was very sad and heartbreaking to say goodbye. Some days I still sit and wonder if it was the best thing for us. As my kids headed off to their new schools 2 weeks ago, my heart sank thinking about all the old friends they said goodbye to, and how alone they must feel at their new schools. I'm sure they will make new friends very fast (especially my oldest son - the social bug), and I know they will have a bit more opportunities out here in the "lower 48" as far as colleges, sports, theme parks, ect. I know Alaska will always have a huge piece of our hearts, and we will never forget all of the adventures we had, and all of the wonderful and amazing people we met on those adventures. Here are a few of my favorite photographs from our 9 years of being in Alaska.
I will definitely miss the Northern Lights and the Star On The Mountain. Just looking at this photo brings tears to my eyes.
I could never get enough of the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights over Mt. Baldy with Mt. Denali off in the sunset.
Matanuska Glacier: My favorite place to hike and just "chill out".
Another one of my favorite hikes to just "get away from it all".
The place we called home for 9 years - Eagle River, Alaska. We will miss you dearly.
The wildflowers were absolutely gorgeous!
I loved watching the Iditarod and being part of the Fur Rondy celebration every year. What a great experience!
Of course, I will never forget the wildlife encounters! Always exciting, yet freighting at the same time.
I could post a million photos and it still wouldn't be able to do Alaska justice. So much to see and do for an outdoors kinda girl like myself. I know there will be no place on earth that will ever compare to this majestic place. Hopefully one day, I'll be back to see it and photograph it again.