So i got a bit distracted my last couple weeks in Alaska. The little internet i could attain didn’t seem hardly worth it when i realized i’d much rather be indulging in saying soaking up my last few days in this incredible place with these amazing people.
To wrap up the season we performed in Renee’s silk show called Elements. After our 6 or so rehearsals, the four of us were ready to present our rendition of Outer Space. Shiny blue leotards, galaxy leggings, fancy eye make up and loads of rhinestones led the way. The performance took place in the gymnasium at the Rec Center where we had our silks classes. The gym was fashioned into a make shift theatrical auditorium complete with stage lights and ambient soundtrack. I performed two silk routines , one for the opening number and one for our outer space routine. We also had 3 dance numbers that accompanied the show. This is the most dancing i’ve done in probably 3 years! Crazy. The show performed two evenings and was the talk of the town. I feel so blessed to have picked up this skill along my journey and hope to continue in NYC if it won’t break the bank : /
There are so many lovely things, events, and happenings that led to the end of my time in Skagway. I wish i had the time and energy to talk about them all, but i’m feeling a bit emotionally exhausted post returning and do believe that some memories are best when left to the moment. One happening i have to share is my wondrous evening of finally seeing the northern lights.
Before i even knew a theater opportunity in Alaska existed i had written in a dream journal that the Northern Lights was the one wonder of the world i simply had to witness. The girls in the cast and i had been rigid about wake up cycles on evenings when the chance of visibility was high, always missing them. A week toward the end of our trip we were getting anxious. Two nights before i left i got a text from my boss that there was a small aurora in the sky, this was at 9pm. I ran out screaming saw the faint light and alerted the rest of the crew. I pleaded with Jimmy to stay up till 10 in hopes of seeing a more distinct light as the evening progressed. We checked, and not much had changed there was another small wave below the first we saw but they were fainter than before. A bit bummed i headed back to bed and decided to set my alarm for 12:15 to check one more time.
To my surprise i opened the back door to reveal a fork of northern lights in the west. This was before i headed down the stairs ran around a helicopter and looked north to see the entire horizon loaded with dancing glowing streams. The lights ebbed, flowed and pulsed. Meridith joined me for some viewing, along with some of the Temsco mechanics. I was in awe. completely at peace and yet amazingly energized by the experience. I felt an overwhelming sense of wonder and fulfillment.
I felt that after that experience was resolved to be at peace saying good bye to Skagway, at least for the time being. The next couple of days were a haze, my head spinning with the culmination of many incredible things and trying to grasp the idea that i would somewhere that could not be more opposite than Alaska in a matter of hours. The travels were messy and emotional and when i returned it was with a heavy heart, some tears and a brain dizzy with culture shock.
On the positive side, i already am reminded of the pulse and opportunity in this city. it was wonderful to be in my own bed, see friends, have my independence and freedom back, and start dreaming of my next adventure.
Signing off from the last frontier i leave you with this quote:
“We travel down the road of mystery not to gain knowledge, but to deepen the mystery.” -John Muir