We are no strangers to the fast paced Alaskan summers and 2015 hasn’t been any different. Juggling guests, fishing, new adventures and the ever valuable personal downtime has become an art after living in Alaska for 7 years.
The summer of 2015 has been about building new relationships. In day to day life we find ourselves being a bit recluse, but not in the freaky never leave the house sort of way. We stay very busy, which leads to tunnel vision and not actively making efforts to meet new people.
With every new chapter in life there is room for personal growth. Starting our business in 201o really pushed us out of our comfort zone, we learned how to overcome the fear of failure, improve our public speaking skills, and developed personal fortitude for when things get tough.
As the blogging chapter of our life unfolds we find ourselves revealing vulnerability and opening ourselves up to making new friends. In the summer of 2014, after a few conversations with Newschool Nomads about RV travel in Alaska, Jenn planted the seed that soon became known as His & Hers Alaska. Little did we know what was in store for us the following year.
While we spent the winter writing posts about RV travel in Alaska, unbeknownst to us there were about a dozen fulltime RV bloggers in the Lower 48, planning their summer trip to Alaska.
The Snowmads were the first bloggers we had the privilege of meeting, on a snowy winter’s day I noticed a Facebook post about an upcoming trip to Alaska and reached out to them. We exchanged a few emails to get to know each other and a few weeks later we wrote a guest post for their blog.
As winter turned to spring, bloggers from across the country started heading north to Alaska. Through the power of social media we were able to keep up with each other’s progress and adventures. Social media may get a bum rap at times, but truly great things can result from these interactions.
Spring turned to summer and one of the first bloggers to arrive in Southcentral Alaska was Where In The World RV. We shared a meal with Spencer and Rachel at one of our favorite Anchorage restaurants, Yak and Yeti. The conversation was great, as we were interested in learning about fulltime life on the road and they were interested to learn about life in Alaska. Before they started working their way back south, we were able to meet up again in our hometown of Seward.
For Independence Day, The Snowmads and Chris and Cherie from Technomadia came down to Seward. We were very happy share our home and our town with our new friends. Sewards really comes alive for the Mount Marathon race and festivities, we all had a great time together.
Life can really be ironic at times. We like to watch YouTube videos on Saturday mornings. On a random Saturday morning last spring we found the Chris Travels YouTube channel. Chris and Gina travel around the country in winter and spend their summers in Seward. How ironic, they are almost neighbors! We reached out to them and have since become good friends.
The rest of the blogging gang started to make their way to the Kenai Peninsula. The next ones to hit Seward were Josh and Marie from Ardent Camper and Eric and Jeanette from JenEric Ramblings. Josh is a newly hooked fisherman and Eric is a veteran fisherman of warmer waters, so we spent a day on the water catching halibut and silver salmon.
Jason and Nikki from Gone With The Wynns came into Seward with their family who flew up to Alaska. Everyone came over for dinner and I prepared my special Alaskan Paella. A couple days later we took the Swelltime out fishing, glacier viewing, and whale watching. We were also accompanied by Jeanette from JenEric Ramblings and Lynn from Tales From The Mutiny. You will have to wait for the Wynn’s video from our day on the water, but in the mean time you can check out the video of our tragic drone flight that day.
Sadly we were not able to spend much time with Lynn and her husband Clark, she was climbing Mount Marathon to watch a unique concert by Blackwater Railroad Company and broke her ankle on the way down. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to spend some more time getting to know them.
Everyone went their separate ways, but in true Alaska fashion we ended up finding the Wynns and JenEric Ramblings at Deep Creek SRA on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula. We were there to go clam digging across Cook Inlet and they were continuing their travels. Stay tuned for a blog post and video of our clamming trip.
It’s the first week of August and summer is quickly coming to an end. The seasonal changes are happening few weeks early this year; lily pads are turning yellow, trees are starting to lose their leaves, and the days are getting shorter. Alaska weather is predictably unpredictable.
After a busy couple months we are writing this post from one of our favorite campgrounds, Tenderfoot Creek Campground. It’s a nice lakeside campground about 45 minutes from our home with glowing AT&T service, kayaking, and fishing. In other words, it’s a great place for workamping.
What does the rest of the summer have in store? Will we meet more new friends? It’s probably time for the bloggers to start working their way back to the Lower 48. In the northern parts of the Alaska it is not uncommon to get snow in the beginning of September.
We would like wish all of our new friends a safe and adventurous trip back to the Lower 48 and we look forward to seeing you this winter!
The Big Announcement!
His & Hers Alaska is hitting the road for the winter! At the end of September, we are loading up the motorhome for a 6 month adventure around the Lower 48. With our trailer full of toys in tow we will be doing our favorite Alaska summertime activities while Alaska is frozen over.
Once we reach Washington state we will hook a left to meet the turning of the leaves in Maine, then we will work our way down the Eastern Seaboard to the Florida Keys, from there we will head west through the Southern states to California. After a quick dip into Mexico we will point the RV North to Alaska.
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Some decided to get here by rail and sea, Technoma
It was almost like the summer of 2015 was meant to be.