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Maureen Wilson Sep 01, 2015 at 01:13 PM

I read "The Coastal Companion - A Guide for the Alaska-Bound Traveler", Alaska" by James A. Michener. I read "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. I also read "The Sea Runners" by Ivan Doig about four indentured servants who escaped their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Although fictional it is based on an actual incident in 1853.

Maureen Wilson Aug 31, 2015 at 12:20 PM

There is no cell phone service on the ferry. To avoid Roaming Charges: Go into Settings; turn Airplane Mode on (must be green). Do this when you board the ferry in Bellingham and do not turn Airplane Mode off until you arrive in Ketchikan. And visa versa. There is cell phone coverage in some ports.
Elizabeth Dilauro Sep 01, 2015 at 11:44 AM

Thanks. What about a small radio?
Maureen Wilson Sep 01, 2015 at 12:55 PM

You will have a roommate in a very, very small cabin. Even if the radio did work (which I doubt) you need to think earphones.
Elizabeth Dilauro Sep 01, 2015 at 04:02 PM

Thanks again. I will bring my travel radio and good headphones. But I am also preparing myself for a more "off the grid"type vacation. Which sounds like fun. I do appreciate the heads-up.

Elizabeth Dilauro Aug 31, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Hi. I'm on the October 2 trip. Can anyone tell me if there is cell phone service on the ferry? Also radio signal, hopefully NPR? Thanks.

Anna Mello Aug 05, 2015 at 12:30 PM

I just signed up for the Oct. 16th trip. Will be staying with relatives in Seattle before the trip. Anyone traveling from Seattle to Bellingham on Oct. 16th. I'm considering taking the train which will arrive around 10 AM. Will have to take the bus back at the end of the trip as the train leaves at 8:30 AM and we're scheduled to dock at 8:00 AM. Way too close for me. I think the bus leaves around 3 in the afternoon.

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.

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