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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A is for Alaska

All Aboard for Alaska!
Ketchikan, Alaska

I'm getting so excited about my trip to Alaska. Although I've already done two cruises to this state, I'm looking forward to sharing the experience with Daughter #2 and celebrating her birthday on the last full day at sea.
My first cruise to Alaska was with a girl friend and a couple from England who are good friends. We left from and arrived back in Vancouver on Norwegian Cruise Lines. The second cruise was with a group of (shall we say "mature") singles and we left from and arrived back in Seattle with Holland America Lines. This time we will be leaving from Vancouver and going back to Seattle with Norwegian and will spend a couple of days there exploring the underground city and Pike's Market. It will be interesting to see if Daughter #2 will enjoy the whole cruising experience.

I'm looking forward to the extracurricular activities while at sea (spa, promenade deck, whale watching, viewing and photographing ice bergs, glaciers, wild life, etc.) along with the night life of Vegas-style shows, dancing, and the all-important restaurants with their impeccable service.

We're leaving mid-May and I'm hoping for decent weather. We'll both be taking waterproof jackets to keep us warm and dry on land. I will let you know how the trip goes and hopefully have lots of great photos, too.

These photos are scanned from postcards I bought the first time I went to Alaska and are, I think, places we'll be seeing this time. I apologize for the fact they're not very clear. Next time, my own photos should be much better.

27 comments:

Gigi Ann said...

What a wonderful vacation to look forward to. Taking a vacation with daughters is a lot of fun.

Sylvia K said...

What a great, fun post for the A Day, Leslie! And I'm so excited for you! What a wonderful trip it sounds like! I love cruises! Great that your daughter can go with you. You'll really enjoy Seattle's underground city, very interesting and I know you will LOVE Pike's Market! One of my all time favorite places here in Seattle! Hope you're having a great week!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Pagan Sphinx said...

Lovely series. I have never been to Alaska. Thank you for sharing these!

Cezar and Léia said...

Alaska! oh girl, it's a big adventure indeed!
Amazing pictures, I think it's really a special trip for you!
Hugs
Léia

richies said...

When I was 14 my family drove to Alaska from Colorado. I have always wanted to go back. Maybe someday.

An Arkies Musings

Joy said...

Never thought of trains and Alaska, what a great colour. I love looking forward to a trip and yours sounds fabulous.

LisaF said...

I've always head Alaskan cruises were gorgeous! Hope you and your daughter create some wonderful birthday memories.

Kay L. Davies said...

I wouldn't mind another Alaska cruise. The first was certainly lovely, and, if I had a daughter, another trip would be even better. So I'm sure you'll have a super fun time, the two of you.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Roger Owen Green said...

I've never been there, or indeed to the Pacific Northwest of the US, or the western provinces of Canada.
Someday...
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

nancygrayce said...

Oh, wow! What fun.....I'd love to take the Alaska cruise. I lived in Fairbanks about 39 years ago but we were a poor army family and only could do what you could walk to and that wasn't much! I'll be excited to see your pictures!

ρομπερτ said...

What a joy it must be living at such a place. Thank you for htis escape. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

daily athens

photowannabe said...

I envy you returning to Alaska. I loved my cruise there 23 years ago. I am shocked to realize its been that long. I went with my Mom soon after my Dad passed. It was a good time for both of us.
I would love to go with my Hubby sometime too.

Cheryl said...

Never been and you're going back for a 3rd time??? There's something wrong with my karma. Or right with yours. What great fun.

Cheryl
ABC Team

Beverley Baird said...

I've always wanted to do that cruise! I lived in the NWT and got to the Yukon but never Alaska! May you have a fantastic trip!

Hildred and Charles said...

Hope you have an Absolutely Amazing time Leslie, - traveling with daughters is great fun I think.

Tumblewords: said...

I'll bet you have a fantastic trip! I've been in Alaska a couple of times but unfortunately not on a cruise. What fun!

Gattina said...

That's a place I would love to visit too ! Looks very beautiful !
Gattina
ABC Team

Nanka said...

A fun vacation on a cruise ship makes it even more exciting!! Have a fantastic time with lots more pictures for us to see!!

jijie said...

always wanted to visit alaska, maybe someday....

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Ann said...

I bought lots of postcards when I went to New York, I suppose it the same as you buying the Alaska ones. Great for memories.

Mickle in NZ said...

What a wonderful cruise to share with Daughter #2. You have each and both been through so very much, you deserve some time together away from everyday life and its "not everyday" occurences.

Sending care and wishes for a happy time to you each and both,

Michelle and Zebbycat, xxxx and purrrrumbles

caroline said...

wow! what a very lucky daughter! hope you enjoy your trip! safe travel...

what a great A word to look forward to.. =)

Jo said...

Have fun...!

I have been to Hyder, Alaska, and I was Hyderized. ;-)

Liz said...

Sounds lovely. I know you'll have a fab time.

I meant to start ABC again this time ...

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

The pics are fine. How exciting to go to Alaska!

KLo said...

Sooooooooo exciting : )

And, because I'm a teacher, I can't help but think how much more you're going to get out of it because of your excitement and the thoughts and questions you're already having (the "Know" or "want to Know" in a KWL chart :-))

Kim, USA said...

Oh wow Leslie you are blessed!! This is the place I so long and wish to visit someday. I just learned that the size of Alaska is twice as Texas, what a huge landscape to roam around. Happy vacationing!! Happy Wednesday!
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