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One Bitchin’ Boat

I recently went on a cruise to Mexico. The ship was gorgeous. Upon first embarking, we were greeting by huge glass sculptures reminiscent of Chihuly. Share on Facebook

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Cruise: Ensenada Blows

Our second and final harbour was Ensenada, Mexico. It was a short cruise. Some people were still afraid of the swine flu and stayed on board, which didn’t really protect them because the rest of us could bring it back … Continue reading

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Cruisin for Insomniacs

Not only am I a total insomniac, but my room-mate snored. So I often was up wandering the deck in the wee hours. There were not the midnight buffets of my fantasies, but there was still a bit of adventure. … Continue reading

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Cruisin: Catalina

Our first port was Catalina Island. You have already heard me wax poetic about the island’s pleasures. Dating of the construction of the Green Pleasure Pier Pier varies by several sources. Here’s what they say: 1) Pier Green or the … Continue reading

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Cruisin’

I recently took a 3-day cruise to Baja. After the food we had eaten on the cruise to Alaska, I was none too sure what my dining options would be. But hey, I was going to Mexico, right? So what … Continue reading

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Day 11 On the Road to Talkeetna

Day 11 we woke up in Denali State Park, and Ralph and Mary Anne set off on their white water rafting adventure. It was tempting, but I didn’t want to be a 3rd wheel and I think I prefer warmer … Continue reading

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day 10: Puppies!

Today everyone got up at 6am to take an 8-hour bus tour around Denali national park. The pod seemed put out that I chose not to join them. But in the last week I have seen beautiful sights from an … Continue reading

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Day 9: I Hear the Train a’comin

Today we disembarked and began the second leg of our trip: the land portion. I LOVE traveling; I will pretty much go on any trip without asking too many questions. I wanted to leave a little mystery to this journey, … Continue reading

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Day 8 Sunday: Fjord, Shmord

Sunday we cruised through the fjords. Everything was gorgeous. It almost got to be too much. How much beauty can you really take? How much stunning but endless (and deadly) ice can you stare at, day, after day? How long … Continue reading

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Day 7 Saturday: Glacier Bay

As with the other “days a sea” I had pre-booked a spa treatment – bad move. As we cruised through majestic glaciers, the naturalist’s voice boomed out over the loudspeaker, “…and there’s another whale!” I perked up from the massage … Continue reading

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Day 6 Friday: Back on the Train Gang

Day six we disembarked in Skagway, a town founded by prospectors, conmen and prostitutes. The main attraction these days is the White Point Railway. whose “golden spike” was hammered in 1900. At one point it helped prospectors carry supplies into … Continue reading

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Day 5 Thursday: Whale of a Tale

After dogsledding, my mom and I went to Twisted Fish for lunch. It was a water’s edge tourist trap, but they served up some of the freshest and best fish dishes I have ever tried. The salmon was cooked in … Continue reading

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Day 4 Wednesday: Thar she blows!

We had to rush back to the ship, where I hit the spa again for a facial. Up on deck, the omnipresent naturalist was conducting a whale-watch. This event mostly consisted of people asking each other, “Where? Over there?” “At … Continue reading

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Day 4: Wednesday – Land Ho!!! (Ho)

Wednesday was our first day disembarking. We hit Ketchikan, where we hadn’t booked any “adventures”. Which was lucky, because it was rainiing cats and dogs. Since the Ketchikan brewery we had hoped to visit had shut down years before, we … Continue reading

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Day 3: Tuesday – Let me take you on a Sea Cruise

Tuesday was a “Day at Sea” which I had expected to be extremely boring, so I pre-booked a lime-salt scrub in the spa. It was really relaxing, even after I got the hard sell to buy a brush to invigorate … Continue reading

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