Too long of a dry spell!

As passionate cruisers, going long periods of time without enjoying high seas adventures causes us to longingly pour over email and snail mail brochures while dreaming of our next adventure.  

We’ve had a long dry spell on land due to planned and unplanned medical interference’s.  After receiving one new knee in July 2017 and the second one just two months later, my Honey is finally at a point where he feels ready to cruise!

Although knee replacements were planned, our son’s three and half month hospitalization, and my own sixteen day hospitalization this year, was not. I’ve healed and now that our son is doing better and home, we’re finally ready to go.

Though there are many to choose from, we’re opting for another Alaska cruise.  This will be our sixth, and we’ll visit the same ports we’ve been to before. But it’s a cruise!  And, it’s not too far from home just in case our son has a medical problem and we need to return.

Land-cruising

Our first visit to Alaska was in 1998 for our number three grandson’s high school graduation. We flew into Anchorage and traveled in a rented motorhome and “land-cruised” for three weeks.  Highlights of that trip were Dusty’s graduation, loading the motorhome on a flat-bed train car to travel from Portage to Whittier, then onto a ferry to travel to Valdez.

 

Waiting to load on the train to Whittier

We fished . . . and I caught the only grayling! This fish is a member of the salmon family and is known as “the lady of the stream.”  Though they are edible, this one was gently returned to the river to live another day. My hubby, who has been fishing since he was five years old, was slightly envious.  He made up for it by catching a one hundred twenty pound halibut out of Homer. We had that one processed and shipped home. And, we enjoyed many delicious meals from the behemoth’s sacrifice.  

We were captivated by the abundant wildlife . . . whales, Steller’s sea lion, Dall sheep, Horned puffins, bald eagles, and the memorable scenic beauty. Everything seems grander in Alaska.

We were hooked.  Besides five previous cruises, we went to Fairbanks to check “seeing the Aurora Borealis” off my bucket list.  That was the subject of another blog entry.

With the cruise booked, flights reserved, hotel reservation made for the night before (with the assurance we can leave our car parked for a couple of weeks) it’s time to plan shore excursions.