Some people say the journey is what is the most important and others say it’s the destination. The journey is what fills your life with joys, frustrations and memories,. And sometimes it makes you reexamine your goals and objectives in life.
Your destination or goals and objectives guide your journey in life. Life's experiences plant seeds that can provide focus and energy that will follow you though out your journey. Life’s lessons help shape what you believe and they can sharpen your focus.
I know one of my life experiences planted a seed in me that has helped define one of my joys in life and it came in my childhood. It started when my Dad took us with him to our cousin’s ranch for the cattle round up . It was a time of fun, adventure and work but the ranch was remote and just so much more than what I experienced in our small town. I'm convinced those experiences planted the seeds in me to want to spend more time in remote places.
I say this because when we in lived in Ketchikan, AK the 1980’s we were successful in purchasing a lot in George Inlet via an Alaska land lottery. We shared the idea of building a remote cabin with three other friends at work and they all came on board. That was our first remote cabin building project. But as it turns out it was not our last.
In 2005 we moved to Chilkat Lake after retiring. But that was not the beginning of the story. We started coming up to the lake on a regular basis in 1995 and built a cabin up lake (as we like to say). We spent many of our summer weekends and vacations enjoying the lake and working on our cabin trying our best to make it as cozy as possible.
As we approached retirement we started looking at our options and with much soul searching we decided to stay in Alaska and retire at the lake. But that brought up an old issue of access to and from the lake in winter. One winter vacation we had been stranded at our cabin by an avalanche for 4 days. After that we didn't think the up lake cabin site was the best year round location.
With that decision we started looking for another lot and with the help and guidance of friends and lake residents we found a place to build our retirement home in 1999. From there we began to build our retirement home and in 2005 we moved to the lake.
Years later and about 19 years after our first visit to the lake we still think it is truly a great place to experience a touch of Alaska's remoteness. That said, it is still close enough to the road system that you can get your food, supplies, materials and other amenities to and from the lake with reasonable effort. I think that is one of the features that make this a wonderful place to live or visit.