Etta James has a song titled "At Last", and it really fits this moment in my Alaskan experience. It felt great to go and experience all that Alaska had to offer, but it is so good to be at home "at last".
I have never missed my family quite like I did will I was away. I think in part because I wanted them to experience the awesome things I was experiencing. But I know it probably wouldn't have worked that way. You can't make someone feel the same things you do. Still would've been nice to have them with me.
My children were excited to see me and I too was excited to see them. It was great having them to come home to. My wife as well was glad to get me back home. That old saying, "absence makes the heart grow fonder," is true. I feel we are closer, just by my experiences in Alaska. It is good to be home "at last".
I have to be honest, I miss Kodiak, Anchorage, the mountains, the people, the whole thing. But, I will go back. Hopefully soon. But if not, when I do......I'll simply say, back again "at last"!
PS: Special thanks to Amy for letting me have her little baby here to post on. And to all of you who responded to my posts. Thanks