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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.


Maureen Wilson Jan 21, 2015 at 04:53 PM

Bonnie, Check out Road Scholar's “A Ferry Ride from Seattle: Exploring the Islands of Puget Sound”, #21833. It is actually several ferries to several interesting locations. Carol Barton is a great leader! I have done many of her trips.
Bonnie Smith Jan 21, 2015 at 08:24 PM

Thanks, Maureen. I'll do that. I just received a copy of the Coastal book you recommended and have read over half of it already. Really looking forward to this trip after reading about the Passage. Thanks again for recommending it.


Maureen Wilson Jan 21, 2015 at 04:41 PM

Unless Alaska Ferry changes the schedule we will be sailing on the M/V Matanuska. Web page: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/pubs/


Maureen Wilson Jan 21, 2015 at 03:34 PM

According to the Arrivals and Departures Schedule for the M/V Matanuska:
Depart BEL 6:00pm; KTN 7:00am-1:30pm; WRG 45 min; PSG 45 min; JNU 3 hrs 7:45am-10:45am; HNS 1 1/2 hrs; SGY 2 1/2 hrs; HNS 2 hrs; JNU 3 hrs 3:45am-6:45am; SIT 2 1/2 hrs; PSG 45 min; WRG 45 min; and KTN 1 hr. Arrive BEL 08:30am.
Joyce D Pruhs Jan 21, 2015 at 03:56 PM

Thanks for the info. So we will be sailing on the Matanuska?


Joyce D Pruhs Jan 21, 2015 at 02:47 PM

If anyone else is/was confused (like me) about transportation to and from Seattle airport I have the correct info now.
Fly on your own or let Road Scholar Travel Agency book for you. Your are on your own for the shuttle to Bellingham and back to airport.Belair Shuttle Service charges $35 one way for Seniors. Schedule at least 48 hours before date needed to insure a place on the shuttle. Hope this helps. Joyce


Maureen Wilson Jan 13, 2015 at 05:30 PM

Make sure you never run the risk of running up a data roaming charge by turning off your cellular network connection completely. Move the Data Roaming slider to Off/white or for IOS 4 and higher slide Cellular Data to Off/white.


Bonnie Smith Jan 02, 2015 at 03:46 AM

Hi, Maureen. Thanks for the heads up regarding what to bring, especially earplugs [I snore, too, I think] and about the books. I live in Marysville and think I will take Amtrak up to Bellingham, but plan to make a run up there to check out where the ferries are before April. I've been in WA for a year now and haven't ridden a ferry.


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