Tuesday, July 10, 2012
AK to AK - Brit visits Alaska
Photos © Brian & Ash
This past week, Brian and I were honored to host Akron Empire's Brit Charek and her son, Holden, in our home in Alaska. Brit is my friend of almost 13 years, but because we have been in different states for most of our adult lives, it's been years since we've seen each other face to face. It was a little bit of a time-warp; we both now have children, we both have seen dozens and dozens of cities and coasts and bands and art shows without each other, we have fallen in and out of love, we both have gone on to graduate school. And, of course, I met Brian during these years of separation and now am a happily married lady.
But as with any long-time friend, there are glimpses of all of those teenage days and nights spent stretched out of summer docks or driving fast at night, toying with ideas of hair dye, of boys, of suicide, of song lyrics. There is a shared knowledge of familiar streets, those roadmaps that never fade.
One thing certainly has remained the same for both of us: we both love life and creative things, so we do a lot in a short amount of time.
Brit writes a great new blog, Akron Empire, which features twice-weekly posts on local bands, businesses, and events, and although the blog is just starting out, Brian and I dig it a lot. (Check out the blog and like Akron Empire on Facebook if you feel the same.) Brit earned her Masters in Education last year, is working on her Masters in Literature currently, and will be teaching high school English full-time starting this fall. She regularly hosts local craft fairs, and she sells awesome guitar-pick earrings from her online etsy store, HoldenAllan. She also raises an energetic three-year-old, Holden, who is possibly one of the sweetest, coolest little kids I've ever met. What a lady.
Our week together as a fivesome was a fun one. We spent some time in Anchorage just catching up, going to brunch at Snow City, playing at Elderberry Park, walking around downtown, cooking up halibut and enjoying delicious brews from Great Lakes Brewing Co. (courtesy of Brit) and Alaska Brewing Company. Then, we headed out to Homer for a few days, stopping first at the Bake Shop in Girdwood. We stayed in Girdwood long enough for Holden to get some play time in at the park and for Elliott to get a feeding, and then we hit the road again, only making stops for feeding Elliott and stretching our legs. (This was Elliott's longest car ride, so he needed a few extra stops.) We arrived in Homer excited to wander a bit and grab some delicious fish and chips from Boardwalk Fish and Chips, and then we were all very happy to just hang out in our cabin for the evening. The next day, we had a marvelous brunch at Two Sisters Bakery and hit the beach, where we spent the rest of our time in Homer. Elliott adored our guests and simply couldn't take his eyes off of Holden, especially as he ran and jumped on the sand.
Back in Anchorage, we continued our vacationing-visit with long walks, Fourth of July festivities on the Park Strip, more delicious meals at home and at Yak & Yeti, Bear Tooth, and La Cabana. Before we knew it, it was time for Brit and Holden to head back to Ohio, taking with them a few pounds of Kaladi Brothers Coffee for the road.
Thanks for venturing North, Brit! We three had a wonderful time!
Posted by brian adams at 4:11 PM