Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
After a good night's rest following our very full day yesterday, we disembark the Volendam early this morning in preparation for our 10-day land tour of the Yukon and Alaska. A whole new journey lies ahead and we are very excited!
The ship has docked in Skagway early and it is this quaint little village where we will spend our first evening. We join 25 other guests for this portion of our trip which begins with a quick "city" tour. Our driver drives us through the 6-block downtown area before heading for an overview lookout spot of the "entire" area and then allows for a quick stop at the historical cemetery. A charming spot and a good sense of the region we're about to embark upon.
The morning is cloudy and misty, but we're in a rain forest area, so quite appropriate. We take a little walking tour of the little town on our own, stopping for a quick bite at a local eatery, peek in a couple of shops, including an Outdoor Emporium where Celeste can make a much needed purchase of a cover for her camera. The clerks are more than helpful and we find the darling town just charming.
Our room won't be ready until mid-afternoon, and we're scheduled for a little excursion over in Haines before that. We continue our explore for a bit, bundling as the rain intensifies and the cool air turns fairly cold. It's July! For these Florida girls, we're pretty amazed still.
Gathering our needed rain gear, we head back to the docks to meet our guide for our afternoon adventure on 4x4 mules in the mountains - hopefully, the rain will clear. Otherwise, we're ready for a slushy journey!!