Day 8 – Alaska to New Jersey

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.

Driving through Wyoming on our way to New Jersey from Alaska.

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.

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Day 5 – Alaska to New Jersey

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.

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Day 3 – Alaska to New Jersey

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.

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Day 2 – Alaska to New Jersey

May 10,  2017 – Our second day travelling, May 10, 2017, was the first full day we spent on the ferry.  Leaving Prince William Sound headed towards our first stop of Juneau meant we spent the day crossing the Gulf of Alaska.

I was a bit nervous ahead of time because on our way to Alaska, back in 2014, we hit rough seas for this portion of the trip.  We had seas of 16 to 18 feet and both my husband and I had to finally break down & take Dramamine.  Luckily this time i was relatively calm and sunny meaning I spent most of my time out on this deck area taking photographs.


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Wrapping up Alaska

As I previously mentioned, my husband and I are in the middle of moving from Alaska to the mid-Atlantic Coastal region of the “Lower 48”.  After three years of living in the USA’s “Last Frontier”, it’s been a bit of a job to get everything together in preparation for this move.

This has been made more difficult by the fact that my husband is already in the Lower 48 as he had to start his new job before we could catch the ferry out of Alaska.  So I’ve been dealing with the packing & sorting & organizing & planning (*whew*) by myself.  But all of this is finally coming to a close.

This weekend was beautiful here in Whittier, Alaska so I got out to grab a few photos before we leave.  Often the weather here is very questionable (the locals have a saying that goes like “It’s always sh*ttier in Whittier” – which is unfair but has an element of truth to it – it rains here  – A LOT!)  So I wanted to take advantage of the good weather before the rains returned.

You may have come across some news articles about this remote, small town in Alaska.  It has been featured on some national news programs such as Welcome To Whittier, Alaska, A Community Under One Roof from NPR’s “All Things Considered” and CNN’sNorthern Enclosure, Alaska’s One-House Town, Home to Hundreds primarily because of the unique housing most of the residents here utilize.

The 14-story condominium building, Begich Towers (locally known as BTI), where most of the population lives.

Most, but by all means not “all”, of Whittier’s residents reside in the 14-story building named “Begich Towers”.  Locals refer to it simply as the “BTI”.  There is another condominium building in Whitter, simply called the Whittier Manor and if the residents don’t live in BTI they pretty much live in the Manor.  There really aren’t any other choices besides a handful of “dry cabins”.

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