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Maureen Wilson Apr 27, 2015 at 05:59 PM

Highlights of Alaska's Inside Passage: Friday, April 17 - Guided tour of George E. Picket House in Bellingham and Afternoon Tea at Abbey Garden in Fairhaven, boarded and explored the Malaspina; Saturday, April 18 - Lighthouses, two Open Waters; Sunday, April 19 - given a "Celebrating Statehood 1959-2009 Alaska 50 pin, Potlatch Park and purchased a Raven statue; explored Cape Fox Lodge, walked down Ketchikan Creek and Married Man's Trail, Wrangell Narrows; Monday, April 20 - Mendenhall Glacier, Lighthouses, Vanderbilt Reef, walking tour of Skagway; Tuesday, April 21 - Lighthouse, Russian Bishop's House in Sitka, photographed Russian Orth and Greek Cath Churches, cable-stayed John O'Connell Bridge and Prospector statue; Wednesday, April 22 - Toured ship's bridge, Open water, Lighthouse; Thursday, April 23 - waterfalls, Lighthouses, Open Waters, Farewell Dinner with decorated sheet cake; Friday, April 24 - About 2 1/2 hours late, photographed Old County Courthouse (WA Territorial Courthouse) in Bellingham before I headed home.

Maureen Wilson Apr 16, 2015 at 09:02 AM

North to Alaska!! I have a funny story (or at least I thought it was funny) when we were traveling north on I-5 to Alaska, moving there to work. Ask me about it later during the trip.

Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 05:56 PM

I simply was not able to get all of my clothes and extra shoes in a small, lightweight suitcase with wheels (20x19x9 inches) but had to upgrade to a larger suitcase (27x18x12). I did OK until I got to the two thick Pendleton woolen sweaters. Hopefully the weather will be so nice that I did not even need to bring them along.
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 15, 2015 at 10:18 PM

I kept removing things to my roomy backpack and hope to get everything in that I deem necessary for comfort. Mock turtlenecks and thermals will do the trick for me I hope. Also, wearing over that a sweatshirt type V-neck jacket, so I feel those pieces will keep me cozy. My roll on is 20X14X9, and large backpack will have to do for this trip.The weather today showed one good partly sunny day up that way on Wednesday next week. All other days showed rain and wind.Still will a be a grand adventure.
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 15, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Oh, forgot to say on top of thermals, mock turtleneck T, and sweatshirt fabric jacket, I will wear a bright purple water repelant coat with hood.
Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 10:36 PM

Sounds like you are well prepared! When do you arrive in Bellingham?
Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 10:43 PM

I hate to sound like a Pollyanna but rain is good. It is much warmer than when it is clear. When it is clear and windy it can get bone chilling cold. And the wind might keep down those Mosquitos who are so big that they whip the sheet off the bed to use as a napkin.
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 15, 2015 at 11:21 PM

Hi Maureen, So we will need insect repellent it sounds? I planned to tuck some in but then thought we wouldn't need it this time of year. I and friend Jan will arrive at Seattle airport at 11:15 and hope to get the noon shuttle if possible, but the 1:00 pm for certain. So will arrive not much before 4:00 pm at the Ferry Terminal. See you then. Joyce
Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 11:32 PM

I just sent an e-mail to my eldest son. I will post the answer when he gets back to me. I can't remember being bothered by Mosquitos near Anchorage but we attacked by the vicious critters on our trip down the Alcan.
Maureen Wilson Apr 16, 2015 at 01:44 AM

Jeff wrote "On the ship? No.... If you're staying on land anywhere, you can get something there, if you need it. It's still pretty early in the year...."
Maureen Wilson Apr 16, 2015 at 08:57 AM

The wind will blow away the fog...hopefully.

Joyce D Pruhs Apr 15, 2015 at 02:22 PM

Does anyone know if the Malaspina has WiFi?
Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 03:27 PM

None of the Alaska's Ferries have Wi-Fi.
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 15, 2015 at 03:36 PM

Thank you, Maureen. I will still bring my tablet with downloaded books.
Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 03:59 PM

I'm old fashioned. I like the feel of paper books.
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 15, 2015 at 04:36 PM

I do too for the most part, but I won't have space to carry books this time.
Maureen Wilson Apr 15, 2015 at 04:45 PM

So true. I barely have room for my clothes! Winter clothes are so bulky. I am bringing along two "Alaskan" books that I plan to give away. I have a couple paperback to read. I will give those away after reading and pick up a book or two in the bookstores along the way.

Maureen Wilson Apr 14, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Three more days to go. My eldest son e-mailed this morning 'You'll have a blast..." Not sure about the weather up north but the weather in the Portland/Vancouver area is sunny for at least the next seven days reaching 74 degrees on Sunday and Monday!

Dorothy Parrish Apr 10, 2015 at 06:38 PM

My plane arrives in Bellingham at 10:18 AM. I plan on taking a taxi to the ferry building and storing my stuff and then exploring the area. Is anyone arriving early and would like to hang out with me for a while?
Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 06:51 PM

I sent you a message just now. Hopefully you get it.
Annie Steward Apr 10, 2015 at 11:02 PM

Hey Dorothy - this is my plan too - but I am not sure of my times, I have a hotel for Thursday night. Maybe we will bump into each other there.
Bonnie Smith Apr 10, 2015 at 11:05 PM

Maureen, thanks for the High Tea invite, but I won't be arriving until after 1pm, have to deliver a grandchild from school at that time before I can leave and go up. Riding up with you would have been fun, too, but just can't make it that early. I live with my daughter and grandkids and am chief caretaker of kids while mom works, so have to get them squared away bbefore I can leave.
Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

See you at 4:00PM or just before. I am also leaving my car in long term parking.

Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 04:25 PM

Just as a reminder, if you are traveling with me on the April 17 Alaska's Inside Passage you are invited to attend my Geocaching Event at Round Table Pizza at 1145 East Sunset Drive, Suite 135, Sunset Square Shopping Center, Bellingham, on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00PM. I plan to be there about 6:30PM. You do not have to be a Geocacher to attend. I think we are meeting in the back room. Just look for Signal the Frog on the table. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 04:12 PM

I received an email from Road Scholar this morning. There is no gift shop. "Please bring along your US Parks senior entrance pass if you have one." I have a Golden Age Passport - is that the same thing??
Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 04:41 PM

I called Fort Vancouver and talked to a Ranger. I have the original Golden Age Passport . The Golden Age Passport has been replaced by America the Beautiful Senior Pass. You can turn your GAP in and get the new AtB Senior Pass if you wish. Both are honored at U.S. Parks.
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 10, 2015 at 09:26 PM

On the Gift Shop--I just received an email from Nicole Knots from RS and she stated, along with other amenities, that the Malaspina does have a Gift Shop. So, guess we will find out.
Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 09:41 PM

According to Wikipedia, " In 2014, the gift shop was closed as a cost-saving measure."
Joyce D Pruhs Apr 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM

That is probably the most up to date fact. Thanks.
Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 10:23 PM

I contacted Nicole earlier to let her know the gift shop had been closed. It was just too expensive to have a Gift Shop.
Maureen Wilson Apr 10, 2015 at 10:38 PM

And the Legislature did away with the Bars on the ferries also!

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