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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ferry to the USA

We took the Alaska Marine Highway from Prince Rupert, BC to Juneau.     It took the better of two days to transport us (and our car) back to the US.

Canada is a wonderful country, but my heart belongs to the Red, White and Blue !!!!!





I have to admit to being a little disappointed in the scenery on this trip.     I was expecting more drama and got beautiful, but boring after a while.     I even made a dash into a camera store in Prince Rupert for another memory card so that I wouldn't have to spend time in our cabin downloading my photos.     Not necessary...........................

Don't get me wrong, the scenery was  beautiful, just quite repetitious.






I did enjoy the other passengers,  though.    I met some amazing people and had delightful (and sometimes very deep) conversations.       Most of them happened on the outside walkways while it was cool, but had 100 MPH winds.    Okay, that may have been an exaggeration, but there were times where you had to work really hard to do a lap against the wind to get in those 10,000 steps.     The winds were harsh at times.



One of the men I met was a retired coal mine worker from Onalaska, Washington.    When he told me where he was from I had him repeat it just to be sure I had heard him correctly.    Yes, Onalaska.     The founder of their city was in the lumber trade, just like our Onalaska.     It appears our towns were founded by the same person (although I am not sure of this, he seemed pretty certain).  



Another gentleman I met on the deck  was fascinating.    He had apparently traveled much of the world, but really preferred Central America.     We must have talked for an hour.    When I asked him what he did for a living, he said "just call me an entrepreneur".     He preferred to leave it at that.     Oh, the stories I could spin about this true gentleman.



This beautiful  home was on this tiny island and it was many many miles from any community.     It seemed really odd.     The owner must really like total solitude.     No electricity, water, sewage, etc.   Not the life for me, but to each his own.



The only glacier we saw on the trip......



Yes, I did speak to women, also.       Again on the deck, I met a young woman who had moved to Ketchikan, AK two years ago and loved it.     She lived in one of those areas where you have to be 100% self sufficient.    She was lamenting the lack of rain (which is unusual).    She depends on her cistern and it was close to dry.     She gave me a lot of information about the winters and the eagles here.     She said that when the salmon are running, the eagles are everywhere.



We did, however, see a few whales and several baby orca's.      I will give you my best shot  (the other 76 are similar at best).     The young orcas were having so much fun, but as we know of young humans, they are very very fast and playful!


Okay, not a great whale shot, but it's the best I have - sorry


We have arrived in Juneau.......




1 comment:

  1. Seems you've been jaded by the beauty day after day. Smile.
    So glad to hear you did talk to some women as well, although that's odd for you...you seem to attract men more often.

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