I got up and went to eat by myself. I sat with some older ladies at the Solos table. Turns out they needed some help with their apps (Holland America has an app to help plan your day) – so I helped them get the app set up on their phone. A 3rd lady showed up and asked me to help her as well.
After breakfast I headed to the Crow’s Nest for music trivia. There werent many of us – at the beginning but we ended up with three teams. We of course didnt win – but it was theme songs so it was more fun than other music trivia.
After trivia I hung out with Becky and went to find some food. After lunch we headed back to the Crow’s Nest for Solo’s game time. We played the game with about a dozen of us – they put stickers with famous people’s names on them and then we had to guess who we were.
I headed down to the Explorers lounge for OWL trivia (OWL stands for Older, Wiser Lesbian). Our team was the youngest – we tied for first though!
After trivia a small group of us went to play games in the library but all the tables were full! So we grabbed a couple games and went back to the Explorer’s lounge. We settled on Trivial Pursuit. We ended up playing for a couple hours and everyone was exhausted and over it. We ended up breaking up and doing separate things.
Jess and I ended up grabbing Julia and going to a stretch session up in the gym. It was a nice little session. After the stretch we separated to get ready for WHITE NIGHT! (also known as glacier night)
Julia and I got ready and went to the library to wait for the rest of the group to go to dinner. We were playing Bananagrams and people slowly started to trickle in, in their white!! Julie and I had our white robes on for the white party!! We really know how to light up a room!
We all went to dinner and ended up squishing 10 people at an 8 top! We had surf and turf and Becky and I swapped – she got turf and I got surf!!
After dinner – we all headed to the Crow’s Nest for the White Party!! Julie and I led the gang into the room – we danced all the way around, dropped off those who were staying and danced right out of the room to go to bed!! Just my style!!
I finally decided to go on an excursion Julia is still fighting her cold – so she just kept sleeping. I went with Julie, Lori, Becca, and Becky on the train ride to just inside Canada and back. It was about a 3 hour experience. We got to stand on the back porch for the whole ride!
Our little guide, Benjamin, was great – answering all of our weird and random questions about the town, the train and the history that goes along with it. Turns out he makes great money – so much he could work his four months and then take the rest of the year off to travel (many youngsters do this)!
After the fun train ride we all headed into town to find something to eat. We managed to grab even more Olivia travelers, but then dropped them because we couldnt decide on food choices. The usual group of us headed to a brewery. i was so happy with the options!! I ended up with beer cheese soup – but sadly they were out of pretzels (this should be a crime, they go hand and hand). Julie loved her fish and chips – it was halibut and tator tots! Becky got a salmon burger (who knew that was a thing) – everyone really seemed to enjoy their food.
After our lunch we headed out into town to check out all the little shops. Everyone was able to get their souvenir they wanted/needed including Harley Davidson stuff! On our walk back to the ship Julie almost got hit by a bus!! It was so crazy She would like me to explain how and what happened. I had been talking about renting scooters and Julie was staring at them and debating them when a bus turned the corner and came so to her we all screamed. Becky totally saved Julie from her death!! Hero status!!
Everyone kind of broke up near the boat – and Becky and I headed out on a short hike while others went back to the boat. It was a cute little 1/2 mile hike that ended up at a point with a great view of the water and the boats. Much easier than the last hike I did!!
Once back on the boat I headed up to the Crow’s nest for the team trivia – solo edition! There were about 18 of us – and my friends started to flow in AFTER it started. Of course I managed to get the gang to come – I think they started to just give in and come to appease me. The best part was – this was the first trivia we won!! Woohoo!!
Per usual we hung around together after our trivia event. After a bit we parted ways again to get cleaned up for a show. The whole group of us (including Julia) showed up. It was a pretty cool feeling to have such a large group to find seating – tough but Im not going to lie, I felt cool. I just love these women!!
Julia left the show partway in and I went to join her so we could play games, Bananagrams of course!! Once the show was over we all headed down to dinner. Its so awesome – our table needed to get bigger and bigger, we just added chairs and squished together – good thing we like each other!!
After dinner, we all parted ways with the assumption we would meet up for breakfast – yummy yummy breakfast!!
It’s the 4th of July and another town to visit – but first a scenic cruise through the Tracy Arm. I had talked to the boat guide before today and she had recommended getting up early to go sit on the deck and watch for wildlife.
I was up at 6am and out by 620 to claim a spot on the deck and grab a blanket (note: normally on decks they have “towel” areas – on this cruise they were blankets instead!). There werent many people on the deck so I did a few laps and then hunkered down. Shortly after I settled along a railing Julie came to hang. We went to an early breakfast to fill our staomaches before the scenic cruise really got underway. I found caramel rolls this day – and Julie found crab cake benefits – from now forward we believed “We are living our best lives.”
We sat under blankets on sun chairs to stay warm during the cruise. Shortly after we got back Becca joined us under more blankets and we just enjoyed the view and some small talk. Becca ended up treating us to some hot cocoa in these smoke stack mugs!
After the scenic cruise we went up to play trivia again. Of course we didnt win – but we had fun and a small gang of us had started to show up for each trivia event. After trivia we got the gang together for lunch. Julia believes she is getting a cold so she ended up sleeping all morning but joined us to fill her belly!
After our group lunch (we are now over 7 for the usual gang) we all went to get ready to get off the ship for the afternoon. Julia went back to bed and I got on my shoes – packed a full bottle of water and headed out. I didnt really have an agenda – but so many people were going on excursions I just wanted to go see the town.
I typed “hike” into google and found a peak called Mt. Roberts with a hike to the top. You can take a gondola to the top – but I opted to hike it….Im not quite sure what I was thinking.
It was about a 35 m inute walk from the boat to the trailhead through town. Most of the walk was up hill – luckily it was gradual. When I got to the trailhead there were a few people in cars who were getting ready to climb as well. I let them all pass me, they looked serious about this hike and that should have been my first sign.
I set off and the woods were just beautiful. However, after about 5 minutes I realized that even though it looked beautiful I was in for it. The amount of flies attacking me lead me to believe I was smelly and the hike just kept getting progressively harder. Google feedback had said it was about a 45 minute walk up – ALL LIES!! It ended up taking me about 1.5 hours. Slow and steady though! I was so darn thirsty. I had a full 32oz water bottle but stopping let the flies attack more easily so I just trekked along .
I had originally thought I would walk back down – and I would have if the flies werent attacking! I had finally made it to the top – came up the backside of the building of the gondola! I was very happy to see this building. I went inside the building to buy a ticket down, but ended up sitting down and drinking some water first. The ticket down was $10 OR you could spend $10 in the shop and get down for free – so of course, I spent $10.
I met a handful of cruise passengers from Olivia on the gondola down – we are everywhere! I had texted Julia to meet me so we could walk the town and she could get the millions of postcards needed to fulfill her list of people to send them to. After we acquired said postcards we headed back to the boat to relax before dinner.
Our group all got back together at 8pm for dinner. Some were late because their tours went late. I was pretty happy with this meal today – french onion soup!! Im pretty sure we all ended up crashing after dinner – it was a long exhausting day for all of us!
This our first stop since we left Seattle. Julia hadnt slept well so she was out on her own when I got up. I got ready and got off the boat. Here is where I met up with Becca (we met her on the first day) and her roommate. Everyone else in our group was doing excursions.
The town of Ketchican is super cute. The downtown area is quaint but completely supported by tourism. In fact, many of the tourist shops close down during the winter months. The town has about 3,000 people in the summer – about 1,400 during the winter (I should point out, these numbers change depending upon who you talk to). The cruise ships can bring up to 14,000 additional people during the port days.
Becca and I wandered around town checking out all the little shops. We found a little tram that takes you up to the top of a small mountain about the town. there is a restaurant and hotel at the top, along with a gift shop. After we checked out the top we ended up meeting up with some other cruise mates.
We all grouped together and continued to follow the elevated walk around town over the stream. We made it to the salmon ladder and I texted Julia to see if she wanted to join us for lunch. I ended up leaving the group to go back and get Julia at the ship. The two of us added Gina to our group and walked back to the larger group so we could all go get lunch together. We found a seafood place to sit and eat and chat. Of course I had to get crab legs – because when in ALASKA!!
We ate lunch and then continued to shop on our way back to the boat. Some of us just went back to the ship to hang out and the rest of us had to keep shopping – because we are tourists afterall!!
I decided to go get my cousin a Harley Davidson poker chip. He collects them from all the places he has been – but I feel like a little baby HD store in a little bitty town deserves a chip!
There was a card game meet up so Julia and Becky (who we met last night and I went to play. We played with about 5 people – playing UNO and SkipBo.
We headed from cards to a scavenger hunt. I was separated from all my friends – but man did I have a good time! We ended up winning! I love scavenger hunts!!
After the scavenger hunt we went to this Gen-O meet-up. Gen-O is what Olivia calls anyone under 40. It was just a get to know you meet-up – but we met some cool new people. There arent as many Gen-O ladies as over 40s – but everyone here is just so welcoming it doesnt even matter!!
Our group at this point became: Jess, Julia, Becky, and myself. We all went to this “fashion show” for Haute Butch – a female owned butch clothing company. We all left after the fashion show and went to play cards while we waited for dinner.
The rest of our group ended up meeting up with use for dinner (Julie, Becca, Lori, and Gina). After our usual dinner laughs some of us headed to karaoke – it was funny – but nothing really to write home about. Following karaoke – it was bedtime!
Julia and I woke up early (Ok, not that early, but it felt early because we were so tired) to play BINGO!! We were both losers but it was fun! I love BINGO!! I guess the usual Olivia trip goers are used to pajama BINGO – so some came dressed in pjs…..turns out that was later in the week.
After our losing BINGO session, I grabbed my book to go read and Julia went to do her own thing. The Olivia company was hosting a “See where we are going next” event and I decided to go see what that was all about. They were offering 2-for-1 give aways and of course I didnt win anything – but their upcoming trips looks pretty neat.
I decided to head to Trivia early so I could get a bit of reading in. Trivia is the thing I was most excited about on this trip. I played with all different people – a group that never ended up playing together again.
The women’s World Cup was on at noon and it was up in the air on whether the boat could get it until about an hour before the match was supposed to start. (I feel like this was the biggest drama on the boat!) I really wanted to watch the game, but I decided to watch it in the room. So Julia and I headed to the room so she could nap and I could watch the game. I ended up falling asleep with about 20 minutes left of the game. Luckily they WON!
After our wonderful nap Julia and I parted ways again. She went to color and I went to read again. I choose to read in a window seat. Looking out at the vast water you realize how little you really are compared to the ocean.
Today was formal night; for many that meant getting dressed up and going to dinner. For me that just meat going to dinner. Julia and I headed to dinner to join our friends in the restaurant. I think there were like 7 of us tonight.
After dinner we all headed to the Crow’s nest for a dance party. We grabbed a corner spot and set up shop. We ended up playing cards for a while. Julie taught us euchre (a very mid-west card game) – but none of us really caught on enough to keep going.
Julie and I called it quits not long after 11pm – everyone else stayed to dance and hang out.
Today my friend Julia and I headed out of Sacramento on an
early flight to Seattle to catch our cruise – heading to Alaska!!
Our day started early – we grabbed a LYFT around 4am. Once we had checked our bags at the airport, we breezed through TSA with plenty of time to wait at the gate. It was a very easy morning. Could this be the calm before the storm? Or will this trip really be a breeze?
Once in Seattle we grabbed our luggage and headed to the LYFT pick up spot in the parking garage.
Our LYFT picked us up and we headed to the city to have breakfast. I had looked up places on the way to Pier 91 where our boat was launching from. I settle on a place called 5 Spot. Their menu looked pretty good.
Turns out they are an ethical restaurant who does good
things! Some of their menu items have a donation that go with them: Order plate
A and 5 Spot will donate $1 to a charity.
We both settled on an egg dish, but then of course had to
have the sweets: beniets and cinnamon
rolls!! The beniets were so good!! The cinnamon roll was not. I sent it back,
and even the second time it wasn’t good. Hard as a rock. I love cinnamon rolls
– they hold a special place in my heart from when I was young going to Saturday
breakfast with my dad and grandma at the Fryin Pan in Fargo, ND.
After our breakfast we headed to safeway about 5 blocks away
to get some candy!! From there we snagged another LYFT and headed to the boat
Our cruise is on the Holland America’s ms Amsterdam, however the whole boat was taken over by about 1,300 LESBIANS through the Olivia Travel company. We arrived before boarding so we checked in and hung out in the check-in building. About 30 minutes in I realized many of the people on the boat would be older than Julia and myself. I was actually really excited about that – the older groups tend to be ones I can relate to more.
After about an hour we boarded, found our room, got settled in and were hanging out in the room to take a nap! After nap time, it was time to Muster!! this is when you have to go to your life boat station (normally with your life vest) so you know where to go in an emergency. Unlucky for me, I only took Instagram videos that disappear after an hour, so I have no shots for this….So Im stealing….
We headed out to the Lido deck for a sail away party. The moment the boat took off from the pier I got queasy. Like, seconds. Luckily I had my patches and ginger snaps (thank you Mark!!) to get me through. I was super prepared for all the sea sickness I was expecting. I brought eastern medicine patches and Dramamine as well!! I really don’t want to get sick on this trip.
After the party, no actually I started feeling queasy, Julia and I headed down to the room to nap. (I know, party poopers, but we were so tired). When we woke up from our nap it was time to go to the Solos introduction meeting. The Solos are a group of people who are single OR traveling single. It lets everyone be part of a group – even if you came along. The first two people we met were Lori and Julie – how crazy right? Lori was sitting across from me and Julie was sitting across from Julia!! We also met Becca right around the same time. Little did we know, these would become our people.
After that Julia and I headed to the Spa because they were going to be raffling off gift certificates. The lady in charge says she loved us so much she offered us even more!! I volunteered to pick a ticket – and guess what?? I picked Julia’s!! Not many people figured out that I had picked hers – later on I think they did. (Sadly this gift certificate never got used – it was only usable during dock time, but we didnt realize that until it was too late).
Julia and I went to find food before going to a comedy show
with Vicki Shaw. We discovered the Lido deck and it has pools, hot tubs and a
buffet line. Most of the day the buffet line is open – things to note when
traveling on a cruise ship! I ended up having pretty bland food to avoid
upsetting my stomach (mash potatoes and mac n chz!!).
After dinner we headed to the show and sat in the Solos section. I found Vicki very funny, she managed to make a terrible horrible disease (Alzheimer’s) have some humor. It was a great fire night option. We were both really tired after and headed to bed early. I slept so well I could have kept sleeping – for much longer than I did!