The end is near. But doesn’t the end only lead to new beginnings? As the final week of our 2022 Alaskan Tour approaches, a foreboding feeling of limits creeps its way to the top. Not limits put on the experiences shared because these will live on forever, but limits concerning the probability of sharing them again. The opportunities lived within this trip were, first, provided by the generosity of others and, second, unique to the surrounding group/environmental energy.

Being at the Spit Hole in the halibut capital of the world, Homer, floss fishing in the Kasilof River for Sockeye Salmon as it approached peak run, witnessing America’s most majestic bird multiple times, and driving through God’s Country as we caught glimpses of His creations (bears, moose, elk), all make you wonder what other blind spots your “root life” contains.

A philosopher, Thoreau, sums it up nicely, “you can be as honest as possible in life, but people only see the truth if it is close enough to their reality.” However, just as curiosity ends the life in that reality for the cat, every ending fosters a bright new beginning. Thank you to everybody who provide our kids with the opportunity to see many new beginnings no matter their imagined limits! It takes a village to raise a child.