"Memories of Momma" — A 71 Day Photo Tribute (Day 61)



It was incredible watching Mom get outside of her comfort zone and join me in little adventures in Alaska. One of our favorite trips together was a day cruise in July 2014 to the Tracy Arm Fjord, a few hours south of Juneau.

We knew it'd be chilly that day, so I loaned Mom one of my old sweatshirts from the Salty Dawg Saloon in Homer. A Salty Dawg sweatshirt is part of the quintessential Alaskan outfit, and you're bound to spot someone wearing one when you're out and about running errands or traveling through airports in Alaska. To me, it's kind of the equivalent of stilettos in Manhattan or cowboy boots in Texas.

I love how "Alaskan" Momma looks in this photo. She's so at ease and comfortable in her surroundings, even right alongside this gigantic blue iceberg. The tiny black dot at the top of the glacier is actually an eagle perched way up high. Mom was really excited whenever she saw eagles. No matter how far away she was, she'd always whip out her iPhone and take a picture.

Now she's soaring with the eagles and protecting me from above.

*It's Day 61 of my 71 day photo series in honor of my dear sweet Momma who passed away on 03.21.2016 after a harrowing 71 day health battle. Those 71 days do not define her. Oh no. What defines her — and me — are the incredible 66 years that she lived her life. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of the beautiful moments and memories of her life.