For six days, in between relative visits in Indiana and Louisiana, we had a timeshare condo in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. It is north of Little Rock and in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The area was very beautiful with lakes, rivers, hills and woods. Most of the fall colors were gone and the leaves were falling constantly, but it there were still plenty of trees with foliage. Our condo was 2 BR/2BA and quite large and comfortable. This was a nice leisurely time to relax with out driving very many miles and to be by ourselves. We took day trips to the local towns; rented movies and played our instruments- ukulele and guitar. We even found a makeshift Pickleball court for one day of play. There was a fully equipped kitchen, so we did quite a bit of cooking, which we both enjoy. Next we went to Louisiana to visit with nieces and grandnieces.
Ceremony in Heber Springs park
Large living room in condo
River, trees and leaves!
Large master bedroom, King bed
Marina at Fairfield Bay
Entrance to Wyndham Resort
Temporary net for Pickleball
Lunch in Leslie, near our condo
Joe and Sheri Rowe picked us up at the Cruise Terminal in Seattle on May 31. They live part time in Corona, CA (our neighbors) and the rest in Anacortes, WA. Their home is on a hill overlooking the Puget Sound and the house and views are beautiful. We spent 3 days with them and, despite cold and some rain, had some fun touring Anacortes, the surrounding area, and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, via ferry. June was a little early for good weather, but one day we did get some sunshine and a pretty sunset! Thanks to them for a great end to our travels; flew home June 3.
View of Puget Sound
English Camp on San Juan Island
Old, big tree at English Camp
American Camp on San Juan Island
Beautiful view from Washington Park
Mt. Erie in Anacortes viewpoint
Last night sunset
Our first port after crossing the Bering Sea was Kodiak, Alaska; our first time there. The only Kodiak brown bear that we saw was in the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. We did see many bald eagles, but didn’t see close enough to photograph. We walked around the town and enjoyed being on terra ferma.
Leaving the ship, ready for town
Inside Wildlife Refuge Center
The Church had my colors!
View from town of Ship
After a day at Sea, we docked in Juneau; our 3rd time to visit this city. Again, it was cloudy and cold with some rain. We were 1 of 3 cruise ships in port with Carnival Legend, HOL Vaandam. We decided to visit the famous Red Dog Saloon; and were pleasantly surprised. The interior is a throwback to the gold rush days with lots of memorabilia, saw dust on the floor, a piano player doing old songs and ladies in saloon girl costumes. We tried their clam chowder which has smoked salmon in it and it was some of the best we have had.
Entering Juneau Harbor
Entering Red Dog Saloon
Inside Red Dog Saloon
Our last land day in Alaska was Skagway. It was beautiful, sunny, but cold and windy. Our plan was to take the tram to the top for views, but it was too foggy up there and didn’t like the wind; so just walked around. I think the wind is what set off my cold, which started that night. We also heard some sad news from home, one of our best and longest known friends was dying. We thought about her, family and friends, all day and made many phone calls. Wish we could have been in 2 places.
On our way to Skagway
Side street, Skagway by the American Legion
Had a nice visit with bartender
Entrepreneur home, old and newer
More sunshine leaving Skagway
One of our favorite parts of our cruise in Alaska, in 2016 was Glacier Bay National park and it did not disappoint us this time. The weather stayed clear and the Margerie Glacier calved for us. We love the scenery, but were sad because we heard that JoAnn Brown had died. Just as we learned that, we arrived at Margerie and champagne was handed out. We toasted to her and dedicated that beautiful scene to her.
On deck 11 for the glacier
Margerie ready to calf
Ice and snow and glaciers
The next day was warm and sunny for our cruise through the Canadian Inside Passage. In the afternoon, we were able to be on deck without coats and there was a fun Deck Party. Good timing! The next day, in Victoria, B.C., the cold and rain came back, but we had a nice visit with our snowbird friends, Don and Wanda.
Band setting up for Deck party
Deck Party starting soon
Deck Party in Full swing
Docked in Victoria, B.C.
The next day, the cruise ended in Seattle, Washington. A fun 21 days!
From December 16 to 22, we stayed in Sedona, AZ at Sedona Pines Resort. It was really nice; actually had a Park Model trailer. The weather was cool, but sunny, once we got there. We drove around several days and took lots of pictures of the fantastic scenery. One day, our friends, John and Suzanne came to visit with their daughter, Sophia. We arrived in the rain and drove home in the rain, on the 22nd; bad traffic and visibility. Since we have been home, we have had more rain. Our rain gauge says we have had over 6 inches in 2 weeks. It’s good, since we need it, but our snowbird friends are hating it.
Happy New Year to everyone. Our best wishes for happiness, health and good times with friends and family.
Red Rock Loop view of Cathedral Rock
Sedona red rocks
Sedona Pines Resort cabin
Red Rock Loop scenery