That USB device is still locked up with my whole book of ‘What Line’, so I decided to take advantage of the time I’m waiting for it to behave again and start on my Alaska book for which still does not have a name. That will come to me I’m sure.
I’ve gathered all my notes together and have started the journey of writing the book my mother should have written long ago. She did start and I’m so grateful to have these notes. I have a roll of cash register tape she wrote on to begin. There is a tattered notebook with the start date and expenditures throughout the trip. Faded letters and numerous pamphlets and information on homesteading and Alaska hold some of the information I will need. The letters themselves tell a unique story.
As I read through the cash register tape yesterday I am overwhelmed with the memories. Even though I was only four when we left on this trip I remember so much as do my two older sisters and younger brother. Whether we remember so much detail because it was talked of so often or the trip had such an impression on our young lives I do not know. I do know there are plenty of pictures in my mind.
This is a letter we children all compiled in 2004 to add to the letters my mother had written to relatives when we were living this adventure in the great state of Alaska. I’m so thankful to the ones who saved these letters for her. I typed them up years ago and compiled them with this one in a spiral bound book before they all faded away to nothing.
December 24, 2004
We have encouraged you for years to sit down at the computer and write a book about yours and Daddy’s adventures in Alaska. The following pages include letters from 1961-1963. The letters are from you to Aunt Ticia and PaPa and Aunt Letaine. It is hard to believe you and Daddy pulled a two-bedroom house trailer behind a truck for 4040 miles with four children in tow – children ranging in ages from two to six. The journey begins on June 17, 1959 at 6:00 a.m. with $1000.00 and a credit card. The Knowles family arrived in the state of Alaska on July 1, 1959 at 8:50 a.m. The journey begins…
Naomi, Debbie, Lindy, Chip, and Tish
If you noticed there is one extra name on that signature. Yes, there was another sibling born in Alaska. We have no pictures of Tish until she was about eighteen months old because the film was so expensive. Plus you know the last child never gets as many pictures taken as the first ones do!
I’ll be posting most of my updates and pictures as I write with inserts from the letters that will not all be in the book on my author Facebook page so jump on over and LIKE the page. You wouldn’t want to get left behind in the story!
This is going to be an enjoyable journey.
P.S This first draft will be saved in multiple places! 😉