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  • Cal's life,  Canada,  United States of America

    Veut, Veut Pas, I Say Goodbye

    Hey friends, I hope you are well. It has been an emotional roller-coaster for me. First, I visited my mum and her family in Washington DC. My sisters and Michael, my brother-in-law, surprised me by coming as well. While revisiting some of the big institutions of the country, we also reconnected with family members we never really knew. We got very lucky to spend time with some wonderful women who shaped who my mum has become and impacted our lives without us knowing. Spending time in this country, with people who had met my grandparents and who loved my mum as their daughter, was a very intense identity reconstruction for…

  • Cal's life,  Canada

    Eileen does not like the Canadian West Coast

    Hey friend, Lisa and I have gone on quite a few adventures since the National Parks. We traveled through Revelstoke and sipped on delicious maple syrup gin while bathing in natural deserted hot springs. Tall pines and waterfalls were just the cherry on top! Exhausted by all the traveling, I stayed back in Whistler for a few days. There, I enjoyed some wonderfully sunny days and a lively ski town with loads of tourists. I don’t know if it’s the 9 months of living in somewhat remote places, but I did really enjoy seeing crowds of people strolling through shops and pedestrian streets. I also met three Australian guys who…

  • Cal's life,  Canada

    The Alaska to Canada Convoy – 2,500 miles

    Howdy howdy friend, I left Alaska a month ago today and have travelled over 3,000 miles since. The Athletes Convoy and I drove from Palmer to Valdez through the Matanuska Valley and its beautiful mountains and blue rivers. Addie, Brock, Ryan, Ben, Slava, and I bought talkie-walkies, tested them on Fred Meyers’ parking lot, interrupted a serious cross-country race parental follow-up, and used them throughout our trip to organize our undecided group and take part in endless, probably useless debates. Our jumping-around at construction halts got a flagger to name us the Athletes and my slow-moving Eileen was nicknamed Mama Duck for leading the herd. After a little detour by…

  • Interviews,  United States of America

    General Comments on my Visit to Him in a Correctional Facility

    General observations Visiting Him, we had to sign up 30 min before the visiting time slot. We got in the queue 2 minutes before the cut off with one person in front of us. By the time we were in front of the officer, it was 1 minute after the cut-off. We were denied and had to wait another hour until the next slot. His experience Lights are on all night; they are dimmed just a tiny bit for ‘lights off’. It throws off “our” natural clock. There are 5 mandatory hours in cell per day. They are separated into slots of 1 hour. Supposed to get 1 hour outside…

  • Cal's life,  United States of America

    Goodbye Alaska

    Hey friend, I’ve said goodbye to the lake. I’ve waved to my friends. Went back to the beginning and hugged the mountains. The road was foggy and sunny. And so was my heart. Parting with Alaska is hard. I have beautiful memories, made great friends, and still stumble upon good opportunities for the future. But as the fireweed turns landscapes red, it is time for me to head South. The last few weeks have been very busy. My season ended at the beginning of August. I cleaned my last few cabins, guided a few more hikes, went fishing for the first (and let’s be honest, probably the last time), and…

  • Cal's life,  United States of America

    Alaska 2.0: A Summer on Skilak Lake

    Hey friend, Let’s talk about my summer. Well… To be honest, summer is a big word. We got about 10 days of sunshine. Total. After doing the winter in Girdwood, I moved to the Kenai Backcountry Lodge on Skilak Lake. I worked there as a hospitality agent and natural history guide for Alaska Wildland Adventures. Morning dishes in music, dinner dishes in debate. Is a straw a hole? Is it creepy to say a 17-year old person is cute? Is the bed corner better folded from the bottom or the top? Does emo just mean emotional or is it a specific style of clothing and music? Are the Lumineers really…

  • Cal's life,  United States of America

    Alaska 1.0: A Winter in Girdwood

    Hey friend, As I mentioned in my previous post, I arrived in Alaska when the nights are long, and the roads are white. January 3rd, 2023. Girdwood, situated at the northernmost point of the Earth’s rainforest, is about a 45-minute drive south of Anchorage. It is home to about 2,200 people and hosts the only ski resort in the state. This is where I was headed, on the road from the airport, along the Turnagain Arm. The sky was grey above the mountains surrounding us. Where the water usually lies, dusty black blocks of ice were moving with the tide. And when I finally got to Girdwood, the town was…

  • Cal's life,  United States of America

    My Get to Alaska Challenge

    Hello friends ! I am starting this blog to keep everyone updated on my projects and adventures. It’s been quite a journey so far and I’m excited to share it with you. In this first post, I’ll be recapping my preparation process, some of the challenges I faced, and how the first few months of my adventure went. I plan to share photos, videos, articles about my learnings, interviews, and anything that I find interesting later on! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to sharing more with you soon. I am so excited to share that I have finally embarked on my Alaska…