Welcome to Girdwood Summer!

Hello, and welcome to Girdwood Summer.  This blog will follow the travels of Scott Wotring and Jessica Swanson on their drive from North Carolina to Alaska in spring 2011 and their summer spent working and exploring in Girdwood, Alaska.

After six years in marketing in North Carolina, the siren song of Alaska became too strong to resist, sparking Scott’s resignation and putting into motion a long-lusted plan for he and Jess to leave their hometown of Raleigh and pursue a life-list adventure to include an epic transcontinental road trip and a summer of first-class hiking, biking, climbing and exploring the massive and mystical lands of the last frontier.

Both Scott and Jess will contribute to the blog — posting stories, photos, videos and commentary along the way.  We invite you to follow the adventure and be part of our Girdwood Summer.


15 responses

  1. Brittany J

    Can’t wait for you both to share your adventures with us. Great intro to the blog!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

  2. Kim

    Good luck you guys! Very exciting…but you will be missed!!! I can’t wait to follow your adventures. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    April 13, 2011 at 6:13 am

  3. Natalie Whitney

    I can’t wait to check in periodically on your blog…SAFE TRAVELS and CHEERS to a good adventure!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:20 am

  4. Carol Chapman

    The photos and commentary are great – looking forward to much more. We’ll watch the townhouse and miss you both. Happy trails……

    April 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    • jratt18

      Thanks Carol! We are having so much fun and it’s amazing to see the country the way we are. We’re heading to Portland, OR today. We’re over half way there, hard to believe 🙂

      April 27, 2011 at 5:54 am

  5. Frank Chapman

    Reminds me of my younger days…hiked 15 miles to school in the sleet and snow (South Georgia?)
    The scenery is just beautiful…Take care and have a good time…Hopefully the only bears you encounter will be teddy bears…..

    April 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    • jratt18

      Frank! Hi there, hope all is well. We’re in the wild west now and heading to bear country. I keep telling myself they are just gummy bears:) We’re having the best time ever and loving every second of it.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:55 am

  6. Debbie Swanson

    Wow! How beautiful and fun! Glad you avoided those pesky bears and were able to enjoy that amazing place. Thanks for the update and look forward to more 🙂 Talk to you tomorrow! xoxo

    April 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    • jratt18

      Hi mama! I think you are our number one blog fan. Love you and miss you. xox

      April 27, 2011 at 5:56 am

  7. Katie Shamon

    You guys are really lucky to be able to get to have this adventure. This website will be awesome to visit, I can see alaska through your eyes as I will never get there.

    Thanks for the opportunity

    April 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    • jratt18

      Hi Katie! Thanks for checking out the blog 🙂

      April 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

  8. Cupcake

    I soooooo look forward to reading the updates on your blog/website, I absolutely LOVE it… All I have to say is… I better make the blog when I come to Alaska 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    • jratt18

      Hi Cupcake! We miss you and of course you will make the blog. We need to have a shot with the two of us holding shotguns! Can’t wait to see you and Michael.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:58 am

  9. Scott and Jess-

    I am hooked! You guys are having the adventure of a lifetime and the blog captures it perfectly – at least as close to perfectly as a reader can get without being there. Beautiful photos and I love the writing/commentary from both of you. Keep it up and HAVE FUN!

    April 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    • jratt18


      Thank you! Scott is doing an amazing job of blogging and his pictures just keep getting better and better. It doesn’t hurt that the scenery keeps getting more amazing. We are in Coure d’ Alene, ID. We’re going for a jog around the lake this morning and heading to Portland this afternoon. I can’t wait! Coure d’ Alene is where they host an IM. I can see why, wow! You and Mel have an open invite to AK!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:07 am

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