There’s no doubt about it, Alaska is well into late fall as October slides towards November.
We have our first valley snow and freezing rain forecast for later this week, and beyond. Mark my word, carnage will reign on the highways and roads as new transplants try to figure out how to drive in snow and ice.
I’m not looking forward to that. In fact, I am driving to Seward this Thursday right in the middle of it.
Driving to Seward
Every month for the past 8 months, I’ve trekked to Seward one weekend to provide dietitian coverage for the small, rural hospital and assisted living facility.
It’s been a wonderful diversion from working in a 400 bed hospital primarily in the ICU, PICU, and medical floor. Also with recent training, the NICU. Work can get stressful, and heartbreaking to say the least.
Seward has been my reprieve. Just that little break of interacting with the geriatric population (they call them Elders in Alaska), has been refreshing. It reminds me just how much I’ve enjoyed my profession and working with patients for 26 years.
But, they’ve finally hired a dietitian in Seward. This week, I’m going down for three days to train her. It will be my last monthly trip, unless they need a fill in dietitian again.
My family is going to miss it as they’ve accompanied me on some of the trips. I’m going to miss it. Seward has become one of our favorite places in Alaska.
Late Fall Along the Seward Hwy
I never tired of the drive to Seward. Everyone said I would, but that wasn’t the case. It’s not often one can spend 2-3 hours alone in a car with no radio until you pick up the 70s station on the Kenai. Plus, no cell phone service.
I used the time to admire the changing seasons from late winter and now to late fall. The only way to describe the scenery is jaw dropping.
I’ve often taken time to stop and take pictures, or look at animals like moose and beluga whales. It’s been a great way to ponder life, think about goals, and just enjoy peace and quiet.
On the trip in early October, temperatures were beginning to plummet. I was struck by mists that arose from bodies of water warmer than the cool 29 degree air temperature. Frost that coated the hills and forests was mesmerizing. It disappeared quickly as the sun rose over the mountains and warmed the valleys.
My 2-3 hour trip turned into a 4 1/2 hour trip as I stopped many more times than usual. With tourists gone, one could take extra time, just absorbing late fall landscapes. It was my favorite drive down yet.
Yes, I’ll miss it. But with winter coming, that commute becomes much more dangerous and the road less traveled by. So, probably best that I don’t have to make the trip regularly.
We will always be able to go down for fun! After all, it’s not farewell Seward forever. And, I’ve got plenty of pictures and memories to last until the next time. Hopefully I’ll get some more (maybe with snow) on my trip down this week.