"Memories of Momma" — A 71 Day Photo Tribute (Day 68)



Mom and I were on a tiny float plane, returning to Juneau from the Taku Glacier. We were both on Cloud Nine from our adventure at a remote lodge where we were able to feast on fresh king salmon and watch snoozing bears in the trees.

That first flight, though without mishap or turbulence, was white-knuckle for her. It was such a new experience for her. I sat close by and observed her looking around, wide-eyed and impressed at the scene in front of her. It was like I was able to see Alaska all anew again.

Mom was less hesitant and nervous about our return flight than she was on the departure earlier than day. As the floatplane was getting ready to accelerate, I leaned forward to distract her. "Momma, take a selfie," I said. And so she did... her eyes sparkling and her grin stretching from ear to ear.

*It's Day 68 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.