Day at the Airport

How many hours of your next vacation would you like to spend at the airport? Many major cities have attempted to make their airports a destination unto themselves. A few years ago while waiting for a flight in Atlanta, I noticed the abundance of stores with high-end merchandise. Above one portion of the waiting area … More Day at the Airport

Only in Alaska

We toured Anchorage in the morning before our flight home. Hanging baskets of blue and yellow flowers lined the length of one main street. The colors represented the Alaska state flag with its yellow stars on a blue field. Think of Anchorage as a few cabins in the woods? Think again.Downtown looked similar to any … More Only in Alaska

The Mountains were OUT

On the McKinley Explorer Rail Train every seat was a good seat. Designed for sightseeing, the upper deck’s glass windows curved overhead providing nearly 360 degrees of viewing pleasure. For fresh air, we tried the open-air platform. It also offered a different perspective of the view. We took many photos as the train clicked along, … More The Mountains were OUT

Salmonized

Do you like Salmon? If you do, Alaska is definitely the place to be. Sweet salmon was served for lunch on one of the bus tours. Another good place for salmon was on the cruise ship. The chefs are creative with their recipes. I like salmon baked with lemon butter and herbs. Grilled salmon is … More Salmonized

Share the Road

We boarded a modified school bus painted tarp beige for our Tundra Wilderness tour of Denali National Park. The big five animals to see at Denali are: • Grizzly Bears • Dall Sheep • Moose • Gray Wolves • Caribou Everyone on our bus hoped to see them all. The bus-tour-driver-guide instructed, “If you see … More Share the Road

Best View

After we debarked from the ship we took a daylong bus ride to our evening destination at McKinley Park. Alaska Veteran’s Memorial (Mat-Su Region) in Denali State Park was an important stop along the way. (Denali National Park runs northwest of the state park.) Five twenty-foot tall concrete panels arranged in a semi-circle honored each … More Best View

Job Well Done

Before we leave the ship I want to write about some of the crew. We’ve been privileged to travel twice on Holland America cruise ships. Both times the crew was amazing. We interacted with the cabin stewards and waiters on a daily basis. Our cabin steward this trip was Herman. The thought of his cheerful, … More Job Well Done

Course Correction

On our cruise to Alaska we occasionally saw a pilot boat come alongside while our ship was still moving. Pilot boats ferry helmsmen or marine pilots to and from ships. The pilot leaps from the small vessel onto an extension from the cruise ship or onto a ladder and through a door in the ship’s … More Course Correction

Whale of a Good Show

All whale photos on today’s post are courtesy of guest photographer Lou Ann Balderston. To purchase any of these photos you may reach her on Facebook at Balderston Photography. Lou Ann and her husband, Mark went on a whale-watching excursion the last week in June of this year. “We went up on deck and as … More Whale of a Good Show