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Radio Silence September 4, 2018

Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit, everyone.

I was a little distracted by this.

Mt. Denali, Denali National Park

And these

Northern Lights Denali

And even this little dude, who you may not be able to see too well but is actually a porcupine that came to visit me at work.

Porcupine, Denali Park Village, Denali

It’s weird, but somehow being in Alaska for a month is more discombobulating than being in Alaska for five months. Jumping into work with jet lag, figuring out the housing situation for the husband and me, and trying to pack in a few of our favorite Alaskan experiences while working on getting my knee back into shape post-surgery has been a bit more stressful than I thought it would be.

But I’m getting through it.

Hiking Horseshoe, Knee Surgery, Physical Therapy, Denali

And I have some fun stories for you all. One that even includes a man shouting the words “Nine Billion” at me several times.

I’m excited to share more stories with all of you. But in the meantime, here’s a sassy moose.

Moose, Denali Park, George Parks Hwy

 

No Selfie Sticks Allowed September 5, 2015

This summer, I’ve been privileged enough to live and work right outside of Denali National Park. It’s beautiful and amazing, and because of the company I work for, I get six free bus rides into the park.  So at least every other week, I ride the bus into the park with the tourists to see the animals and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountain. I usually jump off and backcountry hike with my husband, but we’re always on the bus for the rules section.

A lot of the rules make sense, such as be quiet at wildlife sightings. And don’t eat at the rest stops. I mean, people still don’t follow the rules, but it’s easy to see where they come from. But this year there’s been a new rule. Don’t shove your selfie stick out the window at wildlife sightings.

What?

I mean, I get the rule. But did someone really shove a selfie stick out the window at a wild animal? Did the animal bite the selfie stick? I need to know what happened! And I can’t find a damn person who knows the origin of the rule!

And it’s not just Denali that’s killing the selfie stick. Disney has recently banned selfie sticks due to safety concerns in the park. Did someone try to selfie on Splash Mountain? Did some idiot almost become the thousandth ghost at the Haunted Mansion?

I need to know the reason for the rule! It’s driving me crazy!

 

Waiting for the Wolf July 18, 2015

Guys! I saw a wolf! After three seasons in Denali constantly looking for a wolf, I found one! And by I found one I really mean the car in front of my shuttle bus found one and the people were nice enough to point for us.

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And there he was just lying in th  e empty creek bed. And he didn’t even seem to mind an entire bus of people taking pictures of him. He just sat, moving his head occasionally, enjoying the sunshine. Until one butter butt in a truck behind us decided to get out to take pictures of the wolf! Sir, you don’t stand fifteen feet from a predator! Our bus driver had to tell the guy to leave, and then the wolf was like, “Tourists,” and walked slowly away.

Then we got to see our first marmot! I never even knew they existed in Denali until like an hour before we found this cute little dude. I mean look at that face? Isn’t that adorable?

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Add to that a really great hike, two bull moose a new friendship with a caribou and a bear jaunting through the riverbed, and I call that a solid win!

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It was worth the three seasons’ wait to see my Denali wolf. There’s probably some huge lesson in here about good things coming to those who wait. Or when the time is right, it will happen. But those are lesson I doubt I will ever learn. So, yay for my wolf friend! And now, I want to see a wolverine!

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Can you find Denali in the background?