As my previous posts have explained, my husband and I moved from Alaska to the Jersey Shore and arrived on May 20th of this year. After spending a few days getting settled in, we decided to spend our first day off together by exploring the area and found ourselves at Wildwoods Boardwalk on Memorial Day Weekend. We had a blast!!
The first thing we saw when we arrived was a HUGE kite flying competition taking place. The sky was full of large and intricate kites – they were everywhere!
Day 11 was May 19th, 2017 and we were still a day early. The house we had rented was not available until the 20th so we ended up having a short drive day and stopped a few hours from our final destination on the Southern Jersey Shore.
Because of this, it’s the last day I took photos of our trip. I was too excited to finally be arriving at our new “home” that I didn’t worry about documenting the trip and just, as they say, “enjoyed the ride”.
This was the day we woke up early and got excited because the night before we had decided that because we were making such good time on this trip, we could afford to get off the interstates and explore some 2-lane highways. This let us reacquaint ourselves with rural, middle America – where both of us spent most of our teen years – and avoid the traffic jammed cities of Indianapolis and Columbus. These two cities, in my personal experience, are ALWAYS busy with loads of construction. I very much liked the idea of avoiding them while having a chance to see a slower version of the Midwest.
The ninth day of our move was May 17, 2017 and we spent the day driving through Minnesota, Iowa and into Illinois.
This was the first day we really had to deal with any bad weather. Many years ago we had lived a short time in Iowa so we were familiar with the risk of tornadoes, especially during late spring / early summer. The clouds were ominous and there had indeed been tornadoes in different areas of the country associated with this storm, but we were fortunate and saw no real signs of the weather turning quite that bad for us. We managed to outrun the worst of it.
Day 8 was May 16, 2017 and we were now driving from Wyoming, across South Dakota and into Minnesota. As we crossed time zone after time zone it started feeling “real” that we were back in the Lower 48.
One of the strangest things for me personally to get used to in Alaska was the significant time difference from the East Coast which impacted weird stuff that messes with your sense of normalcy. Like football starting at 8:00 in the morning – very odd, but cool. Now we started to feel normal again.
May 14, 2017 – This was the day we finally began driving cross country. Our goal is to make it from Bellingham, Washington to the Jersey Shore. We are traveling with a dog, a cat, and a ton of supplies to get us through the few weeks we have to live without out “stuff”, which will be arriving by movers sometime in June.
May 13, 2017 – This is the exciting day that we finally leave Canadian Waters and make port in Bellingham, Washington. It will be the first time my husband and I have been in the “Lower 48” in three years. Needless to say, we were pretty excited this day.
Although the ferry arrived early in the day, sometime around noon I believe, we decided to get a hotel room and wait to hit the road for the next phase of our trip until the next day.
May 12, 2017 – Our fourth day on the ferry found us finally leaving Alaska and moving through Canadian waters. We now would not stop again until we arrived in Bellingham, Washington and we would finally find ourselves back in the Lower 48!
These photos are all from this fourth day and were taken while traveling through the Inland Passage to Alaska in Canadian waters.
May 11, 2017 – Our third day of our move was still spent on the ferry. We were headed from Juneau to Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a beautiful little town located at the Southern end of Alaska just before you hit Canada. It’s the first town you stop at as you head North to Alaska via the Inland Passage. The photos below are from this day and this is the stunning sunset we viewed from the ferry as we began leaving this quaint little town.