I don’t usually indulge in food, not often anyway. The challenge came in and I wondered what do I indulge in? I have to say I do indulge in a trip now and then. Last summer, I indulged on an Alaskan Cruise. I went with my two sisters and two of my nieces. We sailed on a rather small cruise ship, the Volendam, with Holland America.
I have posted about parts of the cruise previously, including the rock climbing. The dinner after the rock climbing event was a formal dinner. I shared a room with Jennifer, the youngest in the family. As we dressed in our finery, we indulged in a glass of wine…
Just one glass.... honest.
With great fanfare, the waiters, complete with bakers hats, marched into the room waiving the napkins in the air. They swooped in and ceremoniously laid a napkin on every lap.
My sister Louise received her napkin with great fanfare.
We have a lot of fun with our server, He made us laugh and helped make the evening a lot of fun
The delicious meal ended with desert, a Baked Alaska. Another grand parade.
Ceremonial paraie through the dining hall with dessert.
The week long trip was a week of indulging. everything from wonderful food to massages and manicures as well as an opportunity to see part of the world that is magnificently beautiful with its glaciers and ice.
I am always ready to try new things, ready for an adventure. While in SkagwayAlaska, Sarah and I decided to go rock-climbing. I had tried it once indoors. Let me just say that the indoor climbing walls are a lot different to the real thing.
We travelled to the climbing site and I got my harness on.
I have my harness on and I am READY
The company gave us a powder blue helmet to put on. I couldn’t help but feel relief, knowing that when I fall from the top of the cliff, my helmet will save me.
A few last-minute adjustments while I looked up… waaaay up.The first step.
Surveying the cliff
As I placed my fingers on the cold hard rock, I wondered how I will be able to cling to the rock. the ledges were so tiny.
The first step.
I soon got the hang of it and climbing happened.
a view from below. can you see that tiny person way up there?
I am very proud that I made it to the top, not once but twice, in two different sections. Climbing is hard work. It takes a lot of leg strength to push up each step of the way.
a cropped photo of me at the top.the second climb is higher still.
Repelling back down is the most fun because it takes no strength.
Just lean back and jump your way down.
I am ready to give it another go. Anyone want to come with me? This is something I want to continue as part of my healthy new lifestyle.
The first evening, the Volendam sailed toward Alaska on the inside passage. We could see the snowy mountains in the distance. I stayed on deck, enjoying the peace in the crisp salty air.
The small islands marched into the distance like shadows fading into the sky.
Just a few other passengers braved the evening air, I felt I had the deck to myself and I was happy to be alone to enjoy the scene in peace.
As the sun sank toward the horizon, it cast a warm glow on the empty deck chairs.
The sky turned from blue to gold, a promise for adventure.
On the quiet deck of the cruise ship I found a wonderful peace. The stress of life slipped away.
Alone on the deck, the evening fell gently and settled like a blanket of peace over my soul.
I have spent the last few days sick with a cold, so haven’t been taking any new photos. I thought for my first post of the new year I would share a few signs I have seen recently that made me laugh. I hope you get a chuckle too.
Look up and beware, you might get hit by a hoof..
We pumped some gas at this most unlikely station with its hand scribbled signs, then went inside the store to tell them how many litres. They used a small calculator to figure out the bill. I guess they are trusting and expect honesty. I hope they are rewarded. I also hope they will soon be able to upgrade to perhaps a fancier sign. I find it amusing that the “no sniveling” sign is important enough to get a professional sign, the rest isn’t worth wasting the money on.
Honest customers only and no complaining allowed.
Count to 20? I always thought I had to count to 10 to control my frustrations. This sign is at a gas station in Minnesota.
Imagine my surprise to catch, out of the corner of my eye, this little fellow. Happily hidden away, he is enjoying a feast of delicious red berries. We were on a road trip and heading towards Hyder, Alaska. He was so busy eating he did not notice me at first.
He heard the camera click and turned. When he saw me, I gulped, slowly backed away and left him to his meal.