Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Home at last.. and back into the groove..

after about a week of jet lag and waking up late and not feeling like doing ANYTHING.. I am back to myself... and back into a routine..
I got on the scale the day after we got home... I wasn't pleased, but in a way I was pleased.. however that works.. I only gained 5 lbs.. after all that eating, you would have thought I was starvin' marvin!
But, I will be back to myself shortly.. and I did miss my own cooking.. even I caught My cowboy saying "I am starting to miss my wife's cooking".  That means a lot to me.
We have been trying to get re-acclimated to the temperature, going from 60 degrees back to 100 degrees is no easy task, we have been being sorry when it comes to going outside.. I do the minimum, feed pig, check water, get eggs then go back inside. It's been WAY to hot. but, as of two days ago, the heat is starting to get a bit better on us, like Sunday, we figured it was way to hot to be outside, since we both almost had heat stroke on friday and saturday. We were supposed to go to a jackpot rodeo saturday, but after we got inside from working on the catch pen, My cowboy said he felt dizzy and nauseous, so we drank plenty of water and started soaking up the a/c real well. So Sunday we decided since the high was 101, we were going to drive down to columbia and use up some of the gift cards we received for our wedding.  We had a pier 1 card..... that store is highly overrated for the stuff it has in it.. expensive!
so we bought a hammock sling, we have a hammock, just never put it up because we didn't have two trees that were close enough together to use it.. so we figured that was a good thing to get there.. and we only spent 11 dollars out of our pocket. I was pleased.  Then we went to Bed bath and beyond, we tore that store up, new hampers, kitchen gadgets, stuff we didn't need and a toaster.  I had a toaster, it was starting to burn on the level 1 setting, so I kinda figured it was time for a new one.. therefore we got the toaster/broiler/oven deal.  Once we were done there, we had some visa gift cards, so we headed on down to the sportsman supply store. Oh how I love this store. Now, mind you we originally went in there for ammo, since we decided we were gonna break in the AR I got my cowboy for a wedding present. But, the cost of .223 was ridiculous.. so we found ourselves in the fishing department... heck yeah!
we bought allllllll kinds of stuff, lures, lines, hooks, sinkers, worms, you name it.. we got it.. and a nice tackle box. Oh and I got a reel and rod combo.  Well we headed back up to our neck of the woods, but, stopped to have a steak at the roadhouse, delicious.  Then went back home to get vegas, set up our fishing gear and track down our hunting/fishing combo licenses. When all our ducks were in a row, we headed on down to Molly's Rock. It's a nice little recreational area about 2 miles from our ranch.
I didn't catch a darn thing, and my cowboy was racking up the little brim fish....
until all of a sudden.. I see my bobber disappear under the water.. I got all excited and pulled back and started reeling it in...  it was a feisty little sucker..
I got him out of the water.. he was a nice little catfish :)
I was informed we could have skinned him and ate him, but I was thinking if this was the only catfish we caught all day, just bringing him home would toy with my emotions.... who fights over fried catfish? only people that don't have enough catfish to go around, that's who.
So we put him back in.  stayed for a little while and then headed back to the house.

Last night, we wanted to go fishing, so we hurried out to the pasture and were working on the catch pen, and a storm came up upon us, so we sat out on the front porch watching the storm and talking until after dark.

I might try to go fishing tonight... hmm... I can make a picnic.  I got a picnic basket as a wedding gift, and I can't wait to use it...
Today I finally have a good internet connection.  I got my office set up on comcast today, and the x-ray physicist came out to draw up shielding plans for my x-ray room.. and now I'm here being sorry, soaking up air conditioning and internet service.
I have gotten a lot accomplished today though, I made up some patient intake forms and the such... and finally got some other things taken care of. speaking of which I need to get back to it.. All I want to say is..  So all in all, I'm so happy to be back home and back on the ranch.  I am getting extremely excited to open my doors soon.  Things are moving right along.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Captains Log.. Day 6

We awoke again to being surround by sea but some mountains off in the very far distance...  We all had breakfast. Eric went to the spa for a massage or something, then Sharyl and I wanted to play Bingo, and Clint said he'd go with us.. but, we were like 5 minutes to late getting there, So we were denied entry to the holy bingo land....
So, We went to look at the pictures from the previous formal night.. and that is where I was asked for the first time.... "are you wearing underwear?" I was mortified... maybe shocked... I don't know.. so I simply stated.. "no, remember I don't own any".  Yeah ha ha.. look at me... oh god...
So after that little adventure.. we got to talking about people..  we were asked countless times if we were from texas... So I started asking them stupid questions like.. "are you from florida? I mean you're wearing shorts and flip flops.. in Alaska"??  that shut them up.. retards...
We met back up with Eric, and decided to go take salsa lessons.. :)
Well, I'll have you know... My dancing partner and I won a dancing trophy.. that's right... a DAyncing trophy... we can salsa! And of corse everyone knew me as the Comando warrior and him as Tex.
We decided we all had to pack after that.. since the next day signified the end of our cruise, so we all had some lunch and went back to our staterooms and packed everything up that we weren't going to use that night... there was a lot of packing to do.. and situating things we bought and stuff we couldn't take on our carrying on luggage and that lasted pretty much until it was time to head down the gangway to Canada.. woohoo...
Welcome to Canada, Hello Customs.. and I got a stamp in my passport.. it says "canada" hahah.
Well off to a tour bus that took us straight to downtown. The tour bus was nice and comfy, until the lady behind me asked me if I was wearing Panties.... really, I'm serious..
Well, we got off downtown somewhere.. and let me tell you what.  Canada is beautiful, and I'm thinking.. Wow I really like this place....









We made our way to a scottish pub that everyone on the ship said we needed to eat at.. and they were right.. it sure was good. Fish and chips with malt vinegar.. once we left there.. we went walking around a bit... and it was there that we found a seven eleven.....  I went to the candy aisle, everything looked different, the reeces, M&Ms, butterfingers.. and none of it had high fructose corn syrup.  In case you are wondering.. I did not try any of it, nor buy any.
We find our way to a giftshop, and that is where I realized the US Dollar is crap. And I must have sounded and looked shocked when I exclaimed "HOLY CRAP OUR MONEY IS CRAP", because the little canadian dude behind the counter was laughing really hard at me through his coke bottle glasses. 
I paid his 10 dollars.. CANADIAN money.. and walked out with my keychain (for my best friend Mel), and a shotglass for my collection. Then we four were in moods, or maybe we are all just to patriotic... but, I was mad.. my money was worth crap in this country.. they took it.. but, they wouldn't even make change in us dollars..  We collaboratively decided to just go back to the ship, on our way back we found a mime, that looked like a bronze cowgirl, Clint took his picture with her. 

We get across the street from the bus stop.. and the line has got to be 2 blocks long. So we were all debating what to do, when a boy on a bicycle and a two seater carriage thingy behind him and a fella with a rickshaw powered by his own two feet, happen to tell us they could take us all.
So we get to talking about prices and haggling.. and then, Clint says... How about the two of you race to the ship and the one that wins gets 50 bucks...
The two boys looked at each other.. and the one on foot... yells to my cowboy and myself to get in.. and throws us out into traffic and off we went....
that boy was digging...  cutting off taxi cabs and cutting turns short....  we were in the lead.. then all of a sudden... here comes eric and sharyl on the bike rickshaw, we are yelling some friendly banter back and forth... just trying to see who was in the better rickshaw...  Well Eric and Sharyl pass us, and our guy is like don't worry.. then jumps on the back of their rig and is hitching a ride.. Eric is hitting him and trying to get him to turn loose.. but, he never let go... so here we are hitching a ride and the guy on the bike says "which way"  our dude says "go straight" then dives of and makes a fast turn to the right, looks over his shoulder and tells us this was a shortcut...  
Well other dude makes a WIDE turn and almost hits a fence... Eric and Sharyl are yelling... the kid almost hit mailboxes... he's driving down the darn sidewalk!
Well, we are in the lead.. and he's just huffing and puffing and the dude on the bike NEVER caught us...
he dropped us off at the customs office at the pier right next to the ship.. and oh my word, that was worth the trip to BC. 
All of us on the pier after the race!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Captains Log.. Day 5

Woke up surrounded by the sea again... Today we are scheduled to be at sea all day.
We met up with sharyl and eric for breakfast.. and used our daily patter to schedule out what we were to do today on the ship.    Clint and Eric wanted to do the texas hold 'em tournament. So Sharyl and I decided that at 11, we would play Bingo.
Well we get all signed up for bingo at 11, and we are sitting there dabbing away at our number... B11, N45....  then some old woman yells "BINGO!!!!!!!" we are like.. darn...
so game 2 starts...  we are both dabbing away... not even like 10 minutes into the game... some young girl yells bingo....  darnit.. REALLY????????
ugggh.. so game 3.....  I had one more number to get and I'd have had bingo....... he calls out a number.. and it was one off from mine.. darnit.. and don't you know... BINGO from the back...
Sharyl and I are like... SERIOUSLY?  well yeah.. they are winning all the bingo money...
so here we are... final round... we are thinking.. ok.. we are totally going to win, we both bought extra cards for the $1400 dollar round.  Things are tense in the room...  numbers are being called out.. patterns are being dabbed on sheets... and Sharyl says.. ok.. 2 more and I've got a bingo... I had like 3 more to go........... more numbers and dabs... then "BINGO!"  *le sigh*   we didn't win bingo..
let me tell you what...  I can see how elderly people get into fights over this game... just saying...
well.. once that was over and we licked our wounds and collected our bingo sheets and dabbers.. we walked over to the casino to see what was going on.. the guys were sitting at a PACKED table... and in a few minutes there were cha-cha dance lessons going to be going on in club fusion....  so we tried to get them to go with us.. but, they weren't interested in our dance lessons.. so Sharyl said... ok I'll be the man... haha.. So off to the club we went..
There were a bunch of people there.. so we were split up into guys and girls.. and sharyl had to stand on the guy side! haha..  So when it got to the time to practice.. Sharyl says "this is my dance space.. that's yours.. let's cha cha" I busted out laughing... holy dirty dancing batman..  So I was all "spaghetti arms!"  we had a blast.. and learned how to cha cha.. once that was over.. we went back to the casino.. and the guys were still in the tournament.. therefore; we decided to go shopping...  well... didn't really find anything we liked.. until we found a little "street sale" going on in one of the deck hall ways.. outside of a jewelry store. I bought me a set of pearls, 3 strands, Czechoslovakia Pearls... I bit them.. they were real.. the little asian boy behind the counter looked appalled that I did that.. but, hey.. I'm not buying some crap...
well then we got into this other store, and Sharyl found a pair of pants to where for the formal supper tonight.  they were pretty too.  So, we got all done shopping, which was a few hours... then went back to the casino to see how the guys were making out at the table...  My cowboy asked what I bought and I said.. something for tonight.. but, I used my poker winnings for it :)
Well after that.. we said.. we were going to mozey on up to our hair appointments... So we stopped at the horizon deck (buffet deck) and had a cup of coffee.. since you had to pass buy it to get to the 15th deck..
So we spent some time chitchatting doing our girl talk stuffs.. and headed up to get our hair done..
We went for the 20-30s theme this night..
My hair dresser Zara put tons of pin curls in my hair.. it was awesome. Sharyl's hair looked darn good too, her hair dresser did a good job on it.
We moseyed on back down to our staterooms and got all dolled up, yet again :) and headed out to Sabbatini's Italian restaurant, which was conveniently located on the ship....
I had Veal cutlet........ all I can say is.. It was amazing... a nice half inch cutlet grilled to perfection.... mmm mmm mmmm.  Then we rolled out of there and over to a, well what I thought, was going to be a marriage game show... I had NO idea that we were going to be on it...
So Eric got up.. and said he was signing them up for it.. well they get everything situated and low and behold.. we hear.. Collette say over the pa system "a newly wed couple from South Carolina, Clint and Tara"..........  that moment of.. ohhhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooo RUN went through my brain..... well they called up another couple that had been married 25 years.. and another that was married 53, which actually were the ones partying next to us on the balcony.....
SO, They introduce all of us to what seemed like the WHOLE ship... and they took us women away.. and asked the guys some questions.. nothing bad... and we had to answer them.. and if we answered the same as our spouse we got points.  well, we were like 4 for 4 the same... then they made the guys go away..  I won't go word by word each questions.. but, I'm going to tell you the most significant one.......
They asked "if your husband was to dress up in drag, what would he enjoy the most? A) Women's underwear. B) The Makeup. C) Jewelry or D) Shoes.. Well they started with the lady of 53 years of marriage, She answered the underware...  Then they moved to the lady of 25 years.... she said.. Underware.. they get to me... my gears are burning... I'm thinking man that's embarrassing to think of my husband in women's clothes.. and funny to try to picture him in a pair of heels.. and makeup?!?! yeah no way.... then I got to thinking.. well.... he designed my engagement ring.. so I held up the Microphone and belted out "the jewelry.. definitely the jewelry"... So then the guys get escorted back in.. and they had red roses for us, awwwe.  So they start down the end, with the couple of 53 years.... and he says "ohhh definitely the underwear woohoooo", people are laughing....  then they move to the couple of 25 years.. and he says "oh yeah women's underwear heck yeah".. then they get to my newly wed husband... and he grabs the mic, thinks for a minute... then speaks "Well, I would say women's underwear, but she doesn't wear any.................... and there isn't even a pair in the house......................... so I'm going with jewelry........" The look that was on my face.. must have been priceless.... but, people were laughing and just hootin' and hollerin'......... and I'm in shock.. thinking ... yeah he just did that... he really did... well..... after reality set in.. all I could do was laugh.. that really was funny... And we wound up winning the newly wed gameshow, and we were pretty proud we beet two couples married 25 and 53 years.. that's a long time to spend with someone... and I hope we are still finishing each other sentences then, but I know we will be.. we are like two peas in a pod!
We finished that night off with their London pub comedy hour, which was an absolute hoot! and went to sleep to make our journey to Victoria, British Columbia the next day.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Captains Log.. Day 4


There is no end in sight for the food.... I have eaten until food is coming out me ears...
not that I'm complaining....
This morning we awoke to Skagway..  Which happens to be my most favorite town out of all of them.. We got up extra early as to ensure that we had time to walk around and explore a little bit, since our time has been so short in the port cities...







I found some interesting candy in one of the stores..

and a mountain dew for 2.95.... which was outrageous.. but, I was jones-ing for the drink.. so I thought about it real hard.. and Sharyl wound up buying both of us one :)  <3
It was the best mountain dew I had, had in weeks......


Oldest brothel still around :)


the outside of this building is completely made of driftwood...



Well our time in Skagway was short, but we made it back to the tour bus line... and was picked up by a younger guy who was explaining things about skagway.. like this building lined with driftwood. and told us a little bit about the town and the gold rush, etc.











We finally arrived at the gold mine... and went on a tour.. which I didn't get to hear much about because there was a rude man who bathed in cologne and it was giving me a headache.. so We hung in the back, and once the tour went through, we all stood back and looked at pictures and read the little signs about everything..
once we got out of the old gold mining rig, we panned for gold ourselves...
and boy oh boy I struck some gold!
but, not enough to get all worked up over....
So.. after that... they had a little restaurant.. that was a buffet for $14.95.. but get this... a one time trip buffet...... so after I complained about prices and this and that... I wound up getting the buffet and fit about 12 ribs on there and a breast of chicken and some coleslaw and I was happier than a pig in mud.  Oh how I missed BBQ...... mmmm..
Then this lady walked up to us... her name was Deborah... She said "Hi I'm Deborah, I'm your tour guide for the White Pass Train ride... y'all sure do have a lot of food on the table".  Sharyl said we were getting a to go  box for it.. and we'd be with her shortly.. She said "no rush you have 15 minutes"
We were the last ones on the bus....  I held my breath when we walked by cologne man.
So we get to the train station and get on this train..  we were in one of the original train cars that they had from way back then.  and as we hugged the side of this mountain climbing to the top, Deborah was explaining many things to us about the gold rush and this trail, and how the Canadians wanted a ton of goods, so people could only carry 50lbs on their back at a time, so they were making multiple, multiple trips up this trail... which wasn't so bad after the train came along...
but, In learning this.. I decided... no part of me would have wanted gold bad enough to walk that trail a gazillion times, then build a boat on an iced lake, wait for it to thaw out and hope the boat floats.. then boat up to the Youkon.... Nope... not me...  I would have opened a saloon :) and ran me one of those brothels... hahahahah
We got to see the actual trail that the goldrush men and women pounded into the ground for years.  it was barely wide enough for people to walk.. let alone when they started bringing horses up the trail.
We were told that the horses would only make it so far and they would slip off and die or die on the trail and they would push them over the side....  and that story was followed by the smell that was coming from the ravine was disgusting... I could only imagine... ugh..
Once we were gaining some ground on the tracks, we were informed to look out the window and see what was ahead...
yeah it was a long wooden bridge.. and apparently this train was going over it.....  immediately followed by 2 tunnels.... Once we got to the first tunnel Deborah told us we had to sing, I've been working on the railroad as loud as we could... and by god we did! It was really fun... and the second tunnel was even longer, so I strained my brain trying to remember all the words to that song from my childhood.. haha
I did alright if I say so myself!









The actual Trail that the Goldrush took place on



Once we reached the top we crossed into Canada.... My first glimpse at a foreign Land....
then Deborah handed out champagne and a awesome little goodies bag and we toasted and ate cheese and crackers... :)  then when we were about to pass through back into Alaska... she said we were going to pass another train.. so we turned our car into the party railcar... we were singing and dancing and holding up champagne glasses... the people in the other train were looking at us... all shocked and jealous.. hahaha It was awesome :)
then one the way back down the mountain I stood outside taking it all in, not from behind the glass... it was breathtaking...
I can't believe what people went through to try to get to the yukon to get gold...
determination is an amazing thing...
Once we were getting closer to entering Skagway again... Deborah had us sing and dance: she'll be coming around the mountain when she comes.... and ohhh man it was fun...
this was my favorite tour and my favorite city by the time the train came to a halt at the train station.
I wish I had more time in that city.. I'd like to see it in the winter...




We got back on the ship and had supper.... then watched a comedy show in one of the lounges and that was the end of day 4 at sea :)

So this Skagway was Awesome.. They don't have a doctor or dentist.  they come in once a month.. and they have a city ordinance that on your 9th month of pregnancy you have to fly to Juneau to get out of the town, because you aren't allowed to give birth in the city...
imagine that..

Me, Clint, Deborah, Eric and Sharyl

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Captains Log.. Day 3

I ordered room service for breakfast the night before.  We had a full out continental breakfast delivered at 6:30 am.  Sharyl and I decided to order that the night before, since we would be cruising Tracy Arm Glacier that morning.
While My cowboy and I were eating our breakfast in our stateroom suite. we were just amazed by the icebergs and color of the water.. everything was so perfect it looked fake.  I felt like I was in a lord of the rings movie it was so beautiful.
when we finally reached the Glacier it was simply amazing.. Words can't express how beautiful it was and the surrounding mountains.  We made it up to the observation deck, which was really crowded.
and there was that one "kid" that is a poster child for birth control.. you know the ones I'm talking about.  well the little brat was laying on the deck rolling around doing that fake cry "ma--huh-huh-meeeeee" and the mother is saying to her "mommy said don't do that honey".. "please stop"....... whatever dr. spock.....
so I started to ask my cowboy if he wanted to go back to the room, while we wait to arrive in Juneau and he said "yeah I'm sick of listening to this kid".. and off we went... Well the said "mommy".... says as we are walking by "excuse me buddy.. up yours"....  that took a second to sink in.. and I looked at her and busted out laughing... like really?  seriously?  you said excuse me.. then followed it by up yours.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH  what a pushover.  I decided I might hurt her prissy ears if I was to tell her what I thought of her and her kid and her lack of decent execution of an insult.  So I took the high road.. pointed and laughed and kept walking..




Tracy Arm



We got back to our stateroom and the neighbors were having a good ole time on their balcony listening to violin music and drinking bloody mary's dahhhhhhhlin'.  They were hilarious...  we enjoyed the scenery on our balcony as we made our way from Tracy Arm towards Juneau.  We Met up with Eric and Sharyl to have lunch.. and needed to kill some time before we disembarked from the ship... so Clint and Eric wanted to go play poker...So sharyl and I hit the slot machines.. and I never played.. I just stare at them.. and try to decide which one to play and they are just loud... and get on my nerves.. so I went to play roulette.. I made 10 bucks after loosing 30.. so I took my chips and left.... Found Clint and Eric playing 3 card stud poker with Marina.. She's the dealer from Russia :) she was AWESOME!
So I sit down and I'm like.. I want to play.. Clint says.. we aren't allowed to talk at the table so I can't explain how to play.. I said.. fine.. and I sat down.. and put 20 bucks worth of chips down.. and I won.. then lost the next hand... and the third hand.. I got 3 kings.. Well I'm going about my business and she got to me.. and flipped my cards over and said.." TARA!!!!!!!!"  I was like "what... I beat your hand.." and Clint said "YOU WON 300 Dollars!"   I said.. "excuse me?!?!" Marina said "That plays 30 - 1.. you won 300".... I started screaming like I just got an all expense paid trip to disney...  Then I collected my chips.. gave Marina a nice tip and walked off with my chips.... everyone was like where are you going?  I said... "my luck has run out... and I'm outta here.." I cashed those bad boys in and tucked that 300 smacaroos into my pocket and got a big grin on my face... then walked out of the casino...

Juneau

After we got off the ship we immediately had to find our tour bus.  and we found it alright... and the tour guide's name was "lunchbox".. that was the funniest thing about him.  He was nice.. just trying a little too hard...
He took us to Mendenhall glacier..  but not before we went through town.  I did not like Juneau.. It's completely commercialized and just ick. They also have a problem getting meat there... everything that comes into Juneau has to be shipped or brought in by plane.  They have a McDonalds *gag* but, it was the only McDonalds around.  So on opening day (this all came from lunchbox) people were flying in from all over buy dozens of burgers to bring back to their towns.  I couldn't believe it.  oh and he said they sold like 10,000 burgers on opening day and the line of cars was backed up for miles.....
And here I am.. I haven't eaten at McDonalds in 6 years or some crap.. I would rather starve then eat there.... hmmm.. made me realize how blessed I am to live on a ranch, where we have beef cattle, hens and vegetables....
Well when we arrived at Mendenhall glacier.. there was a bear in a tree.. people flipped out about it..  I was excited until I saw it was a black bear and not a grizzly.... we got black bears at home..

So we all trekked up to the Mendenhall Glacier... and It was absolutely stunning... It has silt all over the ice because the glaciers carve out the mountain as they come down.. I have never seen such beautiful scenery in my life...

After we spent about an hour there... we got back on a tour bus and headed to a ferry to go whale watching...








so we just took off... and they were telling us about humpback whales and seals and eagles.. and how that was what we would be guaranteed to see.....
No sooner did the captain finish saying that.. when they spotted a group of Orca's.... and a baby!
they were jumping and playing and swimming around... one breeched the water but I didn't get the camera up in time... They look so much better in the wild and no at Seaworld... The captain stated that it was rare to see orca's and that's why they weren't mentioned in the opening speech.
We watched them for about 45 minutes.. and headed out further....





When we came up upon about 5 humpback whales bubble netting.. The captain said she was speechless and had never seen that many humpback whales fishing together...  apparently, what they do is swim around in a circle.. and one dives down and pushes the bait fish up and they all bum rush the fish.. and it's called bubble netting..
it was awesome. I love humpback whales.. and they were just so magnificent and huge.... I just don't know what to say about them... except they were amazing...
we finished the evening off in the Casino with our favorite dealer Marina.






Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Captains Log.. Day 2

After passing out the night before from a carbohydrate coma that I put myself in.
I woke up looking at a snow capped mountain..... It was breathtaking.  All day yesterday as far as you could see all around the ship was water and sky.  Then I open my eyes and see Land-HOOOOOOOOO.  I was so happy.











The Port of Ketchikan from our stateroom

We Ported in Ketchikan Alaska,  It was a gorgeous small fishing town.  on the port side there were houses on an island that had no streets going to them.. they had docks and they drive their boats across the water to the main town of Ketchikan.  It was awesome.  We had breakFEAST at the horizon deck buffet.  all you can eat eggs, bacon and fixings..  and Fresh fruit... holy crap! the fresh fruit was amazing.  After we all got fat and happy we were impatiently waiting for them to open the gangway...
When they finally opened it and we got to shore we had about 30 minutes to kill until we had to meet up with our tour guide.




We took a little walk about the town and were asked for the first time if we were from Texas.  We politely said no then began to explain we were from South Carolina..














Finally it was time to meet up with our alaskan fishing guide.  Her name was Beth. She was bad ass. She didn't make us put on all that stupid fishing gear... and I asked why the life jacket.. and she said.. well just incase a whale decides to pop up and tip us over...  well that shut me right up....

She got us about 45 minutes out on a 20 foot skiff and we began to fish.
 Clint caught the first fish. then I caught one.. I got a Cod! Then Sharyl got a flounder, but we threw it back since it was small.  Eric didn't get anything.  we we teased him a bit.. and then picked up and moved to another spot.  I got a hit but the sucker got away.  then we packed up and moved again.. and we hit the jackpot... there were Copper rock fish everywhere...  we caught a whole mess of them.. Clint also caught a starfish and a sea cucumber... very interesting....





After a few hours of fishing and collecting.  we took 5 of the best back to shore with us.. where our guide skinned them, then handed them off to a cook who had a rustic old tent and fire set up where she was making a fish soup.. oh it was good... really good.. and awesome.. we caught the fish that day.. took them with us and ate them for lunch.. perfect!









From left to right.  Sharyl, Eric, Beth (in the middle) Myself and Clint



Well sharyl and I had to pee.. and we found a make shift toilet that they had made next to a tree.. it had a door and sides.. but, no back! hahahah

Alaskan Porter Potty :)


After our bellies were full and we had some coffee and conversation.. we all got back onto the skiff and headed back for mainland..


on our way.. we passed dozens of bald headed eagles.  did you know they are black until they are about 3?  I didn't.. but, I learned it this day!
We threw left over fish parts at them.. and they were diving for them and it was simply stunning.
We got back to the dock and practically ran back to the pier because we had like 30 minutes and 45 minutes until we were leaving that port.  It was an all day adventure that we were just blessed with.
Once we were back on the ship.. we all had couples massage appointments.
no seaweed involved with this :) We had two mussiest and they put us in this big massage room with two beds.. they let us get situated then came back in and gave us 50 minute massages...
ahhh relaxing....
we went back to the room, showered and met up with Sharyl and Eric again, to get us some grub in the chow hall.. and then back to sleep!

Alaskan Night Time

Red at night.. Sailors Delight!