Alaska VI

June 23, 2008.  It’s all about glaciers.  We’re off to College Fjord, and Glacier Bay by Skagway.  My kinda stuff.  I’ve never had the slightest interest in “cruising” the Caribbean, or any other place where the idea is to bake in the sun.  This is just incomparable natural beauty.  It’ll knock your socks off – so you may want to consider garters before you start.

[Checking where we’ve been.]

[Ray and Rita, beside themselves with excitement!]

[I know I am!]

[Ray, Rita, and Ruthie just catching some rays as we head for the ICE.]

[Here comes someone who will ultimately become, as the supervisor says, just another one of my “girlfriends.”]

[You’ll just have to wait until the end of this post.]

[Making for the glaciers.]

[The weather was fantastic – with just the amount of chill I prefer.]

[Glacier, dead ahead.]

[Rush hour in the fjord – another boat!]

[Ray & Bill]

[Bill’s scanning the shoreline for bears.]

[There’s the glacier – at the end of the fjord.]

[There’s a feathered creature on that iceberg.  The ship is so big, it’s really hard to establish perspective.  The body of water we’re in is huge.  When we saw bears on the shoreline, they were just dots.]

[Almost there . . .]

[Now we’ll park . . . and watch.]

[Let the “calving” begin!]

[I’m watching a glacier “calve!”  Woo-woo!]

[Bill & Anne]

July 1, 2008: Tom,
I haven’t seen a smile like that on Bill’s face for quite some time. That retirement thing seems to agree with him. I guess you’ve heard that Carl Poleskey is retiring next month.
My new boss is 32 years old. George Carlin has died. My world has been rocked!
~ Greg Noonan
Contractor Industrial Relations Specialist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Office of the Chief Counsel

[The way out.]

[Our last calf – we requested naming rights.]

[Just like Lake Darling – and I believe the last time I was beardless.]

[So long to College Fjord.]

[Now entering Glacier Bay.]

[A lot tighter in here – you could “almost” reach out and touch the glacier.]

[“This really is some incredible stuff.”]

[The glacier]

[Beautiful!]

[Leaving Glacier Bay.]

[Either a photo of the giant chess set, or the bikini model – this many years later, I really don’t recall.]

[Oh,  it was the background!]

Now, remember that small boat a while back bringing yet another of my “girlfriends?”  Well, here she is, as I wrote it at the time:

July 6, 2008:  Glacier Bay Park Ranger Adriana Cahill, shown here on the deck of the Sapphire Princess with a new “fan,” was the narrator for PBS’s program “Great Lodges of the National Parks,” about Glacier Bay Lodge, interestingly enough.

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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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