We’re Sailing Along

Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 7:41 am
By: Doug Lund
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And, “They’re off!”

Linda and I, along with about 40 others from Keloland, have begun our 13 day trek into the wilderness of the Yukon Territory of Canada and the state of Alaska. Okay, it may be the wilderness but we’re not exactly roughin’ it.  I’m writing this from our spiffy 7th floor room of the DoubleTree Hotel just off the runway at SeaTac (Seattle Tacoma) Airport. They’re pretty good at sound-proofing the rooms, though, because I slept like a stone. I know this because I have a little sore throat this morning which means my slumber was deep and noisy and that explains why Linda got up so early and still looks tired. Sorry.

Our flight here Tuesday went smoothly enough, I guess, except we had to sit on the airplane at the gate in Minneapolis for an hour while mechanics fixed the entertainment system. We all would have forgone the movie and the music if we could have just taken off.. but that same airplane’s next flight was to Hawaii and Delta figured it wouldn’t be fair to those tropical paradise-bound passengers to endure a 7 hour flight without getting a chance to watch “Watering Elephants” on the pop-down screens.

Anyway, we’re here and Linda’s after me to get in the shower because the bags have to be outside our door in a half hour. We’ll get a quick bus tour of Seattle then its off to Vancouver to board a Holland America ship for a three day cruise through the Inside Passage.

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It’s tough, but somebody’s got to do it.

No internet access aboard ship (unless you want to pay a dollar a minute) so I’ll blog a few things when we get to Whitehorse.

The Keloland folks on the tour seem like a fun group. Most of them are kids just like Linda and Me. The oldest member of our group, though, is 94 and is traveling with his girl friend. I think we’re going to have a time just keeping up with HIM.

Ta Ta for now.

8 Comments

  1. grouse says:

    Are you sure they will have “internet” in White Horse? Will they have electricity? Or running water? Or does everyone just stand around a white horse (watching their step) while waiting for the caravan of dog sleds to carry them to the nearest igloo. Everyone will then complain that this wasn’t what was in the brochure…but it’s too late….their checks have been cashed. Remember, the old eskimo admonition to chew your blubber slowly….small bites.

  2. gary says:

    The 94 year old group member must be Norwegian!!

  3. Per Pål P says:

    Is the 94 year old Sigurd? Per

  4. Brenda says:

    Wishing you were feeling better and that we were there! Someday maybe. Hope you feel better and have tons of fun.

  5. grouse says:

    94 and Norwegian, and bringing a new bride on a cruise…..Maybe now the lutefisk nay sayers will pay attention to what Per Pal P and I have been telling them all along. Lutefisk eaters always rise to any occasion. Even in our old age, (if the Lord doesn’t call us home) lutefisk eaters are the object of almost every woman’s desire. Well, maybe after Oprah program, but she’s off the air now….

  6. Per Pål P says:

    Ja Grouse….there’s no doubt about it….those that eat lutefisk, lefse, rømmegråt and drink some aquavit to go with it….certainly don’t need any Viagra….Det er sant…(that is true)…

    I wish I was with Doug and Linda….Heck…I’m just hoping to get to Jackpot Junction for a few days in Sept….

    Ha Det Bra Grouse… Per Pål P….

  7. Denny says:

    Maybe there is something to this lutefisk thing, but first I would need to know the age of the girl friend. If she’s over 80, what’s the big deal. Now, if she’s under 35—–that’s damn impresive!

  8. grouse says:

    Say Per Pal P…..How do we say if the “Ship is rockin’….Don’t go dockin in Norwegian???

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