I need to start at the beginning of my
story to make this a complete 'tale'. In August, 2003,
Owen and I went on a 7 day cruise from Seattle, WA up to Juneau,
AK and back. We were with many friends and were on the Holland
America Lines cruise ship.
We loved Alaska from what we saw at the time. We had 3 stops
along the way, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. We loved it!!!
So when our local radio station, KWAT, began advertising for
their Alaska trip in 2004, we were the first to sign up! This
tour included, air, bus, train & cruise ship and would be 14 days.
We attended their travel show on Feb. 11 and were totally sold
on the idea. Dean Johnson, General Manager of the radio station,
and his wife, Diane were the host and hostess for the tour. At
first it seemed like a long time ahead, but time flew and it was soon
time to leave.
Actually our trip began the night before day
one! We drove up to Watertown, did that last minute shopping and
then stayed in the Ramkota Inn so we could be there early the next
morning. Several others on the tour did this
Early, but not bright (it was drizzling rain) the bus arrived to pick
us up (about 6:30 AM). On the bus was Dean and Diane, Ernie and
LuAnn, Ross and Bonnie, Don and Rosie, Bob and Carna, Herb and Jo,
Norbert and Charlotte, Burdette and Colleen, Bill and Evonne, &
Owen and Lucille. And last but not least, our wonderful tour
manager, Bonna Maypark from Eau Claire, WI. We rode the bus to
Sioux Falls where we were joined by Roger and Maxine, Larry and Dee and
boarded the airline for Minneapolis. There we were joined by
Lyndon and Ann and others from Wisconsin, I'm not sure
just which ones.
We then boarded an airline and flew 5 hrs. to Anchorage, AK.
We had great flights and arrived there at 5 PM. We stayed
at the Anchorage Hilton. Clem and Shirley were already there.
Others who were part of the tour were Clarence and Becky, Steve
and Gloria, Don and
Dorothy, Dean and Marlene, Milt and Rita, Merlin and Genevie, Dick and
Marcia, Bob and Ruth, Harold and Sandy, and our great bus driver, Larry
That evening we were on our own for our meal. We did some walking
around and exploring, then realized how tired we really were!!!
We had lost 3 hr. (most of us had) and the sun didn't go down
until 11 PM! We soon discovered that it didn't really get dark
at all and the sun rise was about 3 AM! WOW....we learned to
sleep in the 'twilight'.