With encouragement from a few, there is finally a blog concerning the doings of the Nicholas and Tiera clan. Though we have had a lot of exciting events and adventures since the first of the year, I decided that life in Fairbanks is where we will begin (sorry Adria, my days of ‘catching up’ are over!). Nicholas and I were lucky enough to find a house quickly. We thought Ansel (the dog) would be extra excited about a backyard but it turns out that he has no interest in being somewhere we are not. I’m afraid living first in a tiny third story apartment and then the backseat of a car, while driving from Columbus Ohio to Fairbanks Alaska, has made him slightly clingy. However, we still love him tons.
We have found that keeping ourselves busy here in Fairbanks is not an issue. Discovering a new town together has turned out to be lots of fun and having extensive land in every direction means we have pitched our tent more in the month we have been here than the two years we lived in Columbus! Also, residing in Fairbanks has proved to be a good allure for visitors. Sammy and Ben (Ohio friends) came first and then, after dropping them off at the airport, we picked up Rick, Terri, and Aunika! Basically, we got to do many touristy things Alaska has to offer twice in a row, which was pretty awesome. We saw glaciers, hiked domes, picked blueberries, visited museums, soaked in hot springs, ate salmon, and camped in Denali. With the boys we saw caribou, the Torres fam moose and sheep (or sheps as we like to call them), and for both camping trips the bears were out in great numbers. While we were sad when everyone left and life slowed down a bit, no one took it harder than Ansel. He felt cheated to once again be stuck in the house with just me who will only hide his bear for him a couple times a day. I’m clearly not as fun as Aunika. Overall, our complaints are few and we plan to keep it that way. We only hope that through pictures and words we can tempt more of you to come stay making our new home and life here that much better!