It’s official: Moving to Alaska

I told my employer last night that I only have a few more months to work here, so now everyone can know. Here’s the information that has been restricted to family for the past week:

Julie just accepted a job working for Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the Iditarod sled race! Julie and Ashlee dog will be flying out at the beginning of April, and begin living in a cabin on Libby’s property, just outside of Homer, Alaska. There, she will be taking care of Libby’s 40 sled dogs for the summer, and learning to mush during the winter.

I will be staying behind to finish up my 4-year degree (which only took 13 years), and will be done in early August. Julie will fly back and we’ll pack what’s left of our belongings, the two kitties, and Macgee dog into my car and make our way back to Alaska. We don’t have a definite plan yet, but we’re thinking about driving to Bellingham, WA to visit some family and friends that live there, then head up through Canada into Alaska. We were contemplating taking the Alaskan Marine Highway, but they want $3300 of our money, and 8+ days of our time to take us to Homer. No thanks, we’ll drive!

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing yet, but I’ll find a job (or jobs) when it gets closer to my time to leave.

For now, please enjoy these pictures that other people have taken. I’m looking forward to replacing them with pictures of my own.

Here’s the view from Libby’s kennel yard. Horrible, isn’t it?
dog yard

This will be our little cabin.
little red cabin

This is the view out of our little red cabin.
view out of cabin

And here’s a little picture of Homer. The town has about 5,000 residents, and the entire peninsula has a population of about 13,000.
Homer

Here’s a picture Kachemak Bay, where Homer is located.
Ketchemak Bay

While on Kachemak Bay, we look forward to meeting furry otters and seals.
Otter

Springtime on the peninsula, with fireweed all over.
Fireweed

There’s even an inactive volcano to the south!
Volcano

Here is some stock photography from the Kenai Peninsula, the general area we will be calling home.

We’re very excited to see where the next few years take us. I will be continuing my photography, and I’ll be adding video in as well. Both Julie and I will update our blogs when we have time. You can find mine here, at http://ryan.bigwoofs.com. Julie’s blog will be at http://skippy.bigwoofs.com.

We also hope this now gives you an excuse to visit Alaska, and come see us!

2 thoughts on “It’s official: Moving to Alaska

  1. Mary

    Can’t wait to come visit……i’ll bring the cat, you supply the view, all will be good. weeeehoooo~

  2. Krishna

    woah…ok maybe i’ll have endure the cold and come visit. the view is too beautiful to miss!!!!!

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