It’s hard to believe that this is my third summer living and working in Denali, Alaska.
(well…maybe not that hard).
When I came up for my first summer in 2008, I never imagined I would work more than one season. I ventured to the state for a few reasons: the need to complete an internship for my college major and my fairly constant desire to see more of the world. The internship alone probably would not have been enough to get me up here.
Wanderlust always wins out!
As most of my regular readers know, that summer certainly changed my life.
I met my Mr.
Actually, now that I think about it, I met him almost exactly 4 years ago today.
After that first summer (which was a complete blast), I always wanted to come back. The desire was always there, but the timing just wasn’t quite right. Then last summer the pieces just fell into place.
Vince was able to get another work visa; I was finished with school and willing to give up my long term job with the University of Utah.
Off to Denali we went.
It was amazing finally being able to spend more than a few weeks with my love. Being back in the place where we first met was just the cherry on top.
We spent the summer adventuring, planning our wedding, and working (of course!).
Again, as the season wound to a close, I began to think, “this is the last time I will see that” or “I have been so lucky to spend the summer here, but what’s next?”
When my managers asked me if I would be returning, I always dodged the question with a vague “maybe” or “you never know.”
Really, we had no firm plans to come back. We thought I would have my visa to stay in Bulgaria long term. Vince would have his Masters and his job hunt would be underway.
We’d be living the Bulgarian dream! 😉
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my visa–thanks to a mix of poor planning and the long bureaucratic process. A third season in Alaska seemed like a good option. And, truth be told, one that I was really looking forward to.
After 3 months in Bulgaria (the place I now consider home), I am now back in Denali.
It plain sucks that Vince can’t be here with me this summer, but we know it will be the LAST time we are apart. That’s a wonderful feeling. Trust me. Plus, we are very thankful for the money I am saving. We can live, quite comfortably, in Bulgaria for at least a year with my earnings. And because Vince’s job hunt continues, it’s definitely needed.
Here I am. Enjoying life under the Midnight Sun one more time.
Wait…I think I’ve said that before!
I am planning to get back into regularly posting on my “Travel Tales” series. So check back soon!