The majestic, snow covered ranges of Alaska, as seen from the ship
The return leg of any trip lacks the sparkle and excitement of the outbound portion, but today I find myself back at home and honestly somewhat glad to be back on good old terra firma. The Alaskan cruise I've been on with a small group of folks was certainly eventful, and I'll probably do several posts about the good and less-than-good portions of it for those of you who've missed the experience of being aboard a cruise ship so far.
One member of our party had a heart attack along the way, but thankfully while we were in port. They were taken ashore, hospitalized briefly in a small town hospital and then flown by private Lear jet back to a better equipped facility where they were stabilized and will more than likely be flown home today under medical supervision.
That bump in the trip aside, it was an incredible whirlwind of sights, adventures and superb dining that I'll share with you... after I deal with this mountain of laundry and mail that accumulated over the past couple of weeks.
Internet connectivity was expensive (between 40 and 75 cents per minute, depending on the amount of time you purchased - and data moved only slightly faster than the glaciers outside our window - but I'm back, and we'll get back on track here by Monday. Thanks for sticking with me.
An Alaskan glacier reaches the edge of a cliff, where it calves and falls to the rocks below - taken from a helicopter