Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's gettin' real up in here.

Well, things are getting real very quickly here. It would be hard to back out now. My position at work has been posted, and I just threw down $900 on my ferry ticket to Juneau! It's official now, I guess. I depart Bellingham, Washington on the M/V Columbia on Friday October 19 at 6:00pm, arriving in Juneau on Monday October 22 at 4:45am.

M/V Columbia of the Alaska Marine Highway System
The Alaska Marine Highway is a very cool system. I've traveled on it twice before- once from Juneau to Haines when I was in high school, and then again for a week long tour of southeast Alaska in 2010 when I visited Sitka, Kake and Ketchikan. The ferry is a great way to see Alaska- it goes to many of the same places cruise ships go, but there are far fewer blue hairs. It's certainly more rustic, but it's still quite comfortable. When I spent a week on the ferry system in 2010, I slept up in the solarium every night which is basically the top deck but under a glass roof. There are heat lamps up there for when it gets cold. I hope it's still warm enough to sleep in the solarium in October. If not, there are cabins you can reserve (not for me) or people grab recliners or floor space downstairs.

Solarium on the ferry
On the ferry, 2010
Ferry trip to Haines, 1994

Myself, Jamie and cousin Nicholas on the ferry to Haines, 1994

It very much feels like the ball is rolling now! I'm working towards getting my apartment cleaned out. I've been inviting people to come over and raid my STUFF. I'm trying to be proactive with the downsizing so that I won't have too too much to deal with at the last minute. I'd rather spend my last few days enjoying my friends and family... not worrying about moving logistics.

I'm also trying to knock a few things off my East Coast bucket list. I'm going to trek all the way to northern Maine this weekend to backpack in Baxter State Park. I've never been, and I don't know if or when I'll have another chance to see it. Mount Katahdin is there (the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail). I spent last weekend in New York City with friends, and I doubt I'll be back there again before the move.

More soon.

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