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.
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.
Well, it took a while but we finally made it to the Lower 48 and back to the East Coast! Take a look at this Lightroom generated map of our trip. It’s compiled using the GPS information in my cell phone photos.
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.
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”.