Land Legs! 

Well, it’s time to get the old “land legs” back after being on a floating vessel for the last 2 months or so. And I gotta tell ya …sometimes getting them back are easier than others. Finding one's "land legs'' refers to a condition where a person has an imbalance or rocking sensation after spending time on a ship. Usually it only takes me 4 or 5 hours of walking from airport concourse A to concourse Z in 3 international airports to get the land legs back after disembarking. Mix in the fact that I have connections to make, and it felt like I on the treadmill. So by the time I made my final connection to get home, I was as a “tree planted by the water…I shall not be moved!” All semblance of “rubber legs” were gone with solid land now beneath my feet. I think I will stay this way for a minute or two before it all starts again. Do you have a funny land leg story? Please share!  

North To Alaska 

We are back in Alaska for the summer season and it cannot be more beautiful! This is my fourth time in this area and it gets better each time. We visit three main ports: Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway during 7 day cruises on Holland America. My favorite? I don’t have one because they each have their own distinguishing points of interest that you can write home about. Juneau offers lots of shopping and great sea food which I partake of on a regular basis. My favorite is the Alaskan King Crab that you can find a just about every restaurant or eatery…with lots of butter of course. And what fun it is to “work” at getting that succulent crab meat…and yes, I wear the bib! Skagway is a historical mining town that boast a great train ride into the mountains leaving you gasping for breath for its view. Every time I go there, I can’t resist saying…”There’s gold in dem dar hills!!” (ad nauseam of course.) And Ketchikan is a great stop on this tour that offers plenty of local cultural events like the lumber jack hatchet throwing contest. And my favorite, log rolling,  like the kind you see in competitions on ESPN. All in all, Alaska offers a rocking summer tour that would delight even the most staunchest critic, across the board!