Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Great Alaska Adventure

I'm ready right now to head out on the Great Alaska Adventure. I'm so used to having early morning flights that the day seems to stretch ahead of me as I patiently (ok, not so patiently) wait for the time to depart for the airport. Usually I am running around last minute throwing things into my bags and taking care of last minute details.
Here's a brief outline of the trip. I hope to blog each of our days when I return. I'm taking along a journal because I know I will never be able to remember details.
June 10, 2014 Day One: We leave St Louis at 4:35 (St. Louis time) and arrive in Seattle at 6:50 (Seattle time). Cresia's friend, Joe is picking us up at the airport and then we will travel by ferry to Vashon Island, where he lives. Hoping for a relaxing evening while Cresia "catches up" with her friend.
June 11, 2014 Day Two: We will see the island and the bicycle in the tree and then head into Seattle for a day full of adventure.
June 12, 2014 Day Three: We will get on Amtrak (at 10:45 a.m.)  to travel to Vancouver, British Columbia. We will be looking around and dining out with some more of Cresia's friends, Mark and Renee. We will be spending the night at the Ramada Vancouver Downtown.
June 13, 2014 Day Four: We will have a nice relaxing breakfast and late morning we will head to the ship! Yes can you believe it! Our cruise is leaving on a Friday the 13th and it's a full moon too! Hope no werewolves are onboard!
Our cruise is with Royal Caribbean and we are on 7n Northbound Alaska and Hubbard Glacier cruise. Our ships name is Radiance of the Sea.
June 14, 2014 Day Five: This is inside passage part of the cruise so we will spend the day sailing.
June 15th Day Six: We will dock in Ketchikan, Alaska . This is where we will take a Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles excursion. It lasts about 3 hours. It will include a drive plus boat ride to get to our location.  Snacks and drinks are provided!
June 16, 2014 Day Seven: Icy Strait Alaska (not sure what all we will see here)
June 17, 2014 Day Eight: We dock in Juneau, Alaska for a fun filled day. We will be doing a whale watching excursion plus taking in Mendenhall Glacier. This excursion includes an Alaskan snack of smoked salmon, crackers, soda, coffee and water. We might meet up with one of mine and Barb's "old" students who lives there now, if time allows.
June 18, 2014 Day Nine: Skagway, Alaska  Here we will do the White Pass Summit Tour which is supposed to be beautiful. We will travel by motor coach through Skagway and up to the summit.
June 19, 2014 Day Ten:  Hubbard Glacier (cruising along and looking at the beauty of nature)
June 20, 2014 Day Eleven Seward Alaska (we will depart the ship but continue our journey.) We will travel by motor coach to Anchorage, Alaska and from there to Denali national park. We will spend the night at McKinley Village Lodge
June 21, 2014 Day Twelve: We will do the Tundra Wilderness Tour and again spend the night at McKinley Village Lodge
June 22, 2014 Day Thirteen: We will travel through Denali via train and see some beautiful scenery on our way to Fairbanks, Alaska. We will be staying at Pike Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks.
June 23, 2014 Day Fourteen: We will be doing a Gold Dredge and Riverboat Discovery Tour. We will again spend the night at Pikes Waterfront Lodge.
June 24, 2014 Day Fifteen: Our final day in Fairbanks then we will be heading to Fairbanks Airport for the return home leg of our journey. Our flight will leave at 8:18 p.m.(Alaska time)
June 25, 2014 Day Sixteen: We land in Chicago at about 5:20 a.m. then catch a flight to St Louis at 6:45 a.m. Arrival in St Louis at 7:55 a.m. (St Louis time).
I'm sure I'll have some awesome pictures and stories to tell. I won't have phone or internet service for a lot of the trip but that's actually a good thing as it will help us relax and enjoy the beauty around us!

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