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North America » United States May 22nd 2019

Day 8 Blog – May 20, 2019 – Atmore, AL to Lenoir, NC (Scarlett to Hickory, NC) – 533 miles Total for the trip 2726 Our plan was to be on the road by 7:30 at the latest this morning, but being on Central Time and the hotel breakfast not open until 6:30 (our 7:30), that posed a problem. However, like an oiled machine, we had our system down so well, we just pre-planned, packed the van before breakfast, and still were on the road before 7:00 (our 8:00). We patted ourselves on the back. Fog hung all in the air as Susan drove the boring, interstate drive that she knew all so well from multiple trips from Mobile. We were stuck on the green channel again and it didn’t help that Pam was typing on ... read more
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Day 11 16/05/2019 Cruising We ordered room service breakfast and then decided that we would explore the ship a little more. It looked very grey and cold outside but that didn’t stop us going to the Promenade deck to do a few laps. 3 ½ laps equalled a mile so off we went. It was bitterly cold and the weird sensation when you are walking the opposite way to the way you are going. It is like walking the wrong way on a travellator. We had layered up to try to prevent the wind getting through, although it did find the few gaps that appeared. They day comprised of eating, drinking coffee and checking out the drizzle/fog. We ordered some drinks for the room Gin and tonic water, and by the way it was described with ... read more
One of the few sights
Cold Grey day

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau May 22nd 2019

Day 12 17/05/2019 Juneau – Alaska Dog Sled Discovery & Musher’s Camp The sun woke us up early so we headed upstairs to the Lido Market to have a buffet breakfast. Breakfast consisted of bacon, scrambled eggs, a bagel, Danish pastries and coffee. If I continue to eat like this I will have to pay excess luggage going home! The food is so good. We decided to do a walk on the Promenade deck as the weather was lovely although cool. The sky was clear with no chance of rain. The ship docked at Juneau just before 12.30 pm Juneau is the capital of Alaska and their main industry is government followed by tourism. It is an island so everything needs to be brought in by ferry or barge. Most of their goods come from Seattle. ... read more
Patting the dogs.
Enjoying the company
Cuddles with the puppies

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway May 22nd 2019

Day 13 18 May 2019 Skagway – Alaska White Pass Summit Scenic Railroad We were up early to watch us dock into Skagway as we had an early tour at 9 am. Again breakfast and then off we hopped and walked to the train. Today again we are blessed with the weather as it was sunny and only a few clouds, cool but not cold. We boarded the train which had been restored and was looking amazing. Off we went on this amazing rail journey up to White Pass. The guide explained how it took 2 years, 2 months and 2 days to complete the rail line at a cost of 47 lives. It was built in the earl 1900’s when it was thought to have lots of gold here. The men who worked on the ... read more
Snow
Heading into the tunnel
Enjoying the ride and views

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay May 22nd 2019

Day 14 19/05/2019 Glacier Bay I woke up to the most beautiful dark blue sky with almost no clouds at 4.32 to see the full moon in the sky. What an omen for today I knew it was going to be spectacular! I went back to bed but only dozed on and off. As soon as the alarm went we were up showered and off for breakfast. We were back in our room by 8 and layered our clothes, ready to adventure outside on the balcony for the views. The temperature expected for the day was 7C. The ship picked up a park ranger who was going to give us commentary whilst cruising in Glacier Bay. We headed up through the Narrows and past Gloomy Knob . On went the beanie, hat and gloves, and the ... read more
John Hopkins Glacier
Mini icebergs
Margerie Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan May 22nd 2019

Day 15 20/05/2019 Ketchikan Rain Forest Sanctuary Walk, Totems & Eagles. Up at a reasonable time that allowed us to have a leisurely breakfast and watch us dock in Ketchikan. It is amazing the skill level the people steering the ship have. As we were moving toward the dock I noticed that there was 2 other cruise ships already docked and we were going to go in behind them. The first was the Golden Princess, then the Norwegian Joy. As we came closer I noticed that the dock had a slight bend in it and another ship the Island Princess also docked. The interesting thing is that we were docking in between ship 2 and ship 3. There wasn’t any room for error in doing this as you could not over run your space. With perfect ... read more
A Black Bear
A Bald Eagle
Ketchikan Rain Gauge


Day 16 21/05/2019 Cruising to Vancouver We had a relaxed morning with a late breakfast. Chilled in our room for most of the day looking at the sights of the inside passage. Sadly it is the last day and we will wake up in Vancouver at 7 am.... read more
view from the balcony
The view at dinner
Inside Passage lots of islands

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 22nd 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019 We left Quetico this morning in glorious sunshine, prepared for a long drive. We had no destination in mind, deciding it was best to just see where we got to. We knew that if we found somewhere nice, we would stop, otherwise carry on in hope! Well we ended up driving 545 kilometres, which was more than anticipated and ended up crossing the border to Manitoba! The drive from Quetico to Fort Francis on the US Minnesota border was one of the most picturesque so far; kilometre after kilometre of blue water, dark green spruce, maple, cedar and silver birch, rocky outcrops and a few little homesteads along the way. We saw a moose today as well as two squirrels, seven red deer, a flock of Canadian geese and quite a few ... read more
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Nestor Falls, Ontario

North America » United States » Alabama May 22nd 2019

Moving at warp speed pace. Brannon and Jonathan waste no time getting down to business. We have the new theater/recliners installed. Cory & I took full advantage of their massage accessory. Ahhhhhhhhh. Nice! We watched the movie:”On the Basis of Sex”.... based on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was good. The only thing lacking was the popcorn which we could have done but forgot. We were so relaxed with our massages but thought of nothing else. The added blue lights on these seats make for a beautiful ambience. We are sitting pretty! The crew also put in a new, 40”, smart TV in the center of the RV. Perfect. He’s going to do the same with our front one. Exciting. The new, LED headlights are installed. Almost makes our rig look new. They’ll see ... read more
Cory checking out RV. Distance between new recliners & couch.
Brannon & Cory enjoying our new recliners
Check them out

North America » United States » New York » Skaneateles May 21st 2019

Finally enjoying sun. Skaneateles is beautiful in the summer! God calls us to take care of our bodies, so we walked and went to the YMCA today.... read more




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