Sorry to have maintained radio silence for so long. I’ve had to take some time to grieve because my daughter had a second miscarriage. She found out she was pregnant while I was visiting last month, and would have been due close to Christmas.
That was May 11 – their fourth wedding anniversary and two days before Mother’s Day.
For a while it was hard to concentrate on anything creative. Just making my daily MSN Money deadline seemed to take all my time.
I’ve also been sitting up way too long with my friend, thanks to the light-until-late Alaska summer. When it does get dark, my brain seems to think it’s about 9 o’clock even though it’s actually 2 a.m.
Another roadside attraction
This morning we took off for an overnight trip to Homer, aka “the end of the road.” Seven things we noticed along the way:
Gorgeous scenery. Surprised? Me neither. It’s Alaska, after all. Just the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm is considered one of the most scenic in the United States.
Wildlife. Not too much: two moose and maybe half a dozen eagles. I still can’t look at eagles without thinking of my day with Dr. Demento.
High gas prices. We saw signs for as much as $4.82 per gallon. It could be worse: They’re paying as much as $6.52 in Bethel.
A lot of snow. Southcentral Alaska had a particularly white winter, and a whole bunch of snowpack is still near the road. That’s especially true in Turnagain Pass. I wanted to get out and make snow angels. Fortunately, my friend did not stop. Unfortunately, the heavier-than-usual snowfall led to…
Tree devastation. We saw many, many trees snapped off at their bases and flung around like giant pick-up sticks.
A huge wooden bowl on a pole. Measuring what looked like at least four feet across, it was designed to draw attention to somebody’s wood-turning studio. The sign underneath it said, “Come touch my bowls.” We almost stopped. We’re lonely, lonely women.
Salmon bacon. But we’re not that lonely. We didn’t even slow down.