On my bucket list is visit all 50 states. Not sure that I’ll make it to Hawaii, because I don’t think I could sit that long in a plane. But we have dreamed of traveling to Alaska since we got married. It is finally becoming a reality now that my husband of 48 years has retired and we actually have the time to do it right. Plus, we have a granddaughter stationed in Anchorage, so that gave us a bit of a nudge.
I’ve dreamed of sitting out on a balcony on a ship and watching the scenery go by and writing about it as I go. Well, we’ve booked the balcony and have been upgraded to a larger balcony on the back of the ship, which I understand is a premium place for photography. My husband has upgraded his camera and has all his lenses packed in a cool backpack. I didn’t want to lug my heavy laptop , so I’ve purchased a Dell Venue Pro 11 Tablet with a standard keyboard because I don’t think I could deal with the slim plastic ones like the iPad. (After all I learned to type on an old manual typewriter!) When the keyboard is attached via magnet to the tablet it looks like a mini laptop yet without it I have the versatility of the tablet. And the bonus is that it is much easier to type on than I had expected.
We’ve finally reached the point that we can see what the actual weather will be like beginning our trip and it looks promising. The average temperature in our ports of call is about 58 degrees, but I understand it can get into the 80s or drop to the 40s. Being so unpredictable we’ll need two sets of casual cloths–one for warm weather and one for cold, plus dress clothes for dinner and two formal nights. I love that we now have the option of anytime dining. While I’ve enjoyed getting to know fellow passengers on past cruises with the assigned seating, we wanted the flexibility of doing what we want when we want. Retirement means no set schedule.
I’m hoping to update my blog frequently, that is, if I have decent internet service–I’ve heard it can be sketchy. I don’t have any family trees to climb in Alaska, although we are looking forward to visiting our granddaughter and her significant other. My goal for this trip is to leave scrapbooking behind and concentrate on my writing. But I’m sure we’ll come home with way too many pictures to put into a book so my work will be cut out for me. I confess, I am a digital scrapbooking addict, so I’m hoping I don’t go into withdrawals.
Our travel arrangements are confirmed, our toys and clothes are ready and we can’t wait to get started on this new adventure.