The continuing saga of lost kilos found!
20.09.2014 - 03.10.2014 10 °C
The weather eventually settled and woke to relatively calm seas. Did think at one stage I would be rolled out of bed due to the rolling of the ship. Anyway. All is good.
We had breakfast in the Stateroom this morning. Those Kilos are really fighting their way back!
Following breakfast I had yet another go at connecting to the internet. Success at last but only for a short while. Ron went to log on to check banking info and the connection was lost. Not been able to get the connection back since.
Of course that left one thing to do. Shopping! Yes! That watch found it’s way into my possession. Another which is Noice, Different and Unusual!
The ship docked early at Juneau and we were left to wander the streets for a while before our tour. Did you know Alaska had a big trade in Diamonds? All along the waterfront there were shops and shops of Diamonds, Tanzanite (semi precious) and Ammolite (also semi precious). The traders are extremely hawkish. We were warned about some of their tactics. One guy got us into the shop and next thing you know, I was trying on a ring, which was exquisite! Who would’ve thought? Fortunately, someone standing next to me (read Ron) nudged me back to reality and I had the good sense to state it was just a little too big. So gave it back to the fella, then ran like hell for the door.
After that we were bundled into a bus to be taken to a Dog Sledding and Mushing place. We were warned it might be wet and muddy. Well, wet was certainly the case. Muddy wasn’t such an issue. We bought a couple of cheap plastic ponchos to put on for the ride. What an amazing experience! There were 16 dogs attached to a line which itself was attached to a 4 wheeled buggy. The dogs were hilarious! All they wanted to do was run. So when the bus pulled up and all the tourists got off, they knew what was happening and starting to bark and howl like crazy! Many of them were pulling at the leads wanting to go! So we were duly deposited onto the buggy, strapped in then off we went into the forrest with the these dogs pulling like billio! Very intelligent animals. They knew the way and just wanted to keep on going! We hung on for grim death and watched these pooches doing their thing with their tails in the air the their “third eye” watching us! Fantastic experience and one to tick off the bucket list I guess.
After this we went on the Mt Robson Tramway which is really a Gondola car suspended from a wire and a near vertical climb up from the water front to the top of this ginormous mountain. Of course there was the usual shop with trinkets and a small nature shop also selling lots of trinkets and information about the wildlife but the one thing which for me was an absolute plus was there was an bald eagle which had been injured some years ago and could not be released back into the wild. She was beautiful and so majestic sitting there. Such a shame she could not live as she should. So back onto the Tramway and down the hill and back to the ship. Dinner was simple hamburgers in the Stateroom and crashed into bed.
Write more as soon as I can.
Piccies will be uploaded once I can get a reasonably stable connection as they take a while.
B and Ron