Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8th, in Ketchikan, Alaska
This was a unique day because it was a port day for us...but it was a late port day. We're used to waking up and the ship is either already in the port or is pulling in shortly and you get off the boat first thing in the morning. We weren't due to arrive in Ketchikan until around noon, however...so that gave everyone on the ship all morning to sleep in or find something to do.
We decided to start our morning with breakfast; and because the weather was so amazing, we were able to eat out on deck at the breakfast buffet.....aaaah, this is what vacation is all about!!
After breakfast, we had an appointment for our next spa experience.
After we were done with our spa experience, we headed back to our room to change, grabbed a quick lunch and then went down to meet our tour group. Today's excursion was an experiential one. As you already know from this blog, we love excursions with animals. If we can't do that, we like to do active excursions (like the swinging bridge we did in Vancouver)------and in an ideal world an active excursion that involves animals like snorkeling or horseback riding! Today's excursion was the "Bear Creek Zipline Adventure." We had ziplined once before on a Caribbean cruise in Mexico with friends and enjoyed it and thought that doing it here in Alaska, in what we learned was the "largest temperate rainforest in the world" (I think I'm remembering that right) would be cool.
The trip to our zip-line adventure included some sight-seeing including more beautiful mountain ranges and another area of totem poles:
Again we decided to not do the evening show (a juggler I think) and instead chilled up on deck taking in the scenery before getting ready for dinner. Tonight was a weird night for ties, too. It turned out that we had brought too many ties with us on this trip. We had tinkerbell ties that we really wanted to wear so we could get pictures in them...so we put them on and went down for photos. Here are the tink ties:
Then another wardrobe change was necessary-----we happened to see in the personal navigator (the schedule put out daily by the ship so you know what's happening when and where) that Ariel would be out for pictures this evening. We have many, many character photos from the ships....but in our vast collection, we have NONE with Ariel (because usually she's swimming UNDER the ship and not walking around ON it, of course! *wink*). Well you may remember also that for semi-formal night the previous week we had worn our Ariel ties and vests....well, the opportunity for a pic with the princess from under the sea in our matching outfits could NOT be passed up....so we quick changed into our Ariel garb (which she LOVED...and even said she should get a dress with OUR pictures on it! LOL)...
After an amazing meal in Palo, we headed back to our room for the night. Tonight, however, we were met not only with our towel animal(s)....