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Today was a long haul. We started in Redding, CA, after spending 2 nights with my parents. We wanted to make sure to spend a little bit of time with them before officially beginning the Trek to Alaska.

This is the first leg of our journey from California up to Alaska towing a 24 foot trailer with two kids. We are traveling with my husband’s parents and will be exploring Alaska for a few weeks until we begin our journey back home to California at the end of the summer. 

Chad, the ever enthusiastic traveler, was up by 4:15 after getting a solid night’s sleep – a full 34 minutes.

The rest of us were a little slower, rolling out of bed by 5:00, and ready to roll by 5:45. Once Clara realized it was time to get in the road for Alaska?? She was loaded up, backpack on her back and pushing us out the door.

We pulled out of the driveway just before 6:00 and we were on our way, leaving sunny California and headed for the Alaska Frontier.

Oh. Did I say sunny?

Somehow, the weather gods got a little confused. They knew we were headed to Alaska and I suppose they thought we needed a little preview of that weather. Almost immediately, clouds rolled in and big fat rain drops started falling from the sky.

This was obviously because Chad had spent a good deal of time cleaning and drying the truck and trailer before our departure.

As we climbed in elevation, I kept my eye on the outside temperature, watching it start at 42 degrees and continue to drop.

What kind of weird time-warp were we going through?

This was JUNE in CALIFORNIA, right?

Just checking.

I started laughing at the irony. Heading to Alaska and hitting snow before we left the Golden State at the beginning of summer vacation?

There was something kind of magical – and just plain odd – about sitting in the truck with my seat heater on, nice and cozy, looking out at the light dusting of snow, all the while tossing my flip-flops off, desperately trying to curl my feet up under my sweatshirt and marveling at the fact that this is my first day of summer vacation.

Weather is so weird.

Clara, who was entranced by the snow, suddenly chimed in asking about whether we were going to be getting our tree. We were all temporarily confused, until I realized she was equating snow and tall pine trees to our winter journey to cut down our tree this past Christmas. After a bit of explanation and {unfortunate} realization that Santa would NOT, in fact, be visiting that night, she went back to being excited about that white stuff.

So, today we put down 457 miles.

It was our longest (planned) drive for the journey (I hope). We wanted to get to Weiser, ID, where Wanderstead Husband’s parents live. They will be joining us on this trek to Alaska.

Oh, and by the way….when you’ve been in the truck for hours and hours and hours and hours….and your very excited 3-year-old hears (and recognizes!!) the song from Trolls after watching the movie one time?? Well, that’s cause for celebration!

Tomorrow we will be heading up to Tekoa, WA to visit the hardware store that Chad wrote about in his post here. This will be a wonderful trip down memory lane.

However, 450+ miles, three states, multiple weather patterns, and a time zone later, I’m tired. Time to turn in for the night. New day for the trek tomorrow.


Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

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3 thoughts on “Living in 24 Feet: The first leg of the journey

  1. What an adventure! Wish we could be there toshare it with you!

    Posted on June 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    1. Wish you could too!

      Posted on June 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  2. That Clara! She has such good ideas! Snow = Santa Claus… makes sense to me!
    It was also cool to see the photo you sent yesterday with your heavy jackets and hoods while we were immersed in 95+ degree weather. Agreed. Weather is weird. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg re: weirdness in the world….

    Posted on June 22, 2017 at 5:04 pm