This is my current view.
After exactly four weeks in Alaska, I’m back in Roanoke.
The trip back was long, but uneventful. I got to the airport in Anchorage at midnight Monday night and landed in Roanoke 16 hours later.
It was great to see Mary and the girls waiting for me outside security at the airport. It was also great that all of my bags arrived in one piece.
After a long night’s sleep, and I mean a loooonngg night’s sleep, I am back at my cubicle. I was relieved that my Roanoke Times security badge still worked!
It was odd to see the sun this morning, and to experience 80 degrees.
Regular readers are probably tiring of my tales from Alaska. They are about to end. But I do plan at least one more thing, an analysis of techniques that worked up there, and how those techniques can translate to fishing (mostly) in Virginia. The piece, to run on the Outdoors page in The Roanoke Times on Friday, will be speculative, but I think some of the things I did up there will work great here.
Thanks again to all of you who tuned in to my postings from Alaska. My blog readership numbers were solid — and the many supportive comments certainly didn’t hurt, either — and that certainly helped ensure that my badge still worked this morning. As you all know my outdoors coverage focuses almost exclusively on the region, and it always will. It was nice to be able to do something extraordinary (as in the location) and still have people interested.
Don’t get used to it, or worry that I will start jetting off to exciting locales on a regular basis. Mary has also let me know that four weeks was too long, which I take as a good thing that she actually likes having me around. Also, I footed this bill on my own, and it took a big bite out of my fun budget for a couple years.
That said, Alaska is an attainable destination.
Yes, if you go all out and set a trip up through an outfitter it can get pricey, especially if you’re talking about something like hunting brown bears or dall sheep (which require an outfitter).
But it’s possible to do it for a relatively modest amount of money, especially if you travel with friends and share costs. Maybe I’ll try to do a piece that breaks down the costs and planning.
Now, back to focusing hunting and fishing in Virginia!