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May 23, 2019 - Juneau

Up for a early morning coffee in my room got pictures from yesterday ready to upload when I get WIFI, then a walk about the ship getting some more coffee and a pastry while waiting for the main dinning room to open at 8:00 a nice breakfast eggs benedict, juice, fruit. Back to cabin made a couple phone calls from my room when we got close to Juneau. Up on deck to watch the ship tie up we got there a bit earlier at 10.00 AM and off the ship at 11:00 am a light rain coming down so took the shuttle bus into town 1 mile. Found the Library had...

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Another adventure

May 19, 2019 - Jumpin' in Juneau

On the ferry around 9:00 PM or so on Tuesday. Had decided not to get a cabin and do what many Alaskans do – sleep in the lounge. We stayed up for a while then were able to lie down on chairs in one of the lounges. We both got a little sleep. We were up by around 4:00 AM. We landed in Juneau about 5:45. We headed right for our campground – Mendenhall Lake FS CG. We came in quietly, there was only the host here in the full hook up section. This has to be the nicest FS CG we have stayed in! We visited the very popular (and very nice)...

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Aug 29, 2018 - Skagway to Juneau

Today’s weather more than made up for yesterday. It was a sparkling sunny day & I even had to peel off to short sleeves & sandals in the afternoon. I had to leave the campground by 11:00 & check-in for the ferry by 3:15pm so had a few hours to spend exploring Skagway. I got an Historic Skagway walking guide from the Tourist Office & was able to get away from the gift shops & jewellery stores (& hordes of people) to find some very interesting relics of the gold rush era. There’s nothing left of the town of Dyea, 8 miles away & gateway to the...

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Canada 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - Alaska Cruise 8-2018

Day one  picked up by limo 11:45 on board ship by 1pm exploring ship explorer of the Seas sailing by 4pm able go right to room by 1pm. Dinner at 5:30 Barb prime rib me seafood pasta and horseradish crusted salmon. In bed early after long day. Day two Cruise day Up early ordered room service showered and down for breakfast by 8:30 spent the rest of the day exploring the ship went to the ice show, line dancing, trivia competition cocktails in room then dress for dinner at 5:30 roasted duck for me and steak for barb. After dinner captains...

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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 3, 2018 - Juneau, Capitol City

We arrived in Juneau under the cover of heavy fog and mist. Rain wasn't far away. With the weather forecast, we decided to just hang around town. We've done the touristy thing here to Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching, so we took it easy and let the crowds scatter before heading down to breakfast. Then, it was time to brave the weather and go outside. It was actually very mild, but wet, wet, wet. We walked to the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, southeast Alaska's oldest continuously operating church. Next door was the Cathedral of...

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Adventures for 2018

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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