The Challenge of PCSing and Friendships

Every couple years on average, army families are faced with new challenges. Lots of challenges all brought on by a simple piece of paper called “PCS Orders.”


PCS 2013: Our New Home

After travelling thousands of miles, our next task was to find a place to live. This is probably one of the most stressful parts of PCSing. Searching for your new home, in a place you don’t yet know. After countless phone calls, and searches and “No, that house is already rented” or “No, we don’t…

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO

PCS 2013: Days 16-18 | Kansas, Missouri and on to Tennessee

After staying two nights in Colorado, one on each end of the state, we continued heading east through Kansas and Missouri. Oh, and in Denver we stopped at Bass Pro Shop. I had a photo op with a couple of my favorite celebrities. Okay, with cutouts of my favorite celebrities. While in Missouri, we spent…

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PCS 2013: Days 14 and 15 | Colorado

On our 14th day of travel, we made it to Colorado! We stayed at the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. When we got to our spot, we found we had a camp host. There were also a few cotton tails hopping around camp. Jack was in charge of grilling supper that night! And…

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PCS 2013: Days 11-13 Northern California, Nevada and Utah

Our next leg of the trip took us east through northern California and into Nevada. This was the beautiful Trinity River that we followed along Highway 299 for miles and miles. Coming into Redding, this was definitely not Alaska anymore! We drove through beautiful tree nut groves and farms and the headed up in elevation…

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The Great Redwood Forest

PCS 2013: Day 10 – The Magnificent Redwoods

When I last checked in with you all, we were in Oregon, and our next stop, was the magnificent Great Redwood forest. That morning we got up and headed through Grant’s Pass, Oregon – a lovely little town, and headed South and West.

Whirlpool Canyon - Alaskan Highway

Whirlpool Canyon, Along the Alaskan Highway

On our drive down the Alcan, we made a stop at Milepost 516 at a small rest stop along side what is called “Whirlpool Canyon.” Whirlpool canyon is a section of the Liard River where massive rapids form whirlpools, and “icebergs”,” logs and more get swirled around and around. The area is amazingly beautiful, so…

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PCS 2013 - Myrtle Creek Oregon

PCS 2013: Day 9 | Washington To Myrtle Creek, Oregon

On Day 9 of our trip, we got up from the Fort Lewis Army Travel Camp, and headed south on I-5, hoping to have less traffic than we did the day before. Joshua snapped this photo as we were loading up to go. None of us had had coffee yet. Us without coffee…not a good…

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Grizzly Bear along the highway

PCS 2013: Day 6 & 7 | Prince George and to Cache Creek, British Columbia

After leaving Dawson Creek, we were no longer traveling on the Alaskan Highway. Now we were traveling on Highway 97. One of the towns we passed through was Chetwynd. Chetwynd is memorable for their wood carvings that are everywhere. It is the location of an international wood carving competition…chain saw carving! Along this leg of…

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Dawson Creek & The Alaskan Highway

PCS 2013: Day 5 | Dawson Creek, British Columbia

We spent the evening in Fort Nelson, and enjoyed this beautiful rainbow just before we went to bed. The next morning, we got up and got on the road to Dawson Creek. We spent the night there at the “Mile 0 RV Park.” I wasn’t impressed with that place. The park itself looked nice enough,…

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PCS 2013: Day 4 | To Fort Nelson, British Columbia #Wildlife

Holey Socks! When we came up here three years ago, this leg of the trip we saw more wildlife than any other part – and let me say, it was a repeat performance. Just outside of town, we passed this sign. 10 minutes later, we saw a couple wild horses. Wild horses and…what is that…

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Watson Lake Signpost Forest - Yukon

PCS 2013: Day 3 | Whitehorse YT to Watson Lake YT

The third day of our PCS, we traveled from Whitehorse to Watson Lake. Leaving Whitehorse, the views were amazing! Upon arriving in Watson lake, we found that the little RV park that we stayed at last time was gone! Thankfully we found another park just down the road, and right around the corner from the…

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Farewell Fort Wainwright

Farewell Fort Wainwright–Here We Go!

Our last sunrise has come at Fort Wainwright. Today we hit the road! Heading down the Al-Can Highway – through the Yukon and British Columbia, back to the Lower 48. Over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing our journey with you. Ready or not, here we go!!!

Volunteer Awards - Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Wrapping Up Wainwright

In the past couple weeks, there has been tons going on around the Smith home. I received another completely unexpected award. Then I was “farewelled” by our troop. I was presented this lovely bowl. This is the inscription on the base. And my hubby was farewelled as well. And in the meantime…once again, everything we…

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The Joys of Moving

The Rescue

So, since we are moving many months before we were supposed to, we’ll never get the chance to see the snow melt and reveal our lawn ornaments. That means going in after them. Fun. So I went in…and dug and dug, sticking the shovel down it the snow as though I were a rescuer searching…

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Fireweed for Fireweed Jelly

Mentally Preparing for the Move

So now that we know were we are heading next, I’m thinking about what this means for our family. Leaving Alaska in a mere 45 days, means that my “Alaska Bucket List” has now been capped. I’ll never be able to empty it of the plans we had for our remaining time here. We had…

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Here We Go Again

So, in the next few weeks, my husband will begin making inquiries, and calling “they that know” to try and get an idea of where we might get stationed next. We have completed 2 years and 4 months of our 3 year tour in Alaska. So that means 7-8 months from now, we’ll be loading…

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Always Looming | #MilitaryMonday June 4, 2012

One of the things you know as an Army family, is that there is almost always a move looming ahead in your future. While we may still have a year left up here in the Last Frontier of Alaska, we know that a year from now we will be planning our next move. And a…

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2010–The Year in Review

The year of 2010 was a very exciting year for our family. I’m going to go through and do a month-by-month replay…… January We went on some local field trips to some beautiful places… We visited a 1700’s church out in the country.