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Aug 9, 2018 - We Made It To Alaska!

Our first stop after a day of sailing 794 miles was Juneau, Alaska. Juneau is the capital of Alaska and is unusual for a capital city in that it can only be accessed by plane or boat due to the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city. The population is also small for a capital, 32,000, but when there are 3-4 cruise ships in port it swells by 6-7,000!! Dennis has waited almost 25 years to see one sight in Juneau, the Red Dog Saloon. My parents had been on a similar cruise when Dennis and I first met and they brought him back a beer mug...

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State #50 and more

Aug 1, 2018 - Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau is positioned like Ketchikan along a body of water at the base of high ridges so the towns are only a few streets wide but stretching long and narrow. The harbor of Juneau is full of touristy frontier-style shops similar to Ketchikan. As our tour bus headed north along the Main Street/highway toward the Mendenhall Glacier, we passed the state capitol as well as the governors home on the hillside. It’s interesting to view the fishing boats and shuttle ferries all along the coast. These are working towns with Juneau obviously being...

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Alaskan Adventure

Jul 22, 2018 - Juneau

We docked in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau around 6:30 am. Juneau can only be accessed by plane or boat as the surrounding mountains are ice fields and prone to avalanches. Highway construction and maintenance would be a nightmare so the city remains only accessible via water or air. Our tour for the day was “Alaska’s Whales and Rainforest Trails”. We hopped on our small bus and headed to a parking lot where we off-loaded and then took a mile-long hike on a trail through the Tongass National Forest which is a huge temperate rainforest in...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Juneau

We're heading to Juneau today from Ketchikan on the ferry. It should be a beautiful ride. It's gorgeous and sunny. The trip is about 22 hours. Arrived in Juneau 10 hours behind schedule due to a ferry delay. Was a beautiful ride thru the inside passage once we were underway. Got to Juneau about 4pm on the 4th of July. They do fireworks at mid nite the night before, so we missed them. Oh well, we did go on an awesome hike when we arrived at the Mendenhall Glacier. It was very cool despite it being an unusually hot (80 degree) day. Went check...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, June 14 Today we were in Juneau, the capital of Alaska. We took a tour bus to the Mendenhall Glacier and then walked out fairly close to it. Later we took a tram uo the mountainside right near our ship. It was cloudy (and later a little rainy) and about 50 in Juneau and about 42 at the glacier. It didn't feel bad as we dressed accordingly. Our driver/tour guide shared many interesting facts aking the way. We passed a former Walmart that shut down due to not enough business. The people wanted to support local businesses. We passed...

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Aug 15, 2017 - Juneau - First Shore Excursion

We decided to try something totally different than the typical shore excursions offered by the cruise lines. We choose to go scooting across the water in a hovercraft up the Taku river to the Taku glacier. We had to take a catamaran out of Juneau to a World War II era ship that was used to lay anti-submarine nets in the Alaskan waters. Can you really catch a sub-marine in a net? This WWII ship stays anchored out in the river as the base camp for the hover crafts. The hover craft is an amphibious 6 person vehicle that travels over water,...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Week 23 9/12-18 White Castles in Alaska

Monday I don’t really have anything for today. So, I’ll just share this. I thought of an idea for a new cartoon character today, based on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her statement about Trump supporters being in a basket of deplorables. I thought about it when I connected it with the movie “The Despicables” and the minion characters in it. Then there would be Despicables and Deplorables. I don’t know what despicables live in but I know that my deplorables will live in a basket. Watch for my characters soon, and don’t forget it was my...

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OTR with M and R

Sep 13, 2016 - Week 22 9/5-9/11 Fish Eggs!! or What Goes Around Comes Around

Monday I saw a guy across the street pushing a wheel chair with someone in it either wearing a poncho or just wrapped in plastic. I thought it looked like a little old lady and I thought about the Chevy Chase movie “Vacation.” I could just imagine someone on a cruise with their elderly grandmother who dies like Imogene Coca did in “National Lampoons, Vacation.” The grandson decides he is not about to let this ruin their cruise that the grandmother probably paid for. So, at every port he wraps her up and puts her in the wheel chair and...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Week 21- 8/29-9/4 Well, it's been a quiet week in Skagway

On the way to the Outpost open house we met my co-worker that was going with us out at Dyea. He showed us where the Slide Cemetery was and we walked around it. I just realized why it might be called the Slide Cemetery. A lot of the people buried there were killed in a big avalanche/snow slide on the trail in 1898. The Chilkoot Outpost Open House was nice yesterday evening. The Salmon was very good along with the baked potato and coleslaw. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t any s’mores around a campfire like was mentioned in the...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Week 20 Four-wheelin' or My Ass is Wet

Monday Someone asked my co-worker where we got our ivory and he said Walruses. To which they responded, “Awww” like it was such a shame. I wanted to ask them where they got there……oh I don’t know, hamburger. I’m sure they would say the grocery store and then I could say, so it doesn’t come from a living creature. Or of they said from a cow then I could say, Awww. How is it that certain animals elicit an awww and others get a mmmm. Another customer asked me about dreamcatchers and I began by saying the native Alaskans used them to which she...

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OTR with M and R

Aug 26, 2016 - Alaska

Our anniversary cruise to Alaska was amazing. Everything was great. The weather was mild, the seas calm, the scenery fantastic, our room was roomy, the food was outstanding (especially the deserts!). We loved it all. We were even greeted by balloons and a large Happy Anniversary card at the door of our room. And champaign for dinner that night. Thank you Corinne for a memorable gift. It was especially nice to share this experience with her and friend, Carlee. It was a beautiful day in Seattle and as we departed the port, the Seattle skyline...

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Aug 24, 2016 - Juneau

Finished filling out some paperwork this morning and Glenn took care of some business. Used the fax machine at the campground office. Went back downtown to the cruise ship area, only 4 ships were in today, to take the Roberts Tramway up the mountain. The tram is run by the native venture, Goldbelt. The tram operator gave us some background on the area and the Tlingit culture,which we are now quite familiar with. In the visitor center,there were carvers working on a totem pole, which was fun to watch. Totem poles are carved to tell a story,...

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