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July 18 2008 Alaska Newsletter

Dear Readers,

We drove to town this week, town being the Palmer-Wasilla area, 200 miles away. It is the closes urban area with a Home Depot, but alas, no Costco. Most of the time my husband makes the round trip alone, leaving me to tend to milking and feeding. On this occasion, however, he deemed it necessary for me to accompany him as we were purchasing a variety of building materials that required two people to load into the pickup and onto the trailer. What we thought would be a 10-12 hour day trip, ended up taking more than 15 hours. The goats were not too pleased with our tardy return.

Despite the inconvenience of living 200 miles away from the closest urban center (no last minute run to the grocery store to get something for dinner!), trips to town remind us how much we cherish our remote location and the lack of consumerism bombarding us from every direction. I wouldn’t trade the peacefulness of sitting on the porch, watching the creek meander by, for the convenience of a Safeway down the road or the luxury of a Starbucks on every corner. Despite long hours working in the garden and the demands our numerous animals place on us, the pace of things is slower, leaving us more time to enjoy the labors of our hands.

Have a great weekend.


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