Showing posts from May, 2014

Cabin Camping In Alaska

Camping. I love sleeping in a tent, late night bonfires, the smoky taste of campfire food, warm coffee on a chilly morning.  I love all of it.

I've been nervous about camping in Alaska ever since we moved here.  As a midwesterner, I grew up without the threat of bears.  Bears are a very real threat in all of Alaska though and it is something I have felt fearful about since moving here. That being said, I was so happy to get the opportunity to do some rustic (no plumbing, no electricity) cabin camping a few weeks ago.  It spared me my fear of bears and still allowed me to do some camping!

Renting a USFS cabin in Juneau costs a whopping $35/night.  These cabins go QUICK so you have to be speedy to snatch one up from the Forest Service before they sell out (think 6+ months in advance).  This has been the first time we've been able to score one of these cabins.  Sooooo worth the wait.

Cody, myself, and two other friends (and two crazy dogs) took a short hike to a cabin in the woo…

An Alaskan In Hawaii

Aloha! I am one lucky girl. My dad and step-mom invited me to go along with them to visit our family that lives in Hawaii. So, The past eight days of my life have been spent lounging, tanning, beach-combing, and just generally living the island lifestyle.

My sister, Sara, lives in Hawaii with her three children and husband.  They were stationed there with the USMC two years ago and have been living the island lifestyle ever since.  They are incredibly lucky to live only a ten minute walk from two picturesque beaches.  We had incredible weather the entire time so we were essentially glued to the ocean.  When we weren't swimming we were checking out lava fields (on the beach), building sand castles, and looking for creatures in the tidal pools.

Our other (non-beach affiliated) explorations took us to a true Hawaiian luau at Paradise Cove.  We danced, laughed, ate, drank, and experienced the beautiful Hawaiian culture.

 We also checked out North Shore Marketplace and all of its shop…


Wow! It has been over a month since my last post.  I apologize to my readers about the lengthy absence I took from the blogging world.  Unfortunately, I have been up to my ears in work and being "plugged in" while at home hasn't really been high on my agenda.  I've been focusing my time and energy on my family and being outdoors.

One of the reasons for my absence is that the school year is quickly coming to a close. There are only four weeks of school left! Work is incredibly busy as we wind down.  I also accepted a job subbing for our year-round Montessori school (school district affiliated) to keep me busy over the summer.  This way I can work part-time and Cody and I can save some money for fun stuff (like vacations). Woo-hoo for saving money!

 Another big reason for my absence is that my job situation is pretty up in the air for next year.  Huge budget cuts have really taken their toll on our schools this year.  The school district has said that they will cut up …