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Maureen Wilson Feb 16, 2015 at 04:02 PM

I am hosting a 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 6:00-6:30PM. Leaving the next day (April 17) on Road Scholars "The Best of Alaska's Inside Passage". If you are traveling with me on the trip you are invited to attend even if you are not a Geocacher. Come and meet some interesting people! And hear some tall tales! I heard a story last night at an Event about a geocacher that reached in the bushes for a cache and found a nest of baby skunks instead!
Annie Steward Feb 26, 2015 at 10:13 PM

Hi Maureen. I am going to be on this trip at the same time as you - but unfortunately not with your group. I have a question though, if you don't mind. Do you know how cold it will be? Will I need a really heavy duty jacket and clothes or just normal warm clothes? Many thanks. Annie
Maureen Wilson Feb 27, 2015 at 02:41 AM

When are you going? And from what state? When I lived in Eagle River, AK I thought 40 degrees was a heat wave. I heard that Floridians complain about the cold when it get down to 50+ degrees. Rainy and cloudy is warm and clear is cold. Mostly it is the dampness that gets to me. I am bringing a warm jacket with a hood, a sleeveless REI Down vest, two Pendleton wool sweaters that I swiped from my husband, long-sleeved turtleneck tops, warm slacks, and top and bottom capilene and patagonia long johns and two pair of comfortable walking shoes. Think layers. I may even throw in my Walt Disney World plastic poncho. Hope this helps.
Annie Steward Feb 27, 2015 at 01:37 PM

Thanks! Your suitcase sounds similar to the contents of what I thought would be good to bring. I am from East Tennessee but originally from South Africa. I am not too fond of the cold but will suffer temperatures well below freezing for a good photo! I am booked on the Matanuska 17 - 24th April - I will look for someone in a Walt Disney World plastic poncho :). Thanks for your help
Maureen Wilson Feb 27, 2015 at 03:30 PM

Think Blue/Black Backpack instead
Annie Steward Feb 27, 2015 at 09:47 PM

Yep :)

Maureen Wilson Feb 16, 2015 at 03:44 PM

I am presently reading "If You Live Here, I'd Know Your Name" by Heather Lende c. 2005. She writes about tiny Haines, Alaska, 90 miles north of Juneau, AK. There is no traffic light, no mail delivery, people can vanish without a trace, and funerals are community affairs.

Maureen Wilson Feb 11, 2015 at 03:43 PM

Some tips for Seasickness:
Don’t travel on an empty stomach. Before you travel, eat a moderate-sized meal of light carbs with a bit of protein (avoid dairy or heavy fats). During the trip, keep snacking so that your stomach never empties completely (trail mix is a good choice, or even a turkey or beef jerky). Also, chewing minty gum or sucking on mild flavored hard candies can help. Drinking ginger tea or aloe vera juice helps as well to settle your stomach. Check out Anti-Nausea Ginger Gum and Natural Ginger Tummy Drops.
If you need medication, take it at least a half hour before you think you’ll need it. Over-the-counter drugs used to deter and/or treat mal de mer include Dramamine, Meclizine (common name Bonine) or diphenhydramine (commonly known as Benadryl). Some of the medications will make you drowsy.
I use The Sea-Band, simple elasticated wristbands that I wear on each wrist.
Don’t get too hot. Drink plenty of chilled water and run cool water over your wrists. Or, wet a napkin with cool water and hold it on your neck or wrists.
If you’re having some queasiness, don’t read. Instead, sit facing forward and keep your eyes focused on a distant stationary object outside as you are traveling or even just by closing your eyes and rocking with the motion for a few minutes to settle your stomach.
If you do get seasick, snack on soda crackers and ginger ale when able.
These are tips that I gleamed from the Internet. Please post any tips that you have.

Maureen Wilson Feb 11, 2015 at 03:34 PM

Data Roaming seems to be a problem only between Bellingham and Ketchikan. I encountered Data Roaming while attending a Road Scholar program on the San Juan Islands.

Maureen Wilson Feb 06, 2015 at 03:09 PM

Cell phone charges (last page of Information Packet): ... if you plan on making and / or receiving phone calls, texting and Data (Internet).

Maureen Wilson Jan 29, 2015 at 01:23 AM

Rather than move the Data Roaming slider to Off/white or for IOS 4 and higher slide Cellular Data to Off/white an AT&T agent suggested that I do this instead to avoid Roaming Charges: Go into Settings; turn Airplane Mode on (must be green).

Maureen Wilson Jan 22, 2015 at 12:52 PM

It is the journey not the destination that is important. Bring along the book I recommended - "The Coastal Companion - A Guide for the Alaska-Bound Traveler" by Joe Upton - or similar book as reference along the way, a bird/wildlife book perhaps, binoculars, camera with zoom lens, and warm layered clothing and you should never have much down time. There is so much to see traveling the Alaska Marine Highway.

Maureen Wilson Jan 22, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Note: The time schedule I posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 03:34 PM on the Discussion Board pertained only to Apr 17-Apr 24, 2015 trip.

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