We can talk about how wonderful and beautiful everything is and pretend that this is all there is. I could ask you to believe that becoming, being a Professional Guide, living in a glorious and perfect paradise that I just happened to be blessed to find and make my own is simply the truth and all of it.
What a butt load of total crap that would be.
I still believe that being a Professional Guide is much harder than becoming one, even back when you had to work and study very hard to do so as I did myself.
Chisana, the Wrangell Mountains, the Chisana Valley and Alaska are indeed some of the most amazing and beautiful parts of the entire world.
I certainly did fall into luck when I found that old magazine and discovered Pioneer Outfitters for myself didn’t I? There is no denying that. Very blessed and certainly part of a plan I certainly had no idea that had been written long before that day away from the barn and cows.
You all know, from all I have shared over these last years, that my heart belongs here in the wilderness of Alaska with Pioneer Outfitters and all those I share it with.
It is an incredibly hard life at times. Aside from the whims and cruelties of Mother Nature, the most basic needs of living in the bush are both physically and mentally challenging.
So why keep doing it?
Believe me when I say that we all at some point and some with a distressing regularity, ask that very same question. Some of us ask ourselves, quietly and privately when we are rundown and feeling the effects of winter’s dark and some of us ask at the tops of our very powerful lungs (sigh) with flames shooting out of our ears and horns erupting from our skulls.
Because of you!
When everything goes wrong, and then gets worse, and then it simply goes downhill from there; the one thing that can change it all, really the only thing that can … is you!
There is nothing in the world that compares, on any level, than sharing what is here, in person or by words via the Internet, with someone who is interested. Whether it is in the field after a long and frustrating day or here sitting at my desk.
Explaining something to someone who really has no idea or discussing something with someone with different past experiences, sharing photos of an experience or moment, or witnessing the change come over someone as you ride; these are the moments that make it all worth everything I give.
Likewise, here on Alaska Chick’s Blog, what really does it for me is not the profit from the business, it is the relationships created through words. Knowing that the words I wrote down, pondered over, sweat, cried and torn out my hair over, have been read and thought about by the comments left gives me that same warm and happy feeling.
With that in mind, I would like to thank the top four commenters on Alaska Chick’s Blog for their time, their thoughtful comments, support and friendship in 2014. Thank you. Thank you, each one of you. You have made me feel valued and as part of your own lives.
The Top 4
Ann Jane, thank you. You have stuck with me and by me in these last 4 years. You have made me a part of your life and a part of your own family. I don’t know what I could have done without you in my life. We will finally be together, riding together and sharing Chisana in real life this summer.
Betsy Cross, thank you. You are an amazing friend to have. Your generosity, sense of humor and kindness helps me to remember my own mantra when I feel as if I should just toss in the towel: “It’s just life, not a damn Greek tragedy, lighten up!”
Brian Wrabley, thank you. It blows my mind that we have yet to meet in person as it always slips my mind. You are quite simply, just part of our family. Having you in our lives reminds me everyday how important it is to make real connections with people. You just never know when your brother’s sister-in-law’s neighbor’s son’s best pal from college is going to change your life.
Jane Anderson, thank you. Knowing you are my friend and are a part of my life, only a magic wave away, reminds me to keep the faith. I am so blessed, every day with the people who are a part of my life, but I know and have known since I met you that God connected us for a very important part of His plan for me.
And You! Thank you. Yes, you, hiding behind your computer screen, never saying boo. It means so much to me that you are a part of it all too. You are part of what keeps the Google bots happy with us and I will always be here if you ever want to chat. Thank you for reading my words and looking at our photos. I hope they both bring you pleasure and maybe even a bit of knowledge that you might have looked for.