Planning and scrambling to departure: Installment 1. Miles traveled...0.
30.05.2009 - 30.05.2009 101 °F
We are excited that you would like to keep up with us on our adventures. The seed of this trip was planted several years ago when Sara watched the motorcycle diaries recounting Che's trip throughout South America. Sara and I have both spent time in Central America and have toyed with the idea of an extensive trip through Spanish speaking lands.
Last year, our friend Regina relocated to Nebraska and met John and Nadine who had made a year long trip around the world. The idea began to grow, especially in Sara's mind, with the inspiration of John and Nadine.
As that year wore on I lost several people in my family. My Grandmother passed away, Aunt Willy passed away, my mother passed away, then my Aunt Pearl, and finally my Uncle Al passed away. It was a very difficult year for me. I found it hard to focus and spent a lot of time trying to decide what my next step would be.
In the midst of all of this, two free flights that I had on Alaska Airlines were set to expire in December. While we were in the booming metropolis of Litchfield, Illinois for my mom's funeral we took our first step. After some discussion, ( I hate to lose free flights after all, especially ones to alaska worth about $800!!) we decided on taking a week to go to Alaska.
Our friends Justin and Patrice had talked about the wonders of the last frontier so we made Denali our goal for the trip per their suggestion.
Our departure to Alaska is a week away now. Sara has 6 direct hours left to complete the hours of her internship, and Mike has three days of work left. Our house is being emptied out because our trip has recently outgrown a week in Alaska and even the trip through South America. As of now, the trip...you can see on the map... Is not quite around the world, but we do hit five continents over the next seven months ( we didn't quite get to John and Nadine's year). Our idea is to make it a trip focused on meeting people and keeping it "on a shoestring".
We have spent a lot of time in the last week gathering quick dry, anti microbial, stink resistant clothing!!! It also appears that bug-hats, and rain gear are a necessity in Alaska. Who Knew?
Lot's of people are asking us how we did it, and we will get into all the gory details little by little so as not to overwhelm or bore.
Thanks again for your interest. More to come soon.
Mike and Sara Tour de Floret