Alaska is crazy. It is huge and wild and continues to amaze me daily. Been here almost two weeks now and have mostly just been working. We have been building this pavilion for a salmon bake down here in Cooper Landing, and have now moved on to the stage. Which required us to put the footings down about 19 inches in the ground. However there is three feet of snow covering two feet of ice covering an undetermined amount of granite that we have had to dig, burn, blast, heat, whack, and anything else you could imagine in order to get down to a level spot. But finally today we hit our mark, and laid the footing. Thank the Lord! During my interview process I told my boss that I would come dig ditches all day in order to move to Alaska, I am now eating my own words!!! However, even though the work has been a tad on the rough side and it has been a little bit colder than expected, I get to look around and see mountains everywhere and beautiful rivers, and so much more. There are just a couple of us here working, and it feels more like being back in high school on the job site. Lots of joking around and cutting up, so that has been a welcome environment. The people that I am working for are great, and my boss is an exceptional leader. I feel lucky to be under his wing this summer, as I will gain tons of great things from him. In some ways and I know this is a stretch, but I feel like a "pioneer" whilst I was swinging that axe today, and when I felt like I couldn't do it again I thought about all the people that came here and homesteaded in the past and all the hardship that they had to endure in order to prevail. So that has kept me going. Oh and Whiskey, it does wonders for a sore body and a tired mind! Well thats about it for now, for parting words I will give my suggestion for packing to come to Alaska....Bring three times the amount of money you think you will need to get started. Everything here is a lot more expensive. 7 dollar packs of smokes, nearly 4 dollars a gallon for gas. Medicine is outrages. Just bring as much money as you can if you lead a very "materialistic" lifestyle.