Some people enjoy going to the same place for every vacation. Some enjoy going the beach; others enjoy going to the mountains. Some are fast paced; others are laid back. Some are meticulously planned; others are chaotic. It often amazes me how different concepts of vacation can be.
Yes, time and money have much to do with what we can do for a vacation. But, it’s more than that. Personally, I think for most people, it’s the desire to do something completely different from our normal day. For example, if you work in a hectic office with a crisis every minute, getting some downtime to read a book and relax might be just the thing. If you feel like you’re in a rut doing the same thing day after day, then an adventure vacation can reenergize you.
Back in 2010, when Kathy and I were planning our wedding, we pondered where to go on our honeymoon. Her honeymoon with her late husband had been in Hawaii. For my 25th wedding anniversary, my late wife and I took an around-the-world trip which included Chicago, Honolulu, Tokyo, Singapore, Frankfort, Brussels, Paris, and London. To make our honeymoon special, Kathy and I wanted to make new memories someplace where we hadn’t been with a previous spouse. This turned out to be a non-trivial goal. We couldn’t find many places in the world that met this criteria.
After investigating the few remaining possibilities, we decided on Alaska. Neither of us had ever been to Alaska with a spouse. One of the easiest and most popular ways to visit Alaska is on a cruise ship. That sounded like the perfect solution.
Unfortunately, the universe conspired against us, preventing us not only from having a honeymoon in Alaska but from having any honeymoon at all!
Fast forward to October 2013. Kathy and I are now married but haven’t gotten to Alaska. We enjoy both Square Dancing and Round Dancing and attend local and regional dances. Square Dancing is an extension of what you may have danced back in High School but far more complex with 100 different "calls". You never know which what's going to be called next. Round Dancing is essentially choreographed ballroom dancing. The dance styles are similar to traditional social dancing, like Cha Cha, Rumba, and Waltz, but all of the steps are prearranged and announced by the "cuer".
While at a Square Dance last year, we saw a flyer for an excursion called “East Meets West: Alaska”. This would be an 8-day cruise along what’s called “The Inside Passage” in southeast Alaska. We would be traveling with a group of other square dancers from both the East Coast and the West Coast of the United States. Perfect!
Four years from when we first contemplated an Alaskan Cruise, we'd finally be able to realize that plan.
We sent in our deposit!