Wow, it’s hard to believe that we finished our trip two months ago. After landing in Haines we went up to Fairbanks to collect our stuff and get Katey’s cabin ready to rent. Then we went to Anchorage to collect more stuff and see friends. And then we started to drive south.
We didn’t want to leave Alaska, but we didn’t want to live in Anchorage or Fairbanks, and the rest of the choices just didn’t work for jobs. We spent over a week driving 3600 miles to Marquette, Michigan, where we thought we might want to live. We wanted to find a small town where we could still do all our hobbies (mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding, sailing, playing hockey, fishing, bike touring, hiking, eating, etc.), and Marquette seemed pretty ideal. Katey started the process to get her nursing license and apply for jobs, while we explored the mountain bike trails every day. On the drive down we passed through the edge of Winter, with frost on our tent and snow in the passes, but Marquette was having an extended Summer. It was great to ride a bike again, and doubly great to ride in the sun and 60 degree weather in September.
After talking to the hospitals in the area, it didn’t seem likely that Katey would get the job she wanted, and she would have a two month wait to get her license, so we decided to check out Grand Rapids. Despite the poor economy, Grand Rapids has become a mecca for health care and medical research, and the city and downtown neighborhoods are really cool. It is a much bigger city than we expected to live in, but it has most of what we were looking for and lots of job prospects. We found a place to live, unpacked, and started to look for work.
It’s sad that the Summer is over, but life moves on. Once we were settled and got Internet access we sorted through our 3000 pictures to create a slideshow of our trip. You can click on any picture to view it full size on Picassa. Enjoy!