Daily Archives: March 23, 2022

Planning . . .

I mentioned the other day that we have had two Holland America Alaskan Cruises cancelled in the last 18 months or so, one in August 2020 and the other one in May 2021, both succumbing to the WuFlu

When we started thinking about rebooking this year, we realized that we really didn’t have a big need to revisit places along the cruise, ones like Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, etc. We saw all these on our previous HAL cruise in May 1998.

What we really wanted to do was revisit our old haunts in Fairbanks, North Pole, Denali, Talkeetna, etc., places where we lived and visited there during our five month work-camping gig in 2008. Plus adding a few new ones like Soldotna and Homer.

So we’ve decided to just fly up to Fairbanks around the middle of August, and then rent a car for two weeks or so. Then after spending about a week there, head south hitting all our other spots along the away. And then fly home from Anchorage.

So now we’re making a list of places we want to visit, things we want to see, and places we want to eat at. Especially the ‘eat at’ part.

We had also talked about taking a overnight detour down to Alyeska to spent on night at the Alyeska Resort there. We stayed there one night on our 1998 cruise, and really enjoyed the great restaurant at the top of the mountain, which you get to by taking the ski-lift to the top.

Back then we took the lift to the top in the early afternoon to make a reservation for that evening. At that time it was sunny and beautiful out, with one of the servers putting up the umbrellas for diners on the patio.

But when we came back up about 5 hours later for dinner, it looked like this.

Alyeska Hilltop

And this was the middle of May.

But all these plans went out the window when we checked and found that a room for one night this coming August is $599.

No thanks.

Tomorrow we’re meeting up with the Alvin Opry Bunch at the P.F. Chang’s by Baybrook Mall. Jan and I have never been there so we’re looking forward to trying it out, as well as seeing old friends.

I forgot to mentioned in yesterday’s blog the flamingo that Debi brought along for Jan when we met up at the Golden Corral in Conroe.

Debi's Flamingo

It’s only about a foot tall, so it will have to be an inside flamingo until it grows up enough to be released into the wild to live outside with the rest of the flamboyance.

Flamingo Flamboyance from Side 20220305

Thanks a lot, Debi.

Thought For The Day:

“Sometimes in life there are no solutions, only trade-offs.” – Professor Thomas Sowell