The 2011 summer in Denali is quickly coming to an end. The lodge bids farewell to its last guests around noon on Wednesday. Myself and my staff will then head back to our housing (where our already-packed bags await us) to hop on one of the many waiting coaches bound for Anchorage – a five-hour drive.
It’s quite an amazing sight to go from over a thousand guests to zero-all in a matter of hours. The many tour vendors and gift shops in the canyon are winding things down and some have already been closed and shuttered up tight. Glitter Gulch (the canyon) is a ghost town after the hotels close. There are only a handful of maintenance people who stick around.
Most people are catching flights out of Alaska the very same night. Vince and I, however, are spending a night in Anchorage, which, as it turns out, is a great thing. Vince still needs a suit for the wedding and I still need a dress (even after having had two sent up to me in AK… Curse this Alaskan weight gain!).
I am living in a semi-surreal state these days. Not only has the summer flashed by – seems like just yesterday I was stepping off the bus into snowy Healy- but I am also GETTING MARRIED in less than a week! What?!
Even more surreal is the fact that Vince will be on a plane back to Bulgaria 72-hours after we are married. Definitely not the honeymoon I had imagined. Hopefully I won’t have too much time to miss him as I will be wading my way through the Bulgarian visa process, looking for a short-term job, selling off things I won’t need (or can’t pack) and soaking up as much Utah/family/friend time as I can.
I did most of the things I wanted to do this summer (see my Alaska Bucket List), had some amazing experiences, met some great people, really enjoyed my job and got spend another 4.5 months in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Not a horrible way to spend my last summer in the U.S. for some years to come.
But now it’s on to bigger (and hopefully better) things: marriage, overseas move, BG job hunt, expat life, starting a family (thought I’d throw that one on at the end… I have babies on the brain!), etc.