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Thankful for Travel, 2019 Edition

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Today I’m thankful for Travel.

We’ve been fortunate to be able to travel to several interesting places.

Last fall, we were able to go to Copenhagen to embark on a Baltic Cruise.  This was the best cruise ever, although a little tiring!  I’m still catching up on these blog posts but I have done posts for Copenhagen, embarkation, Warnemunde, the first sea day, Tallinn and the first day of St. Petersburg so far.  Hopefully, I’ll get the rest done before next year!



In the Fall of 2018, we did a cruise to Canada.  It looks like I still need to write those posts, too.


Some trips, like Iceland, we just lucked in to. We’d wanted to go to Ireland but the travel agent couldn’t get us in at any time over that summer. She did get us a deal where, if we flew Iceland Air, they’d give us a free week in a hotel in Iceland before flying us to London. Duh! Wonderful trip.

A couple years ago we were in Costa Rica and took a day trip to Nicaragua where we stood at the rim of Masaya, a live volcano.


Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua


And a neat train in Alaska (more about this trip here:


Our bus driver was a very good driver who told us all about the history of Skagway and the surrounding areas. Our first stop was Liarsville (, a tent village for gold miners. It was called Liarsville because many newspaper reporters were there publishing tales of how “easy” it was to find gold and become rich. No Way! The locals did a show for us and let us pan for gold. Of course, most everyone found some little gold flakes. A very hard way to make a living!

We made our way up the White Pass on the Klondike Highway to a 3,000 ft waterfall, Dead Horse Gulch (a lot of packhorses couldn’t make it the whole way), the Moore Bridge, Yukon Suspension Bridge at Tutshi Canyon and up over the West White Pass into Fraser British Columbia Canda, the same way that the miners had to walk or go with pack animal and 2,000 pounds of supplies. Much easier by heated bus! It was very scenic and we took lots of pictures. 

At the summit of that, in Fraser, British Columbia, we got on the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) Railroad train.

The WP&YR was originally built to help those miners who were hauling the ton of supplies up the pass but they finished building the railroad a year after the gold rush had ended. There’s more info about this railroad at We went over trestle bridges, through tunnels, over glaciers. Definitely a worthwhile trip.

WP&YR webcam:

Here’s a bit of our train trip. Tom took this from the platform between the cars:



A very scary road between Stirling and Kinlochard, Scotland:



A helicopter around Barbados (more about this trip at



Edinburgh Tattoo – twice! (Hoping for a third in 2020)



Panama Canal.  In the volcano image above, I’m wearing the t-shirt for the Panama Canal Railway that runs through the jungle.




Costa Rica and the Oh My God bridge.  They took this down while we were there – thank goodness!




And the not so good: Fire ants in Hilton Head, Thunderstorm while walking on a very slippery wooden walkway through the Everglades, Africanized Killer Bee in Costa Rica, …


Maine/Canada Cruise: At Sea


After the usual too-big breakfast, we spent some time walking around and reading before the Cruise Critic Meet and greet. This time it was in the District Beer House.  No coffee and pastries but samples of beer and appetizers.  We had over 90 people sign up and it was a great turnout, even if we didn’t win any of the prizes.

About 10 of the officers came to meet us and give us contact info.

There were very nice people at our table, including a woman I’d already chatted with on Facebook


Then it was time for lunch and another walk on deck.

After all this eating and walking it was time for a nap

Tom had a meeting and  I tried to get work done.  The Wi-Fi connection was ok for some things like reading but not for actual work.

Dinner was Mediterranean Seafood night which I skipped due to allergies

And we walked on deck

I had some of the wine that they’d left in the room.  Not the best but it was there.

I saw an ad for a “Party patch” available in the ships store.  I had never heard of such a thing before but there it was:

  • Natural Hangover Defense Patch
  • Wear while drinking to defend against a hangover
  • Water resistant
  • Replenish your body with vitamins while drinking
  • For best results wear for at least 8 hours – remove next day

Of course, amazon sells them too so you can buy them cheaper before you go.  You can even get a 24-pack for those longer cruises.

I spent some time looking at the patches folks were wearing to try to figure if they had the regular Dramamine patch or the Party Patch.

And to sleep…

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