A man leaves his nice, comfy life and job in Florida and roadtrips across the country to a job in a remote Alaskan location. All his friends think he's crazy and can't understand why he is leaving such a good situation. He can't explain it, but knows he needs to return to Alaska.
A woman leaves her nice, comfy life in Colorado and roadtrips across the west to an unknown volunteer job in an unknown Alaska. All her friends think she's crazy, but they are happy she's headed to Alaska and not a Peace Corps stint in Azerbaijan. She knows she needs to go.
When the woman pulls up to the ferry terminal in Bellingham, WA (which is really in Fairhaven, by the way) to get her ticket, the man who left his nice, comfy life and job in Florida offers to take her picture for her. He takes her picture and starts talking about how he's headed to work at some place with a weird name (Gustavus). The two continue their conversation.
Serendipitously, they are on the same ferry. The conversation continues for three more days. Up through Ketchikan. Through Wrangell. Then Petersburg. The couple part in Sitka, where the woman goes off to her unknown adventure and the man continues his journey to the remote location. The woman promises to give the man her phone number, as soon as she can find out what it is (a premonition of what it's like to deal with the Forest Circus, perhaps).
The man and woman pick up the conversation over the telephone ... and the rest is history.
Here's to many, many more conversations!