Month: July 2016

Here we go – a Day in Sitka, July 1st

(1 July 2016) I’ve shared a bit about this day already. but will go over it to keep the chronological flow going.  Lou, Kathy, Steve and I woke up in Sitka after our night at the Luxury Super 8.  While we could have walked to breakfast, Lou found a place he liked so we went for a short drive.  Turned out to be a good call.  Breakfast at the small Fly In – Fish Inn Restaurant was great:<


After our hearty breakfast, we drove about 5 miles out of town to visit the Fortress of the Bear – where bears are rescued and rehabilitated as much as possible.  They had 8 bears in residence – three black bears and 5 brown bears (grizzly / Coastal brown bears). Click on a photo to start the slide show.

I’ll show a photo of their enclosures tomorrow, but they live in very large abandoned concrete tanks.  Most of their environment is natural, but they have some “toys” thrown in for their entertainment.  I’d guess food might come through this door:

We were amazed at the number of bald eagles hanging out in the trees overlooking the bear fortress – little did we know, this was just the beginning of many eagle sightings:


We stayed with the bears for over an hour, before driving back towards town.  We stopped at another popular attraction – The Alaska Raptor Center, where eagles, owls, and other raptors are brought when injured.  They are rehabilitated and returned to the wild if possible.  This was a small site, but well done and very educational. The first photo shows two eagles in their inside enclosure, where they are learning to fly again.  This photo shows the white-headed mature bald eagle.  The immature, or juvenile, is the all brown bird.  It will keep this coloring for about four years:

We returned to the hotel and some of us went downtown for shopping.  That’s when we ran into the California Crew – Lou had picked them up at the airport:


Our first close up of a totem pole:


Being the original thinkers we are, we went back to the Fly In – Fish Inn restaurant for dinner.  It was again good, and our kind waitress was most entertaining.  She fully admitted the “iPad ordering system” was beyond her, but she did her best and we all got our meals (eventually 🙂 )  She gave Steve a big hug when we left … maybe she was just happy to see us go?


After a great dinner at the Fly-in Fish Inn restaurant, we had one last stop to make:

Yes, that is the long lost luggage. Whew, now Lou and Steve were set for the next two weeks.

This concludes our first day together with the whole group.  Tomorrow, we have the day to explore before boarding our ship.

Click HERE to continue following our adventure.

Quick Update

The blog is still in progress. Just slow going working on all the pics. I like to get a look at all of them before breaking up into days.

Happy to report my assistant bloggers are busily doing their assignments!

It has been hot here, but just got some rain. Hope that cools it off.


Alaska Story Starts … NOW

(30 June 2016) We’ve started sorting our Alaska photos, and would like to share.  To make it easier (mostly for me), I will be going day by day, perhaps doing some special posts with more photos if something was very interesting.  Lou is supposed to share his photos, and I’m hoping Kathy will share as well.  I will also steal some of Catherine and Beth’s, when we get to the Cruising section.  I’m also going to try to convince them all to prepare a guest blog with their personal highlights, so a little pressure from Grandma and our friendly readers would be appreciated.

Alaska Arrival – Flying into Sitka

We landed in Sitka Thursday evening around 6pm.  The views as we flew into the airport – where the runway almost sits on the land – gave us a good preview of what we would be seeing during the coming week:


Steve & Kathy look pretty chipper, just having survived over 20 hours of airplanes and layovers:


Everything went swimmingly, until we counted bags and realized we were missing 2 of 5 – yep, Steve and Lou had no underwear! This lead to protracted discussions at the Delta Counter.  The bags could not be located, so we had no idea if they were lost in Atlanta or Seattle.


The four of us checked into the Sitka Super 8 Luxury Hotel (I kid – but it was clean).  Kathy was zonked, so Lou and I went out for a pizza before turning in, while Steve settled for a Power Bar snack.

Click HERE to keep reading and find out if the underwear arrived.

Home Again

We made it home on Tuesday afternoon, and said goodbye to Mij on Wednesday. The pups are missing her, for sure.

I picked up,a cold on the last day of the trip, so have been sleeping 20 hrs a day, but feeling much better today.

Lou took this photo this afternoon, and also came up with the caption:





Landed Safely

We disembarked today in Ketchikan. The kids headed home to California, and we are staying in Ketchikan – along with Kathy and Steve – for a Monday departure to Maine.

Photos to come. Here is one from an evening on the water … Saw some whales and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. Later that night, the Northern Lights were seen and Orcas dove under the boat – true story! No photos of that magical sight, because A) I thought I was dreaming when the announcement was made so didn't get up, and B) it was too dark for the photos others tried to take!


A Quick Report from Week 1 – Uncruising in Alaska

We have completed our first week and everything is going great so far.  Weather has been wonderful so far.  Here are some sample pics from the past week … more to come.  We are currently in Juneau, awaiting the start of our second week.  Will not have internet after this afternoon (once again – it is nice to be disconnected!).