Saturday, July 14, 2012 “…and I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when…” Actually, I do know when: last Saturday, so it looks like 48 and cloudy will be the theme for the cruise. I have taken probably … Continue reading →
Friday, July 13, 2012 It’s 11:00 p.m. and still light out. Today was spent waiting for the cruise to begin. We boarded the ship around noon, ate lunch, explored the ship, played miniature golf, watched movies…then finally got underway around … Continue reading →
Hopped on the bus motorcoach this morning and headed south to Seward. Our driver, Jim, has done a great job making sure our luggage reaches our destination safely and that it’s waiting in our rooms. Today was the first and … Continue reading →
July 11, 2012 It’s been a good day. We awoke to overcast skies and very cool temperatures (I’m guessing mid-40 to low 50’s?) in Anchorage this morning, and had some time after visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center to check … Continue reading →
Alaska – Day 5 July 10, 2012 I admit to feeling a bit disappointed this morning when I woke to heavy, dark clouds that shrouded not only Denali (for some reason, I don’t think “Mt. McKinley” will ever sound right … Continue reading →
Alaska – Day 4 July 9, 2012 It has started off early. Went to bed before 9 p.m., and been up off and on since midnight. There are truly 24 hours of daylight here, and it’s taking some getting used … Continue reading →
Alaska – Day 3 (July 8, 2012) Left early on the train, in a glass-domed car bound for Denali National Park and Reserve, and realized quickly that glare was going to be a big obstacle to taking photos, so I … Continue reading →
Alaska – Day 2 (July 7, 2012) A leisurely day. Pike’s Lodge, where we stayed the first 2 nights, is on the Chena river. We took a short walk in the morning, then a 3-1/2 hour riverboat cruise on the … Continue reading →
I’ve been keeping a journal of our 2012 Alaska trip. It’s just a brief journal, as I’m typically writing it on my cell phone. Even though I have Microsoft Office Mobile, including Word, I’m going crazy trying to format everything correctly. My plan was to upload a couple of files at a time, as I got to a place where there was a stable internet connection, like right now; however, I’m discovering that hotels don’t like you to “add hardware” to their machines, so I’m having trouble, not only uploading the files, but the photos I’ve taken with my phone.
Had I remembered to bring a card reader, I probably could have downloaded pics from my phone and my camera, but as things stand right now, I can’t. I may try to rectify one or both of those issues at some point along the way, but it looks more and more like I’ll be publishing all of them when I get home, and then I’ll be able to add photos.
Day 1, Friday, July 6
4 airports (Houston Hobby, DFW, Seattle-Tacoma, Fairbanks) and 3 flights spanning about 4,200 miles in 15 hours. As we flew from Seattle to Fairbanks, it was my good fortune to have a window seat. From that vantage point, I was able to look down on snow-capped mountains, rivers, and (I’m pretty sure) a glacier or two.
As I watched from that perch, I was reminded of the view God had, and I think I can understand – to a very limited extent – how He felt when He created it:
Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear…And God saw that it was good.”