It really is amazing how beautiful something is when you know it won't be yours forever. Breathing in the cool, clean air that has a uniquely Alaskan scent of moss, spruce, and swamp decomposition, makes me nostalgic. Walking through the woods with trees covered in lichen and "Old Man's Beard" moss and being surprised by the bright green patches of wood ferns reminds me how much I will miss. I know it won't be the same to go for walks with defense items in case I run into a moose mama with her newborn red-haired calf.
These are little gifts of memories that I hope I can enjoy until the time God calls us on to our next adventure!