North to Sitka

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We're married!I can't believe it!Both Kate and I agree that we will someday look back on these last few weeks as the happiest in our lives.

We got hitched on June 2ndin Sonoma, CA.After two days collecting ourselves in Nor Cal, from one of the biggest events of our lives, we packed our truck and steered north to Alaska.This summer we are working with the Sitka Conservation Society in Sitka, AK.We couldn't think of a better place to spend our first months together as a married pair.

Sitka is located on Baranof Island.To get there you have to either fly or take a ferry.Kate and I caught the ferry in Prince Rupert, BC on June 10th.The trip on the Alaska State Ferry was something that I had been looking forward to for a long time.For me, the ferry marked the beginning of our Alaskan adventures and one step closer to the wild North.

Since I was a kid there's been something pulling me to this landscape.It's hard to explain why I'm drawn here, to a place that we perceive as cold, wet, and generally unwelcoming.But for me, and maybe you too, there's a desire to find something here, achieve something, a metaphysical search of sorts. Anyways, I'm still searching.

I couldn't have been happier to arrive in Sitka on June 12.It's been 5 years since I last lived here, but nothing seems to have changed much... at least in town.We haven't yet had the chance to escape into the mountains.We plan to take our first hike later this afternoon.I can't wait to step into the forest and introduce Kate to the Tongass, and the Tongass to Kate.I wonder if it has changed as much as I have?I guess there's only one way to find out…

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