There Be Icebergs Captain

We entered the Fjord on our Royal Caribbean cruise at 5:30am – we just sat on our balcony watching as we glided through Endicott Arm with the mountain lined glacial coloured channel as otters popped up and icebergs passed. When we got to Dawes Glacier the captain simply spun the ship slowly around 3 times, about 800m from the glacier – so we sat eating our room service breakfast on our balcony in the glory of this magnificent 360 degree vista. Not too shabby!

Skagway

Monday Pulling into Skagway this morning – okay I was asleep when we pulled in – so when I pulled back the curtains this morning we were in Skagway. Our activity today didn’t start until 10am so there was no real hurry. Unlike Juneau you can get to Skagway by road and I’m told that…

Heading North to Alaska

I fear no good can come from this! We have only just skirted the bottom edge of Alaska and it has only wet my appetite more. This place looks amazing! In my head I’m already planning a bike trip up here! I’m sure work wouldn’t miss me for another few months. A bit about this…

The Handbag sails again

Well here we are again sitting on a plane, off on another adventure thanks to Deb’s hard work. This time we are heading to Seattle to jump on a ship for a weeks cruise doing the inside passage to Alaska complementary of Stampin’ Up!. Sitting in the airport in Sydney we counted up the trips…

Hawaii – Island of O’ahu

Our visit to the Island of O’ahu was the location of the 2015 Stampin’ Up Grand Vacation awarded to top achieving demonstrators and their plus one.  I was luck enough to be a plus one.  This leg of our trip was about kicking back and relaxing and due to the way we configured our time here…

Hawaii – The Big Island

this has taken a few days to get to … I’m not sure where that time has gone but our time exploring Hawaii’s Big Island is over.  While we haven’t had much of a chance to just sit we have taken an awful lot in in our time here.  The Big Island has something for…

Hawaii – Volcanoes … Blown away

Sorry, that was a bad pun. As soon as we found out that we were going to Hawaii the one thing we really wanted to do was a helicopter flight over the volcano.  After all,  how often do you get to see volcanoes. We ended up flying with Paradise Helicopters as they were the only…

Hawaii – not quite what I expected

We are lucky enough to be in Hawaii through Stampin’ Up after all the hard work Deb has put in over the last year.   I’m the lucky plus one to accompany her. However, flying into Hawaii yesterday was a bit of an anti-climax.   We had been on the  plane for 9 hours,  it was 3:30am…

What the trip’s over!

Flying into Sydney it was interesting to look out the window and observe the Australianness of our cityscape.   We’re home. I know that in no time at all, the trip will be but a distant memory so I thought I’d reflect on my own limited observations of traveling to the US. This trip has covered…

The final shindig

Thursday represented our last full day on the Stampin’ Up! trip and in the US. While Deb spent the afternoon shopping with the girls I went shooting with a few of the boys at a local gun club. After 30 minutes or so of safety talks and instruction on the various weapons we were taken…