The Last Hours Spent in Fairbanks.

Saturday will be a day I will remember in my books for a long time!

The morning started off rough waking up with a sickening feeling knowing that this was going to be my last day spent in Alaska on this trip. It didn’t take too long for me to turn that feeling around and look back on my whole year! I became very appreciative of everyone who helped me make my way to where i was currently sitting. So instead of feeling sick i was blessed with happiness and als reflected on my trip. One thing that made me happy was knowing that the reason i was already awake and not sleeping in is because i woke up to our favorite bus driver Ballito blasting Taylor Swift and yelling Good Morning to everyone on the outside speakers of his bus!

Us MJ2’s left for the venue about noonish (of cours on Bellitos Bus…). We were pumped for our last day of racing! My race started of pretty well but halfway through that turned around and i didn’t end up pulling together a great race. But that didn’t ruine my day by any means at all. right after our race we packed ski bags at the wax trailer and headed back on Bellitos bus to the hotel driftin half the corners!

Everyone cleaned up and traveld to the University for Closing Ceremonies and Awards. We all sat down at the table designated to Far West. Ate some real food for the second time in a week and socialized. Next we had Beckie Scott talke to everyone about her carrier and inspired everyone to take this sport above and beyond. It was such a great feeling to look around the room and think that everyone was there for the same reason. To share their love for nordic skiing and compete. Awards were given out and the banquet ended but the night was far from over. All the athletes headed out side and lit a bon fire. In this bon fire we burned a replica we had made of PNSA’s flag. Roasting marsh-mellows on 6 foot long sticks is harder then you think! By now it was about 9:00 PM and everyone heded into the gym for the end of the week JN dance. Dancing with you’re friends and people you dont know is lots of fun!

The dance lasted almost 2 hours and we all bused back to the Wedgwood. By now it was 11:30 PM and I went over to the PNSA’s room and hung out their for a while. Around midnight a guy came running into the room yelling “The lights are out! Their out!” We all rushed outside and sure enough they were out! Then I spent the next two hours of my life running around in a t-shirt yelling with excitement and taking pictures of the Aurora! It was almost 2 in the morning and there was know way I could sleep. So I spent the next two hours socializing with other teams and then at 4 in the morning decided I should probably pack my bags..,

We loaded the buses at 5 and was out of there headed to the airport at 5:30 am. We were then headed home and after a 14 hour travel day i found my self back here in my house where i wright this now.

Again a huge thanks to everyone who made my trip possible and memorable and I am pumped to train this summer and compete in 359 days (yes the count down as begun)!

Thanks Everyone!

Far West Far Best!!!!

-Skyler Mullings