So, there I was, welcoming this year's Iditarod mushers at Unalakleet. My predictable life as a district librarian came to a sudden stop. Budget cuts. Yup, they happen, even for Bering Strait School District. We all think about cutbacks in the abstract. I know people who were victims of the latest downsizing, but suddenly, it was my turn. My carefully crafted plans for the next four years had to be tossed away, like all those dog droppings on the trail, straight into the rubbish bin.
I may be new to rejection, but I am not new to readjusting my game plan. After our years of ocean sailing, my husband and I are well versed in altering a well-crafted course. We also know that new course changes often turns out to be better than the original. With that in mind, we sat down for a series of soul-searching family meetings.
While I was offered an opportunity to move to a distant village and return to the classroom, I was sorely disappointed in the fact that I would have to move everything we own, at my expense mind you, while other positions were available in my home village. Once the shock and anger dissipated, and acceptance took over, we devised a plan that would best take advantage of the situation.
Last year, I finished a master's degree in creative writing. Our situation is the perfect opportunity to capitalize on my skills. I could use my technology background and writing with our love for traveling. While everyone warns people not to quit their day jobs for a new business, we decided to dive headfirst into my writing career. I didn't quit my day job; my day job quit me! I have an opportunity to take a break from public education and try something else that I am also deeply passionate about.
So, as break-up looms around the corner, we are busy packing up our belongings and getting ready to move. We will start our Truck-camping adventures. That's right, instead of cruising full time by boat, we will cruise by camper.
Our original plans of purchasing another sailboat will be put on hold until our Alaska beachfront property in Wrangell sells. I will now be writing full-time while we travel and explore our great state of Alaska.
We will explore Alaska, visiting places we never had time to enjoy in the past. We will travel at our own pace just like we did when ocean cruising. Instead of our cruising sail blog, I will keep the Great Alaska Road Trip blog going so that others may also enjoy a taste of Alaska.
So, please join us on this adventure. Unlike other travel blogs, we are from Alaska and have some intriguing places in mind that are way off the usual tourist itinerary. You will also get a chance to see what an RV-lifestyle is like as we share our adventures with you. Feel free to post comments and questions. We have a "Get In Touch" page if you wish to have a private chat with us as we travel.
writes for Iris Blume Publishing. She is an Alaskan who has a love for traveling and writing. Join her as she rediscovers and shares her home state.
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