Alaska Honeymoon – Day 4

Today (12/10/2018) is our four month wedding anniversary so after a long hiatus I am finally going to start publishing pictures of the rest of the Alaska cruise.  As a side note, we had spaghetti tonight with meatballs left over from the night of our wedding.  I actually feel like I am still on our honeymoon.  

On day four we head out from Denali on an 8 hour train ride down to Whittier Alaska to board our cruise ship.

Heading out from Denali
View of a glacier

The scenery has been gorgeous although it would have been nice to have seen the sun, at least a little.  But now we are at the end of the land journey and about to board our cruise ship:

“Island Princess” – our home for the next seven days
A view from our cabin before departure
View as we head out of the harbor

So we sail all night and head to the Hubbard Glacier for our first full day on the cruise ship.  But those pictures will be on Day 5, coming soon.

2018 Road Trip #3 – Tunnel of Trees

This was a short overnight road trip in Michigan to see the fall colors and travel down the “tunnel of trees” or highway M119 in northern lower Michigan.  We started off with lunch at the “Legs Inn” (http://www.legsinn.com/) in Cross Village.  Very good meal with about a one hour wait to get in as this is a very popular place, especially during the fall color season.

We left after lunch to travel down M119 south to Bay View just outside of Petosky.  The weather was very windy, cold and mostly cloudy which put a damper on the sight seeing, but it was very pretty anyway.  This included a stop at a small historical church with a short walk to the beach (not for a swim, believe me).

For the evening we had a nice stay at the Terrace Inn (https://www.theterraceinn.com/) with a very nice dinner at the 1911 restaurant at the Inn.  The inn is located in Bay View which is an association formed by the United Methodist Church.  The inn has a quiet time from 11 PM until 8 AM, which is kind of nice for those of us who hit the hay early. The Inn is within walking distance of Little Traverse Bay and would be a great place to stay for a longer visit in the Petosky and Harbor Springs area.

 

Alaska Honeymoon – Day 3

Day three included an 8 hour bus trip into the Denali Park, with the hopes of seeing some wildlife and Mount Denali.  It was a gloomy day and no sight of Mount Denali.

But we did see some wildlife, including a grizzly bear that wanted to cross the road that our bus was on.

The scenery was majestic and not exactly what I was expecting.  Almost all of the land in this area is tundra, which does not allow trees to grow tall because the ground is always frozen under the top soil.  I think a few more days stay here with some possible hikes would be worthwhile to see more.  But this was our one day here because tomorrow we board a train and truck on down to Whittier to board our cruise ship.  But here are a few other pictures of the landscape.  You may want to visit the national park web site to find much more information and much better pictures.

(https://www.nps.gov/dena/index.htm)

Alaska Honeymoon – Day 2

Day 2 of our honeymoon started with a morning riverboat cruise down the Chena river that runs through Fairbanks.  Needless to say there were a few people along for this short trip._chena river boat

Along the way we witnessed a landing and take off of the most popular transportation in Alaska, as well as a visit to the sled dog training home of David Monson.  His wife Susan Butcher has won the Iditarod four times but she passed away in 2006.  You can see more information at http://www.trailbreakerkennel.com.

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We even were able to touch the pelt of the fiercest animal around, a wolverine!

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In the afternoon we boarded a bus and headed to Denali for a two night stay at Princess Cruises Wilderness Lodge – (https://www.princesslodges.com/princess-alaska-lodges/denali-lodge/).

The views along the way and at the lodge are just majestic.  Alaska is mainly a wilderness.  This was not Bay County, Michigan.

 

On day 3 we take a trip into the Denali park.  Spoiler alert, we do not get to see Mount Denali (aka Mount McKinley) because of the clouds.

Alaska Honeymoon – Day 1

It has now been 8 weeks since our wedding and I am finally getting around to posting a few pictures and notes of our honeymoon trip to Alaska.  I hope the few of you that check out this blog forgive me as it has taken a bit of moving in time for us, considering I am 66 and have been unmarried for 11 years and Mary is NN and has been unmarried for about 25 years, with 8 children and 11 grandchildren between us.  And now I have another whole new family tree to work on.  Retirement is just as busy as ever.

The wedding day was August 10, 2018 and our first night was in the Webster house right here in Bay City next to First Presbyterian on Center Avenue:

After a night at a park and fly hotel in Detroit, in the early morning hours of August 12th, we are on our way to Fairbanks, Alaska:

By Sunday evening we were pretty tired and went looking for a restaurant in Fairbanks. The only restaurant in town we found open was a Thai place, so we flew all the way to Fairbanks, Alaska to enjoy Thai food.  Go figure.  But it was good and in the next post I will have our first day in Alaska as we travel from Fairbanks to Denali.

2018 Road Trip #2 (Kid Tours with Mary)

Second road trip of the year, and this one was different than any I have taken before.

Because…

Wait for it…

I went with my fiancé!!

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Mary and Frank

Meet Mary Martini.  We are planning on getting married on August 10th this year, and celebrating with a cruise to Alaska.  That will be a trip with lots of pics I am sure.

And now I also have a whole bunch of new genealogy work to do.  I will have to live to my 90’s to get it all done, if genealogy research can ever get done.

On this trip we visited Chris, Lia and Emma and had a great time and watched Emma play a great soccer game. Then traveled to PA to see Brian, Amy and Sammy for another great time and to watch Sammy play baseball (and break his hand in the process).  Then traveled to Virginia to spend some quality time with Stephanie and Steven, along with Steven’s parents.  Then back to Columbus for a night and finished the trip off with a visit to see Ron and Pat Guoan and Bill and Judy Black, including a rousing game of 6 player Sequence, and on the morning we headed home we stopped and visited Anna Mae Wires along with Rick and Norma.

We visited a prison in Mansfield Ohio where they filmed Shawshank Redemption.

We visited the Indian Echo Caverns in Pennsylvania.

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And up to the Star in Roanoke (after visiting Black Dog Salvage).

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2018 Road Trip #1

Short road trip with Mary Martini over to visit her sister and family in Holton, Michigan.  First we visited the Frederick Meijer sculpture gardens and butterfly exhibit in Grand Rapids.  We were greeted by the Michigan marching band (see pic below).  Of course later that evening we also had to endure Michigan getting smoked by Villanova.

 

On Tuesday we visited the White River Light House and museum (not open yet unfortunately) before heading back home through a beautiful cold, rainy and snowy day in April.

2017 Road Trip #1

First road trip of the year.  2,426 miles starting with a visit to Oxford, Michigan for Austin’s graduation open house (I have a grandson graduated from high school already?!?). Then on the Lia, Chris and Emma’s for a couple days where we also met up with Stephen and Heidi and Lexi.  So a couple days in and I already have seen 5 of my grandchildren.  Emma is losing her teeth!

Emma

Next up was Pennsylvania for a 5 day visit with Brian, Amy and Sammy.  Spent a lot of time at the ball diamond since Brian coaches one team and Sammy is on another team.  Sammy is going in the seventh grade now and he is also doing some cross country training this summer.  Must have some of Uncle Ted’s genes in his system.

Sammy and I had a great hike in the governor Dick trail system, including climbing the ladders to the top of the observation tower.

I also had an encounter with an assassin bug.  I did not know what it was at first, and discovered that if I put my finger near it, it would walk towards my finger instead of away.  Fortunately for me, I did not let it get to my finger.  Whew!  Also saw a butterfly on our hike.  Kind of the beauty and the beast.

Then on to Maryland with a short visit with my cousin Susan McArdell.  Did not stay for long but had a great visit and did a lot of talking about all our relatives.  Got some new information for my genealogy research and also had a long talk via phone with my cousin Tom McArdell who has done much research also.  I see more trips in my future!

Susan & Me

Then on to Stephanie and Steven’s in North Carolina (via lunch at Steve and Kathy Clemons in Salem, VA).  Had a great visit there for about 4 days, including a visit to see Dan Warren in Easley, SC with a nice lunch downtown Greenville and a visit to Bob Jones University.

Dan Warren

Made it one day to Mount Airy, NC which is the boyhood home of Andy Griffith.  Had lunch at Snappy’s (which blew up Stephanie’s diet) and visited the museum (not so great) and many gift shops.  Saw the huge school she teaches at (9 classes in each grade!) in South Carolina, Harrisburg Elementary school.  Ended the trip coming home through Troy Ohio and overnight stay with Lia, Emma and Grandpa Risheill.

And last but not least, meet my new girlfriend Thelma Lou!

Me & Thelma Lou

Road Trip #5 – Kids

A two week trip through Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania to see 60% of my children and 2 of my grandchildren, and assorted spouses, in-laws and relocated friends from South.  Great trip with warm humid weather.  I’ll have pics from a couple great hikes in other posts to follow.

Here’s a pic of Emma and the Fireman, Steven and Stephanie on the trail and Brian and Sammy (at least his backside) at the Barnstormers baseball game.

Here is a pic of Ron and Pat Guoan who now live outside of Cleveland Ohio.  I will get floor plans from them so can share with my children what a good grandpa addition to their house should look like.

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Ron & Pat Guoan