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Maureen Wilson Dec 06, 2014 at 03:15 PM

I am booked for April 17-24. Road Scholar will assign me a roommate. It will likely be chilly/cold so bring thermals. Bring earplugs (snoring roommate). And books including books from the Inside Passage Suggested Reading and a guide to Alaska wildlife and birds. I plan to bring a map of the Inside Passage showing the numerous Lighthouses, etc. I will either drive from Vancouver, WA or take Amtrak (the Bellingham train station is a short distance from Ferry Terminal).
Joyce D Pruhs Dec 07, 2014 at 06:35 PM

Maureen, Thank you for the informative info. Alaska wildlife book and a map of the Passage lighthouses will be a great help.
Maureen Wilson Dec 08, 2014 at 12:31 AM

I found an interesting book at the FVRLibrary this afternoon - Inside Passage A Journey Beyond Borders by Richard Manning.
Maureen Wilson Dec 18, 2014 at 01:49 PM

I purchased "The Coastal Companion - A Guide for the Alaska-Bound Traveler" by Joe Upton at Powell's Books. I am presently reading "Alaska" by James A. Michener. Fascinating book!! I did not find a satisfactory book on the Lighthouses of the Inside Passage so I did my own research.

Joyce D Pruhs Nov 06, 2014 at 09:50 PM

Hi, I read all the posts and no one has answered the "amount of down time" and the "possible weather" questions. My friend and I are booked for April 17-24 2015 trip.
Should we pack our knitting? And thermals?
Alice Campbell Nov 06, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I went on this trip in Oct 2013. The weather was perfect, no storms, very little rain and calm seas. I wore my winter jacket and gloves, but never wore my thermals or boots. April might be different. There is a huge amount of down time. Most of the trip is on the ferry, little time on land. There are onboard lectures, but I definitely recommend taking your knitting and books to read.
Joyce D Pruhs Nov 07, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Thanks for your helpful comments. April 17-24 may be similar weather--hope to get a weather report before we depart for Washington. Glad to be warned about a lot of down-time. My knitting and books will be aboard for sure, and probably my thermals too as I am a "cold blooded" person. My friend and I really look forward to the adventure.

Rita Stainton Sep 23, 2014 at 01:27 PM

I'd love to take the trip next April but I need a roommate. I'm a 70 yr old women, fit, active, live in San Francisco.
Dorothy Parrish Sep 25, 2014 at 06:53 PM

Hi Rita, I am 70, active and fit, and live in San Jose. I've been thinking of April also, but haven't decided on a date.
Dorothy Parrish Oct 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I have enrolled in the April 3 trip. Don't have a roommate as yet.

John Trott Aug 03, 2014 at 05:08 PM

We hope to take this trip in 2015. My question is how long does the ferry stay at each stop? How long will we have to sight see in each town?
David M Aug 06, 2014 at 07:27 PM

I suspect the ferry schedule may vary. However, here are the "times in port" for our trip: 3 hrs; 45 min; 45 min; 4 hrs; 2 hrs 15 min; 2 hrs 30 min; 2 hrs; 3 hrs; 2 hrs 30 min; 45 min,45 min; 1 hr. The ferry is part of the Alaska Marine Highway, so its schedule controls the experience. A lot of the learning occurs on the ferry, with well-orchestrated quick trips at the majority of the stops. We learned a lot about Alaska and its people, both on the ferry and off of it. We now know places along the way that we might like to visit for a longer time on later trips.

David M Mar 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

We are participating in the Alaska program beginning on April 4 and would appreciate some insight on a couple issues. First, is there cell phone or WiFi connectivity on the ferry or at some points along the way? Second, do the rooms have locked drawers to secure valuables--iPads, phones, passports, etc.- or must securing items be handled through the ferry administration? Thanks for the help.
David M Apr 30, 2014 at 04:42 PM

Post-program: Verizon phone and WiFi did not work for us on the ferry or at stops. Locals say AT&T works. For the second question, the door to each room was locked with a key.

Frances Martin Mar 03, 2014 at 02:04 PM

I am looking forward to the beauty of Alaska. Hope we see some birds and have good weather. Have been reading from the suggested library list. Hope someone might reply to carpooling. I do a lot of driving but its been awhile since I have been to Bellingham.

Frances Martin Feb 17, 2014 at 02:02 PM

Barrie: I live in Shoreline and have enrolled for the April 4 trip. I am 82 so you might prefer a younger roommate. Would still be interested in hearing your comments and perhaps we can get a car pool together
Barrie Feb 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Hi Frances, I have had to pass on doing this trip for now, but it would have been lovely to carpool and share a room. Thanks for your contact and have a fabulous trip. I am SO jealous! Maybe we can be in touch when you return? I would love to hear about your experiences and get recommendations for my future trip?

Barrie Feb 06, 2014 at 07:25 PM

Seriously considering this trip slated for April 4 but I need a roommate. I live in Seattle, so easy commute to Bellingham. Professional woman of 62, still working. Anyone want to email about this? For instance, what did anyone previously find indispensable?
Dianne Whitt Feb 07, 2014 at 07:50 AM

Hi Barrie, I did this trip Oct 2013 and it was Great!! The guides, Karen and Jere were very good. Lots of FUN!! The rooms are small and I would suggest packing lite. Less "stuff" means that you will be able to organize easier in such a small room. Hot water is available all the time. Take tea bags or coffee bags if you might want a hot drink in between meals. It's a wonderful trip.
Barrie Feb 07, 2014 at 08:17 PM

Great suggestions Dianne. Many thanks for responding!

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