A flight to Alaska will take you just about as far away from wherever you might call home as you might want to travel while still keeping you within the confines of North America. A quick check online showed more than 2,300 miles of farm fields, trees and mountains between my home in Wisconsin and Fairbanks, a daunting distance. Still, though, as I turned the idea over in my mind, I slowly warmed to the notion that maybe my dad and I could make that trip one more time. I thought about that for a couple of years before mentioning it to Dad, who, while long in years, still has the heart of a 20-year-old. Ultimately, just last year the idea matured into decision, driven by the basic fact that, at the ages of 51 and 82, there clearly is no time like the present. I started making plans for what would eventually become our Alaska Highway trip.