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Screwed Again

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 | Views [46]

VIETNAM VETERANS OFTEN BEMOAN THE LACK of fanfare upon their return to the “Land of the Big PX.”  And I guess I’m no exception. I returned from Vietnam on 24 July 1969, 50 years ago yesterday and, damn it, I deserved a celebratory ... Read more >


Almost Nome

Sunday, 21 Jul 2019 | Views [31]

THE BERING SEA WASN’T MUCH ROUGHER than the Gulf of Alaska and Maasdam took it in stride.  In order to make our ETA in Nome, 36 hours due north of Dutch Harbor, Captain Jutten upped our speed to 18 knots and, judging by the spray on deck, ... Read more >


Dutch Harbor

Friday, 19 Jul 2019 | Views [38]

AS THE PUFFIN SHUFFLES, IT’S ABOUT 700 MILES from Kodiak to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, a fishing port best known from the TV show, Deadliest Catch.  Wizard, Northwestern and the other crab fishing boats weren’t in when the Maasdam docked ... Read more >


Kodiak in the Sunshine

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 | Views [57]

A WHILE AFTER WE LEFT SITKA ON MONDAY EVENING, Connie and I watched as the harbor pilot Cirque du Soleil-ed from the Maasdam’s rope ladder onto the launch that would return him to port.  His isn’t a job to envy in heavy seas. ... Read more >


Sitka

Monday, 15 Jul 2019 | Views [53]

WE WERE AWAKENED AT 4AM BY THE BLARING of the Maasdam’s emergency alarm.  No, we hadn’t collided with an iceberg Titanic -style, rather a smoke alarm detected an electrical overload.  The captain reassured us that the crew had ... Read more >


Ketchikan and Misty Fjords National Wilderness

Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 | Views [75]

THE CAPTAIN DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF PARALLEL parking in Ketchikan, squeezing the Maasdam between the Celebrity and Carnival ships, while another, smaller, cruise ship is anchored offshore.  It isn’t yet 8AM and we can see hoards from the ... Read more >


Photos: Alaska

Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 | Photo Gallery

Cruising Alaska, Russia and Japan
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Seattle to Ketchikan

Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 | Views [67]

WE ARE GETTING PRETTY COMFORTABLE USING UBER.  As simple as the ap is, it’s still a little foreign to old farts like me.  But we successfully took Uber from Seattle’s Union Station to SeaTac, where we rented a car, then drove to ... Read more >


Coast Starlight

Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 | Views [69]

YOU CAN SEE THE BEST OF AMERICA ON AMTRAK.  And some of the worst, too.  The Rockies, the California Coast and the Cascades are beautiful.  Likewise Union Stations in both Denver and LA.  Unfortunately you must enter the cities through ... Read more >


Hooray For Hollywood

Monday, 8 Jul 2019 | Views [73]

HOLLYWOOD BECKONED AND WE COULDN’T RESIST — even though I admit I didn’t know half of the starred names on the Walk of Fame.  But first we had to stop at the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Gehry, you may ... Read more >


California, Here We Come

Sunday, 7 Jul 2019 | Views [66]

COMPARED TO TRAVEL TICKETING SITES like kayak and orbitz, Amtrak is woefully lacking.  There are only a handful of trains but there are few routing options.  They don’t provide a map or even list the intermediate stops.  Which explains ... Read more >


California Zephyr

Thursday, 4 Jul 2019 | Views [92]

IT SEEMS LIKE BOBBY BURNS WAS THINKING of us the past few days when he wrote  “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”  After driving 400 miles from Denver to Rapid City to renew our drivers licenses — they ... Read more >


Unencumbered Once More

Monday, 1 Jul 2019 | Views [93]

WE GOT PLENTY OF NUTHIN’  And nuthin’s plenty for us!  We sold the truck on Wednesday and Jim collected the RV this morning.  We watched as our home for the last 3 ½ years drove away.  We have eaten — ... Read more >


Caveat Emptor X 2!

Thursday, 27 Jun 2019 | Views [107]

WE STRUCK A GOOD DEAL ON THE RV AND TRUCK — I traded them for five magic beans.  Only kidding!  And we hope there isn’t going to be a giant in our future.  Like Jack, we are setting off on another adventure, one without a ... Read more >


Feliz Cumpleaños to Me!

Monday, 17 Jun 2019 | Views [104]

WITH ALL THE GOOD RESTAURANTS IN THE DENVER AREA, we still chose the Morrison Inn for John’s birthday meal.   For years the Inn was a dive well-known to the Sunday Harley crowd for its over-sized margaritas.  As the town became more ... Read more >


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