Still not sure when I will leave, but the end is in sight. On to my next adventure. I am not yet sure what that will be.
For a little while I will be hanging out with daughters and son-in-laws and grandchildren. This will give me the opportunity to unwind and take time to make my next big decision. I can easily see a few short trips just to flex my travel muscles again.
At one point in the not so distant past, I flew to a new city at least once a month. I did some research on each city to see what things I might enjoy. I wanted to minimize cost so there had to be some form of public transportation from the airport to the city. In most cases this was successful. My time in Alaska and airports has reminded me how much I like that. I get it that not everyone has a pleasant time at an airport, but I seem to walk through the airport with a smile on my face.
When some of my European colleagues left they stopped in various cities across the country before going back home. I will do some of that too. I can see myself going to my daughters, repacking into a backpack and taking a couple of short trips. Most will be just a day, so I can smell another city and taste the air in different parts of the US. I hope not to put too many requirements on any one place to visit.
I have learned much about Alaska and myself during this time. I am still very much in love with the entire state of Alaska and will be back for many more visits I hope. I have discovered that I will not be moving here any time soon as a permanent resident. But, two of the people who visited me are both talking about getting a place in Alaska. That would make me very happy so I know I would have a place to visit.
I hope I have encouraged at least one person to take a chance on what the next adventure will be for them. Taking 6 months and living in another place is HUGE and I have been lucky enough to do this several times. It is worth the things you give up to do this and maybe it makes you appreciate what you give up even more.