Back To Copper River Valley

by Lynn
This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Chasing Pipe Dreams to Follow Alaska

We finally got the opportunity to move back home again to the Copper River Valley! Words cannot describe how happy I was to be back where our Alaska journey first began! We had a drastic shift in our lives that allowed this to happen.

It’s always an exciting turn of events when this family tries to make plans of any sort because Alaska herself tends to change those plans when we least expect it. I started joking and telling Daryl and the kids that we live more like teenagers since moving here. In the beginning, it was very unsettling, but after everything that has happened, we’re seeing that things usually happen for a reason and in their timing.

A Life-Changing opportunity

The opportunity to move back to the Copper River Valley happened pretty quickly, honestly. Daryl got a call one day and had been referred to a job by a friend that he had not applied for. With some more in-depth investigation, everything was on the up and up, and he committed to working for this new company. Instead of hauling fuel locally, he would be back running OTR. (over-the-road)

As he and I talked, we realized that was our way back into Copper River due to the route he would be driving. We could have stayed in Valdez, but that was not where we were meant to be, and we knew that much for sure.

A House For Rent in Copper River Valley

Finding a house to rent until we can find our land should have been an ordeal, but that worked out too. My friend sent a listing of a property that had just come up for rent that she saw on Facebook. I contacted the lady who owns it, and someone else was already looking at it. My heart sank, but I kept looking.

Something kept drawing me back to this place, however. I couldn’t explain it.

Long story short, the other guy that was looking at this place changed his mind, and I drove up and checked it out while Daryl was hauling for the new company he went to work for. From the moment I pulled in, I felt like it was home.

The people we rented from were not only nice, straightforward, and didn’t have an issue with a lease agreement, but funny too. However, they were not interested in selling, so it looked like we would have one more move once we found or built our final home.

I didn’t blame her a bit either for not wanting to sell. From what I understood, this place was once part of her folks’ homestead that has since been sectioned off.

We are back here now, so finding our patch of dirt will happen when the time is right. Until then, I am going to enjoy this place and treat it like I would my own. Like I said, from the moment I pulled in, it just felt right.

In the meantime, the kids are still living in Valdez. Will we all end up back together, or will this become the new normal?

We would have to wait and see.

Copper River Valley Wildlife

These two were perched out on the back deck one morning in our first week back.

As always... Alaska seemed to be determining what’s next. We were both happy to be back in the Copper River Valley that we fell in love with when we first arrived in Alaska.

I was excited to see what the future would hold! I was also excited that the cargo trailer was going to finally get completely emptied out!

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