Alaska: Anchorage and a Train Ride

          All Aboard!! [top, r-l] JR Watkins and Jackie Bontrager, Ron and Rita Hopper, Gloria Herms, Joe and Ginger Watkins Fri. Aug 31st:  The next morning it was about 50 degrees and overcast again. We had the breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant early. We had to be in the lobby before 8:15 am to…… Continue reading Alaska: Anchorage and a Train Ride

Alaska: Denali Wilderness Tour

Sat. Sept 1st:  Up by 5 am. We grabbed a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich at the Starbucks counter in the lobby and picked up our boxed lunches. At 6 am we were all herded onto a converted school bus for the Tundra Wilderness Tour. If it is possible, the bus seats are…… Continue reading Alaska: Denali Wilderness Tour

Alaska: Denali and ATVs

Sat. Sept 1st B:  Back at the lodge we chilled until it was time to meet up for our ATV excursion. We headed out on a bus around 7 pm to the Black Diamond ATV garage. We had to watch a safety video and don helmets and paper coveralls, like we were going into surgery.  With…… Continue reading Alaska: Denali and ATVs

Alaska: To Seward and a Big Ship

Sun. Sept 2nd:  Early breakfast then we were herded onto another bus, this one was called a  motor-coach, to take us to Seward and our ship. At least this ride was comfortable. We had ten hours with another Alaskan tour guide to tell us what we are seeing as we headed south on AK-3 past Anchorage…… Continue reading Alaska: To Seward and a Big Ship

Alaska: Out to Sea

Mon. Sept 3rd:  Started the day with room service, coffee and omelets. Nice to sit on balcony, watching the water move swiftly by. No land in sight. We’ve been at sea all night heading south. Joe and I took a tour of the boat, learning our way around, identifying what was going on where. We…… Continue reading Alaska: Out to Sea

Alaska: Glacier Bay

Tues. Sept 4th:  Early this morning the Captain informed us that we were moving into Glacier Bay. At 9 am we headed to Vista Stage on Deck 2 to watch a show about the glaciers. The MC was Jillian from the night before and she indeed was wearing a puffy white sweat shirt. She told…… Continue reading Alaska: Glacier Bay

Alaska: On Foot in Haines

Wed. Sept 5th: When we awoke we were in Haines, Alaska, a small town an hour and half south of Skagway by ferry and toll road. After coffee and breakfast we all debarked to check out the small town. Started out with me and Joe, JR and Jackie, and the Hoppers. Gloria was not with us…… Continue reading Alaska: On Foot in Haines