It has been crazy since I have entered into British Columbia. Between not having internet on ferry’s and short stays other places. Finally, I get a minute to lay in bed without falling asleep within seconds. I have changed many of my plans, which is never a bad thing. I have experienced aspects of this adventure that I did not anticipate, which is always thrilling. The ride into Juneau was wonderful. The ferry itself was slightly boring, however I met some pretty amazing people. People from all around the globe. A few of them I believe I will keep in contact with for years to come. It is amazing how connections can be made with only 36 hours. I do wish that I could have spent much longer in Alaska. If I could go back I would change some things. Although I know Alaska is not going anywhere. I was able to have a bite to eat with some people that Dr. George Drake (Associate Dean of Education WCU) connected me with. They were wonderful people. Then, I was able to get a bed at a youth hostel in downtown Juneau for $12! I will tell you it is so easy to travel! If you have a brain and are resourceful anything can happen. Anyway, the next day in Juneau I was able to get over to REACH. That program they have going on over there is wonderful! They provide services to individuals with disabilities from 3 years old through adulthood. They work with individuals in schools, homes, and throughout the community. I have a lot of information on them that I would love to go into if anyone would like any other information. Furthermore, REACH provides a community project that is designed to bring all members of the community with disabilities or not to do art together. This project is called, “the Canvas”. They do an array of different kinds of art that ranges from painting to ceramics and everything in between. The Canvas works to bring artists from the community in to teach different kinds of art classes for any members of the community that wish to participate. The classes are very affordable. One of the goals is to bring people out to work along side of each other whether someone has a disability or not. In turn, those who have disabilities will benefit greatly through socialization, while also allowing others to better understand those who have disabilities. I have a lot of information about the Canvas if anyone would like any other information. This program is really making a difference within Juneau’s community and I felt that with only a few hours spend there. Later that day I went to the glacier with a couple of friends that I met. The sights were gorgeous, but again I wish I could have went much deeper into Alaska to really see the soul of the state. I feel as though I barely brushed the surface. Once again Alaska is not going anywhere! I loved this trip even though it was so short. I met incredible people that I will indeed stay in contact with, while also seeing so much beauty. Today, I was fortunate enough to ride Vancouver Island. It was wonderful! real beauty lays just in this Island alone. I believe that much of the Twilight Films were shot on this island. I will admit that made me love it even more because I have been listening to the audio books on repeat while I ride. The ferry rides have been boring, but very scenic. I am eager to get on the road soon. This trip has really been a trip of a life time for me, but I am still eager to see it through. I hope to still get home by Friday. A lot still needs to be figured out with my clinic visits tomorrow and motorcycle maintenance. I will keep everyone updated.
350 miles since I last updated blog!
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Some pictures from the Canvas at REACH in Juneau.
The glacier in Juneau!