Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Here we are, sitting in the airport in Norfolk, VA, waiting for a delayed flight to Alaska. Grandson Aidan consented to join us, a rather daring decision for an 8 year old boy who loves his mom and dad and his neighborhood with his whole heart. He was supposed to go to GrannyNanny's (paternal grandmother) house for a week of "camp" with his boy cousins, but the dates got all mixed up and when we'd figured it out, we had already bought his $1000 airline ticket. We have a lot to make up for, so hopefully the bears, caribou, moose, wolves, salmon, eagles, and whales will show up in technicolor and ease the loss. We are meeting some very dear friends from Maui, and going to RV our way through the splendor of Alaska.

Joey and Rachel made this trip five years ago, and I just re-read their hilarious blog entries this morning. What vivid storytellers they were on their rough and tumble journey through Alaska. If you are reading this, Rachel, thank you so very much for documenting that journey. I laughed hard this morning.

We are going to scatter some of Joey's ashes in Denali. I miss my boy and I love being in a place where he was so alive.


Anonymous said...

I will be thinking of you. Love that Joey is part of your trip. Love you. I am always glad you have so many memories of Joey's life. Sharon

Jeri said...

We lived vicariously through Joey & Rachel's adventures and especially enjoyed Alaska. We're looking forward to sharing that with you.

Daisy said...

Have a wonderful trip, Karen!


karen gerstenberger said...

What a blessing, to share this with your grandson! Perhaps that "mistake" was really an opportunity in the looks like it's going to be a wonderful trip, from the posting above! Enjoy each day together - somehow, I feel sure you will. I wish you could stop in Seattle on your way back!

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

I hope you felt Joey whole lots the whole time you were there.

It's good to take such a trip and then it's even better to come home. I'm reading this whole journey backwards and so I can see it was jam packed and I'm certain loads of memories made.

Thanks for sharing with us. I enjoyed everything but the thoughts of you coming in contact with a bear. I guess you were just too skinny.