Category: Friends


Winning at The Hichborn

Our third time to The Hichborn, in the small town of Stockton Springs. Still just as good as ever. We shared a delicious meal (we each had our own 😁 ) with Mij.

We started with appetizers. Lou and Mij each had oysters. I had the Salt Cod Fritters. These were good, but not as nice as the Fiddlehead Fritters I had on our first visit.

The Hichborn has a fun and interesting drink menu. This is the first time I tried one of their specialty drinks. For our main course, Mij and I each had the Halibut. Lou had the Wee Bit Farm Short Ribs. Lou’s ribs look like they melted off of the bone. Our halibut was amazing – the added flavor of the mushrooms and peppers to the cauliflower puree was delicious. The photos do not do justice to the main courses.

Desserts are not to be missed at The Hichborn. In spite of the weird sounding combinations, they are all quite good. It was a successful evening, and we made it home safely, and to bed by 8:30 pm – trying to adjust to these shorter days.

A Nice Day of Fall Golf

Played at a beautiful course today, The Woodlands in Falmouth ( near Portland ). Mij went to Acadia, and Lou stayed home with the pups. You can click on the photos to see a larger version.

Some pics from today:

Mij Arrives Today!

Mij is arriving this morning, and Natasha & Stitch can’t wait. They will assume she came just to see them. Lou and I are looking forward to visiting with Mij as well. We hope the weather cooperates for her visit!

Here is a photo from a few years ago when Auntie Mij came and stayed for awhile – in fact, I think this was when we went on the 2016 Alaska trip.

Update 9:10am

The pups have been waiting at the window ever since Lou Left at 7:30am to pick up Mij. Originally we were going to both go to the airport and take the dogs along for the ride. Then we remembered, today is their grooming day. And, they need a bath!

Ketchikan – Time to Say Goodbye

Update – Just saw this:

“Happy Alaska Day! On October 18th, 1867, Russia formally transferred the Territory of Alaska to the United States.”

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Our very last morning aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. We were all sad to see our adventures come to an end, but everyone knew it was time to get back to work, to school, and to our pets. I thought Lou was pushing it when he organized a full two weeks on a small ship – turns out he made the right call, and the time was perfect. Long enough to relax, short enough to never get bored.

Here we are cruising into Ketchikan at 7am … we could not have had better travel partners for our family than Kathy and Steve. Always willing to try something new, always ready to laugh, and just a lot of fun to be around.

Now comes the really sad part. It is time to exit the ship, and this time it is for good. No secretly feeling superior like the previous week, when we knew we would be getting back on at the end of the day. Lots of hugs with the crew, and with fellow passengers.

I believe we all headed up to the hotel on the hill – the Cape Fox Lodge, where the kids could grab their luggage and catch transfers to the airport.

The California Crew all had reasonably short flights, compared to the Mainers. The older folks were staying an extra day to rest up for the rigors of the cross country flights.

I think I can speak for all, and say this was a dream vacation. Lou and I were delighted to get to share our previous UnCruise experience, and the wonders of Alaska, with family and friends. Now we just have to figure out when we can all go back again!!! It would also be amazing to have Todd join us.

I would be remiss in not saying how pleased we were with the UnCruise Crew. It was a treat to sail with Captain Dano, and the expedition guides and skiff drivers went out of their way to make the activities work for all fitness levels. The hotel/food service staff were helpful and friendly – being with the same crew for two weeks is a plus. We would definitely sail with UnCruise Adventures again.

This finishes up the story of our Family & Friends UnCruise Adventure. I’ll come back to add some photos from our extra days in Ketchikan (5 years later and I still need to do this!) And, of course, additional commentary from the rest of the travel crew is always welcomed.

Misty Fjords – Filling in the Blanks

Many thanks to Kathy and Catherine for searching their photos to help me out with my missing day.

First, Kathy supplied some more nice scenic shots showing just how beautiful it was cruising through the fjords.

Catherine found a few more from the morning as well, including a few shots from the polar plunge. She also found this one of me. I don’t know how I could have forgotten what looks like my own private Skiff Tour, up close and personal with that waterfall.. Thank you, Catherine, I owe you one 😏

Thanks, gals, for rescuing the day!

Catherine even has some videos.

Thanks again to Kathy and Catherine, for helping to bring our last full day to life! Beth has helped me in earlier sections of the blog as well, but her hard drive crashed so she couldn’t easily check her photos. I’m sure she also had many awesome ones, as she did very well with her new camera. And, of course, Lou always comes through with some classic shots.

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