Friday, July 25, 2014

Fridays and Faery Gardens

It's cloudy and overcast but I decided this morning would be a great day to finish that faery garden in a pot that I've been trying to get together all summer. This was aided by my friends Barb, Cresia, and Stacie who gave me a sweet little assortment of plants.

I had the cute little faery garden kit since right after Christmas but since it's been a busy summer as far as I got with it was buying a large pot.  Then the "girls" gave me some plants.

And of course, Kelsey and her friend John have been doing a GREAT job providing me with wine bottles to use as self water-ers so I used one in the faery garden!

The pictures don't do it justice. It's a cute little faery oasis.  I had to sit on the front porch for a bit and just admire it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Great Alaska Adventure: Day Five

June 14, 2014
We had a little trouble sleeping last night because as the ship cruised along we were afraid we would miss some awesome views. Our time is all messed up and the extra hours of sunlight really aren't helping. We woke up fairly early because it was light outside and headed down for breakfast.
Yesterday when we got on the ship the elevator floor said Friday and we were like "surely they aren't going to change the floor sign every day." Well it's Saturday and as you can see, yes, yes they do change it everyday. By the end of the cruise we were glad because we kept forgetting what day it was!
Today we cruised all day. We spent a lot of time on the balcony just watching the shoreline and also in the solarium. In the solarium we kept seeing what we thought were baby Orcas. They were black and white and swimming in groups. I said, 'there can't be THAT many baby whales."  Well later we were to find out that they are a kind of porpoise called a dall porpoise. They look like orcas don't they?
The day actually went by super fast but we are kind of tired from our whirlwind trip so far. We have been busy every day, seeing so many things. We spent a little time looking around the ship. The Radiance of the Sea is pretty big and they squeeze a lot of things into every nook and corner. We wanted to check out the casino.
Dale and Cresia liked the quarter machine where you drop in a quarter and it keeps pushing coins to the drop off point.
I liked the slots and won a bit and lost a bit but had a good time.
We are always interested in dinner because they have so many different kinds of things that we have never tried before. It's formal dinner night!
Cresia had banana rum soup, baked chicken with potatoes and lemon meringue dessert. I can't remember what I ate this night! I have it written down if I find it...I'll come back and revise the post to include it!
Strawberry Cheese Cake dessert for Dale!
We decided to go to the Schooner which is a piano bar. The piano player was "ok". He just wasn't playing too many songs that we knew. We had several yummy drinks. The drink of the day was a Strawberry Mojito so Dale and I started with those. Barb had a Mudslide and Cresia had a Bloody Mary.
We had more drinks...
And more drinks....
I was trying to help the piano bar guy out but I guess Dale and Barb weren't impressed. LOL
Dale was getting tired so he headed back to the room and we headed to the disco. Honestly this was the only night Dale bailed out on us. Usually he likes to go to bed early but on this trip I guess he didn't want to miss anything. But before he left we took a selfie by the disco window along with some of the crew.
Barb was definitely the dancing queen. She danced with just about everyone there!
They announced my retirement and then the guy came out to dance with me.

We ended the night with...guess what.....a selfie.

We were hot and exhausted from all that dancing. We know we are going to be aching tomorrow!!  Then we found a statute of Barb's we snapped one last shot!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Great Alaska Adventure Day Four

June 13, 2014

I wrote a little about day four in my last post As I mentioned getting on the ship itself took quite a while and several lines. Once we were on the ship we made our dinner reservations and then went to eat lunch. It was super crowded, of course, because everyone else decided to do the same thing.  We decided to go check out our rooms.

Dale and I were in Cabin 8604 and Cresia and Barb had cabin 8606. The rooms were actually much more spacious than I anticipated,

I'm certainly glad we got ones with balconies as this added so much to our trip. The views were awesome!
As we pulled away from Vancouver we had no idea the sights that we would see, simply unable to describe them with words.
The ocean and the shoreline changed over and over again as we cruised along!
Our dinner reservations were late the first night. Ordered an artichoke and spinach tart as a starter. It was "ok".  Then I had a pork chop with mashed potatoes as my entrĂ©e. It was pretty tasty. For dessert I had Chocolate Sensation which was yummy!

We ended up going to bed early this first night on the ship as we were pretty worn out from all our travel and from the huge meal!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Great Alaska Adventure: Day Three

June 12th 2014

Living on an island is awesome but you are at the mercy of the ferries. We got up early to catch the ferry and make it to the Amtrak Train station where we were taking a bus to Vancouver. It was hard to leave the beauty of Seattle but we were ready for the next leg of our journey. Plus Joe was getting ready to head to Italy for a language immersion class.

The bus was very comfortable and we had plenty of room to take in the sights and perhaps even take a nap. :)

We had an interesting stop at the border. Those Canadians are totally serious about their borders. So they took out bags off the bus and scanned them with a wand (I think) I couldn't really see how they did it. Then we all got off with our carry ons and went through security. We passed with flying colors but three people on the bus were sent back for questioning. We ended up waiting for over an hour. One woman returned fairly quickly but it was a long time before one of the men did and the second man was kept at the border and we proceeded without him.
Vancouver is a lovely city but we were just spending one evening there. We met up with more of Cresia's friends and took a whirl wind tour of the area.
 We had a lovely meal with them and also checked out the area. So much beauty.

We also stopped at Prospect Point.

Another selfie of course!
We got our first look at some totem poles.
Our hotel was just a short distance from the police station in downtown Vancouver. The room was super cute and nice but it was very small. We shared a room since we were only there one night and it was a little snug.
The next morning we ate breakfast at the WhiteSpot.
Then it was time to pack up, catch a cab (which took a while because we needed a van one with all of our luggage.)
There were so many lines to stand in just to get on the ship. We had a luggage line, a line to check our tickets for the cruise, a line to check our IDs, a security line and it seems like there was another line too but we made it. Right before you get on the ship they have a line you stand in to get your picture taken! Crazy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Great Alaska Adventure: Day Two (Part Two)

June 11, 2014 (afternoon)

So I need to finish up blogging Day Two of the great Alaska Adventure. What a day it was. We headed over to the Space Needle part of town and Barb suggested we check out Chihuly Garden and Glass. All of the pieces were so beautiful and big and colorful!

Some of the displays were outside just like a real garden!
Some rooms were dark and the glass pieces were showcased by lighting. They seemed to dance in the room, vibrant with color and beauty.
Some absolutely huge pieces were suspended from the ceiling, Some of these were inside. This one is in a room like a solarium with a glass ceiling!
A day in Seattle wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Space Needle. The day was so clear and beautiful we could see everything, which is a rare occurrence.
It was a breathtaking view even though I'm afraid of heights. Flat Freddy got in on the fun too!
After seeing Seattle from every angle off we went to ride the ducks!
We saw a lot of historical sites in Seattle from the Duck. We heard about underground Seattle which would have been interesting to go down into but alas maybe next time!
We weren't really sure about these.
By the way, pot is legal in Washington
Then it was back on the ferry heading to Vashon Island for a light dinner and a visit with Aunt Betty.
The day was exhausting but so full. We felt totally like tourists and we crammed three days worth of events into one!
On Day Three we head into Canada via the Amtrak Bus. We passed the border with flying colors, which can't be said of everyone on our bus!

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