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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Ormond Beach, FL
  • Interests
    sailing, gardening, herding cats, cooking, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Home Lines (now defunct)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    All of them.

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  1. Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! Hope everyone is well! Denise crossing my fingers that everything goes smoothly today! Joy, sounds as if you are in a good place - happy house/neighborhood hunting! Tonight is leftover zucchini pizza casserole for me - and the blueberry cheesecake sounds great. No idea what is is about cherries that I do not like, but I do not like the taste. Another rainy day here. We really need it, so no complaints. Stay well everyone!
  2. Hi all I definitely want to visit Misty Fjords when I travel to Alaska next September. I am undecided between touring there by float plane with a landing on part of the fjord, or a boat that actually travels up through the fjords. Both seem to offer so much. My priorities for this visit are wildlife and nature. Has anyone toured both ways? Did you enjoy one more than the other? Why? If you only toured one way - was there anything that you were thrilled with? Or anything you wished was different? I welcome any thoughts & opinions! Stay well everyone. Ann
  3. Andy, here is a photo of the message part of the letter. Ann
  4. Happy Alternative Birthday, Gerry. I will toast to you tonight!
  5. @ger_77 Thank you so much. Will need to try this! Stay well!
  6. I am marking my calendar- I will be listening for your scream of delight, Jacqui!
  7. Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! Good morning fellow Dailyites! Joy & Denise - take time to breath. I honor all those who paid the ultimate price for their Country. I actually disagree with today’s quote. Wish I got all the government I pay for. But that is a discussion for another forum. This morning - if the rain stops, we will be attending a local Memorial Day program. This afternoon we are going to the local beach for supper. Possibly fried New England clams. And then - weather permitting, we will sit outside at a picnic table and enjoy an ice cream from our favorite stand, while watching the waves break on the Coast. I am looking forward to some sea salt caramel! Stay well everyone.
  8. I have booked a cruise for September 2021, but will not get on a plane until a viable vaccine is available to the public.
  9. Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! Hope all my fellow Dailyites are well! Joy & Denise hope you each take some time to breath & relax this weekend. Escargots & asparagus sounds great to me. Never tried to make escargots myself, Gerry. Any tips @ger_77? I am having chicken & spinach sausage with cauliflower rice & sweet potato for supper tonight. Stay well everyone.
  10. Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! Hope everyone is doing well. Congrats Joy! @Seasick Sailor Hope all goes smoothly. Great quote! Joy, that is the speed of light. It is a scientific law. Can Superman fly faster than light? Or just faster than a speeding bullet? Turtles nesting season is in full swing here in Florida, and all the protective measures are in place. We had a banner hatching season last Fall. I may pop those chicken tenders into a salad tonight. Heading to a friend’s for a wine & cheese hour or two, so ai need to keep supper light. Stay well everyone!
  11. Thank you for today’s Daily, Rich! Morning fellow Dailyites - hope all is well. Great to see you Joy! You & Denise have been so busy! I used to play the guitar when I was a young lass, but a couple of arthritic fingers would hamper my style these days. Perhaps I could handle the Kazoo? This is a great place to celebrate anything Maritime, though it would be better if we were on a cruise! Summer seems to have officially arrived here, so not sure about soup for supper. I will have to see if there is a recipe for a chilled version. Tonight’s menu is currently Wild Pacific salmon & roasted veggies. I have become a fan of Makato’s ginger dressing as a dipping sauce for veggies, so I might include it in tonight’s meal. Stay well everyone!
  12. It has been so long since my first visit to Alaska, a great deal has changed. I have booked a land/cruise tour for August/September 2021. As others have said, determine your priorities. Wildlife & nature are mine. So far we have decided to fly into Anchorage a couple days before the land tour starts and visit Kenai Fjords National Park by boat from Seward one day, and do the 26 Glacier tour out of Whittier the second day. We have a travel agent working on the best way to do this logistically. Then we head back to Anchorage and connect with the ship’s tour to Denali - personally I would not want you to visit Alaska and not visit here. Our tour includes two full days in Denali. Not enough, but we will make the most of it. The first day our tour takes us on a Tundra Wilderness Tour - about 63 miles into the park. Our second day is a free day. We are looking at a flightseeing tour that takes around Denali - the mountain. Some even include glacier landings. Though pricey, people who have done them rave about them. We could also take Kantishna Air Taxi to (or from) Kantishna lodge, which is the “end of the road” in the park. The description of the flight makes it sound as if you get to fly around the famous North face of Denali, but it is a shorter flight time wise. The tour we are considering has us traveling by bus in the opposite direction. One way includes some time at the lodge to enjoy the surroundings or activities - whatever one chooses. Though this sounds great, we are not sure if we want to do two long bus rides back to back. But this is Denali! We decided not to stay at Kantishna lodge - it is very expensive. But I bet it is amazing. Then our tour takes us back to Whittier to catch our ship. Our itinerary includes Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and finally Vancouver. If your cruise does not take you to Glacier Bay, look for a private company who tours by plane or boat. I would not visit Alaska without visiting GB, but that is my personal opinion. It is a magical place. Skagway has some amazing options. The White Pass train mentioned earlier is amazing. But we really want to visit the Chilkat bald eagle Preserve, in hopes that the eagles are busy fishing for salmon. We will be doing a float raft trip - not a white water raft tour. We will take the ferry from Skagway to Haines and then head out by bus to the Preserve & board our rafts. Juneau - is undecided as of now. The last time I was there, I took a helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier and walked around on the glacier. So I do not plan on doing that again. We are looking at a whale watch tour, preferably with a small number of people, but we have time to figure this out. In Ketchikan we want to either take a plane or boat to Misty Fjords National Park. I have just started looking at trip advisor to see if I can find info that would help us make our decision. The Cruise ends in Vancouver. We will do a trolley tour our first day, and then take a ferry/bus tour to Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Then we head to Seattle by the Amtrak train to spend a couple days with famity before flying back to Florida. We won’t start booking excursions until the end of this year, and will only book, if they are 100% refundable, but we want to be ready, since there are so many amazing options. Hope you share your decisions with us. And I would also benefit from any thoughts you want to share after your trip! Most of all - hope you have an amazing trip! Ann
  13. Mary, if I did it correctly, it should be on its way to you.
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