Month: August 2016

Celebrating July 4th with S’Mores on Deck

(4 July 2016) Well, this must have been an uneventful afternoon and evening, as the photos I am finding are not too exciting 🙂  Of course, being out on a boat in Alaska was nice even if we had no excitement.

We took a skiff tour in the afternoon – and about all I can remember is we saw a lot of eagles.


This was the night of our first big crab fest – all the crab legs one could eat (note – Steve ate a lot!):


The highlight of our Independence Day was s’mores on the deck:


Next up, we will check out one of our guest blogs to get some excitement going!

Click HERE for … you know the drill by now!

July 4th – Part 1: Our first Shore Walk


(4 July 2016)  The Fourth of July started out just like our previous days – sunny and beautiful.  So much for rainy Alaska!


Some of us tried to start each morning with stretching class, held on the sun deck.  Kathy had a unique way of participating:


Catherine got right into it:


I followed along, stopping occasionally to take a photo.  Kathy captured me going back to the cabin after stretching:


Most of the family signed up for a Shore Walk – we rode the skiff to the beach, where we jumped out (and Tory got water in her boot), and just did a leisurely exploration of the shoreline – looking for critters and other stuff.  Lou captured our photo as we were leaving:


Steve did decide this wasn’t the best way to carry his water bottle:


Tory examines some critter up close:


Catherine kissed a crab, and she liked it:


All sea creatures were returned to the wild, and not taken back to the boat for lunch:


I saw this very weird fish — apparently a Rock Fish — looks like a baby eel to me – Creepy:


Our happy group.  Sean was our leader.  He excelled at leading very Zen-like shore walks:


Olivia stylin’ in her Kauai Hat:


Not to be outdone, Tory sports her own special Alaska Outdoor look:


Stay tuned for more action and some guest blogs to come. Click HERE to see what’s next.

Guest Blogs – A Success

Many thanks to our guest bloggers – you are generating lots of interest and sharing fun perspectives.

After reading Mark’s blog, Kathy forwarded these photos to supplement his report. She captured our photo-yakking expedition. Thank you Kathy 🙂


(Still laughing here)

Thanks for providing the comic relief, Kathy!  Click HERE to see more fun stuff. 

Guest Blog: Mark Likes Kayaks!

Today’s guest blog is by Mark.  Thank you Mark, for giving us your thoughts on kayaking – which was very popular with the Holmes family.

The best part of the Alaska cruise was the kayaking and the freedom it allowed you to get into the nooks and crannies of the shoreline. While most of the time my main job was to “play engine” for my co-kayaker, Tory, (and once I even got to be the “engine” for a dual kayak with Sharon), it was still great to be able to go wherever we wanted, and have it be totally silent and still. We could sneak up on seals and eagles, and once we were even able to paddle within about 30 feet of a mother grizzly and her two cubs.

Every excursion off the boat was great, but getting out and getting to exercise and paddle on your own were the highlights of the trip for me.


Thanks. Mark!  A great guest blog. 

Click HERE to read more about our adventures. 

Guest Blog: Beth Describes Her Favorite Skiff Tours: Third Place

We will jump ahead to July 5th so we can look at Beth’s first guest blog for the trip.  Beth chose to describe her three favorite Skiff Tours, and we’ll start with her 3rd favorite (hmmm, I think this was my number one skiff tour):

Third place: Pavlov Harbor, near Freshwater Bay
Today we climbed in the skiff and headed out to the shore where as in most of Alaska, it was at least 150 feet deep – wow. On the way there, we passed this rock tree that reminded me of the big tree in the middle of Animal Kingdom.


A few minutes of scenic bliss later, we came upon the most colorful and most odd looking wall of sea life I’ve ever seen! These starfish were the size of my head – huge! Wait, that didn’t come out right.


I’m still not sure what these are, but there were a ton of them and looked so odd that I couldn’t look away. I want to say they’re sea anemones and that’s what they look like when the tide goes out. Crazy!


Around the corner was alot of seaweed, but in the water was a garden of white anemones.


After that excitement, we spotted a few black tailed deer grazing near the shore and a waterfall.


Does it get any better than this?! Yes blog readers! Skiff tours #2 and #1 to come! (Unfortunately, both Beth and I have lost the data for her second two skiff reports. Hopefully they will show up.)

Thank you, Beth!  Can’t wait to see your second and first choices.  I would also like to point out that Beth bought a new camera for the trip and did an excellent job of capturing some great photos.

We are on a roll with wonderful guest blogs  Click HERE for another.