I can’t believe that it has been already a year since I first stepped foot on Alaska’s soil. I still remember how it felt to move away from New Orleans to the other side of the continent. I was enthusiastic to see what was coming next, and at the same time I was sad to leave behind such a beautiful city. The decision to move from one of the hottest places on the north american continent to the northernmost point of the country was an unpredictable one, an adventurous one. Once again, I came to realize that every change has its melancholy, but beyond that it has surprising things to offer and we should not fight it, but rather embrace it. At first, I had mixed feelings about the move, but little I knew how crazy in love I will become with this amazingly unique state.
This year has been full of adventures attempting to explore as much as possible Alaska’s incredible surroundings (check here, here, and here). Being one of the least populated places on earth, Alaska gives you the chance to experience the nature in its most wildest and untouched form. People here learned to coexist with the wild life and have an immense respect for the land they inherited from their ancestors. It is simply impressive!
Now, a year later, I found myself in the same situation when it is time to move towards new beginnings, and once again a nostalgic feeling takes over me. I will miss the peace and quiet of the woods within an easy reach. I will miss its gorgeous mountains and lakes, its endless forests and mighty rivers, and the freshness of the air. I will miss the city which has been my home for the last months.
Thinking about all this things and places that I will miss when I am gone it felt right to take a last look at Anchorage from the heights of the Flattop Mountain. While up there, I took a moment to scan the horizons with my eyes and absorb the beautiful views as much as I could.
I focused on storing those vistas in my memory for when I am on the other side of the world; however, I am well aware that time will slowly fade the vivacity of memories away.
From Alaska with love, Victoria V. Photo Credit: Jared Long