Saturday, September 10, 2011

Alaskan Cruise...Day 1

So today was a fun day! I have to start out by saying that I do miss Cooper! A bunch!!! But it’s nice to be away from what has become a hectic “real life.” I’m able to think about me, and what I want to do…and it’s only day one.
As I lie here in bed, the shower going in the bathroom…the ship is bouncing in the waves as we pass through the western edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. I haven’t ever been on a ship like this, so I have no idea what to expect when it comes to sea sickness or anything like that…but I can tell you that right now, I am a little green in the gills!

Life on the ship is interesting; I’m not quite sure what is complimentary and what we have to pay for. But I’m slowly realizing that more often than not…it’s complimentary. I was excited to talk to my friend from Bainbridge, and waved like CRAZY as our boat was passing by. She said she could see me…I sure hope so, otherwise I was waving like a lunatic for nothing!

Tonight we had our first dinner, and it was “casual smart” dress attire required…

Mike was worried that we would be stuck at a table with people who wouldn’t talk to us. So I did as any good housewife would do; I made friends with an old lady. Our table was shared with six other people; a lovely couple from Buffalo, and two older couples from Denver ( I reckon they were in their 70s). I took a liking to this lady named Helen. She was a real spitfire. I spent most of the dinner teasing her about joining us on the rain forest canopy and zip-line tour in Juneau. She kept calling me a little devil and telling everyone else not to encourage me! However, at the end of the dinner (2 hours later) she gave me a big hug! I said that I couldn’t wait to see her at breakfast, and she told me that I was crazy! :) Um…Helen….that’s no newsflash!
All in all, it’s been a good first day! I’m looking forward to the rest of the trip! We booked a zip-line tour, a float plane ride out to where brown bears are feeding on salmon and possibly a nature cruise on the ocean to see sea otters and whales. I hope that we see lots of critters and that I have lots of pictures to post!

Until next time…I hope I get my sea legs…’cause the seas are rough!

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