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Aug 15, 2017 - Juneau - First Shore Excursion

We decided to try something totally different than the typical shore excursions offered by the cruise lines. We choose to go scooting across the water in a hovercraft up the Taku river to the Taku glacier. We had to take a catamaran out of Juneau to a World War II era ship that was used to lay anti-submarine nets in the Alaskan waters. Can you really catch a sub-marine in a net? This WWII ship stays anchored out in the river as the base camp for the hover crafts. The hover craft is an amphibious 6 person vehicle that travels over water,...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Week 23 9/12-18 White Castles in Alaska

Monday I don’t really have anything for today. So, I’ll just share this. I thought of an idea for a new cartoon character today, based on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her statement about Trump supporters being in a basket of deplorables. I thought about it when I connected it with the movie “The Despicables” and the minion characters in it. Then there would be Despicables and Deplorables. I don’t know what despicables live in but I know that my deplorables will live in a basket. Watch for my characters soon, and don’t forget it was my...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Week 22 9/5-9/11 Fish Eggs!! or What Goes Around Comes Around

Monday I saw a guy across the street pushing a wheel chair with someone in it either wearing a poncho or just wrapped in plastic. I thought it looked like a little old lady and I thought about the Chevy Chase movie “Vacation.” I could just imagine someone on a cruise with their elderly grandmother who dies like Imogene Coca did in “National Lampoons, Vacation.” The grandson decides he is not about to let this ruin their cruise that the grandmother probably paid for. So, at every port he wraps her up and puts her in the wheel chair and...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Week 21- 8/29-9/4 Well, it's been a quiet week in Skagway

On the way to the Outpost open house we met my co-worker that was going with us out at Dyea. He showed us where the Slide Cemetery was and we walked around it. I just realized why it might be called the Slide Cemetery. A lot of the people buried there were killed in a big avalanche/snow slide on the trail in 1898. The Chilkoot Outpost Open House was nice yesterday evening. The Salmon was very good along with the baked potato and coleslaw. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t any s’mores around a campfire like was mentioned in the...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Week 20 Four-wheelin' or My Ass is Wet

Monday Someone asked my co-worker where we got our ivory and he said Walruses. To which they responded, “Awww” like it was such a shame. I wanted to ask them where they got there……oh I don’t know, hamburger. I’m sure they would say the grocery store and then I could say, so it doesn’t come from a living creature. Or of they said from a cow then I could say, Awww. How is it that certain animals elicit an awww and others get a mmmm. Another customer asked me about dreamcatchers and I began by saying the native Alaskans used them to which she...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Alaska

Our anniversary cruise to Alaska was amazing. Everything was great. The weather was mild, the seas calm, the scenery fantastic, our room was roomy, the food was outstanding (especially the deserts!). We loved it all. We were even greeted by balloons and a large Happy Anniversary card at the door of our room. And champaign for dinner that night. Thank you Corinne for a memorable gift. It was especially nice to share this experience with her and friend, Carlee. It was a beautiful day in Seattle and as we departed the port, the Seattle skyline...

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Aug 24, 2016 - Juneau

Finished filling out some paperwork this morning and Glenn took care of some business. Used the fax machine at the campground office. Went back downtown to the cruise ship area, only 4 ships were in today, to take the Roberts Tramway up the mountain. The tram is run by the native venture, Goldbelt. The tram operator gave us some background on the area and the Tlingit culture,which we are now quite familiar with. In the visitor center,there were carvers working on a totem pole, which was fun to watch. Totem poles are carved to tell a story,...

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Aug 23, 2016 - Good Morning Juneau

Arrived at Juneau at about 1AM and we found our way to the campground. Spruce Meadow Campground, it is owned by wonderful people. I called the owner, Corinna, when we got off the ferry and she was waiting for us when we arrived. 130 in the morning and there she was to get us safely into our campsite, albeit in her robe and flip flops. She got us settled in and hooked up and told me that whenever we are up and about in the morning to come down to the office and check in. We slept in, and went to the office about 11. She showed us a map and...

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Aug 21, 2016 - Off to Juneau

Saturday We arrived at the small boat harbor at about 7:30AM to catch the ferry to Juneau, Alaska. First we stopped at Haines, Alaska to pick up more passengers. Then we continued on to Juneau. On the way we had muffins and coffee. We also had an apple but we saved ours for later. We saw a lot of Eagles on the way and I got some pictures of them and other sights along the way. Margie decided that it’s very nice that eagles have such bright white heads because it makes them very easy to spot in the trees and such. We arrived in Juneau around...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Juneau

Unfortunately, our Whale Watching excursion was cancelled due to winds and rough water in Juneau this morning. We decided to ride the Mount Roberts Tramway then walk around downtown Juneau. Since this is the state capital, it is much larger, more developed and modern than the other towns we have visited. As it is accessible only by air or water, a few locals from our previous stops have told us that they have never been to Juneau. The Red Dog Saloon was our choice for lunch. It was a chance for Randy to have a few Alaskan Amber beers….his...

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Jun 15, 2016 - May 27th..Juneau, Alaska

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel, the town is proud of it;s Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau icefields at it's front door. The sunrise was 4 am, I forgot to tell you that the sun rises very early and sets very late here at this time of year, so we have been stuffing our windows with pillows to block the early morning light after waking up early for the first few mornings. It reminds us of when we were in the Baltic Sea years ago. Juneau is a very rustic town with one great saloon called the Red Dog Saloon;...

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Alaska 2016

Aug 27, 2015 - Picture Perfect Day

Today is a rainy day in Juneau. That's good as we needed a day to do laundry and just laze around. Yesterday was a day beyond our greatest expectations. Beautiful blue sky with temps that were abnormally warm. We took the Adventure Bound Tracy Arm glacier tour and it was great. We also saw Orca whales in a couple of different pods and The tour operator said that it was the most whales they had ever encountered on a trip. The glacier was breathtaking and we saw maybe a hundred or more seals getting a suntan on the ice floats. Tour was more...

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JC&Linda Clark

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