When we took our cruise to Alaska a couple of years back, we were
constantly amazed by the splendor of the scenery. We splurged for a cabin
with a window and a balcony because, unlike a Caribbean cruise where 90% of
the time your view is water, water, and more water, there was absolutely
breathtaking landscape to watch most of the time.
We would love to go back and take a different cruise that also includes a
train trip up into the interior.
This is one of my favorite photos from the trip - it's a 47-image stitch. I
will get it printed one day, as soon as we find enough free wall space to
hang a 5-foot-wide print.
On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 12:16 AM, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Explorer Glacier. Portage Valley.
> It's been two months since leaving Iowa and it's going well up here in
> Alaska. Our household goods have been delivered and we've been slowly
> unpacking. Eventually, we'll be able to put a vehicle or two back into
> the garage. The job is decent (glad, because the old employer is
> imploding at a rate that is mind-boggling), and I'm getting job
> satisfaction again. Along with that, I'm continuing the cyber-security
> education. My wife is still job-free, but that's not necessarily a bad
> thing as she has flexibility to travel if she needs to.
> Speaking of such, we had to bop back to Michigan because my stepmom
> passed away. That trip was an adventure, but it did prove that being
> on the edge of the frontier wasn't really the end of the world.
> The weather is starting to turn. It's been snowing in the higher
> elevations and the snowline is creeping lower and lower. But those
> snow capped mountains are another "wow".
> As my daughter reminds me, this isn't a vacation, I don't have to
> leave after two weeks. So glad, as it's not just a case of the scene
> being different every week, but every day and even every hour.
> Honestly, I don't think I've had a single "re-run" day since arriving.
> Alaska, and Alaskans are special. I don't think I've encountered as
> much cultural diversity anywhere else than maybe London or NYC.
> Anchorage is an international city and the state itself varies to such
> extremes that it is not just a part of a country (USA) or a state
> (Alaska) but is a geographical region (rather large one at that) that
> contains multiple cultures and ethnicities. This certainly is no
> monoculture. The engineering department is like the United Nations.
> We haven't had a good shaker yet. A few small vibrations, but that's
> it. We'll be sure to rethink things when we get cracks in the walls
> and ceilings. Nor have I had to shovel yet. I'm not sure how I'll feel
> about that nine-months in...
> The days are getting shorter by almost six minutes every day. I have
> to have my lights on when commuting now. But that's a good idea,
> regardless, and is required by law in some areas.
> Ken Norton
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