Thank You to so Many by Michelle Keil

March 18

BEFORE I TRAVEL TOO MUCH FURTHER DOWN THE TRAIL OF LIFE...after this year's trip to Alaska, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to several individuals, and to share some of my favorite pics from this year's trip. (Spoiler alert: lotsa dog photos here πŸΎπŸ˜„)

FIRST, THANK YOU TO WAYNE AND Scarlett Hall...owners/operators of Bush Alaska Sled Dog Expeditions. Thank you for opening your home and your hearts to me (and every client), giving me/us a chance to share the amazing life you live...true wilderness, authentic subsistence life-style, sense of community among neighbors in bush Alaska, and - of course - amazing, incredible, fascinating, funny, furry, hard-working, loveable, laughable dogs!!! πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ’•

SECOND, THANK YOU TO Deb...for being my awesome, courageous, capable, companionable, fun and funny guide and teacher again this year. I didn't think we could top last year's trip, but somehow we did! I'd adventure with you anywhere, and that's sayin' somethin'!  ;) And THANK YOU ALSO TO GREG...for all of the wilderness know-how you bring to guiding, and for sharing that with me/us on this trip...helping set up camp, building fires, gathering wood, and a whole lotta other fun stuff...and for being funny and fun all the while.

THIRD, THANK YOU TO NICKY...for being so much fun to travel and volunteer with! I had such a blast, largely thanks to your wit and wisdom, talent and humor. We will have to plan a "reunion trip" and do it again! And a BIG SHOUT-OUT TO SUE...for being so kind and helpful to everyone at the checkpoint, me included. We three made a great Communicatons Team! Maybe Scarlett will "hire" us again next year! And...Bob's your uncle  ;)

FOURTH, THANK YOU TO THE GOOD FOLKS OF EAGLE...for sharing your community with this Lower 48er for a short while. I had a great time volunteering those few days for the Quest, getting to know some of you a little (Naomi, Twister, SonjaStevenSaraJan and so many others). You are all so friendly, helpful and kind, and I can't wait to come do it again!

FINALLY, THANK YOU TO THE AMAZING DOGS OF BUSH ALASKA EXPEDITIONS...the more I am with you the harder it is to leave you. I love your friendly and playful spirits, your tough and tenacious attitudes and your never-ending enthusiasm. I love your smiles, your barks, your leaps, your wags, and the funny looks you give me πŸ™„ when I mess up on the sled (Pintail!). Being on the runners with you is my happy place πŸ’• Good dogs!!!