Family visits McCarthy

Austin's youngest sister, Dora, graduated from high school last week and immediately afterward headed to the airport--destination... McCarthy, Alaska! Austin had not yet arrived by the time his family did, so their first day here Tim, Leanne, and Dora helped me prep our cabin for the summer. The next day, we toured historic Kennecott and I realized how much history I'd forgotten over the winter months! We heard that Austin was going to land in 45 minutes, so we briskly walked downhill 5 miles to meet him. It took him almost a week to fly from Boulder, Colorado to McCarthy, Alaska as he was delayed by weather, mechanical set backs, and slow border patrollers. It had been two-and-a-half weeks since we'd seen each other since I worked a week in Ketchikan prior to going to McCarthy. I saw him on the ground and ran full speed into his arms!

The next day was my 27th birthday and boy was it a good one! We all hiked on the glacier (on which I flew a kite) and then my sweet mom-in-love baked us all pepperoni pizza (my very favorite dish)!

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They left on Wednesday after a fabulous visit and here's a quick view of their send off...

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McCarthy home

After an almost 10 hour pilgrimage from Anchorage, my boss (Wayne, who was driving the van) turned to me and asked, "do you recognize those peaks?" I smiled my biggest smile and he said, "welcome home!" As I mentioned previously, I get to manage a souvenir shop in Kennecott, Alaska this summer. The owners are super-great and I'm really excited to get to know them better this summer, as well as their other employees. They also own a couple guiding companies (rafting, hiking, ice climbing, history tours, etc) and I rode in with about a dozen of their new guides. Here are highlights from the road trip...

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I got in to town around 11pm and my sister-in-law Maggie (nicknamed "Yaggie") was waiting for me with dinner. After a series of loading and unloading all my gear for the summer, we were finally together in her cabin (my museum cabin last year) by 1:30am finishing the meal and climbing into bed. The following are all the groceries I brought for the summer, except for frozen meats!

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I've been spending some of my time planning out the layout for the store and I'm posting here, "before panoramic"...

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Yaggie and I have a great time hanging together... Lots of laughs, bike riding, chilling at the museum, playing cards, exploring, and making new friends. Austin left Colorado yesterday at noon to fly up here and I believe made it into Canada today. Hopefully, he'll get in sometime tomorrow. Until then, I'm sharing Yaggie's cabin. The only other news is that our outhouse is out-of-order (isn't that ironic?!). Hopefully it'll get fixed next week. Til then, kind friends have let us use theirs--we also don't mind just using the woods. ;)