We are the 3 D's and we love to explore the world any chance we get!

North America » United States » Virginia » Gainesville June 25th 2013

We are so excited to be heading to New England in the new RV Friday. Lulu and Daisy are coming with us as we explore for 2 weeks. We will start with a week on Cape Cod then head up to Acadia for 5 days and finally cut back to the south through the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Dylin is most excited about eating fresh clam chowder, fresh lobster and lobster rolls and we are excited to feel the ocean breeze and hike the beauty of Acadia!... read more

North America » United States » Alaska August 4th 2012

Today we docked at Icy Straight Point. Icy Straight Point, which is the waterway we arrived on, was supposedly a port created by the cruise industry. Contrary to this, this port which is actually a one mile walk to the tiny town of Hoonah, is true Alaska. We only planned one excursion this day which is probably good since it was a very rainy, cold day! We stayed on the ship until about 10 and then walked around the dock area a little to watch the crazy folks coming down the zipline in the freezing rain. Then we met our guide to venture back out in the straight to look for whales. Our whalewatch adventure was shared with a couple from Ohio. The five of us were huddled at the table inside the small 35 foot ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 4th 2012

We arrived in to Skagway early Monday morning. We docked at 7 am sharp. We had to be out, with breakfast, and at the end of the dock by 8:15 for our morning excursion, a bike ride through the rain forest past Dyea. Because of it's proximity to water, Dyea was a booming gold rush town in the late 1800s. Dyea was across the mountain and at the edge of water so the gold miners could float their 2 tons of gear and food down the river rather than try and cross the treacherous mountains. Once the railroads were built, Dyea just died. It's really interesting because the miners just picked up and left the town. Since it's in the rainforest, it's just been reclaimed by the forest around it. Dyea is now in the Tongass ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 3rd 2012

This morning we arrived in Juneau around 9am to partly cloudy skies. We quicky left the ship and caught a bus out to Mendenhall Glacier. The face of Mendenhall Glacier is only 12 miles from downtown Juneau. We hiked out to the closest point to the face and witnessed the power of Nugget Falls. During the hike we saw the beginning of the sockeye salmon run and a porcupine climbing up a tree! The salmon were so interesting since they were blood red. We had never seen a porcupine in the wild so this was a lot of fun to watch. We didn't expect to see one climbing to the top of a tree! When we arrived at the falls, which are just off to the right of the glacier, Dylin couldn't resist climbing the huge ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska August 3rd 2012

We boarded the gorgeous Radiance of the Seas Friday, July 27th. Once onboard we ate lunch then headed to our room which was just perfect. We had a D1 room in the middle of the hump. The rest of the afternoon we explored the ship and Dylin decided to swim. It was funny to watch her swim with the snow covered mountains in the background. The weather was so nice it was actually about 60 degrees. By set-sail we were marveling in the beauty of this mostly glass ship. The ship was built for Alaska and all the glass, including glass elevators that face the water, means you never miss the beautiful views. July 28th was a "sea-day" but the ship traveled into the Hubbard Glacier. It was a spectacular experience to see this huge glacier ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 26th 2012

This evening we went on a tour of the Seavey Dog Sled kennels in Seward. The Seavey family has been racing sled dogs in the annual Iditarod Sled race for 3 generations. They currently have 85 dogs they train during the summer. They have a facility just outside Seward where they keep their dogs and do demonstration "sled" rides on a gravel trail through the forest. They use specially designed 4 wheel carts for the rides. The dogs were very anxious to get going once the musher Meredith hitched all 16 of them up. We took off down the trail and after a while she asked them to stop and take a rest. The funniest thing was when they stopped, they all ran over to the side of the trail and peed! Mostly males of course...but ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Seward July 26th 2012

Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be absolutely beautiful and according to the locals the first nice days this year! We had a really restful night despite not having much in the way of room darkening blinds...sunlight until midnight here! Wednesday, July 25: We set out mid-morning on our adventure aboard the Kenai Fjord Aialik Voyager. It is basically a cat-hull tour boat with inside and outside seating on 2 levels. Our 6 hour tour took us deep into the Kenai Fjords National Park. Not only was the weather beautiful, the waters of Resurrection Bay and the North Pacific were very calm. We did have some really spectacular fog that they call glacial fog. It hung low, above the water but below the snow covered peaks. It was fascinating. This was an incredible adventure. We came ... read more
Humpback fluke
Stellar Sea Lions

North America » United States » Alaska » Girdwood July 25th 2012

Monday, July 23rd was Donna's birthday. After our bear tour the day before we slept in a little and left Anchorage heading south down the Seward Highway. It was 53 degrees and raining! We had hoped to do several hikes along the route and geocache along the way, but it turned out we just drove straight to Girdwood. The rain eased off so we went to the Crow Creek Mine in Girdwood. It was a cute little old mining village on the creek, with a lot of buildings that were older than Alaska. We watched people panning for gold down on the creek. We checked into our little cottage we rented and headed off to Bird Point to meet our ATV guide. We had reserved a guide for a 4 hour ATV adventure in the Chugach ... read more
Reflecting on Tern Lake
Byron Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage July 23rd 2012

July 21st: All flights on time...weather seemed great until we arrived in Anchorage to rain, rain, rain! We were excited to get somewhere and see something, but then the dreaded jetlag set in......well, at least for Dana. Dylin was set on swimming in the indoor pool, although it was 50 degrees outside and our bodies thought it was 4 hours later than the clock in Anchorage! Our hotel is great, Embassy Suites. Thank God they have an onsite restaurant or I would have died of starvation. Dylin got her swim time but I was in bed by 8:30pm Anchorage time (12:30 est). We called Regal Air to check the status of our Bear Charter tomorrow and they said we were still tentative due to the low ceiling/rain in the area. Oh, no, they can't cancel the ... read more
Boar resting on beach
Dylin after bear watch

North America » United States » Virginia » Manassas July 9th 2012

This weekend we started packing for our 2 week Alaskan Adventure that starts July 21st! We are flying into Anchorage to begin our DIY land tour of the Kenai Peninsula. We will explore Anchorage, Girdwood, Portage and Seward for 5 days and then board the Radiance of the Seas for a southbound cruise to Vancouver. The two of us have done an Inside Passage cruise before, but this time we will experience it through the eyes of an 11 year old!... read more

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