Alaska – The Finale

[A final group hug as we approached Vancouver – then we all went our separate ways.  Some stayed to visit Victoria, some flew home, and the supervisor and I repaired to the train station.]

[June 28, 2008.  Coming into Vancouver – which ranks up there with Kyoto as my favorite cities.]

[Are we still being tailed by that camouflaged  U.S. Navy vessel?]

[We somehow managed to have great weather the entire trip!  🙂 ]

[The U.S. border.  We actually took a bus from Vancouver to Seattle to catch the train.  However, there were about 10 tours buses in line to go through a customs check – which could take hours!  After some time, they pretty much waved us through as all coming off a cruise ship originating from the U.S.  Nevertheless, we would have missed our train connection in Seattle, so the bus dropped us at a station a couple stops up the line – Edmonds as I recall.]

[Mt. Rainier]

[We’re on the train now – heading home.  My best guesstimate is that is a snow-capped mountain out the roof of the observation car.]

[Libby, Montana – the three following photos are also of well-known Libbys.]

[Whitefish, Montana.  I don’t know any other Whitefishes.]

[A body of water – most likely a river.]

[If you have the time, beats the heck out of air travel.]

[As we head East, you will note the topography changes from erose to flat and to a little bump again around the Badlands/Black Hills.]

[“Mr. Railroad”]

June 30,2008:  We returned from Alaska to find that – horrors, summer had arrived in Minnesota!  We discovered in Fairbanks, which is only 160 miles from the Arctic Circle, that the ice went out there sooner than it did in Alexandria.  So, Ruthie would like to toast our 10 fellow travelers, and all others, by showing off her peonies!

And back to beautiful Lake Darling:

And then an almost immediate reunion of the local cruisers at Mary and Crazy Dave’s on the other side of Lake Darling:

Good night, and good luck.  Thank you for joining us on our adventure – we hope you enjoyed the journey.  Please police your immediate area before leaving the theater – and if you have more than a 5-minute drive, it’s probably a good idea to hit the restrooms on your way out.  Now blog management and staff have to think up new filler before the next local athletic event on Thursday.

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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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