I Survived my Alaska Adventure

Alaskan Adventure 2014 - Page 001Our Alaska Adventure is behind us and we did survive despite blowing my knee out the first day of our Land Tour to Denali.  I’ll delve into that a bit later.

For now I just wanted to pop in and admit that I failed miserably at my goal to write about the trip as we went.  The scenery was just too breathtaking to be in front of a tablet screen instead of taking in the beauty around me.  It was certainly a journey of a lifetime.  And the bonus of visiting our granddaughter in Anchorage was certainly worth the extra expense.  As we rendezvoused with her we  learned our way around Anchorage and the surrounding area.  Now when my husband tunes in to the Alaskan State Troopers, we know exactly where they are talking about.  It makes the show more interesting for me anyway. 

We’ll be sorting through the 4000+ pictures taken and I’ll be writing about our adventures as we sort.  Photos are great memory keepers, but I realize the importance of documenting with words and I’m looking forward to reliving our experiences. 





Let your Dreams Take Flight

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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.