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    Sequim, WA
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    Aside from travel? History, quilting, baseball (go Mariners!), reading, genealogy
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    Holland America
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  1. For Juneau, definitely go to Salt: https://www.saltalaska.com/. Fresh ingredients superbly cooked. Great cocktails. A bit pricey (but hey, food in AK is generally more expensive than it is in the lower 48). Service is friendly but can be slow. Their menu varies a bit, but if you see the Ginger Salmon on the menu -- go for it!
  2. I'm a book-a-holic and love to share my reading lists (because who has just one reading list??) In addition to Joe Upton's book, and a definite 2 thumbs up for Where the Sea Breaks Its Back, you might want to take a look at these: Travels in Alaska; by John Muir. (1915). Experiences, reflections and geography that reads like poetry. If you can, find a copy with the original photographs. Rescue at the Top of the World: The True Story of the Most Daring Arctic Rescue in History; by Shawn Shallow. (2005) In 1897, nearly the entire American whaling fleet was trapped in pack ice, stranding over 300 men. Three officers from the early U.S. Coast Guard and two missionaries volunteered to travel over 1,500 miles through the Arctic winter to reach the shipwrecked whalers. I can’t even imagine … Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold-fields; by William Haskell. (1898) This book is a fascinating first-hand account of a two-year trip to the Yukon River valley’s gold fields. Haskell and his best friend/partner set off for Alaska in 1896 (just before the Klondike gold strike). It’s an easy read, part memoir, part field guide. The primitive conditions, personal deprivations, and extremes of environment they experienced are nothing short of incredible. Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians; by Brian Garfield. (1969) The story of the Japanese invasion of Alaska in 1942. Not your typical battle/war story. A bit of dry humor and a great narrative style make this an interesting read. (Fact I didn’t know until I read this book: when American and Canadian forces invaded Attu Island to take it back from the Japanese, it was the largest Pacific invasion since Guadelcanel and in terms of casualties as a percentage of troops committed it ranked only behind Iwo Jima. The reprint (in 1995) includes additional archival material. If you're into nature/field guides: The Nature of Alaska: An Introduction to Familiar Plants, Animals and Outstanding Natural Attractions; by James Kavanaugh. Great preview of wild flora and fauna in the state of Alaska. Well organized, great pictures; highlights more than 325 familiar plants and animals and dozens of the state’s outstanding natural attractions. Guide to the Birds of Alaska; by Robert H. Armstrong. If you’re a bird watcher, you need this book. I especially like it because it breaks Alaska down into geographical regions and shows what birds can be found in that region. Happy reading!
  3. Since it's bookmarked on my browser, here you go: https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/albert/ :)
  4. Hubby and I are downsizing, and I'm sorting through 21 years of stuff that we've managed to accumulate in our house. (Oh my aching back!) I've been scanning in much of my cruise memorabilia, accumulated since my sister and I started cruising together 8 years (and a dozen cruises) ago. I found it interesting that, despite common perceptions (my own included), HAL hasn't cut back on the number of daily activities - in fact, they've increased them! In May 2010, sis and I took a 14 day Alaska cruise aboard the Amsterdam; and in May 2018, she and I took the same cruise aboard the Zaandam. Same class of ship, same basic itinerary. Looking at just a few days for a fair comparison: First sea day - May 2010: 50 activities. May 2018: 69 activities Glacier Bay day - May 2010: 54 activities. May 2018: 56 activities Second sea day - May 2010: 46 activities. May 2018: 66 activities. Here's the list of daily programs for May 2010 (link is: https://twocruisingsisters.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/may-2010-our-first-2-week-alaska-cruise/) and May 2018 (link is https://twocruisingsisters.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/wrap-up-of-our-zaandam-cruise/) so you can see what I'm talking about. I for one, was surprised.
  5. Thank you all for the kind comments. I do love keeping a blog, and am so happy that others have enjoyed it as well. Happy cruising! Sent from my SM-J727V using Forums mobile app
  6. To answer your last question first - digital workshops were held every day of my Aug 5-12 Alaska cruise aboard the Amsterdam. Even embarkation day, there was a Q&A session! There were several different sessions each day, though some were repeated on different days. Just a note, the workshops are all geared toward Microsoft and Windows 10. I scanned the When & Wheres from the cruise - you can find them on my blog. It'll give you an idea of the workshops offered. I second the comment above, that the "Digital Workshop Host" gives lots and lots of hands-on help. I went to 2 different ones - "Make Living Postcards with Movie Moments - Learn how to produce short, creative movie clips, ideal for sharing with friends and family" and "Tell Your Story with Photos - create exciting footage with 3D models or quickly put together a movie with professional looking features". Neither taught me anything new (I'm pretty computer savvy), but they were fun and gave me some ideas.
  7. For those who may be interested, the When & Wheres are up on the blog: https://twocruisingsisters.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/the-when-wheres-for-aug-5-12-cruise/
  8. After 2,345 miles, I'm home, suitcases are unpacked, laundry is going, I've been to the grocery store and retrieved my dog. Who, by the way, doesn't seem to have missed me at all, the little ingrate. :D For those that may be interested: Captain: Jonathan Mercer Cruise Director: Hamish Davis Staff Captain: Thomas van Benthem Environmental Officer: Peter Tukker Chief Engineer: Henry Drabbe Hotel Director: Norbert Kovacs
  9. The Navigator app now lets you download the menus as a Word doc; I opened it in Word, and saved it as a PDF. I find PDFs so much more tidy. :) As for the blog, in an attempt to keep spam comments down, I have to approve anyone's first comment; after that, comment away. And since internet was slooooooow, I didn't do much on the administrative end of the blog. I'm thinking of revamping the format at bit. And possibly going back and fixing all my numerous typos and grammatical errors. When you're posting in a hurry, the fingers outstrip the brain.
  10. This cruising sister is (for once) leaving her sister behind and taking hubby. We're heading out tomorrow aboard the ms Amsterdam, RT Seattle with stops at Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Ketchikan, and of course, Victoria, BC. Hubby and I are helping some dear friends celebrate their 50th anniversary - along with about 30 others. Going to be loads of fun, even though the weather forecast is cool and damp. But it's weather, and it can change! (Why yes, I am an optimist....) I'll be blogging at twocruisingsister.wordpress.com as usual, and will likely take way too many photos, also as usual. :D So follow along, say nice things about my photos (ha ha) and otherwise generally occupy the peanut gallery. Though please refrain from throwing tomatoes. :p Whoop Whoop!
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