A Perfect Day in Skagway and Ketchikan

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I realized that this post didn’t upload the other day so I’ll share the main highlights. It was a picture perfect day with gorgeous weather. Skagway is a quaint town of about six blocks. Very walkable. Lovely Victorian architecture. Small boutiques, haberdasheries, old brothels, and world wide assortment of unexpected food: Thai, Indian, etc.

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Everything’s up for negotiation I guess
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An elephant ear or a dough boy
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No I didn’t buy it!

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We also found gold in dem dar hills!
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See the gold flecks?
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Panned $22 worth of gold here!

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Today we’re in Ketchikan and visited Misty Fjord’s. Another lovely day in a place that rains all year. Visited along a national park protected by Jimmy Carter. Pristine views, uninhabited islands, calm waters. Simply beautiful.

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An old volcanic spike

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A glacier used to be in that U shape
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Punchbowl Cove

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Can you see the sun painting? It’s either 80 or 200 years old.

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I could stare at the water and God’s nature all day. Breathtaking how small we are in this majestic world.

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The tourists who stare at goats

Tracy Arm
Today we cruised the Inside Passage which is about 45 miles south of Juneau. This fjord is in the Tongass National Forest. The mountains are about 7,000 feet high and there are plenty of waterfalls along the way created by the melting snowcaps.

We sailed for hours to reach the end of Tracy Arm. At the beginning the passage are tons of green trees that are about 200 years old. This area is where the glacier began 200 years ago. So like the Grand Canyon, our route traced the place where the glacier carved through the mountains. The first few pictures will be green from the old growth. The pictures closer in to the glacier are newer growth. Where you see curves and slices in the mountains, there once was a glacier.

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200 year old trees at start of Tracy Arm

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Waterfall

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Beautiful pristine water

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Sawyer Glacier

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The South Sawyer glacier goes on for another 20+ miles. 200 feet shows above water and there is about 200 feet below water. Just the tip of the iceberg.

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Sawyer Glacier

We had a narrator who was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. He discussed bears, goats, salmon and other wildlife we might see. We saw two families of goats through our binoculars. So cool!

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Pieces of the glacier

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A boulder that got stuck in a past landslide.

Another Lazy Day
We ran today (me 3 miles, Melvin 7 miles–show off), went to Palo for brunch, cruised Tracy Arm, talked at length with another couple about cruising and saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tomorrow we visit Skagway. Population 846. When we get off ship, we will triple their population!

I’ve been a lot of places and have visited Alaska before. It’s always been my favorite place. This trip has confirmed that. I still miss my boys though.

Hope you all are having a terrific week!

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Seattle and a Sea Day

Hey folkses! We are on our second vacation of 2015. After all my summer work travel, I have been looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. And that’s what I’ve been doing. I do miss my boys though.

Seattle
We came to Seattle on our honeymoon in 1997. Did all the touristy stuff then like the Space Needle and Pike’s Place Fish Market. This time, my main goal was to run 14 miles and see my sister and her family.

I connected with Black Girls Run Seattle/Tacoma over a month ago and told them I needed 14 miles while on vacation. They responded right away and I got a hookup from one of the ladies for a ride at 5:30am at the meetup. She didn’t know me from Adam but Elaine not only met me before dark but then ran with me for 9 miles and then waited til I finished my 14. Mind you, it rained 2 of those 3 hours! Soaking wet. Whew! Elaine also took us to see the Jimi Hendrix memorial and the Seattle Seahawks athletic center. How nice of her!

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Elaine

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I also got to see my sister. Haven’t seen her in 11 years! It was so good to connect with her. We didn’t grow up together but we are a lot alike! I met her husband Trevor and my adorable nephew Theo for the first time. We caught up on life, family (our mutual father), acting and being a mom. It was the best feeling to connect with her. Blood. Family. Nothing like it.

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Holding this little fellow for the first time tugged at my womb strings…for like two seconds!! He hugged my neck or was trying to grab my hair and earrings but I will count it as a warm hug. He was so adorably cuddly!

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Cascades to Vancouver
We took the 4-hour Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver. My first time to Canada! For two business class seats one way, it was $126! We each got our own window seat, a coupon for the bistro and plenty of leg room! Such a lovely trip. The trip before the trip…

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Our 10th Disney Cruise
After this cruise, we will be Platinum level cruisers which means more Disney perks! More discounts, early bookings, concierge level service, etc.

If you followed me last year on the Mediterranean cruise, we met a few wonderful couples at Table 16. We decided to book another cruise together so we’re headed through Alaska for the next 7 nights.

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Louise & Bobby, Amanda & Rick are the main reasons we are on the trip. We’re all at Table 25 and the giggle fest has begun!

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A typical picture of Bobby and typical me.

Sea Day
I love sea days. Melvin said he wanted to do everything on this trip including all the activities and what not. Me? I don’t want to do a thing. Absolutely nothing. I have perfected my napping skills, caught up on some Disney classic movies, saw some new ones and lazily watched the sheer beauty of God roll by from my verandah. The water is calm and a greenish blue. You can see the white water falling out of the clouds rushing down the mountain ranges. Eagles are flying overhead. The sun is beaming off the water. Simply beautiful.

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The Magic Touch

We went to a Gold/Platinum (those who have 6+ cruises) reception where we get to meet with the captain’s officers and crew. Struck up a conversation with one of the officers. We missed out on the rice crispy treats that they gave to each Gold guest so he asked for our stateroom # and said he would get some delivered. Look what showed up at our door!

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Little did we know he was the Food and Beverage Manager for the ship! Now that’s the Disney extra special touch of magic I love.

Next Up
Tomorrow we cruise through Tracy Arm passage where we get a narration of the gigantic glacier mountains that we’re passing through. From what I hear, imagine a toy boat at the bottom of a bath tub. That will be our massive ship through this passage.

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Us with Clayton the cruise director. I still miss my boys.

Til next time…