• Books,  Knitting,  Travel

    Three on Thursday | Travel Knitting and Reading.

    I wish I could say I was packed and ready to go, but I’m not. My knitting and reading, however, are set! 1. Knitting. In a bold move, I’m taking just one ball of yarn to knit one thing. That’s nearly 800 yards of laceweight merino/silk and size 7 needles for a Bateaux Mouches for me.  2. Ears. No bold moves here – I’ve got Kristin Hannah’s latest – set in Alaska (15 hours) and the 3rd Walt Longmire (10 hours). 3. Eyes. I chose Gentleman in Moscow for our March bookclub and since it’s been almost a year since I read it, I’d like to re-read it. Last time,…

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    Alaska | Wrapping Up.

    Monday, August 28 was our last day in Alaska. Lydia, Steve and I had a nice morning walk. stunning view of Mount Susitna from Resolution Park Then we finished packing and a last bit of shopping before lunch. loved seeing our ship (the Silver Shadow) on the menu Our flight from Anchorage to Seattle left mid-afternoon (truly, first class is the best way to travel) the last photo I took on the trip and then to Atlanta on the red eye. We made it home (and to bed!) Tuesday morning. tired. happy. and full of memories. Thank you for allowing me to share a few of them with you these…

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    Alaska | Glacier Discovery Train.

    Sunday, August 27 was our last full day in Alaska. We spent almost all of it aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, traveling from Anchorage to Whittier, back through Portage to Grandview and then back to Anchorage. We’d traveled some of these same tracks on Thursday (Seward to Anchorage), but on Sunday, we saw the landscape from the other direction and at a different time of day. It all seemed new! You can see from the map above that we had lots of mountain views. and it was all spectacular. I took nearly 100 photos that day, second only, I think to the whale watching day in Juneau. But unlike that…

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    Alaska | Saturday in Anchorage.

    Back in Alaska, it’s Saturday August 26 … and the first day of our trip that we stayed in one place! Well, in one town any way. We covered a good bit of ground! First on foot – Lydia and I enjoyed a nice early morning walk mostly along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Great waterfront views … and – finally! – a moose!! We cleaned up, had time for a little knitting and then headed to the Anchorage Market and Festival for lunch. There was music  and all kinds of great food and crafts. I had a salmon quesadilla and it was delicious. That afternoon, we took the Big…

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    Alaska | Denali Star to Talkeetna.

    Back in Alaska, it’s Friday, August 25 and we’re headed to Talkeetna aboard the Alaska Railroad’s Denali Star. The train left Anchorage at 8:15 am; we had to be at the depot at 7:15 to check in. We stopped for quick photo in front of the historic No. 1 engine (pretty good smiles for such an early morning!) This train offered GoldStar service – it’s awesome! There was one other group in the car with us; it almost seemed like our own private train. The ride to Talkeetna is just under three hours with one stop at Wasilla. It was a cloudy day, but the views were still spectacular. We enjoyed…

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    Alaska | Anchorage.

    If it’s Friday, this must be Alaska. Today’s travelogue is from Thursday, August 24 – the end of the cruise and the beginning of a long weekend in Anchorage. Our ship docked dark early in Seward and we boarded the train for Anchorage. from the Alaska Railroad website This was our first of three train trips on the Alaska Railroad; I can’t say enough good things about the company, the service, … and oh my goodness the views. The trip from Seward to Anchorage (via Girdwood) is about four hours and it’s fully narrated. yay for knitting and a full-service bar We planned to travel the Anchorage to Grandview route…

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    Alaska | Hubbard Glacier.

    Yippee – it’s Friday! In today’s installment of the Alaska Travelogue, it’s Wednesday, August 23. We travel to the Hubbard Glacier and celebrate my mom’s birthday and our last night on the ship. When we left off last week, leaving Sitka, the skies were blue and the air was warm. What a difference a night on the open sea makes! 6:20 am 6:40 a.m. A little over an hour later, the water was full of bergy bits and growlers. And by 8:00 am, we could see Hubbard Glacier. It’s huge (six miles wide and up to 400 feet tall)! We were still a few miles away here. Our ship stopped…

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    Alaska | Sitka.

    Yay! It’s Friday … which means another installment from the Alaska Travelogue. Today we’re going to travel back to Sitka, on August 22. It was another drizzly morning when we made our way into the harbor. This was the only port where we didn’t dock; the harbor isn’t big enough. That also means many of the big cruise ships don’t visit, so the town has a different vibe. Tourism is definitely still a major part of the economy, but it also seems more “normal”. It’s also incredibly picturesque. Here’s the harbor looking out from where our tender docked. Lydia, Steve and I opted for the Art Walking Tour. We started…

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    Alaska | Skagway.

    Back to Alaska! Monday, August 21 we docked in Skagway. We loved seeing the welcome sign from the White Pass and Yukon (railroad) Route – that was our #1 excursion and the only one all six of us did together. We docked late morning and the train wasn’t leaving until noon. I had time for leisurely cappuccino (one of many I enjoyed on the ship – I was more of a latté fan until the trip … I’m a cappuccino convert now!) By noon, the skies were clearing and the six of us were all smiles as we got underway. selfies when we’re all sitting down are much easier From…

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    Alaska | Juneau.

    Sunday, August 20, was “Juneau Sunday”. We docked mid-morning and – wearing all the knits – I was ready to go! We disembarked and quickly found a stranger to take our photo. I was surprised – given how chilly and un-sunny it was – to see so many summer flowers. Apparently they thrive in long, wet days. Lydia and I met up with our excursion – the photo safari, aka “Whales and Mendenhall Glacier”. Our tour guide was a professional photographer and Juneau native. There were only about a dozen of us on the tour which was wonderful; we all got personal attention. harbor where the whale watching began I…