Monday, December 7, 2009

We are in Canda! :)

We are in Canada!

We woke up early and just started loading up our vehicle. I was so stressed that we brought so much stuff but at the same time we have to think of things we have to live on for the next couple months. After packing up the truck-boy it is loaded, we hit the road and headed out. We had our late lunch and early dinner at Fast Eddy's in Tok, Alaska then kept on driving to the border of Canada.

We made it to Haines Junction in Yukon Territory Canada tonight and are exhausted from a long drive here. Tomorrow we will be heading out to the Haines Highway which uncharted territory for us and spend the day there before we board the ferry.

No matter how long I have lived in Alaska I am always amazed on how it can be pitch black by 4pm in the winter time. It felt like it was 9pm. So the window of opportunity to take pictures of the scenery was limited but I did catch a few on the road.

Wrestling the day before went good but ended up emotional. It was hard for the boys to say goodbye to their teammates and friends. It made it even more emotional when they had a meeting after the tournament for the coaches to give both the boys their high school letters for wrestling(Both were Varsity 103-Jared was the first until Nick came in and wrestled). We will not be here for the State finals or the banquet so it was a nice going away present to them. We have a great set of parents, kids and coaches and they will all be missed. They all have impacted our lives and we hope to keep in touch with most of those that we made great friendships with no matter how far away in miles we are.

Nick on his match

The boys getting their letters. (It looks like now we have to order their Letterman's jacket.)

The team carrying the boys and doing their little group chant.

Nick and Jared with their Coaches, Osborne, Jamison and Bockert. Thank you so much for such a great season.

Our Lathrop Wrestling Team taking Regionals!

Our season may be over with our high school here in Alaska but the boys will continue on with this sport. Bo and I are so proud of both of them, they have really shown us their dedication and their true character is shown when put in situations. We are so proud to be wrestling parents. :)

I found this poem and thought of all the parents that shared the bleachers with us this season. :)

A Wrestling Parent
Dr. Bill Welker

Parents in wrestling are courageous -- it's true,
They feel all the pain that their child must go through,
At home, when he diets, they wish it could stop,
Yet know he must do it to stay at the top.

Excuses for losing they will not endure,
"Don't blame the ref, son, because of the score,
The coach, he will show you the best way to move,
Keep working in practice if you want to improve."

At dual meets, you'll see them breathing a prayer,
As their boy must compete with no one else there,
Whatever the outcome - mom cheers with deep pride,
While dad -- you will notice - stands right by his side.

They'll drive to a tournament many miles away,
To witness a child who's prepared for this day,
Their boy, he has trained, with all of his might,
Having dreams of becoming a champion tonight.

But should he fall short, at his corner you'll find,
A mother and father -- supportive and kind,
They teach that through wrestling he'll learn about life,
Yes, living is filled with both triumph and strife.

Now if you are searching for people who care,
Just look by a mat, they'll always be there,
Such love for a sport is truly inherent,
That's why we salute The Wrestling Parent.

We are excited to drive the Haines Highway tomorrow and visit Haines. I hope some of the Eagles are still around. The only wildlife we have seen so far on this trip was a pair of Moose.

It is late, I guess it is an hour ahead here. I get insomnia though during our trips, but I know I have to at least try to get some shut eye.

We will update as much as we can. Have a great Monday!

1 comment:

Chrissy said...

Abby, I bet it was hard to leave...Bittersweet indeed... Your pics of Canada are gorgeous... Drive safe....