June 23, 2014
There is more to the story about our life here in Sterling. We suddenly find ourselves not on vacation any longer but figuring out what it means to be snowbirds. Alaskans say that the snowbirds leave Alaska to live “outside” during the cold winter months but return in the summer when Alaska has perfect weather and more opportunities to get out and explore and see this amazing state. So what is wrong with being a snowbird? People sniff their noses up at us. Hey, don’t they know we are from Colorado and made of tougher stuff than most of those other snowbirds?
This morning finds me sitting in an office in the Community Center, staring at a black screen on the desktop computer. Did I really not write down the password? Seems I thought I would remember it but I don’t. A rookie mistake and one that I probably cannot correct today. I was so excited to get to work in the office this morning and create a spreadsheet for the non-members who use the Center. I love to manage the details on an Excel spreadsheet!
Cliff has breakfast every morning with a group of guys that have adopted him and he gets to hear all about a different side of life in Alaska. Dave has been having breakfast with these guys for many years and I understand the group to be eclectic, the language to be rough, the problems all easily solved with guns and the conversation lively! Cliff said it helped that he wore his new cap to breakfast the first day – a camo hat with the Ford logo on it.
I am plugging into the sewing community in Soldotna. Rochelle has a Thursday quilting group she attends and I will get to come along with her this week. On Friday we are both taking a class at the local quilt store and the schedule for additional classes looks good. It is always fun to meet other quilters and see what kind of quilts they are making.
With Dave and Rochelle just 10 minutes away we feel like we have family in the area. The kind of family you can call and say, hey come for dinner or stop by with dessert, etc. It is nice to have people in your life that you can relax with and just enjoy the time together.
Yesterday, we went looking for a campground that looked to be close by on the map, and it is close by but you cannot get to it the way we tried because that big space on the map is actually a decent sized river with no bridge. The locals all know that you only cross the Funny River in Soldotna and now we do too! We did see lots of houses tucked away in the woods, maybe they don’t like people or neighbors and live for bear encounters on their back deck. We enjoyed being lost for about an hour and then found some folks on the road loading up their gear and they directed us to the main road to Sterling. They did not even laugh or smirk when telling us we were 20 miles outside of where we wanted to be, there is no bridge and we would need to go back the same way we came.
Flowers were everywhere on our trip. Does anyone know the name of this one?
We want to look at all of the campgrounds in this area to see if our trailer will fit and to know if we might want to apply for a campground host position next year. We have some ground to cover as there are numerous state parks on the Kenai Peninsula. We will let you know our findings….
The phone has been ringing! Oh boy, more to do. A bride and her Momma want to look at the Center to have the wedding reception in July and the local carpenter is here fixing the shelves in the office. And gosh, we need a carpenter to fix a shelf in our trailer so he may just get another job out of his morning.
Cliff was out this morning trying to find an RV Park owned by a board member when he ended up going down the wrong road. Not all bad because he spotted this Mama moose with her calf.
Ok, that was about an hour of my morning. I hope you enjoyed your peek into our life in Sterling.