Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On the road again

We are off to DC at 6:20 AM on Thursday. No bird should be forced to fly at that hour of the morning, but it was either that or a likely missed connection with a barely legal connection in Cincinnati or four hours in Atlanta and not getting in until late. I will have to nest and relax to make up for it. We are do back home late Friday night. Talk to you all over the weekend.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sorry for the repost on this, someone added homophobic comments to the original and blogger would not allow me to delete the comments

Look who arrived today! A birthday present for DG from Kel, Carmen, WC, and RS and the girls from both families. How wonderful! Thank you all.
We are thinking of naming one of them Sarah for some reason. She is so happy she has been in transit and has avoided being turned into campaign mooseburgers.
Love you All,

Monday, October 27, 2008


Another fun and exciting Monday, meetings, followed by meetings, followed by returning phone calls, email, then some number crunching. I am ready to get out of town again. DC on Thursday and Friday.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Up into the Clouds

In Juneau we took a cable-way to the top of a mountain and "hiked" around a mountain top trail. The ride starts at the harbor and rises about 1500 feet up the side of the mountain, into the clouds and fog and ends in a rain forest. When the clouds part the views are spectacular, wonderful and wild.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

One Move At A Time

Tough week, but it is always one move at a time. Trying to keep from exposing the King to hostile action. Life can be a giant chess game. Is it Friday yet?


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I was stolling on the pier one day

Here I am strolling down the pier one day, just enjoying the wonderful penguin weather.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Name That Face!

So what infamous person took this to a plastic surgeon and said, "make me look like this?"

Sunday, October 19, 2008


When we returned from the adventure train ride we explored the city. It was interesting with wood sidewalks and plenty of parking. Now where did we leave the ship?


Thursday, October 16, 2008

On the Railroad

One of the motivations for the trip was to ride the White Pass and Yukon Railroad from Skagway. What a wonderful ride. The train starts at sea level and climbs through the White Pass and on into Canada on a narrow gauge route built for the gold rush 100 years ago. It is one of the top 10 train trips in the world and very-very worth the ride. You can even stand out between the cars and watch the Yukon roll by.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Landing

One of the best parts of aquatic flying is the landing. It was so smooth that dad could not have done a better job (RS you have got to go try this!)


Monday, October 13, 2008

When Penguins Fly

We took a nice areal tour in Juneau to see the glaciers and ice field. There are hundreds of miles of glaciers and ice fields, the vastness of the of the ice was amazing. The plane was older then DG, but had a major rebuild the winter before including a retrofit with a turbo prop engine. Wow! Worth every penny.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Perfect Pool Weather

We had some wonderful pool weather on the cruise. We had a couple of warm sunny days but as we went farther north the weather turned cool and damp. My idea of a perfect day at the pool. An it wasn't crowded, people must have been in the Casino or down at the buffet. With any luck we will have weather like this on the pre-Thanksgiving cruise to the Bahamas.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Cabin 521

Well this was a unique experience, the hotel put us in a renovated log cabin with a huge stone fireplace. But our first reaction was you have got to be kidding. The cabin was over the cliff and half way down the mountainside, see the roof top on the horizon, that is it. There were 63 steps from the parking area to the cabin door. Hauling luggage in the dark and rain, I really wished I could fly.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Drifting along

I have been resting up for the past couple of weeks, just sort of drifting along. I am headed out to the western end of Kentucky on Sunday for a couple of days and then down to the south central part of the state, nearly to the Tennessee state line for a couple of days and will hence probably not post until Friday. I know you will all miss me, try not to cry to much, the water level seems to be rising, not fun unless you are a flightless fowl.


Thursday, October 02, 2008


Parts of the panhandle of Alaska are in a major rain forest. Nice wet, green, not at all like home.


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Where do these shops come from?

In every cruise port you seem to run into the same stores. Jewelers, how many people go off on vacation and think "let's buy expensive jewelry from people we have never met, in a place we could never get back to," and think this is a good idea. How much champagne do these people drink? There must be enough cruisers with bad judgements because there are the same gold, diamond and emerald outlets in every port. But there are also local shops, owned and operated by locals, stocking art and artifacts created by locals. You just have to get past the overpriced junk shops to get there. Then there was the Juneau branch of a furrier from Cleveland.