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Jul 13, 2014 - Quarantine!@!@!??@#?! Worst Vacation Ever!!

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, Kevin had a terrible headache when we got back from our train trip. Then, after dinner, he developed an upset stomach - he thinks due to the milk he drank at supper. Betty thinks it is just bad eating habits!! We had not packed Tylenol or Pepto, so Betty went down to the gift shop to buy some, only to find that the gift shop was closed, since we were in port. That's when it all went bad. We decided to call the nurse in hopes that she would arrive with some Tylenol and Pepto - thus saving the day. No such...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Alaska Tour - Skagway to Haines to Juneau Fast Ferry

Hello Everyone, Today while in Skagway we signed up for a Fast Ferry trip to the capital of Alaska, Juneau! The ferry was a very fast catamaran, and stopped in Haines to pick up a few more passengers. It took only about 2 hours to get to Juneau, and the weather was perfect and sunny! Along the way, the captain was able to slow down and show us Sea Lions, Seals, Wales, Bald Eagles, Waterfalls and some of the most breathtaking scenery you could ever imagine! In Juneau, we walked up and down Main Street, had lunch at the Twisted Fish...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Prince Rupert to Juneau

Day 19: Saturday, June 21. Our advance preparation (taking down the water and sewer connections) paid off since it was raining and 52 degrees at 2 AM when we got up. A word about rain in this area: Rain is very common here; the South East coast of Alaska is a rain forest and the annual rainfall is reported in feet of rain per year. Our ferry, the Matanuska, was scheduled to depart at 6:15 AM. However, we had to be in line by 3:15AM to satisfy security regulations from “9/11” and also to keep our confirmed spot. It took two hours from the...

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Alaska 2014

Jun 17, 2014 - Juneau is Ok, Glaciers are WOW

Got up this morning at 5 AM to watch as we pulled into Juneau. This is a city of over 30,000 with several high rise (6-8 stories) buildings. The weather today is cold and raining, with some gusts of wind thrown in at times. We grab a quick breakfast and head out at 7 to go see the city. This city did not have a city tour so we had decided to skip the tours for here, and just roam around the town. The ship is parked out a little ways, but when we get off we find that they have free shuttle buses to take us into the city. We start walking...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Tracy Arm

We were unexpectedly the last to board the 65’ Captain Cook. The boat captain greeted us at the dock and suggested if we didn’t find two seats together in the main cabin to continue to the bridge and join him. After a token look for two seats we made for the bridge and a great view of our travels. We were headed 40 miles out to then go up the 30 mile Tracy Arms fiord – reportedly the best fiord in the US. Captain Steve came highly recommended as did the Tracy Arms excursion, even recommended over Glacier Bay. Both the crew and the fiord...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Juneau

14-15 Observed an early parade of natives in their native dress in town for their biannual festival. Light rain again today and we are missing our sunshine. Good day to take on some domestic tasks. Back at camp and took a walk through the tenting area which is closer to Medenhal Lake. Great view of the lake and glacier. On way back interrupted a beaver doing laps in a pond. He or she slapped their tail twice but stayed around and rather close. Closer to our campsite there was a seemingly elderly porcupine walking along the road. He saw me...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Sitka to Juneau

Visited the Raptor Refuge and saw a number of eagles, owls and falcons. A small 3.7 ounce full grown owl was our favorite and would have taken it home except that one has to catch and kill mice for it to eat. Took the fast ferry back to Juneau and once again it began raining. On the way to Sitca we had seen glimpses of orca whales spouting and barely surfacing. On this trip I saw more of a couple whales and a full tail on one. Also saw seals and otters. Camped in the woods near Mendenhall Lake.

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Jun 10, 2014 - Wrangel to Juneau

10-11 Life in Wrangel even more than many areas of Alaska would be a very different life than what we have in the lower 48. The only way off Wrangel is flying or by boat. The ferry is not daily and is even less frequent during non summer months. Almost everyone seems to have a boat either at the docks or in their yards. Fishing and crabbing are an important part of life here. A preacher came in the early 1900s to start a Presbyterian church. He and a lady came to bring some moral direction and education to the natives and white pioneers....

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Jun 9, 2014 - A day in Juneau

June 9th 2014 Today we arrived in Juneau and we had pre booked a helicopter flight and dog sled excursion that turned out to be the highlight of our Alaska cruise. Juneau is not a big town/city but it is located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on the Gastineau Channel with the massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefields at its back door. We had a coach to catch the helicopter to take us to the glacier where there is a dog sled camp with 180 huskies and 'Musher's' living for six months before they start their racing season. We...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Juneau

The ferry to Juneau was Thursday morning. We were on the Fairweather, built in 2004, 235 feet long. It make only day trips, no cabins. Arrived in Juneau in the sunshine. Got a spot in the National Forest at the foot of the Mendenhall Glacier. Drove downtown to see the city. Very crowded, several cruise ships were there. No place to park. The next morning after talking to the Ranger, we parked behind a local shopping center and took the city bus downtown. The capital building was on our list. Ate lunch and watched the boats in the harbor....

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May 30, 2014 - North To Alaska

We have arrived in Juneau after 2 days at sea. After we disembarked we were looking forward to our pre booked and paid helicopter/ dog sledding activity only to be told it had to be cancelled due to bad weather, very disappointed as we had really looked forward to this one!. Donna and I have been looking around the shops bought a couple of things and then had a drink now at the Library so as to get free Wifi. So far the ship has been a great experience , plenty of food , the house keeping boys are really good and look after you. You can...

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May 29, 2014 - FAST Ferry to Juneau

We took the ferry to Juneau. We arrived in the Matanuska but were going to Juneau in the Fairweather, aka the “Fast Ferry.” Fast? Yes, 36 knots at cruising speed about twice the speed of the normal Alaska Ferry boat!! And this is with a full load of cars, pickups, campers and big commercial trucks. The Fairweather is a 235-foot catamaran powered by four diesel-electric waterjets. The diesels generated 19,200 HP. Each diesel powered a 185 kilowatt generator. What an experience! You must take a look at the pictures. The turns made you sway....

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