The Yellow Tent is in Alaska! Touched down in Juneau and got swooped up by friends Lou and Carole, whom Willie met years ago as a bicycle tour guide. Carole and Lou treated us in “Alaska-style” feasting on halibut for lunch and Carole’s amazing crab cakes for dinner accompanied by Lou’s fresh-picked garden salad. With hosts so good to us, we may never leave this place. But there’s a bicycle adventure to be had!
Willie and I have lived in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, but neither of had ever ventured north to Alaska. This last couple of weeks we would gleefully announce to each other in our goofiest awe-shucks voice, “We’re goin’ to Alaska!” As much as we’ve traveled and camped, something about this big, wild state makes me feel like an awestruck city kid. In the morning we board the ferry to Haines, where we point our bikes on the only road out of town, keep turning right when we come to another road, and 9 days later we will end up in Skagway. With directions like that, we’ll have to work harder to get lost.