Bethel, Alaska…is that near Juneau?
Most people’s reaction of our move to Bethel, Alaska is, “Wow! That’s going to be such an adventure!” or “Is that the place the movie “The Proposal” was shot?” Our answers are: Yes, this is going to be a huge, wonderful & scary change. And, no…”The Proposal” and “Northern Exposure” were not shot in Bethel, Alaska.
There is not a lot of information out there about our new home, Bethel, and this is the goal of our blog. To show our family & friends what life in Bethel and rural Alaska is really like. We plan to post many photos & tell you all about the adventures of this area & the reality of small-town life. All we really do know is that it’s an hour flight west of Anchorage, there are no roads in or out of the town, and the population is around 6,400.
How did we get here?
Kyle was working for USGS in Vallejo, and was interested in combining his love of waterfowl management with his skills in research. After attending a conference in Portland, he came home with a flyer for a job in a place neither of us knew anything about. The job sounded amazing, a waterfowl biologist’s dream, and offered the security of permanent government employment. How could we pass up this wonderful opportunity? After much consideration, he applied for the position. It only took 2 months for Kyle to find out that he got the job, but it seemed like an eternity at the time.
We had 2 months to prepare for the biggest move of our lives…plenty of time so we thought. Weeks turned to days, and days to counting down the hours before our flight…and here we are now. Sitting in the airport at Anchorage, waiting for the plane that will take us to our new home and lives.
So Many Lasts
Everyday of that final week in Petaluma was filled with “lasts.” Last time at our favorite restaurants, last embrace of our friends & family (and not wanting to acknowledge how long it may be before we see them again), last day of work, last baseball game (the Giants got killed by the A’s), last drive at 55+ mph on highways…so many lasts.
It was a sad time, but filled with many happy memories (see our photo tab to view some of them). By the last night, though, we were finished with thinking and talking about our future life in Bethel and were ready to start living it.
An Era of Firsts
Now we shall fill this blog with all of the tales, adventures, joys & sorrows of our now rural-bound lives. Kyle is very excited to start his new job on Monday (ever the duck-chaser), and I am excited to learn how to become a tough, rural chic instead of the city-loving, suburbanite I have been….Kyle forbid me to where flip-flops off the plane in Bethel. He thought that would be too obvious that we were from California…but I’m pretty sure my white ballet flats and thin clothing will shoot that one down.
We love you and miss you all! Photos of Bethel are soon to come!