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Published: September 27th 2012
Rearview Mirror View
...returning to Anchorage for the last time
This is the last post to be done while I'm still actually in Alaska. I leave for home on a 6am flight Thursday morning after the most incredible 9 1/2 weeks traveling all over this astounding state. It has been a busy yet quite reflective last few days. As I've looked back, I am not even sure I believe all the memories are for real. I have already been asked what was the best and what was the most unexpected and I just can't answer at this particular point. I am still absorbing. Am I ready to be home? ...Yes. Am I ready to leave Alaska? ...No, not really. Such mixed emotions but one thing is very clear - - what I take with me in memories and experiences is almost unbelievable. I will post an overrall summary when done that will include overall takeaways but just a fun fact until then - - I returned the rental car this evening and did the quick start to finish mileage - I drove 4,833 miles during the 66 days. That's just what I personally drove. It does not include the formal tour I was passenger of >400 miles for the Dalton Highway drive or the back country tour miles or the marine miles on boats. It has truly been a life dream trip exceeding all expectations and I feel so very blessed and extremely thankful for having had this huge opportunity.
I have a lot of posts to do in the next couple/few weeks after I get home and definitely plan to do so - (probably after I sleep a couple of days since as I've started winding down, have found I'm more than just tired). There is so much I have yet to share and also to assure I have a complete compilation of the journey that has posts from all the days pulled into a book for myself. Those that subscribed, you'll receive an email each time I post. Those that just visit periodically, I will post an update note giving what days I have posted so you'll know what's been added since your last visit.
Only one picture today - my rearview mirror as I returned to Anchorage, leaving the Glenn Highway for the last time. I came to Anchorage filled with hope and anticipation. I leave looking back, just as reflected in the picture, on an absolutely phenomenol journey. For the last time actually in Alaska...
Good night from Alaska. God bless!!
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