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

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HOWDY from Hot hot hot Texas!

 

This time Next week I will be waking up in Seattle and getting ready to board the Westerdam for the LAST Alaska cruise of the season on this ship! I am traveling with my husband and also my father.

 

As you can see in my signature, my husband and I have been to Alaska many times, but we have never been on this ship. We have been on the first cruise of the Alaska season and we have also been on the last cruise of the Alaska season before.

 

So?, you think to yourself, what does Sue117 have to say that we haven't heard before? Or Why should you care about this thread?

 

Well I can't promise that you WILL care about the thread in the least, BUT this thread is different for me because this will be my dad's FIRST cruise ever! AND it's the last state he needs to visit out the 50! So he is an Alaska virgin AND a cruise virgin! On top of that he is _kinda_ a travel/food snob. Whereas me and my husband are not!

 

So I will give all of my thoughts about the cruise and ship, but also share the adventure through my father's eyes, which should be interesting! My dad is in his mid-70s, he is tall. I mean TALL. 6'7'. We went to the Broadmoor (5 star restaurant in Col Springs) once and he was wearing jeans and he was PISSED they wouldn't let him in! lol He asked if we could eat EVERY meal in the Pinnacle and I told him no. lol

 

I booked the cruise for us and him and I felt bad when a week ago he asked if I could send him the little map of where we would be and he told me, after seeing it, " I didn't know we were going to Glacier Bay". lol

 

We have a helicopter trip with glacier walkabout planned for Juneau and a private excursion in Ketchikan. In Sitka we will play it by ear, but my goal is the 2nd oldest geocache in the state (yes, I will probably talk about geocaching again in this thread).

 

The BEST part (besides being on vacation from my very stressful job at the moment) is that I booked us TWO aft wrap around cabins on the same floor! So me and hubby will be on one corner and my dad will be on the other corner! I figured with his size and potential "Snobbery" and it being his first cruise we would splurge and get the big rooms.

 

My dad is NOT an early bird, he likes to stay up late and sleep in, so it will be interesting to see how he does on the early days in port. I'm not sure we will care too much about the Neptune Lounge "snacks" and whatnot.

 

My husband and I fly out next Fri and will spend the night in a hotel in Seattle Fri night. My dad is driving from Virginia to WA and he left 2 days ago. Last night he was in Sioux City, IA, so he will get there way before us. Luckily we have a ride to and from the airport with him though! :)

 

I walked him through the website and filling out his pre-cruise info and packing his passport, and making sure he went out to buy a raincoat and directing him to dress in layers. I think it will be kinda fun to see a virgin cruiser and his reactions.

 

I am interested to see if my husband and I get "singled out" and told that we don't belong in the suite line like we did last Nov when we went to Hawaii. ha. :) Anyway, stay tuned for the thoughts and pictures from me and to see the adventures of my dad on his "bucket list" trip.

 

I tried to find a picture of me and my dad so you could see how tall he is, but in most of the pictures we are sitting. So here is a picture of my dad and his grandkids (my niece and nephews). He's taller than the fridge here! lol (he was showing them the "antique" rotary phone...they were amazed at how it worked...that there were no buttons to push to call! ha!)

 

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Anyway, so I might post a thing or two before we go, but I wanted to "warn" everyone that I would be doing a thread. ha.

I tend to ramble so I apologize in advance. If there is anything that you want me to check out, please let me know and I will see what I can do. If you want a picture taken of anything, please let me know.

 

Tally Ho.

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We were on the Westerdam for two weeks (Caribbean) in March. Loved every minute of it. It is a great ship. I look forward to your comments ... and those of your Dad.

Your Dad is driving from Virginia to Seattle? WOW - To me that beats flying! :D :D :D

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Can;t wait for your live from reports.

Sounds like you have your Dad all prepped and eager.

I looked at your thread title three times and wondered if I had lost a week somewhere along the way. :D How could she be writing live from when it's a week away. :eek: But your introduction post was great and your thread is sure to be.

Travel safely getting to Seattle. We sailed from there last June and loved it.

 

The photo of your Dad and the kids is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing.

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Your Dad is driving from Virginia to Seattle? WOW - To me that beats flying! :D :D :D

 

Yup, I think because he is so tall he hates flying, and since he's retired he has the time to take to drive out there. He stopped in Indiana the first night, Columbia, MO the second night, Sioux City, IA the third and I'm not sure where he will be tonight. He drives about 5-6 hours each day. Not pushing it, just a leisurely drive each day. :)

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And since I'm sharing, and actually have some time this weekend, I might as well share my DAD'S adventures driving across the country. He sends a brief blurb each night.

 

Day 1 Before I could leave Virginia, I had to keep an appointment with my family physician for a routine semi-annual physical exam. All was copacetic, and I got on the road about 10:30. For most of the day I drove on dry pavement and clear skies, but I did run into a couple of heavy downpours, but neither one of them lasted for more than 5 minutes. I travelled in 4 states today, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana. I am staying the night in Corydon, Indiana, which is no more than a convenient place to pull over, once past Louisville.

Love, Dad

Day 2

Today's travels took me across the bottom of Indiana, the bottom of Illinois, and across the Mississippi River at St. Louis. Skies were clear, the traffic was light (except driving through St. Louis).

Tonight I am staying in Columbia, Missouri.

Today's news is full of reports of flooding in Boulder, Colorado, and other communities along the Front Range. My driving route tomorrow takes me to Kansas City, where I turn north toward Sioux City, Iowa, then across South Dakota on I-90. So, I am staying out of Colorado on this trip.

Love, Dad

 

Day 3

Shortly after leaving Columbia, Missouri, this morning I crossed the Missouri River. Four hundred miles later, I'm spending the night in Sioux City, Iowa, and right me behind the hotel is, YES, the Missouri River. I guess you could say today's travels took me up the Missouri River Valley.

Unlike the torrential rains along the Front Range in Colorado, the weather along today's route was bright, sunny, warm, hardly a cloud in the sky. I can tell you this -- Iowa grows a lot of corn. The fields are full, and I saw many railroad sidings full of empty grain cars, just parked waiting the crops to come in, I suppose.

Love, Dad

 

Just to keep ya reading, I'll share his driving adventures with all of you, my close and personal cruise critic forum friends too! :)

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Sue:

Dad looks like a really nice guy. I'm sure he will enjoy Alaska. Looking forward to you and your Dads adventures.

I've been considering HAL for a future cruise. I like their itinerary. We sailed Princess and RCCL many times. Please let me know how you like the ship.

Thanks,

Carol

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Sue, we'll be boarding the ship on the day you leave, not that I'm trying to rush things :)

 

I so envy you the chance to sail with your dad, I was able to do that for my dad's first and only cruise. You'll have a great time so thanks for sharing it with us!

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Can't wait to follow your "Live" blog.

Your father is going to love Alaska and want to go back next year -- so brace yourself for that.

As you know, there is so much to see in Alaska and you just can't do it in one cruise.

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Sue:

Dad looks like a really nice guy. I'm sure he will enjoy Alaska. Looking forward to you and your Dads adventures.

I've been considering HAL for a future cruise. I like their itinerary. We sailed Princess and RCCL many times. Please let me know how you like the ship.

Thanks,

Carol

 

We also looking at HAL for next year cruise. Looked at some of their itineraries and love it. My only concerned is I heard its geared towards 'older' cruisers and there is nothing to do at night. We are in our early 40's. not sure how true this is.

 

We were on the Westerdam for two weeks (Caribbean) in March. Loved every minute of it. It is a great ship. I look forward to your comments ... and those of your Dad.

Your Dad is driving from Virginia to Seattle? WOW - To me that beats flying! :D :D :D

 

I 2nd Lindas comment. Kudos to your dad for doing this cross country trip by himself. I look forward to your live report thru your dads eyes.

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Wow!!! Your dad is something!!! driving all that way!! awesome.

 

And you two are something taking him along.

 

Looking forward to the rest of your reports. I have a feeling they are going to be very interesting:D:D

 

Safe travels and Bon Voyage:D:D

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We also looking at HAL for next year cruise. Looked at some of their itineraries and love it. My only concerned is I heard its geared towards 'older' cruisers and there is nothing to do at night. We are in our early 40's. not sure how true this is.

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I think it's about what YOU make of it. I am 41 and my husband is 43 and we LOVE Holland America. We don't drink and we are hermits for the most part. We bring DVDs to watch at night in our room (for this cruise it's last season's Criminal Minds that we just got in the mail). We like that it's not a "party atmosphere" and there AREN'T a lot of younger people. Sad but true. :) So I think it's more about YOU and not as much about the ship. I know people will disagree with me, but you could put us on a boat to no where and we would be happy because we are on vacation and on a cruise. :)

 

But I will try to give you my observations but keep in mind the above. Not a lot of things bother us. We don't expect people to wait on us hand and foot, we don't get mad when the food isn't perfect, we just shrug and move on. We couldn't care less when our room steward cleans our room, be that 8am or 1pm. Someone smokes on the balcony next to us? Yuck, but whatever, we go inside and wait for them to be done, then go back outside. That's just the way WE are.

 

I WILL admit that what gets me the most on cruises is the attitudes of other people. The crabby, whiny, mean passengers that yell at the crew and other people. Since we work in customer service it just makes us so sad for the workers.

 

Anyway, I think if you like a more "mild" time, you will enjoy Holland America. If you want to be entertained at all times with music from "today" and bartenders who dance and throw bottles around at the bar, you might consider another line. :)

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I will follow your reports most carefully. I will board the Westerdam on Oct. 19th as she heads to the Panama Canal and on to Ft. Lauderdale.

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I am excited to read your review. We were on the Westerdam in May, the first Alaska cruise of this year's season, so it will be fun to compare your experience to ours.

 

Safe travels!

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We just got off the Westerdam on Aug 24 on our 2nd trip to Alaska. I wish my Dad were still alive to have gone on that cruise with us. I know you will all have a wonderful time. The ship is beautiful and Alaska is always awesome. It is always great to see a place through someone the eyes of someone else. We took my brother and his wife on their first cruise ever in August and he told me after the cruise, that with all the video, pics and conversations ....NOTHING can compare to being there. He was awestruck for sure. I suppose he will be cruising again for sure.

Again, have a wonderful time....and in the MDR if you run across the steward we had, Den Bagus....let me know. He is wonderful and will keep you laughing.:)

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Enjoy your time with your Dad - because one day they aren't there anymore. :( My Dad and Mom took us on our first cruise back in 1990 and got us hooked for life. Sadly, we never got to go together again. But Dad lives on with us in many aspects when we cruise - as in "wouldn't Dad have loved this?" While we have never made it to Alaska Mom and Dad did and it was their trip of a lifetime. Hoping you have a wonderful time together and enjoy the beautiful Westerdam!

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Just to keep entertaining you, as I'm not on the cruise yet, here is my dad's Day 4 report of his drive from Virginia to Washington.

 

Day 4: Sioux City, IA to Rapid City, SD

 

In an essay in “The Desert Year,” Joseph Wood Krutch poses the question of where the west begins. He was most interested in the southwest, and he answered his question on a route that took him west from Amarillo. For him, the answer was a place about 40 miles west of Amarillo, where the road (now I-40) leaves the high western Texas plains, and dips down into a new land marked by rough hills and mesas.

There was such a place I encountered today, about 40 miles east of Rapid City. To the east were high plains with fields of corn and sorghum. Then the road comes to a downgrade and the terrain is marked by rough, dry hills.

I'm attaching a picture, but it isn't very good. The smudge in the picture is exactly that; it's a spot on the windshield where a bug splattered.[editorial note, I am attaching the picture here so you can see it...see below]

I'm in the west.

As you probably recall, when Konrad Wolfle [editorial note from Sue117...Konrad Wolfle is one of my ancestors] and family first arrived in the United States in the 1870s, they settled in a community south of Yankton, SD. Driving the route today, it was windy. In eastern South Dakota the wind was blowing from the south at 20 mph. By the time I got to Rapid City, it was blowing from the north at 30 mph. Driving in the cross winds at the speed limit of 75 mph was sometimes tricky, particularly when there were tumble weeds (aka Russian thistle) blowing across the highway that I had to dodge. There were signs on the highway "Highway Closed When Lights Flashing," and barriers that were ready to come down across the highway to prevent people from progressing. They were there in case of blizzards, I suppose. No blizzards today, but it doesn't surprise me that Konrad moved on to Oregon after a few winters in South Dakota.

It was also near Yankton that I saw a bald eagle, sitting on a fence post by the side of the highway. I drove by too quickly to get a picture, but it was amazing to see the majestic bird just sitting there. [Another editorial note from Sue117...can't wait until my dad sees all the bald eagles in Alaska if he thought THIS one was impressive....just wait! :)]

After many miles of driving across flat plains, tonight I am in sight of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Love, Dad

 

 

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Sue thx for post 11. I'm in customer service also, so trust me when I say it irks me also when I see some passengers expecting to be waited on by the crew. I appreciate your views about HAL. We are very laid back also, not much of a drinker. So I will look some more into this line.

So looking fwd to your adventure with your dad.

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Sue - we are also on your cruise! It looks like our roll call group will be taking over the Neptune Lounge this cruise, with at least 8 Neptune suites.

 

I am sure I speak for Gary and Marg, they are hosting a Sail-a-way party in THEIR corner aft wrap. Check out the roll call board for time and details. Would love to meet you and your Dad.

 

Dave and Geri - OKC

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Sue - we are also on your cruise! It looks like our roll call group will be taking over the Neptune Lounge this cruise, with at least 8 Neptune suites.

 

I am sure I speak for Gary and Marg, they are hosting a Sail-a-way party in THEIR corner aft wrap. Check out the roll call board for time and details. Would love to meet you and your Dad.

 

Dave and Geri - OKC

Hello Sue117

 

You and your family would be more than welcome to drop in for a visit and say hello. We have a sail away gathering at 4pm when we leave Seattle, a number of people from Texas will be gathering. We are in 5191 which would be either above or below you.

Hope to see you.

 

Marg and Gary

From foggy and wet Victoria BC

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im so looking forward to your review--i was on her for newyears and miss it so much, and its been 12 years since i was on a alaska cruise on the veendam,, have fun---J

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Looking forward to reading along with you and your Dad. We did a Baltic cruise on the Westerdam and loved her. I do believe she also is the best "tooter" of the fleet!

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So this past summer I knew that my dad wanted to take a helicopter tour on one of our stops. I did some research and knew that if you were over 250 pounds you had to pay extra. Well my dad isn't a FAT man, but he IS 6 feet 7 inches tall. I asked Holland America if it mattered if the person was TALL and not FAT. They said no, that 250 pounds was 250 pounds. Ok, I get it. I mean, it IS a helicopter and they need to know how much people weigh before they get there so they can plan and we don't crash. But I still was hoping we could save my dad some money.

 

I asked my dad how much he weighed and he told me 260. I told him that he needed to diet over the summer to lose those 10 pounds so he didn't have to pay an extra $100 for an already expensive excursion.

I don't have his EXACT response, so I'm paraphrasing his return email, but in a nutshell, this is what he told me:

 

"Yesterday I woke up and had 2 scrambled eggs with a piece of toast on the side with jelly. I then went down to the apartment pool and swam for 20 minutes. I then came upstairs puddered around the apartment. When lunch came I made myself a sandwich on rye break with roast beef and cheese with some chips on the side. I did some errands and I made my killer spaghetti for dinner. I had some green beans on the side. I weighed myself and weighed 260 pounds.

 

Today I woke up and had 2 scrambled eggs with a piece of toast on the side with jelly. I then went down to the apartment pool and swam for 20 minutes. For lunch I had a ham and cheese sandwich with a handful of potato chips. After doing some errands I came back to the apartment. For dinner I made myself a sirloin steak with a side of mashed potatoes and a small salad. When I weighed myself tonight I weighed 260 pounds."

 

I laughed so hard when I read that email. I realized that he had his "routine" down and it was highly unlikely that he would be losing those 10 points before our trip. I emailed him back and said that we would just pay the $100 surcharge and for him to enjoy his summer. He thought I was funny. :)

 

If for some reason when we check in for our helicopter ride in Juneau he IS below 250lbs he will get his surcharge fee back, but I'm not holding my breath. :)

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What day are we on? Day 5? Day 6? Anyways, here is my dad's next installment of his trip. I was thinking, man he's not making good time anymore...but then I compare the SIZE of the states he's now driving through. At the beginning he could go through 4 states in one day, now? Not so much. He sums that up in his last sentence of his daily update. :

 

 

Tonight I am staying in Bozeman, Montana, the county seat of Gallatin County, which is named after Albert Gallatin, the Sectretary of the Treasury to President Thomas Jefferson, and brother-in-law of Louis Pauly, Sr., of Deerfield, Virginia [editorial note of Sue117, Louis Pauly is another ancestor of my family. :)].

 

I-90 out of Rapid City, SD, goes due west into Wyoming, then turns due north toward Billings. I took a hypotenuse on US-212, and for half the day traveled off the interstate. The country was wide open with big skies. The traffic was light.

 

The last couple of days I've been following the route of the Missouri River. Today's route took me along the course of the Yellowstone River.

 

It was a long day of driving, over 450 miles, and the amazing thing about this huge state is that I'm still only half-way through.

 

Love, Dad

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Hi Sue,

 

We are on this cruise also. So glad you are doing a "live from."

 

Hope everyone 'makes it to the ship on time' and has a fabulous voyage.

 

Maybe we will meet you at Gary's at the Sail-away gathering. We are close by in an aft balcony. Love those afts. The wakes are mesmerizing.

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Thanks for the updates on our dad's progress driving cross country.

:)Very enjoyable reading.

 

Hope he continues his journey safely.

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I can hardly wait for your cruise review. It is always so fun to go with someone who has never been on a cruise before. The way you write and with your fun dad it should be a good review to read.

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Here is the next installment of my dad's trip from VA to WA for our cruise.

 

 

The length of the Missouri River is 2,371 miles, and I think I've driven the entire length of it. I first crossed the Missouri River in Missouri. I slept by it in Iowa. I crossed it again in South Dakota. Today I came to the headwaters of the Missouri. Just a few miles west of Bozeman, Montana, still in Gallatin County, is the community of Three Forks. That is where the Jefferson, the Madison, and the Gallatin Rivers come together to form the Missouri.

 

Near Butte, I crossed the Continental Divide at an altitude of 6,350 feet. It's been quite a trek from the Eastern Continental Divide, which is about a quarter of a mile from my home, the Western Continental Divide near Butte. Speaking of long distances, by the time I got to the border of Idaho, since entering Montana yesterday, I have driven 671 miles across the length of Montana.

 

This evening I'm in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It isn't the first time I've been here. I was staying overnight in Coeur d'Alene with my family in 1959 when Janet [his sister] called with the news that Sharon had just been born. I became an uncle in Coeur d'Alene. :-)

 

The picture is the view from my room in Coeur d'Alene. The body of water you see isn't the lake, it's the Spokane River, which feeds into Lake Coeur d'Alene.

 

I'm only 11 miles distant from the border of Washington State. But it will take me two days to get to Seattle. Tomorrow I'm driving to Chelan, and will spend the night at Campbell's Lodge in Chelan. On the way, I'm going to stop and visit Brayes Landing, and the day after that will stop at the old farm along the Entiat River.[My dad's parents spent lots of time in Chelan. His grandmother also lived in that area in Washington and the last time we were out in WA with my dad he showed us all the places where his parents lived and visited and showed me where he had spread his parents' ashes. ]

 

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I think I'm going to give my dad the assignment of writing up his thoughts each night while we are on the cruise. Hopefully he will agree...I will post both HIS and MY thoughts on what goes on. It will be a he said/she said kind of thing! :) We'll see if he will go for it.

 

As far as what I am doing to get ready for the cruise? nothing. ugh. Gotta make it through 3 more days of 9 hour work days to get ready for the week I will be gone. I DO have a small suitcase where I am throwing the things in that I don't want to forget. You know...the important things...candy, camera, batteries, passport, candy, gloves, etc. :) The weather here in Texas today was 95. In Juneau on Monday it's supposed to be 46. Oh. My. Goodness. I'm gonna freeze to death! Especially when I walk outside now and say "wow, it feels great out here" when it's 85 degrees. ha!

 

Love, Dad

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Greetings again from cool Victoria.

 

Glad to see that your dad is still enjoying his drive. Let's home he gets across that last set of mountains before the first snow.

 

For details of the weather in Juneau, see http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=AKZ025

 

if you want to see the upcoming weather for Seattle, just enter the name at the top.

 

Gary

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Greetings again from cool Victoria.

 

Glad to see that your dad is still enjoying his drive. Let's home he gets across that last set of mountains before the first snow.

 

For details of the weather in Juneau, see http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=AKZ025

 

if you want to see the upcoming weather for Seattle, just enter the name at the top.

 

Gary

 

 

That's a good weather site. I like the format. :)

 

 

Sue: Great thread.

I love the idea of he said/she said. Hope it appeals to you dad. :)

 

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Here is the next installment of my dad's trip from VA to WA for our cruise.

 

 

The length of the Missouri River is 2,371 miles, and I think I've driven the entire length of it. I first crossed the Missouri River in Missouri. I slept by it in Iowa. I crossed it again in South Dakota. Today I came to the headwaters of the Missouri. Just a few miles west of Bozeman, Montana, still in Gallatin County, is the community of Three Forks. That is where the Jefferson, the Madison, and the Gallatin Rivers come together to form the Missouri.

 

Near Butte, I crossed the Continental Divide at an altitude of 6,350 feet. It's been quite a trek from the Eastern Continental Divide, which is about a quarter of a mile from my home, the Western Continental Divide near Butte. Speaking of long distances, by the time I got to the border of Idaho, since entering Montana yesterday, I have driven 671 miles across the length of Montana.

 

This evening I'm in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It isn't the first time I've been here. I was staying overnight in Coeur d'Alene with my family in 1959 when Janet [his sister] called with the news that Sharon had just been born. I became an uncle in Coeur d'Alene. :-)

 

The picture is the view from my room in Coeur d'Alene. The body of water you see isn't the lake, it's the Spokane River, which feeds into Lake Coeur d'Alene.

 

I'm only 11 miles distant from the border of Washington State. But it will take me two days to get to Seattle. Tomorrow I'm driving to Chelan, and will spend the night at Campbell's Lodge in Chelan. On the way, I'm going to stop and visit Brayes Landing, and the day after that will stop at the old farm along the Entiat River.[My dad's parents spent lots of time in Chelan. His grandmother also lived in that area in Washington and the last time we were out in WA with my dad he showed us all the places where his parents lived and visited and showed me where he had spread his parents' ashes. ]

 

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I think I'm going to give my dad the assignment of writing up his thoughts each night while we are on the cruise. Hopefully he will agree...I will post both HIS and MY thoughts on what goes on. It will be a he said/she said kind of thing! :) We'll see if he will go for it.

 

As far as what I am doing to get ready for the cruise? nothing. ugh. Gotta make it through 3 more days of 9 hour work days to get ready for the week I will be gone. I DO have a small suitcase where I am throwing the things in that I don't want to forget. You know...the important things...candy, camera, batteries, passport, candy, gloves, etc. :) The weather here in Texas today was 95. In Juneau on Monday it's supposed to be 46. Oh. My. Goodness. I'm gonna freeze to death! Especially when I walk outside now and say "wow, it feels great out here" when it's 85 degrees. ha!

 

Love, Dad

 

I love that idea!! Hope your dad likes it as well.

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He said / she said. Love the idea. It will be interesting how you both view each days with 2 sets of eyes. Will there be similarities; will there be vast differences, or just a little. Hmmmmm can't wait.

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So I proposed to my dad about him writing up his experiences each night. He didn't comment on THAT, but I DID give him the link to this thread and he had 2 comments.

1) "If I had known I was going to have a wide audience, I would have added more detail, like Brayes Landing (no longer on any map) was where my mother was born)"

I told him that "short and sweet" was good and not to worry.

2) "I glanced over the thread of the comments you've been posting about the cruise (pre-cruise) and saw that someone had posted that they spent some of their evenings in their cabin watching DVDs. Do the cabins have DVD players? Should I plan on packing some of the DVDs that I brought along?"

Interestingly enough that was MY comment! lol . So I told him that yes, there were DVD players and he could bring his along. He knows how to travel when he drives cross country. He brings his OWN dvd player to hook up in the hotel rooms if he can! lol

 

I will keep working on him for his "reviews" each night.

 

Here is his report of the day's drive. Today he drove from Coeur d'Alene to Chelan, WA.

 

 

I started the day early in Coeur d'Alene, in time to see the sun rise. [see picture #1 below] Today's drive took me across the eastern, wheat rich fields of Washington along US-2. It is dry farming country. But when I got down to the Columbia River Valley, the fields were ripe with fruit, apples mostly. I took a picture of a field, the trees heavy with fruit. [see picture #2 below] Fruit boxes were stacked high waiting to be filled.

 

At Brays landing, where my mother was born, I stopped to visit the dock where Dad scattered some of Mom's ashes, and where Jan and I later scattered some of Dad's. [see picture #3 below] While there at Brays Landing, I picked a Granny Smith apple off of one of the trees near the road, and this afternoon ate a deliciously fresh apple.

 

This evening I am staying at Campbell's Resort, where we have all [meaning me, my husband, my dad's siblings and my brother]stayed at one time or another. I'll have dinner tonight in the restaurant here. It seems strange not to be going over to Safeway this evening to buy a week's worth of groceries. :-) [When we have been to Chelan we spend the night there and then take the Lady of the Lake ferry boat 4 hours up the lake to Stehekin. It's BEAUTIFUL up there and a very relaxing vacation place for us. But we bring our own groceries and stay in cabins with kitchens]

 

Love, Dad

 

 

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Edited by sue117

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