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.






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