It's great fun to see the new people logging in to the TA Alaska forum to plan their trips. I can hardly stand the wait myself. When I first began planning our trip it was 547 days away. Holy smokes. I thought the time would never pass - and well - actually it still hasn't!
I think I've read about every book on Alaska I could get my hands on, visited a jillion links on the web, looked at millions of pixels worth of other peoples pictures, and finally I can say that I've made the majority of our reservations.
This forum has become my escape while I'm waiting for the real deal - Alaska. When I first started here I had never even heard of Homer, or Wrangell-St. Elias, Wasilla, Chicken, Turnagain Arm, etc. I just knew that I wanted to visit Alaska. Now there are so many places burned into my brain that I already feel like I've been there before - sort of. I check the weather reports. I read the Anchorage Daily News. Heck! I don't even read the Detroit Freepress and I'm from Michigan.
I have come to feel like some of the regular posters here are long-time friends; even if I've only read their posts to others. You are such a friendly, helpful, enthusiastic bunch of people. And when my PITA brother-in-law tried to throw a wet towel on my excitement you propped me up and gave me some most excellent retorts.
I tell myself not to wish my life away waiting for June 27th, but oh boy - that's hard not to do. In the meantime, I'll continue checking in daily, getting more tips, and offering some when I can.
Thank you so much to all of you. This is a great place to hang out for the next 155 days!