The adventures continue…in Alaska!

Adventures in Daddy Duty

After two months of daddy duty, I left NYC on July 29 for a brief stop at home in Tampa, then packed my bags and flew to Alaska on August 6. Now I’m visiting friends in Seward who have kids the same ages as Teo and Kyle, so the adventures continue–this time with Evie and Oliver.  Most are chronicled on my travel blog, but I did want to give a shout out directly to my friends in Sunnyside. Or, as Oliver likes to announce in a smiling, singsongy voice: “Hell-loooooooooooo!”

On my first full day here, Jan took us fishing. (Besides the kids, “us” includes my friends and travel companions, Rick and Ellen.) Oliver rode in Jan’s modern-day papoose and Evie combed the rocky shore for feathers while the big boys tried to snag salmon. When fishing turned into catching, Ellen graciously took over Ollie duty. Evie reeled in her…

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A bath for water

“Adventures in Daddy Duty” was the unexpected start of my travels. I managed a couple of field trips with kids in tow, including this one to a water treatment plant. When I come back through NYC next summer, connecting with the city’s Dept. of Sanitation will at the top of my list.

Adventures in Daddy Duty

Chris Retty is a good friend from back home, in Jensen Beach, Florida. He became a journeyman (I love that term and might have to borrow it for my travels) and moved to the NYC area over a decade ago.  Now, he is the electrical supervisor for United Water’s treatment facility in Haworth, New Jersey.

I joined Chris and his fantastic fiancee, Adrienne, for drinks on the Upper West Side a few weeks ago. We talked about Kyle’s accident and recovery, but quickly moved on to our shared passions for travel and generally living life to the fullest. They asked the question that I’ve been hearing a lot lately, “Does daddy duty make you want to have kids?” The answer is still no, I much prefer uncling.

When Chris suggested that I come for a tour of his workplace, of course I said yes. (I’m not just a garbage…

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