Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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Fourth of July in Denali

The Fourth of July in Denali, Alaska, “Land of the Midnight Sun,” definitely doesn’t equal fireworks and parades. It does, however, equal a really fun time spent with friends in a beautiful location.

Me, Katy Pughes and Kristi

Monday, July 4th, marked my 2nd month in Alaska (well, technically it was early on the 5th, but who is counting?). It also marked my second Independence Day celebrated in the state, the 49th to join the union.

The holiday is a big one here at the Princess Homestead, my home for the summer. There is a big BBQ, outdoor games, contests, and of course, the pie eating contest. This year, the weather didn’t cooperate as well as we’d have liked and the BBQ was held inside. I ate cotton candy and a coke-float for the first time in recent memory. It did warm up later in the evening and we were able to relax on the grass before the extremely messy pie eating contest. It was so messy, in fact, that a few of us were worried about the smell attracting bears!

Pie eating contest (more like fight)!

Love these girlies!

Reylyn, Ventsi and Brittany

After the festivities at the Homestead wrapped up, some friends and I decided to head to Dry Creek for a bonfire, drinks and s’mores.

Fire and s'mores at Dry Creek

Katy Pughes hearts marshmallows!

I enjoy spending time with smaller groups of close friends over large parties, so it was a perfect way to end the holiday. The sparkler-wand spell casting bit didn’t hurt either!

Zach and James being nerds!

This will likely be the last Fourth of July I spend in Alaska. Well, as an employee with Princess anyway. So, I am glad it was a fun, relaxed night spent with friends (and one tiny puppy, named Carlo).

Cari's new pup, Carlo (as in Carlo Creek)

I can’t believe it is already July and that I have been here 3 months. Time definitely flies when you are having fun (oh, and working 6 days per week!).

Next year, I’ll be in Bulgaria celebrating July 4th. Hmm. Should be interesting!