When Klay and I got married in 2007, the thought of 2011 and the end of his Air Force career seemed too far in the future to even contemplate–and now here we are. After three and a half years in Anchorage, we’re coming back to Texas and are so excited to be back with family and friends. Of course during our time in Alaska, we met some great friends and we were sad to say goodbye to them today. UAA’s University Advancement, where I work, had a ‘going away’ party for me this morning, and then we met Klay’s co-workers for his ‘seeing-us-off’ lunch after.Β After the sad send-off’s, it was time to leave Anchorage in the rearview and embark on the new journey ahead.

Klay and I never got to go on a honeymoon, so we really wanted to take this trip for ourselves. We’ve never been out of the country–no, not even Mexico–and we want to enjoy ourselves on our long trek home. As of now, we plan to stop in Vancouver, go through Washington and Oregon, then to the beautiful and sunny California! Perhaps eventually a stop in Las Vegas and of course visit the Grand Canyon.

We left Anchorage at 1:30 p.m. today, and our destination–Tok, Alaska–a town about 100 miles before the Canadian Border. We saw the beautiful Mat-Su glacier, passed the place where Klay ruined his 4-wheeler and almost drowned a few years back, saw a fox and an owl (which flew right in front of our windshield; pretty awesome) and after lots of bumpy/hilly roads, swerves and curves, we made it to Tok in one piece.

As Jessica Hamlin and a few others at my work recommended, we ate at Fast Eddies–which was amazing–and then found a motel for the night. It’s not the nicest place, and I kind of feel like I’m in the movie “VACANCY”–which can’t be a good sign–but I guess it’ll do.

In the morning, we will set off into Canada (assuming they let us in) and we’ll see how far we get…

Stay tuned for more updates from Klay, Cass, Billie and Stretch ‘From the road…’

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