Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Marathon Anyone?


I have a bucket list.  Somewhere in the middle of it is "run a marathon."  This is a tall order considering that I don't have an athletic muscle in my body.  I am not a runner.  Not even close.  But for some strange reason I've wanted to run a marathon for a long time.  I think it's the exclusivity of it.  Not everyone can say they've completed a marathon.

I speed walked a 5k color run, and ohmygosh it was so much fun!  Now I have my sights set on a half marathon.  Supposedly you can be ready for one in 12 weeks.

Today was day 1 and I did not die.  The first mile (of 3) was the hardest.  I guess that's inline with anything in life.  It's difficult at first and then it gets easier.  I can't wait to get to the point where 3 miles is my warm up.   :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Oh The Food!


If there's one thing I learned on my cruise, it's this: It's worth it for the food.  Yes, I'm a foodie.  I love food.  Who doesn't?  The food on a cruise ship is Out. Of. Control.  There is access to food 24/7.  Seriously.  My room was a mere 30 second walk from the international cafe (open 24 hours a day).  That was dangerous.  Seriously.  I stopped for a snack everytime I walked by (which was often).  Themed buffets? Check.  Ice cream shop? Check.  Pizza place? Check.  Dessert buffets? Check.  Escargot? Check.

Wait, what?  Yes....I ate escargot.  Why not?  Will I ever order it in a restaurant? No.  Will I ever go to a restaurant that has escargot on the menu? Not likely.  I had mussels as well.  And guess what?  I liked the escargot more.  I ate things I couldn't pronounce.  I think that violates one of my rules, but why not?  I was throwing out YOLO like it was cool.  Can I make a new acronym?  YOEO (You Only Eat Once).  That was pretty much my philosophy on the ship.  I ate like it was the last supper.  For every meal.

When's my next cruise?  I need good food.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Caribbean


The Caribbean was amazing!  I took disposable cameras, as I did not want my big camera to get ruined/lost/stolen.  The quality of the photos is limited to mostly disposable cameras.

Cozumel- I was not impressed with Cozumel.  I think I was anticipating something more tropical.

Roatan, Honduras- I was dead set on not disembarking the ship.  In my research I discovered that Honduras is the murder capital of the world. Yes, the world.  There is a travel advisory issued by the US Department of State.  When we arrived it was so beautiful that I had to get off the ship and do a little exploring.  This is the place where I snorkeled for the first time in my life!

Belize City, Belize- I was so surprised about the condition of Belize.  I was able to tour the city, and it was heartbreaking.  High poverty and poor housing conditions were evident.  The jungle though was simply amazing.  I had the opportunity to zip line in the jungle and cave tube in a Mayan cave that had historical artifacts.  All of the locals were so friendly.

I cannot tell you the amount of sweat that covered my body at any given moment.  Taking showers was pointless.  Fanning yourself was pointless.  It was so stinking humid!  The neat thing is that my hair curled nicely though, thanks to the humidity.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sitka & Thorne Bay


Friday, March 28, 2014

Mendenhall Glacier and The Ice Caves


The Juneau Ice Caves are a big deal.  The Huffington Post wrote an article about them.  Countless bloggers have written posts about places to visit before you die and these ice caves are all over the posts!  Check out this one and this one and this one and this one and this one.  There are countless other blog posts, but check out a few of the ones I listed so you can get a feel for what the ice caves are lumped together with (like the mountains that inspired Avatar, glowing beaches, mirror beaches, a pink lake, the blue hole, etc).

Here's what the ice caves and the glacier currently look like: