The Return from the Cruise

We are safely back from the cruise and in the land of cheap bandwidth which means I can start posting again. Thank you all for your interest in my silly adventure. One of the good things about a cruise is the opportunity It gives you to write. I will have more on that later.

Cruise Day 4

Greetings from Juneau Alaska, the last frontier! We are now at dock in the lovely city of Juneau, where it is raining and icy cold outside. The past three days have been relaxing at sea, where the internet connection has been both expensive and uncertain. While I missed disembarking at Skagway, I didn’t want to miss Juneau as well so I got off the boat and wandered around a bit. A friend suggested that I had to see the Red Dog Saloon, so I caught a ride into town to see this landmark.
I have to admit, the Red Dog did not disappoint as far as frontier ketch goes. Beyond swinging red saloon doors, the inside floor was covered in sawdust almost ankle-deep with pride of place given to a moose head on the wall and the picture of a revolver left by ‘the notorious gunfighter, Wyatt Earp’ over the bar. The drinks were generous and the staff friendly. One could almost feel that you were fresh off the boat ready to indulge in one last taste of ‘civilization’ before heading off to the gold fields to seek your fortune. Almost.
Personally, I was glad to return to the ship, its warmth and lights indicating a level of comfort that this writer wouldn’t want to be without. I guess I’m not made of the stuff of frontiers except in dreams. Tomorrow we return to sea, making our way back home again. May the dreams of your frontiers always come true dear readers. Adieu for now.

The cruise day 1

We’ve safely made it onto the ship, cruising our way up to Alaska through the inside passage having eaten a wonderful meal which I finished by sipping wonderful hot chocolate. It is strange to contemplate that the route we are sailing was filled with such danger and hardship that it used to be considered a challenging journey. Instead we glide along with lights and bright music, the passengers appearing oblivious to the hardships of those who have sailed these seas before us. The ship is very luxurious, filled with wall murals done in a literary theme. Famous fictional characters regard us as we walk down the corridors, Sherlock Holmes, Modesty Blaise, and Captain Nemo. Agatha Christie’s n famous Belgian detective stands just outside our stateroom door.
I’ve done more walking today than I’ve done in a while, still it feels good to be out and having this wonderful adventure. Tomorrow is soon enough to explore the marvels of this miracle of modern technology. Good night dear readers.

cruise

So the love of my life, her sister and I will get on a huge cruise ship tomorrow and head up the inside passage to Alaska. For someone who was looking dying from congestive heart failure a year ago, just the thought of it is pretty amazing. It will be a great time to write, reflect, and see another part of this beautiful world. I have no idea what the internet will be like aboard ship, I hope to blog at least once on the journey that would be great wouldn’t it? Yes, I still have CHF, but remember that life is to be lived!