In some circles, space is the final frontier. In mine, that adage belongs to Alaska. For anyone that is an outdoors person of even the slightest degree, Alaska holds the allure of the great unknown like perhaps no other place can. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Alaska but, despite regularly appearing on the bucket list, it just always seemed too big and expensive, and was regulated to one of those “later in life” sort of trips.
Well, the time has come and I can honestly say that part of me still doesn’t believe that this June I will be bikepacking along the beaches of Alaska. While June may be a month away, when you consider shipping bikes and all the other life stuff that is going on between now and then, it’s really right around the corner.
Alaskan beach riding visions...
I’m in the midst of deciding what gear to bring, asking questions of folks that have gone before me, and generally trying to get everything together. In short, the experience has already begun and my anticipation is reaching the boiling point. My state of mind? Wonder, excitement, humility, and just enough trepidation to pile on more excitement.
Some of the things I’m looking forward to most are these. Looking out the airplane window on the flight in at the amazing expanse below. Smelling the crisp and clean air. Putting my hand in a Grizzly print…long, long, long after the bear is gone! Fly fishing…I’ve never done it but you can’t go to Alaska in peak season and not at least try. Falling asleep to the sounds of the wilderness around me. Getting a picture of an enormous bull moose. Good times with good friends.
So while the word has become a bit cliché of late, this trip truly will be…epic.
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