This time of year, everyone reflects on what they are thankful for, and we're certainly no different. But I like to think I'm thankful every day, because when I look out my office window, I see majestic Pioneer Peak staring back at me, a daily reminder that I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

I'm thankful Alaska offers so many opportunities to get out and experience things most people only dream of experiencing. There's nothing like catching a beautiful rainbow trout in the twilight of a fall evening, without having seen another person all day. There's a quiet joy in watching a momma moose care for her young calf during the spring, when a certain crispness in the air also signifies the upcoming summer. And certainly, there's something to be said for not turning your car lights on at 11 p.m. in the middle of June. Where else can you say that?

I travel a lot for work, and one thing I'm thankful for is the Glenn Highway on way home from the airport. See, that hour long drive, often made in silence with the moonlight guiding the way, kind of pushes the reset button for me. It's great to get out and see other places, but it's also nice to come home to familiarity - it's almost as if you appreciate the Valley all over again during that drive home.

I'm also thankful the Mat-Su Valley is filled with people who love to show off their area to visitors. Too often, we take for granted the amazing scenery and activities right in our own backyard, but seeing it through a visitors eyes is another affirmation of what a great place this area is.

I'm thankful that each and every day, I get to share the beauty of Alaska with these visitors. They are living out their dream by visiting a place call home.