ALASKA BLOG 01

Monday Sept 2, 2013

Only two sleeps to go – and a week’s worth of things still to do! Aarrgghh! But the excitement is mounting. All over the country, bags are being packed, and unpacked, and repacked again. Phonecalls are being made, lists are being consulted, e-tickets are being checked, departure forms are being filled out, currency’s being counted, neighbours are being informed, mail’s being stopped, pets are being relocated, and people are lying awake in the wee small hours worrying … “WHAT HAVE WE FORGOTTEN?”

But, come Wednesday afternoon, it won’t really matter, and what hasn’t got done won’t get done. Because our group of adventurous Kiwis will meet under the pink balloons at Auckland’s International Airport … and we’ll be up-up-and-away!

MIDLIFE MADNESS IN ALASKA – that’s what we’ve got planned! Plus some add-on madness in Eastern Canada, for those who want more. Our North American odyssey will begin with two eye-popping days on one of the most spectacular rail-routes in the world, aboard the Rocky Mountaineer scenic train – YEEHAA!. And then the elegant ms Volendam will take us on the next leg – up the Alaskan coast, through the Inside Passage, to Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay.

There, at the top of the world, we’ll find atmospheric townships, fishing villages, thrilling histories, drop-dead-gorgeous scenery, icebergs and glaciers and wildlife galore. And we Kiwis are gonna get amongst it all – from the decks of our floating hotel. We’ll be going ashore and packing in as much sightseeing as possible … without getting bored or exhausted … and with heaps of time in-between to kick back and relax and have fun

In short, we’re gonna have a BALL! But more of that later – because Robyn and I still have things to do, places to go, people to see, stuff to pick up, stuff to drop off, grandkids to hug and last-minute items to cram into our already-overweight suitcases. So we’ve gotta run.

I’ll add more blog entries once this journey’s actually underway … let you know what our fellow-travellers get up to … and include some award-winning pix. So, whatever you do, stay tuned …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

P.S. If you want to leave a message for someone in our group, just click on the little speech bubble at the top of this entry, and add your ‘COMMENTS’! Make sure you say who it’s for and who it’s from – and keep it brief.