Sunday, June 14, 2015
Onboard Celebrity Millenium: Juneau, Alaska
TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Tourists carry maps; Travelers carry curiosity." - Air Canada
Well, some days a map is real handy too.....
Another great weather day today - sunny and high of 76! Woke up at 7. Got coffee at the Cafe Al Baccio and brought it back to the cabin while Art put the bikes together. I wrote up a journal entry while he worked. Got a text from Jenny and then gave her a call; had a very nice time catching up with her. It's hot at home, 95-100 already. So glad I'm in Alaska...LOL! Art finished with the bikes and we went up to breakfast at 9:35. Lots had already gotten off in Juneau already and so it wasn't too busy. Back to cabin to pack up our gear, get water bottles and we then headed down to the gangway at 11 with the bikes. No problems whatsoever getting off - it was great! Did get a few looks from other passengers but the crew was really interested in them. Finally started riding at 11:30.
Had a map from the concierge of bike trails so we had no problems getting out of town. 14 miles of riding to the Mendenhall Glacier. It was a VERY nice ride, mostly flat bike path or bike lane on a road. Stopped at 12:45 at a McDonald's we passed (sigh....Art just can't pass up a cheap lunch! LOL!) Tea was good though, I can't lie....
Back on the road and not too far to the glacier. Nice ride into the park, getting peaks of Mendenhal Glacier as we rounded the curves in the road. Parked bikes and walked the Nugget Falls trail and got close and got great pics of the falls and glacier face. It was a very nice experience - weather is the icing on the cake. We were in shorts and t-shirts. Art called Helen and checked in with her to let her know we're fine. Headed back 4:20.
Quicker ride back, still very nice. Temp was really pleasant. Got to town 5:20 and parked the bikes. Went in Alaskan Brewing Store and I bought another t-shirt (ESB with a floatplane on it for $20 - cool!) Walked to the nearby liquor store and Art got an Alaskan Brewing Hopothermia in a bottle for $2 to try. We rode back to the ship at 6:30. No security problems getting on the ship either. Back to the cabin at 6:45; did a quick sponge bath and changed for dinner. Raced down to the dining room for our 7:00 reservation at 7:10. Whew! Made it and had a nice dinner: me - braised beef shortrib with polenta, kale salad (had an unannounced anchovy in it -shudders - so that was NOT cool), flank steak with apsaragus and baked potato. Art had same but minestrone soup instead of the kale - good choice. Went old-school on cocktails again: I got a Blue Hawaiian and a Sloe Gin Fizz; Art got a Gimlet, Gin Madras and a Tom Collins. [Sidebar for those that know us: If it sounds like we've become lushes, just remember we rarely drink at home and for the first time ever we have the all inclusive Beverage Package. Do you really think we're going to forgo free drinks? Of COURSE not!! LOL!] For dessert: me-vanilla tres leches cake, Art-chocolate lava cake with coffee ice cream plus a double espresso. How does he do that at dinnertime? I don't know how he sleeps after those!!
Back to the cabin at 9 for sailaway. Beautiful evening. Sat on balcony with the door open. Beautiful, comfortable temps and so peaceful. Art went and played a free $5 in the casino (no big winner - sad day) and came back with a coffee frappe - seriously? He will not sleep tonight! Came in at 10 for a shower finally. I wrote up this journal while he showered and then we were in bed at 11. I was asleep immediately; Art much later (I told you so!) LOL!