I’m Driving to Alaska Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I’ll find myself in a place that I’ve been dreaming of for the better part of two years. I’ll be on the Alaska Highway. Frankly, I’m terrified.

I’m Driving to Alaska Tomorrow

Photo: Justin Fricke

When you think of visiting Alaska in the summer, you probably think of cruises, resorts, and sunny hikes through Denali National Park.

When I think of visiting Alaska, I think of 3 full days of driving through the middle of nowhere, possibly running out of gas (there aren’t many gas stations on the Alcan from what I hear), avoiding potholes and down trees, and having grizzly bears claw at the doors of the van as we sleep.

Realistically, I don’t know if I’ll experience any of those things on the Alaska Highway but that’s what it looks like in my mind. Hundreds of miles of no cell service, few stopping points, plenty of roadblocks, and lots of fear.

What I do know about the Alaska Highway is that there are tons of rumors about it. I’ve heard that it’s treacherous and that we’re going to go through a whole set of tires and need a new windshield. I’ve also heard that, “it ain’t shit anymore.”

I don’t know what to believe but I’m excited to find out firsthand what it’s really like.

I’m terrified but excited, and I’m concerned at how often these two feelings seem to go hand in hand lately.

Since we dreamt up this trip, Alaska’s been the highlight of my daydreams. Not so much what we’ll do there, but how we’ll get there. There’s bound to be some hiccups, headaches, and moments of doubt. There will be lots of uncertainty and fear. But fear isn’t a good enough reason to keep me from going. What I’ve found to be absolutely true is that growth is what happens when you go for it in the presence of uncertainty. I’m terrified of the unknown, but I’m excited to overcome it and grow.

I don’t know much about the Alaska Highway. All I know is that to find out, I have to go.

So I’m going.

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6 Comments

  1. Pam an John olson July 19, 2016 at 12:48 am #

    Hi guys we’ve been to Alaska an we drive from rhode island if you get a chance you have to go to hyda Alaska we were there population was76 small little town the gold mine there pays for all the taxes there was a joy to see people were so friendly an open enjoy ever moment you will come back your heart full of memories Pam an John Olson

    • Adam Fricke July 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks so much, looks like we will have to check out Hyda!

  2. Jack and Marilyn Gas July 19, 2016 at 1:45 am #

    Praying for safe travels all the way.
    Enjoying reading about it and love the videos and photos.

    • Adam Fricke July 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

      Thank you 🙂 We made it safely. What an experience!

  3. Robert Bonesteel July 19, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Been following you two from time to time. Wishing you the best.

    A friend asked me why he thought he failed and continued to fail once and I asked him how prepared he was for his challenges. Then I told him well what did you expect?

    I’ve always thrived in difficult situations. Now I believe that I seek them because they are difficult. Now go and wear out those tires. Peace!

    • Adam Fricke July 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

      Thanks for following along and for the kind words. I really think I thrive in difficult situations too. Some of us are just wired that way I suppose and I’m grateful to know that about myself. We made it safely without much of a problem but we’re always in search of ways to wear out our tires 😛

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