Mune 2012 Roadtrip, Leg 3: Ferry to Alaska

We headed north from the California redwoods, re-packed our truck, and drove it onto the M/V Columbia for a ferry ride from Bellingham, Washington to Haines, Alaska.  We had a four berth cabin.  Zach’s crib took up most of the walking room.  Kris, being six months pregnant and a girl, chose the bottom bunk.  I took both the top bunks.  The horn sounded and we were off.

Zach is getting ready for a long trip.

We ate peanut butter and jelly for two meals a day and M&Ms for the third.  We slept in fits and starts.  I moved to the bottom bunk so I could get up and down without landing on Zach.

At Ketchikan, we got off so we could eat a full breakfast at the Best Western.  Coffee and eggs and a scoff when I asked for turkey bacon.  Welcome to Alaska.  The horn sounded and we got back on the ship with new people to greet.

Zach and I ran up and down the hallways, meeting people, gawking at the tents being duct taped down on the solarium, taking in the views of snowy mountains, whales, and porpoises.

It took four days of smooth water and nap time PA announcements.  We spent hours outside, walking, feeling the wind, and pointing at nothing in particular.

The ship stopped and we made our way onto the car deck.

We pulled off the Columbia and onto our new state.

I had a voicemail message.  There was a house waiting for us on the base in Anchorage.  Kris smiled.  We were home.  Zach smiled and continued to point at nothing in particular.

And I smiled at the memories we had just made.

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About Jimmy

The stories herein are about a sentimental 80s child who cried at every showing of ET (the sad part where he was lying in the wash) and his families, then and now. His wife, son, parents, and siblings play their parts well. They have their exits and their entrances. Sometimes their exits are sad, but not as sad as ET.
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10 Responses to Mune 2012 Roadtrip, Leg 3: Ferry to Alaska

  1. Cindy says:

    welcome home!

  2. inkline says:

    What a nice ferry ride it was. Remember how after we got off we kept running into people from the ferry (who knew Zach) as we drove toward Anchorage? He’s so good at making friends.
    Don’t forget the hot water and Snickers! And all the good reading time!
    Good smiles. Good memories for us together!

  3. Ron says:

    Nice trip details. Alaska is great.

  4. Dianna says:

    Love the pics. Enjoy your new home!

  5. I lived in Juneau for 8 years, and still have family there. Alaska has a spirit all its own, and I know you will enjoy the unique flavor of the state. Do travel when you can. The state is astoundingly large. We used to joke to Texans, saying “Watch out or we’ll divide Alaska in half and make Texas the Third largest state.”

  6. granbee says:

    Jimmy, I am just thrilled for you and your family that your trip to Alaska was so much fun and such a fine maker of memories for your children! Thanks so much for the uplifting sharing here!

  7. Maxi says:

    The photos say it all, Jimmy. You have a lovely family, Zach is more adorable every time he peers into the lens.
    Blessings – Maxi

    • Jo says:

      I love the way Zach-man points at nothing in particular with such emphasis. It was good practice for his now meaningful use of that motion to tell us his age :). Love, love, love seeing him grow and change… even though only on skype right now.

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