Today on our way to Homer we stopped at a church. I had a few extra minutes and I decided to interview Kathy. This is Kathy’s first time in Alaska. Kathy has wanted to come to Alaska ever since her granddaughter Cindy came to Alaska as a AGLP participant. She was very excited when she got to come to Alaska this year and has been enjoying the trip.
When i asked Kathy if she had any expectations for Alaska she said she had read books and seen pictures and she had been expecting Alaska to be just like what she had seen and read, but she was pleasantly surprised that it was better. She said it was more prettier and more awesome than she expected. Today is a cloudy day and she, like the rest of us still found Alaska to beautiful. Kathy really enjoyed the church and she thought it was gorgeous. Her first impression of Alaska was that the mountains we big and majestic. She really enjoyed Palmer where we were surrounded by mountains. She is very excited to be able to send more time in that beautiful town.
I asked Kathy if she had any fears about coming to Alaska and she laughed and said she sure did. She will be 70 on September 23rd and she said she was worried that she was too old, but we all know she is only 30 at heart and she can do anything. She also explained to me that she had new knees and she has problems balancing. I remember riding the bus with her to the airport and she told me she is known as the family klutz and she was worried she might hurt herself, but she has yet to do so (knock on wood).
The most exciting part of her trip so far has been seeing everyone at the top of Mt. Healy. Even though she didn’t make it to the top she is still amazed and proud of everyone who made it to the top and we are proud of her for giving it her best effort. I know she tied her best and we were all proud of her for staying positive and congratulating everyone who made it to the top, but that just shows her character.
Her favorite part of trip to far has been the scenery. She really enjoyed the bus ride through Denali National Park because it was so beautiful. She also enjoyed the drive to Seward because the scenery was so beautiful and breathtaking. She said Alaska is like a jewel. She said it is like a giant multi colored bracelet. Kathy was enjoyable to interview and I have enjoyed getting to know her throughout the trip.
By: Hannah Delmotte