My theme this year is Places in my Heart, all about the places I've been and loved and that have mattered to me in a lasting sense.
For my regular readers, you'll see more than the usual once-a-week posts from me this month. I'm having a great time writing them, so I hope you enjoy reading them, too.
R is for the Richardson Highway
The Richardson Highway connects Valdez, Alaska to Fairbanks, Alaska. It's one end of the Al-Can adventure if you're following it from end to end (which is how I got there when I moved to Alaska). When you get to the end, you either have to get on a boat (which is how I got to Kodiak) or turn around and go back.
I also lived along this highway for a year when I was teaching in Kenny Lake. My favorite truck was destroyed in Thompson Pass (saving the life of my then-husband, who was driving it).
It's one gorgeous stretch of road, with mountain views, a glacier with easy from-the-road access and awesome little Alaskan towns along the way. It's treacherous, too, especially in winter. Driving it was always an adventure of one sort or another.
I wrote a poem about it once:
It's a poetry-inspiring sort of road.