Many would say that I have been around, meaning, lived a lot of different places. I guess it depends what your definition of 'a lot' is.
I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a city of 600,000 in the center of Canada (above North Dakota and yes, it is C-O-L-D in the winter). In my late 20's I moved to the warmer and bigger city of Vancouver, B.C. (above Seattle, WA). Still in search of a hotter climate, after three years, I was on the move again, this time to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico... now we're talking heat. Five years, one child and a new language later, I decided to return to the continent, to the suburbs of Tampa, Florida, only to find myself craving the ocean. I moved again to another tropical paradise, Anna Maria Island, 20 miles North of Sarasota, Florida and a 2 minute walk to the beach.
So yea, I guess you could say that I have zig zagged the continent, experienced some things and have had to adapt, and adapt again to my surroundings. No fear, no regret, I enjoy learning the different ways in which places function.
|A ferry traveling the Alaskan Marine Highway|
|Pen Air- The Spirit of Alaska, one of the few airlines servicing Alaskan communities.|
The next reality check happened when I looked up the prices of the flights from Anchorage to Unalaska and to Adak. They were both around a thousand dollars each ticket, each destination. I guess I have to remember that the Aleutian Islands are so spread out, and it would be like flying from Tampa to New York City. Another interesting discovery is that flights to Adak only depart twice per week, 3 days apart. And although I have not written about Adak yet, know that the population is only about 326 people. So next adaptation needed: an increase in my initial budgeting forecast by... a lot and to plan for a fishing trip or two in Adak.
So it's on, so much to learn, so much to explore, so much research to be done. Can you put a price on a mission of honor? Not in my books. Time to make my Papa proud, just like he made us when he defended our continent.