Alaska IX

June 26, 2008.  Ketchikan.  We’re heading for our last day in Alaska.

[It must have been dress-up dinner night.  By now I had put on so much weight I had to wear sweat pants with my coat and tie.]

[Fancy-schmancy!]

[By now word had gotten out that several passengers were in the witness protection program and were threatening to blow the lid off the Braunschweiger scandal of 1948.  The U.S. Coast Guard came to investigate.]

[The Braunschweiger scandal was not something to be trifled with.  We had reason to believe a U.S. Navy nuclear destroyer, disguised as a cruise ship, was on our tail!

[Some sought asylum here, mistakenly believing Ketchikan was in Canada.]

[We went on a mini-cruise out of Ketchikan.]

[The world’s tallest totem pole!]

[Eagles, by the multitudes, fished from these trees.]

[They were waiting for the season opener.]

[As reported, July 13, 2008:  The area where “The Bridge to Nowhere” would have been built – from Ketchikan to Gravina Island (20 miles long, population about 50)!]

[Guard Island, which protects the Tongass Narrows (Ketchikan’s “main street”) – Ruthie and Rita joined its association, or whatever it was, as a preservation/conservation thing.  It wasn’t quite the same investment as a Facebook IPO purchase.]

[Have you noticed the waters here are never as rough as a normal day on Lake Darling?]

[The Biddies view from our tour boat.  Checking on their investment.]

[OMG, not another Kim Kardashian sighting?]

[Back to Ketchikan.  Next up – the long trip home.]

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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