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Destination Photographer | Juneau, Alaska | Journey to the West | Part One

I just turned 30 in March, I moved back into my parents house and I needed to escape from real life for a bit.

Juneau, Alaska was my destination.

This was the first time that I have ever traveled by myself long distance and was both thrilled and a bit scared to be honest. Will my luggage automatically go from this plane to my connecting plane in Seattle? What if I get on the wrong plane or miss my flight? This is just a bit of my inner dialogue during the duration of the trip. Haha.

I got to the airport with my dad as the sun was rising. Said my goodbyes and headed off into the unknown.

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So why Juneau, Alaska? My best friend of 16+ years Megan (a.k.a M-Pac) has been living in this town with her husband Pete and her two amazing children Liam and Finley. {You will see her family in the next post}.

Right now I needed to be with my best friend, go on some adventures and live my life! 30 is a whole new beginning and I was excited to start!

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I loaded up on coffee, music and taking everything in. Unbelievably excited to go to the West Coast for the first time!

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While flying over our great country I just found myself in awe. I have lived on the East Coast all my life. I just sat back and realized how small I am in the scale of life. There are billions of people in the world! It was just one of those wow moments.

I decided then that all I want to do is travel and take photos. There is nothing tying me down right now. I felt very free.

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I started to see the snow topped mountains and my heart was racing. I’m really doing this. I am traveling across the country {alone}. I feel like I grew up in those 6-7 hours of the flight. Thinking about my life, thinking about my future and what I need to do. It’s very therapeutic doing things on your own, feeling very independent.

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They announced that we were getting ready to land. I looked out the window and asked to myself, Where? All I saw were these amazing mountains! Where are all the houses and signs of civilization? Is this going to turn into an episode of Lost? Haha.

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And here we are! Arriving in Juneau! I couldn’t sit still. I was so excited to get off the plane and have an experience of a lifetime!

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As soon as Megan and I saw each other we hugged and started crying hysterically. It’s been years since we saw each other. I was just so happy to be with her and her family for the next 10 days. Now it’s time to see what this place is all about! And I definitely did not go straight to bed when I got there!

Stay posted for Part Two of my adventures!

{Photos taken with Android phone - no filters}

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