We have been RVing full time for over four years now. The last four months have been exclusively in Canada and Alaska. The memories we have stored, the cracks we have repaired, the muscles we have tended with Tiger Balm……well, it was all worth it. The last couple of weeks have been the most remote section of the journey. We are currently located in the tiny town of Skagway, which required entry into Canada from Alaska, and then, back through customs to Alaska again. The drive from Whitehorse to Skagway was, by far, the most beautiful we have witnessed. In the past ten days or so, we have hiked and ridden many of the same miles over and over. Visiting a Klondike Gold Rush area called Dyea; hiking the flats and part of the Chilkoot trail, and taking some great photos at Smuggler’s Cove are just a few of the highlights. I am glad that this last leg has been part of a slow down; something I didn’t plan for, because I don’t plan well. It just happened that way. There are less tourist activities, less people, more mountains, a big temperature drop, and some quiet settling of both my mind and heart. I like this Alaskan ending….quiet, majestic, beautiful, serene. I have learned a lot this summer; from a story of a 12 year old boy who designed the Alaskan state flag, to the exercise and feeding schedule of a sled dog team. I learned about Reindeer and Caribou, glacier silt and global warming, the habits of solitary moose, the fun of fighting salmon on my line, the tender habits of a grizzly mom and the amazing construction of the Alaskan pipeline. Out of all of the many tidbits, facts, observations and studies, the most important is this: the world is breathtaking, God made some amazing stuff, and I am blessed to see and be a part of it. My son sings a song with a lyric that says, “From man’s first breath, to God’s final warning….we are here for only a second…..” I am so glad that my tiny little “second” on earth included a chilly, beautiful summer in Alaska.