"Live" from Westerdam Alaska Sept 21-27, 2013

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Originally posted by sue117
Yes, dad is going down the coast through CA and then through Utah and AZ and NM and TX and back that way. He might stop by my house on the way. If he sends updates I'll post them here so you can see how he is doing too.

And by the way, work was ICKY today! lol Just because I WAS back at work. I had to get up with the alarm clock and everything.

BUT the doggies were VERY happy to see us.

Hope you can post your dad's travels getting home. Taking a different route makes it more enjoyable -- seeing different places.

Glad your dogs were happy to see you.
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So for anyone that might be wondering, here is the update on my dad. (and yes, I wish that I was still on the ship! I could totally do a 120 day cruise and be juuuuuuuust fine. Unfortunately that is going to have to wait for retirement. poo)



It rained off and on for the two days I spent at Kalaloch in Washington. I know Kalaloch is known for rain, but this particular storm is the same one that this weekend brought so much snow to Wyoming and the Dakotas.

By the time I got to Oregon, the storm had moved on, and I have enjoyed bright, sunny days along the Pacific coast as I meander down the coast. I spent one evening in Astoria, near the mouth of the Columbia River. I spent two days in Newport, where I enjoyed wide expanses of beach right in front of the hotel, fine seafood dinners, and beautiful sunsets.

Today I continued on down the coast, passing headlands, interspersed with long expanses of beaches. At the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, I turned in to see the dunes, but saw a sign that said the area was closed. As I was staring at the sign, an Oregon driver came by, rolled his window down, and said, "Ignore that. The gate is open and there's no one around to say otherwise." So, I drove on down the road and saw some of the magnificent dunes, sands accumulated over many, many milenia.

Tonight I am in Coos Bay, the largest town along this stretch of the coast (population about 15,000). At one time, I thought that I might continue on down the coast into California at Crescent City, but after six days along the coast, I've opted for some different scenery. Tomorrow I'll turn inland and head for Medford, Oregon.





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Thank you Sue for the update on your father's travels.

Beautiful pictures.
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Ooo... more trip report

Thank you so much for taking us along.
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Ok, Ok, I know this cruise is long over (boo), but I wanted to pass on a funny...my dad called the other day and asked for my advice since he was thinking about GOING ON ANOTHER CRUISE! lol

He hasn't cruised ever in his entire life, but he actually said to me "It might be nice to get away from the cold for a bit this spring". lol He is thinking about a Caribbean/Panama Canal cruise.

I just thought this was funny because I just don't see my dad as being a "cruise" type of person!

Oh and he has already informed me that he wants to come with my husband and I when we eventually do the "fall colors" cruise up in New England. It isn't even on our radar yet (as we planned a RIVER cruise for this Dec up the Rhine, very different for us), but he still wanted to make sure that I knew that he wanted to come with us!

And by the way...here was his final email to me about his journey home from this Alaskan Cruise:

After 421 miles on I-40 in Tennessee, I finally came to THE fork in the road, and I turned north into Virginia.
What a wonderful sign, greeting me at the border.

At home, I unpacked the Jeep, and am still working on unpacking the suitcases and containers I've been hauling across the country. All is well here at home; everything is as I left it. Mike has been watering my plants while I was away, so even the plants are fine and healthy.

On getting home, I checked the odometer, and compared it to the starting value. On this extended trip, I put 7,213 miles on the Jeep.

And it's wonderful to be home, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight.

Thanks for reading everyone! Now to plan our Christmas Cruise along the Rhine in December.
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Oh my gosh, I forgot to tell all of you guys another funny (ok, I'm sure you don't REALLY care, but still....)

About 2 weeks after the cruise I went to Las Vegas for a geocaching event (yes, remember that I am a nerd). I met up with one of my friends from IN. Well my DAD was in Vegas at the Same time! lol He was still on his way home from the cruise and had gotten to Vegas. So even though I had just spent a week with him on the cruise, we met up in Vegas and had breakfast together! What a coincidence!
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Thanks I enjoyed this we will be on her in about 5 months.
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Sue117, Hello! I have a Question that you can give me, an opinion on. You had access to both sides of the ship which one do you think is better to have for Glacier Bay viewing? Or just the whole trip in general. Thanks
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Originally posted by Fishfindergirl
Sue117, Hello! I have a Question that you can give me, an opinion on. You had access to both sides of the ship which one do you think is better to have for Glacier Bay viewing? Or just the whole trip in general. Thanks
You don't really need a "side" for glacier Bay viewing as far as I'm concerned. The captain of the ship does a great job of spinning in circles so all sides of the ship get the same amount of viewing time on the glacier. And in the past, when we didn't have an aft balcony we spent time on the upper pool deck and wandered back and forth from side to side depending on which side of the ship the glacier was on.

That being said people have suggested that for an Alaskan Cruise the right side of the ship is better since when you are headed UP towards the cities land is on the right side of the ship. This didn't matter to us on our cruise through because it was FOGGY and we couldn't see land anyway! lol It also seemed like we moved a lot at night when we were sleeping to again, seeing land wasn't a big priority when it's dark and we were sleeping! lol

Hope that helps!
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Originally posted by sue117
You don't really need a "side" for glacier Bay viewing as far as I'm concerned. The captain of the ship does a great job of spinning in circles so all sides of the ship get the same amount of viewing time on the glacier. And in the past, when we didn't have an aft balcony we spent time on the upper pool deck and wandered back and forth from side to side depending on which side of the ship the glacier was on.

That being said people have suggested that for an Alaskan Cruise the right side of the ship is better since when you are headed UP towards the cities land is on the right side of the ship. This didn't matter to us on our cruise through because it was FOGGY and we couldn't see land anyway! lol It also seemed like we moved a lot at night when we were sleeping to again, seeing land wasn't a big priority when it's dark and we were sleeping! lol

Hope that helps!
Yes so what ever room will be fine Thank you!
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Originally posted by sue117
So for anyone that might be wondering, here is the update on my dad. (and yes, I wish that I was still on the ship! I could totally do a 120 day cruise and be juuuuuuuust fine. Unfortunately that is going to have to wait for retirement. poo)







It rained off and on for the two days I spent at Kalaloch in Washington. I know Kalaloch is known for rain, but this particular storm is the same one that this weekend brought so much snow to Wyoming and the Dakotas.



By the time I got to Oregon, the storm had moved on, and I have enjoyed bright, sunny days along the Pacific coast as I meander down the coast. I spent one evening in Astoria, near the mouth of the Columbia River. I spent two days in Newport, where I enjoyed wide expanses of beach right in front of the hotel, fine seafood dinners, and beautiful .












Thanks for the fabulous review-I'm cruising with my mom in a few weeks and it's great to see how much fun you have traveling with your dad

Oregonian here so love these pics. My grandparents actually used to be caretakers at that light house and my folks had their rehearsal dinner there back in '65



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Llmace--- SO cool about your story about that lighthouse! Have a great time on your cruise with your mom!


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Did you plan your Juneau excursion through Hal, or independently. Interested in doing a similar excursion, but it might be out of my price range.


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Gina06- it was a ship excursion. I tried to price other helicopter rides and they were all about the same price as the ship one so I figured we might as well go with the ship. The one where you walk on the glacier is a bit more but I think really worth it.


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