Since then, I have had the adventures of a lifetime.
I've felt the stillness of a snow-shrouded day, the only sound the hiss of snow under my runners and the loping of dogs in front of me. I've looked down from the window of a tiny plane alone in the sky, and saw wave after wave of mountains receding beneath us - most of them even now without a name or a human footprint.
I've stood in awe of moose towering over me, and laughed with otters dancing in the bay. I've read outside in the midnight sun, and gotten entirely too intimate with our state bird. I've cherished hot coffee in the dim dusk of a winter afternoon, and been hypnotized by the glowing white haze of a foggy winter night.
I know the knotted dread that comes with with seeing fireweed climb the stalk, the long peaceful calm of winter, and the giddy delight that comes from splashing in the year's first wet puddle.
This is a land without equal.
More than that - here I have met some of the best friends of my life.
Some have gone before me, others remain behind - but one and all they were Alaskan.
I love this land more than any place I have ever lived.
I love these people and this culture more than words can tell.
But I've found something - someone - I love more.
And so I'm leaving my home.
I think then that it's best to end this record here.
Time permitting (as way leads on to way...) I'll come back and fill in some missing details here or there, replace those images lost with my old domain a couple years back - maybe even wrap up a couple of those "to be continued" multi-part threads I've left hanging.
But this chapter of life is over.
Call to Wings is done.
Thank you all for coming along on this journey with me.
And don't worry y'all.
The next chapter will pick up at a new location along about the middle of January.
You don't get rid of me that easy!
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
PS... this is gonna be AWESOME.