I recently visited my best friend and her family in Ketchikan, Alaska. It was my first time in the state of Alaska, and I was excited to experience this cold, cold place.
The community there was very friendly and welcoming. The temperature fluctuated from about 29 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit the entire time I was there. It was cold. But I loved it so much. I didn’t realize how much I liked the cold and getting all bundled up in layers of sweaters. Each day was a new adventure.
The first day I was there, it was a cloudy/foggy day. The fog rolling off the top of the trees was just an amazing sight. I’m a sucker for that.
We went to a lot of places, one of them being a place called Settlers Cove, and there was ice on the ground and the there was a pathway that led into a place with lots of trees. I took a lot of pictures, but the picture you see above before you started to read this article is one of my favorites. It was taken at Settlers Cove.
We also went to this place called Saxman Native Village Totem Pole Park.
As you can see, there was this huge totem pole and it was just amazing to look at. I was always fascinated by totem poles, so this was great. There was a little pathway to the left where could just take in the beauty of the trees. I wanted to stay there all day.
We also went to this other place that had huge totem poles, and it was absolutely phenomenal. There was a pathway you could take to see the totem poles and read about them. People were also walking their dogs and they were super friendly. At the end of the pathway, there was a huge totem pole:
And the most fascinating sight: a bald eagle at the very top! It was awesome because I had never seen a bald eagle in real life before. I just stood there for a good while, looking at this majestic bird on top of this huge totem pole. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip.
Despite the fantastic sights, I also had to deal with my misophonia. The two flights I had to take over to Alaska were excruciating because I had worn my over the ear headphones all day. My ears were hurting and I got a migraine and felt nauseous when I got to Alaska. I had to take a nap and skip dinner with my best friend and her family–as well as my aunt, who came with me on the trip–because I just wasn’t feeling up to it. I felt bad for a little bit, but realized soon after that that was what I needed, despite what I was feeling.
While in Alaska, I was also triggered 24/7. I wore my headphones all day, and my ears hurt so badly that, when I got back to the house, I had to go in the room prepared for me and take a break. Every time. And I would have to leave the gathering and just rest my ears for a little while. Luckily, my best friend and her family are super understanding. They aren’t judgmental, and that’s one of the many things I love about them.
Even though I had to deal with my misophonia the entire trip, and on the flights back home, I would travel to Ketchikan again. It’s beautiful and people are so nice. Even the Ketchikan TSA personnel were friendly! They were smiling and weren’t all business the whole time.
While there, I went to mass on New Years Eve and sat in the middle of the small church. There weren’t many people there, which was fine. A more close knit community I suppose, but also less triggers. However, during the mass, I don’t think I heard a single trigger. I had my headphones on, which I know played a part in that, but it was the first time in a long time that I had actually enjoyed a mass. People were singing, the priest was singing and was just totally into the mass…it was great. It gave me hope that I can continue dealing with misophonia, even while on a trip, and maybe even find better coping methods.
See you next week!