Alaska: A Blessing From God!! Not Once, But Twice!!

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Had a trip of a lifetime, not once, but TWICE!! Thank You, God!!!!

Submitted: May 17, 2017

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Alaska.  Ahh-Laska.Pictures and video just do not do her any justice; you have to actually be there to see what my twin sister and I have witnessed.

God must have been in a very good mood when He created Alaska.

Majestic mountains.  Forestry and trees as far as the eye can see.  Abundant wildlife: bears, eagles (bald eagles, golden eagles), ravens, crows, pine siskins, wolves, lynx, caribou, moose, and much, much more.  Some of the friendliest people around.  And as an added bonus, the northern lights runnin' wild overhead.

We saw all this, not just once, but TWICE.  But let me continue before I get ahead of myself.

The first time we went to Alaska was in September 2013.  I had been depressed: the heat and humidity of Texas was wearing me down, and I wanted nothing more than to leave Texas, to get away.  I was almost to the point of suicide; that's how depressed I was.  Well, a friend from Facebook called, asking me if I was okay (she was worried about me), and I told her no.  I told her I wanted nothing more than to get out of Texas.  She asked me if I could go anywhere, where would I like to go.  I blurted, "Alaska".  She then said that she was thinking of sending my twin sister and myself on a cruise to Alaska.  She would pay for the cruise and for the airfare!

She then called back when she had all the details worked out, and said that we would be leaving on September 11, 2013, and return on September 21: there would be a seven-day cruise on Princess Cruise Lines and then a three day land tour at Denali National Park and Preserve!  We would be flying out of Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Texas (DFW International Airport) to Seattle, Washington (Sea-Tac International Airport), and then to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  She asked if we had passports or birth certificates or other necessities.  

This was about six weeks before.  We had a lot of work to do. 

Anyway, Karla had been taking a walk; I was indoors, playing on Facebook.  I did not want to get out in the 100 + degree Texas heat ... and rightfully so.  I was still talking to our friend in Missouri, and I was so excited!!  We were going to Alaska!!  I could NOT wait to tell Karla!!  Karla came in, and I started bouncing on the chair and waving my arms around; I must have scared her because she thought I was having a seizure and she said my face was bright red!  She grabbed the phone and asked if I was okay; I couldn't answer, I was so overcome with joy!  She was ready to call 9-1-1 and have them send for an ambulance!  LOL

She asked again if I was okay.  I calmly said, "We're going to Alaska."  She said, "What?"  I said, a little louder this time, "We're going to Alaska."  She said, "What?"  I then proceeded to scream, "WE'RE GOING TO ALASKA!!!!!!!!!"  I then handed the phone to Karla and told her our friend L in Missouri was on the phone and to talk to her.  Meanwhile, my spirits soared markedly.  I went from the pits of despair to unadulterated, pure, absolute joy!

There was a catch, though, to all this: we could NOT say anything to anybody about this for a week.  We had to keep it a secret, even from Facebook!  Wow, was THAT hard to do!!  LOL  I did tell a few people, though, but very few; but most of the time I was hush-hush about the whole thing; but people could definitely tell that I was in a good mood (as if my smile didn't give things away!).  I finally had something exciting to look forward to, and Karla's dream of wanting to go to Alaska was about to come true after wanting to go for over 30 years, since she was a little girl and since joining up with the military (Air Force; she wanted Alaska, Alaska, Alaska, northern Japan, Australia, and Alaska; she got Texas, NEVER left Texas!!)!

We had to start packing and get things done: get the driver's license (Karla), birth certificates (both of us), and get our passports, and pray to God that things would fall into place by the time we were to leave for our upcoming Alaska vacation.

*End of part one!* 


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