30 Days Hath November: Day 22

Day 22: Some Place I’ve Traveled

Alaska 2011!!

We went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon this summer. It was the perfect trip for us. We loved it!

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xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.

Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

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Honeymoon-Day 4

Skagway, Alaska

Time there: 7am to 9 pm
Shore Excursions:   White Pass & Yukon Route Train Ride, Dog Sledding
His Highlights: Trains and bears and huskies, oh my! and tasty donuts with my bride =)
Her Highlights:   Seeing bears up close  in their natural habitat, free sugar donuts, playing with Alaskan Husky puppies

This was our first port so we were pretty excited to get off the ship and really see Alaska.
Getting off the ship and waiting on the pier to go on our shore excursion:

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We loved Skagway. We chose to start our day off with a train ride. The train traveled along the trail that was used for gold prospectors making their way to the Yukon. The scenery and view from the train was amazing. Of course, the ride was narrated with stories of the gold rush, the building of the railway and the history of the area. Along the way we saw 3 brown bears and 1 black bear and a couple of bald eagles.

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The snow blower that clears the train tracks every year:

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After our train ride a bus picked us up to take us to our Dog Sledding Adventure. We stopped at some scenic spots along the way.

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When we got to the mushing camp, they fed us a lunch of BBQ chicken, cole slaw, potatoes, and sugar donuts. It was delicious! After we stuffed ourselves with as many donuts as we could handle, we looked around in a little museum and gift shop they had. We had about a half an hour to kill before it was our turn to go for a dog sled ride. While you’re waiting, you are allowed to go in the puppy pens and play with the little guys. They were adorable! The guide told us that they start training them to pull a sled at 6 months old.

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The dog sled ride was really fun. The guide explained that these dogs run in the Iditarod and during the summer they give rides to tourists as a way to stay in shape. Because there is no snow, they pull the tourists on large “dune buggy” type cars. The cars aren’t motorized at all. The dogs do all the work. Pulling this heavy load gets them in shape so when they are pulling sleds in the snow, they can travel for longer distances before needing to rest.

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Sled dog teams consist of four positions: Lead dogs that set the pace of the team, swing dogs that take the commands to turn the sled, team dogs that provide the horsepower, and wheel dogs which are usually the strongest dogs on the team and placed the closest to the sled.

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During the winter, sled dogs wear booties on their feet to protect them from sharp ice as they run. Sometimes it can get minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit so in the 58 degree weather we were experiencing, the dogs were actually feeling really hot. This is the reason for the kiddie pools half way through the trail. The dogs get to have a quick break and cool off in the cold water.

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The dog sledding was so much fun. I was amazed at how athletic these dogs were. They were pure muscle. After getting back to Skagway we decided to walk around the town a bit. We bought kettle corn and fudge and then made our way over to the Red Onion Saloon.

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The Red Onion Saloon was built in 1887 and was the towns bar and brothel. We took a 15 minute tour of the building. The guide told us how the brothel worked and the history of the business through a really funny narration. She took us to the upper floor where the bedrooms were and showed us the holes in the floor where the girls would put their coin earnings in. The coins would then slide down a pipe and to the bartender to be split up at the end of the night. It was pretty interesting.

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At the end of the day we headed back to the ship for dinner. Here’s our crab towel animal that we found in our room when we got back:

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Skagway was a fun way to kick off the ports. We really liked it there and looked forward to exploring Juneau the next day.

xoxo-Kimberly

Honeymoon-Day 3

Tracy Arm Fjord

Fjord- a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.

Glacier- a slowly moving mass of ice originating from an accumulation of snow. It can either spread out from a central mass or descend from a high valley.

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On the third day we sailed down the Tracy Arm Fjord. We traveled really slowly. It was so calm and peaceful and there wasn’t much movement on the water either. It was absolutely one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen.

I thought the misty look of everything, and the tranquil feeling of this place made it feel like you were the first person to ever have traveled there.

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There were little waterfalls like this one trickling down all over the mountain sides.

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Isn’t the blue color of the ice, pretty? There were chunks of ice floating everywhere in the water.

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It was chilly enough for jackets most of the cruise, but it’s Alaska! What can you expect? As you can see, I didn’t expect it to be that cold and ended up having to buy another jacket from the gift shop on board.

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I took more pictures of the deck while we were out there enjoying the scenery.

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Mini golf course- It continues around to the other side of the boat too.

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The Captain made an announcement that another ship was coming down the passage and we needed to turn around and head out to make room for them. It was a Disney cruise ship!

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They seemed to be going the same route as us because we saw them in every port we went to after that. In fact, some of the folks on that ship came on shore excursions with us. We saw several other cruise ships while at port, one night we were sandwiched between a Royal Caribbean ship and two Celebrity ships!

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When we got to the end of the Fjord, we saw the glacier. (It’s that gigantic hunk of ice that has formed in between the mountains. It was so incredible, it took my breath away. This picture doesn’t even do it justice. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.

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 We also saw orca (killer) whales swimming around our cruise ship. It was seriously so cool. There were so many of them.

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I don’t know if you can see it, but there are two bald eagles perched on the top of that ice chunk. They flew away just after we took the picture.

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Later that night we played a game of bingo after dinner.

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Here’s our towel animal that our steward put in our room. It’s a moose!

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And here he is having his bedtime snack of cookies and hot chocolate.

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I also forgot to post a couple of pictures from the night we were at sea (day 2.)

It was formal night! We didn’t go super formal but we did dress up.

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After dinner we attended the Comedy Hypnosis Show. It was hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing.

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Day 4 was our first day at port-Skagway!! I’ll show you those photos in the next post.

xoxo-Kimberly

Honeymoon-Days 1 & 2

SEATTLE & A DAY AT SEA

BTW- I’m starting with the honeymoon because I still don’t have all the wedding pictures that I want to share with you. When I get all those in, then I’ll do some more posting on all the wedding hooplah. In the meantime, get ready for a series of image heavy posts that may make you want to pack your bags and move to Alaska. Just sayin’- cause it was awesome.

Okay, so for those of you who don’t know- we took a Carnival cruise to Alaska sailing out of Seattle. If you have never done this- or went on any cruise at all- you must. They are for everyone and so much fun!! Also, cruises aren’t just about eating. That seems to be a common misconception. We went to shows, played trivia games, learned how to fold towel animals (silly but fun!),  and even took a partner dance class while on the ship. You can go shopping, get a massage, take aerobics classes and a ton more. Our boat even had basketball courts, mini golf course, and an arcade. Plus, there are the ports and shore excursions!! Cruises are the bomb diggity. So ya’ll ready for some pics? Let’s go.

We boarded the ship around noon and set off to find some lunch. Let’s be real- food is a major part of the cruise (but not all) because it’s all inclusive and available 24/7. We ate such an amazing array of foods that I can’t even begin to share with you the joy I felt every single day.

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Boarding the ship- that’s our ship in the background. It’s huge! There were over 1000 crew members plus around 3000 cruisers on board.

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On the deck of the ship, waiting to set sail!

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Seattle sky line from the ship

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Deck of the ship with swimming pool and hot tub. It was actually warm enough to put on our suits and lay out there on our last day.

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Our ship had a pool slide.

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One of the glass walled elevators. Our ship had sets of elevators at the front, mid ship and rear.

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Some of the interior of the ship- This is the hallway surrounding the theatre, Pharoah’s Palace. We saw shows in that theatre every night although photography wasn’t allowed. They were one of our favorite parts of the cruise- dancers and singers who’s shows ranged from a tribute to Mardi Gras to Fosse style shows. Very fun to watch!

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Andy on one of the grand staircases

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“Fashion Boulevard” The shops in the middle of the ship that sold everything from high end jewelry and liquor to little souvenirs.

And finally, our stateroom. We got a balcony and I’m glad that we did. It was nice to sit out there and watch the waves searching for wildlife.

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The first day was essentially spent exploring the ship. It was so big and it took us awhile to get our bearings. That night we went to dinner in the dining room. Our waiter Wayan was so nice and would bring us anything we wanted to try. Later we attended the Welcome Aboard Show. I wish we could have got some decent pictures of these shows because they were so awesome. But photography wasn’t allowed. We had some rough nights weather wise and we were both amazed to see those dancers in high heels totally unaffected by the rocking of the ship.

Anyway, it was a fun first day. Can’t wait to show you the rest. The next day was our first day at Sea. We spent the day attending some of the activities on the ship, and generally just being newlyweds :) No pictures from that day but there are some great pictures of the Tracy Arm Fjord on Day 3. Stay tuned!

xoxo-Kimberly

Hello there!!

Well, we’re back!! Seriously, this has been the best two weeks ever. The wedding was absolutely perfect and the honeymoon was amazing (we went on an Alaskan cruise!) I really just wanted to pop in and share this photo of us on our wedding day.

It was taken by Chauntelle Janzer of OpieFoto. It’s the teaser photo that she sent us until she gets the rest of them put together.  Opie was awesome and I can’t wait to see the other photos she took of our wedding. We also did a ‘day after’ photo shoot with her at Wheeler Farm just before leaving on our honeymoon so I am way excited to those pictures as well.

Anyway, I have loads of pictures to share and lots of stories to tell, so I promise to get back on tomorrow and get you all up to speed. For now, we have piles of laundry to do, sacks of groceries to put away, a yard that desperately needs mowing and a house that is begging to be cleaned. I’ll be back after we can get everything back in order. What a crazy and fun two weeks it has been!

xoxo-Kimberly