Thursday, December 15, 2016

Day One: No Sleep Crew

There comes a time in everyone's life when they learn how to sleep in an upright position on an airplane. For me, that day came today. I knew that it was going to be a long day spent mostly in the air, and with a 4am wake-up call, not sleeping the night before traveling made the most sense. Because we just recently had dead week and finals, staying up all hours of the night wasn't really that difficult, and gave me a chance to catch up on some TV I have missed through the semester.

On our connecting flight from Denver to Anchorage, you had to pay just to watch the flight information screen where you see where you are in relation to your destination. So, we all just switched between sleeping and watching the scenery (and clouds, lots of clouds) outside our windows; there is something to be said about seeing the Rocky Mountains from 36,000 feet. When we broke through the clouds in Anchorage, it was a bit disconcerting to all of a sudden be over icy coastal waters, but it was beautiful nonetheless. 
After landing, collecting our luggage, and playing a game of Tetris with the bags, we drove to Wasilla for the night. We had dinner and when we got back in the cars it was snowing! This is not my first experience with snow, and I had forgotten how much I love it. Tomorrow is both a travel day to Healy, and our first day of activities. 

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