Talk Tuesday with Kristi Trimmer
This is the third installment of Talk Tuesday. Did you miss the first two weeks? Check them out here. It amazes me that the Talk Tuesday posts are some of my most viewed posts! I collect the questions people ask me and answer them weekly. Have a question for me about anything? Ask away in the comments below.
What is your favorite food that you can only get in Alaska?
I know you can get Halibut and Salmon everywhere, but it is another thing when it was caught mere minutes before you eat it. So dang delicious and fresh! I’ve also had a lot of clams and Rockfish too. I am in Seafood Heaven up here. The only drink that you can only find up here was the Glacier Margarita. It used ice snatched out of the ocean right after the glacier calved. It was awesome!
Are there any gardens you can work in for exchange for dinner or lodging?
Not that I have found. I did see an ad that Wwoof was coming to Alaska. That is where you can work on an organic farm in exchange for lodging. If I was younger, this would interest me. But I already work 50+ hours a week and wouldn’t be able to do that much for another organization.
What made you start traveling. Were you ever scared?
I basically realized at 39 that I was just waiting in Phoenix. Waiting to live. Waiting to die. Waiting to love. I bought into that Picket Fence Dream that Mr right would come along and we would build a life together. He must have forgot, because he never showed up. So what was I was supposed to do? Wait? Um, no. So I did what any sane work-from-any-coffee-shop blogger would do… I sold everything I owned and took over on an epic adventure around the US.
I saw the US on my terms. If I wanted to stay somewhere longer, I did. If I wanted to go hike a trail I just saw a sign for, I did. If I wanted to go run a half marathon in a state that was four states away, I did. I was the master of my own destiny. Now that was truly awesome. But some parts were hard. I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of – if I made a mistake, I only had myself to blame.
As for being scared, there were times I was afraid. I was scared of what people thought of me and what I was doing. I was scared that no one would remember my name when I came home. I was afraid to love again, afraid to let someone in.
I would love to date someone here in Alaska. I would love to have someone to go fishing with, hiking with, and generally to spend time talking about life with. But to be honest, men don’t want to date a traveler. They are intrigued by me, but they don’t want to be with me. Catch 22 sucks.
For now I will keep enjoying my life, having the adventure of a lifetime, all while interviewing breweries all over Alaska. I might not have the love of my life to spend time with, but I am in love with my life.
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