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Old 01-29-2015   #46 (permalink)
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I am lucky that my husband is pretty adventurous, food-wise. Actually, I am the one who can be a bit picky: I don't like seafood of any kind, and organ meats are a migraine trigger, but I still get by pretty well.These two things don't usually stop me from finding something good to eat. Problem is, my hubby loves Joe's Crab Shack. It doesn't bother me because they have steak and chicken, but he often feels that he is doing me a disservice by wanting to go.

I'm a bit jealous that you'll get to go twice this year, plus your trip to Isla last year!! You'll have fun with your sister. I would love to travel with another couple, but most of our friends always find an excuse. My cousin would be a blast to go with, but her hubby doesn't fly well.
That's hard, isn't it??

We have several good friends "couples"....but very few that we would travel with for longer than a few days, especially to Playa. We have our routine...it's breakfast, beach, pool, nap dinner. Rinse well and repeat. Not too many of our couples friends can relax the same way we can.

We vacation with my sister and BIL a lot, since they're with the program

LOVED all the pics in this trip report, too!!
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That's hard, isn't it??

We have several good friends "couples"....but very few that we would travel with for longer than a few days, especially to Playa. We have our routine...it's breakfast, beach, pool, nap dinner. Rinse well and repeat. Not too many of our couples friends can relax the same way we can.

We vacation with my sister and BIL a lot, since they're with the program

LOVED all the pics in this trip report, too!!
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

We travelled to the Royal with another couple last year and had a great time. All four of us are hoping to be able to make another visit in the next year or two, but co-ordinating vacation schedules of four people who all work full time can be a bit of a challenge.
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Your trip report and the photos are fantastic! Looks like an awesome vacation and a great resort.
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Your trip report and the photos are fantastic! Looks like an awesome vacation and a great resort.
Thanks! It was a great time, even if it was a lot more passive than most of our trips.

I'll be heading to Denali National Park this summer for my annual northern trek. Hopefully weather and circumstance will co-operate & I'll have another northern trip report to post this August.

Where are you heading next?
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Thanks! It was a great time, even if it was a lot more passive than most of our trips.

I'll be heading to Denali National Park this summer for my annual northern trek. Hopefully weather and circumstance will co-operate & I'll have another northern trip report to post this August.

Where are you heading next?
I am so jealous of your Denali National Park trip, and I will look forward to that report and the photos. I have only done an Alaskan cruise, so some day I hope to do a land trip.

Other than a trip to Florida in March to check out our rental house I have nothing planned this winter. I lost my 5 weeks vacation when my employer shut down this spring, so I now have about half that for vacation, so I am saving it for summer up at the lake cabin. Pam leaves today for Cabo. Lucky her.
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I am so jealous of your Denali National Park trip, and I will look forward to that report and the photos. I have only done an Alaskan cruise, so some day I hope to do a land trip.
I have been fortunate enough to visit Alaska 5 or 6 times, always travelling independently. My wife has tried several times to convince me to take an Alaskan cruise; most of them depart from our hometown, after all. I always tell her that we can see the same scenery from the state ferry for a fraction of the cost, bring our own vehicle along, and set our own itinerary, all while getting to know some real Alaskans.

I suggested we could book ourselves on the ferry from Bellingham, WA up to Skagway, AK, stopping for a day or two in Ketchikan, Petersburg and Juneau, then drive home via the Alaska highway.

She's not buying it. She still claims to prefer the cruise option, so the conversation continues....

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I have been fortunate enough to visit Alaska 5 or 6 times, always travelling independently. My wife has tried several times to convince me to take an Alaskan cruise; most of them depart from our hometown, after all. I always tell her that we can see the same scenery from the state ferry for a fraction of the cost, bring our own vehicle along, and set our own itinerary, all while getting to know some real Alaskans.

I suggested we could book ourselves on the ferry from Bellingham, WA up to Skagway, AK, stopping for a day or two in Ketchikan, Petersburg and Juneau, then drive home via the Alaska highway.

She's not buying it. She still claims to prefer the cruise option, so the conversation continues....

She's not buying it....and so we
You are an adventurous individual, so I can see why an Alaskan criuse does not appeal to you. My wife loves to cruise, so we have done so many times. It is not my favorite way to travel but I always end up having a very good time. The Alaska cruise was a nice week, but it was during rainy season and the season lived up to it's name. I tell people we saw the bottom 500' of Alaska because we rarely saw any mountain peaks. I'm sure your wife would love it, but you would need to put aside your adventurous side and just enjoy it.

We had a second Alaskan cruise planned in 2010 but Pam got sick just before and we cancelled. That worked out ok because later that summer we took a vacation to your town and spent a few days in Whistler also. Great area you live in!

If you are interested, here are some photos from the Alaska cruise.

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You are an adventurous individual, so I can see why an Alaskan criuse does not appeal to you. My wife loves to cruise, so we have done so many times. It is not my favorite way to travel but I always end up having a very good time. The Alaska cruise was a nice week, but it was during rainy season and the season lived up to it's name. I tell people we saw the bottom 500' of Alaska because we rarely saw any mountain peaks. I'm sure your wife would love it, but you would need to put aside your adventurous side and just enjoy it.

We had a second Alaskan cruise planned in 2010 but Pam got sick just before and we cancelled. That worked out ok because later that summer we took a vacation to your town and spent a few days in Whistler also. Great area you live in!

If you are interested, here are some photos from the Alaska cruise.

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Outstanding photos! The calving glacier shots are spectacular Thanks for sharing them.

Loved the whales also. I've spotted whales in close proximity from the decks of ferries and other boats a half-dozen times or more and I never seem to have my camera with me. Must be a curse of some sort.

The wife continues periodically to try and persuade me to cruise to AK. I'm sure she'll get her way eventually. She always does.

I'm glad you had a chance to visit BC and to experience some of the outstanding beauty of this place. We've always considered ourselves privileged to live in this part of the world.

Whistler is certainly a beautiful place, but it's a shame that few visitors ever venture further into the mountains. Less than an hour north of Whistler, and about a three-minute easy walk from Hwy 99, you arrive at places like this (no apologies for the shameless plug):


20-30 minutes further up the road:


The downside to all this, unfortunately, is the seemingly-endless series of grey days we get in the fall and winter. Haven't seen the sun all week so far...
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Those are awesome photos! While riding the Peak to Peak, and driving up to the the sites they were preparing for the upcoming Olympics, I knew there were all kinds of awe inspiring sites that I was missing. I wish I had known of you then so I could have asked for some advice.
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Those are awesome photos! While riding the Peak to Peak, and driving up to the the sites they were preparing for the upcoming Olympics, I knew there were all kinds of awe inspiring sites that I was missing. I wish I had known of you then so I could have asked for some advice.
Thanks!
BC is always worth a repeat visit.
Drop me a line if you head this way again.
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Wow. Unbelievable! And I'm no stranger to spectacular mountain views. Thanks for sharing, it has only strengthened me resolve to visit Alaska one day.
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Wow. Unbelievable! And I'm no stranger to spectacular mountain views. Thanks for sharing, it has only strengthened me resolve to visit Alaska one day.
Thank you!

I hope you do get a chance to visit Alaska which is a truly spectacular place. These shots, however, were both taken in southwestern British Columbia, which is also very much worth a visit - possibly on your way to Alaska.

Glad you liked them!

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