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Old 11-14-2011, 09:22 PM   #511
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Wow, the boys kind of went on a double-date...I'll bet you didn't see that one coming when you were planning the cruise. They're growing up.

Mmmm, your dinner sounded great. Those cruises sure know how to feed you.
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:05 PM   #512
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Wow, the boys kind of went on a double-date...I'll bet you didn't see that one coming when you were planning the cruise. They're growing up.

Mmmm, your dinner sounded great. Those cruises sure know how to feed you.
I definitely didn't see that one coming, although with Evan it was definitely foreshadowing for middle school. I am going to have my hands full with that one.

Dinner was absolutely lovely.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:23 PM   #513
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Glad the boys felt comfortable going to dinner with the girls.
A good way for you to have them experience independence in a safe environment.

Sounds like your dinner was great.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #514
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Hi!

Just a quick Hi! Hope all is well and you can find a little time for the report soon!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #515
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Glad the boys felt comfortable going to dinner with the girls.
A good way for you to have them experience independence in a safe environment.

Sounds like your dinner was great.
It was a good "first" date! And while Evan might like another one tomorrow, I'm ok with a big delay before the next one.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi! I sure hope to. I've been a bit tied up with work and injury and a nasty cold but am hoping that turns around soon. I rarely rarely get sick so it's really annoying! I'll get one up over Thanksgiving weekend for sure but am hoping for one tonight or tomorrow.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:38 PM   #516
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The best hot chocolate, ever!

Once again, I am woefully behind on my update. It’s been a bit nuts around here! We’ve been quite busy cheering Kendall’s high school soccer team as they made their way to state. In 3rd place for regular season, they ended up winning our 3A district which was pretty darn exciting! They made it all the way to the semi’s, first time for her school in 30 years! Sadly, they lost in the semi’s to the defending champs and then again in the consolation bracket (that one they should NOT have lost). K ended up with a pretty nasty turned ankle so it will be a bit before she’s hitting the turf with her regular club. Earlier this season we’d dealt with sports injuries for both Evan and Kendall, with both of them hitting PT and then for Evan, the chiro. Which got me to thinking. I have an old, chronic neck injury that most of the time is just annoying. An ache or stiffness that doesn’t go away. Every few years it seems to act up. This year it had been just getting progressively worse and not really improving so I thought I’d try going to a Chiro. In a nutshell, it’s a mess. Last week I had a major flare up that sidelined me from everything (couldn’t turn my neck at all) and well, between that, a nasty cold and taking myself and Evan to all these appointments (and riding MAJOR herd on Evan with his homework…man is Jr High an adjustment that he was woefully unprepared for) I haven’t had time to do much more than eat and sleep. Including clean. UGH!
Long winded explanation as to why I am so behind on the update! I saw another doctor today and will be adding PT for myself to the Chiro, as well as orthopedic massage so…I better get some updates up before I get completely slammed again. About the only good thing related to the sidelining this weekend was I got some online shopping out of the way for Christmas. LOL!

Where were we? Well, we’d just had a lovely day in Skagway complete with ziplining, beer history, bordellos and dates with incredible meals for everyone. We awoke to a grey and drizzly morning, so much so we were concerned about our excursion. Getting ready we ate breakfast in the room and headed down to check. Ours was still a “go”. YAY! Unlike Skagway, where we’d had the prime berth..today we were much further away. Far enough that a shuttle into town was required.

A picture of the Wonder from the shuttle


When planning I’d looked at the Mt. Roberts tram as an excursion option, but then learned it was actually cheaper to buy direct (as my kids would pay kid prices, not Disney adult prices) and didn’t tie us in, in case the visibility wasn’t so good. Which, it wasn’t. You couldn’t even see up the mountain!



Here’s what we might have been able to see and do



And how we’d get there





We opted out, not trusting we’d see squat and decided to wander. For the most part, the shops near the shuttle stop seemed to be what I’d classify as tourist traps. The ever present jewelry traps, owned by the cruise ships, selling non native items for “special prices” and then t shirt stores. Nothing that interested us. We wanted to see the town. Juneau is pretty unique in the fact that it’s the only state capitol where the ONLY way to get in and out is either by air or sea. No way to get in or out by land.
Prior to heading further in, we noticed something to the left of the tram cables



Can you see it?

What about now?





Not just one!









Nice way to start the morning! Eagle sighting concluded we headed into town





Well, it’s bigger than Skagway!

And it did have this



NO…we didn’t have beer in the morning! But we did go in and check it out. Jeff bought a very cool hat and possibly a shirt as well. They actually didn’t sell beer anyway, it was a pure merchandise shop. We aren’t huge fans of their beer, but we don’t hate it either. There was a special release we’d have liked to try but it just didn’t work out.

Our destination? The state capitol! But first…more coffee! As in Skagway, we wanted to try something local.





The E’s declared this (a local chain in Juneau, we spotted at least 3 of them) the BEST hot cocoa ever. They still stand behind that. My coffee was good but I wouldn’t go that far, of the 3 ports I liked my coffee in Ketchikan the best but I'm getting ahead of myself. Unfortunately the lid leaked so it was a little annoying.

2 blocks further and…





Continued in next post
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:48 PM   #517
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We didn’t have a ton of time left after our shopping in the brewing depot, local coffee and capitol visit, and no real agenda so just kind of meandered back, admiring the Wonder as we walked.





We peeked at these guys



And tried for a photo op or two







Note Jeff’s new hat! We stood and finished our coffee and enjoyed watching the seaplanes take off. We also checked out the other ships.



Not nearly as pretty but definitely a better berth…no shuttle. Which it was now time to catch. Visibility seemed to be improving



With that we hopped on our shuttle and headed back. We wanted enough time before our excursion to grab the point and shoot so we each had a camera, as well as the binoculars.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:25 PM   #518
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Alaska is absolutely breathtaking! Love the natural beauty - especially the pic of the bald eagles Too bad that most cruise ship ports including Juneau have to have the usual cruise tourist shops. That's what I disliked when I took my first and only cruise to the Western Caribbean. I wandered off the beaten path and found a wonderful fountain with an elderly gentleman strumming the guitar and small kids skipping around.

You have been SO busy - thanks for updating for us! I hope your neck feels better soon
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:39 PM   #519
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Cynthia, congrats to Kendall's team on a great season. Sorry so many injuries with the kids, and your poor neck. I feel your pain; as you may recall Mark had really bad neck pain and ended up having surgery for his disks. I hope you feel better soon.

Love all the photos, as always (I particularly like the pic of you and the E's).
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Alaska is absolutely breathtaking! Love the natural beauty - especially the pic of the bald eagles Too bad that most cruise ship ports including Juneau have to have the usual cruise tourist shops. That's what I disliked when I took my first and only cruise to the Western Caribbean. I wandered off the beaten path and found a wonderful fountain with an elderly gentleman strumming the guitar and small kids skipping around.
I think that's really true of any tourist destination, not just cruise ship ports. Alaska was better than Grand Cayman and Cozumel in my opinion. At least no one is trying to hawk too much on the street. Sure there are tour vendors but it's a much softer sell than I've seen elsewhere in the world. The challenge in a port is not getting attacked right when you get off I think, depending on the port. If you can get out of that area then it can be truly wonderful. It's hard, with a short time in any port I think to really get a feel and sometimes the touristy thing...may well be very magical. It just varies. My parents are on a 39 day cruise right now and in one port, stayed on board as they heard such awful things about the local tactics as people we heading into town. That's sad. They seem fine with it but I sure wouldn't be! It is a large part of why there aren't a whole lot of cruises we are interested in....

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Normal busy in most respects, just a lot of extra driving! Except when I couldn't drive. I have chiro and a massage (regular, not ortho) tomorrow and the PT starts next week and hopefully orthopedic massage so...we will see. This is the path we are going to try first before we consider anything more aggressive or new images.

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Cynthia, congrats to Kendall's team on a great season. Sorry so many injuries with the kids, and your poor neck. I feel your pain; as you may recall Mark had really bad neck pain and ended up having surgery for his disks. I hope you feel better soon.
It was an amazing season. SO much fun to watch! It may be disk related but we aren't sure right now. I've neck and shoulder issues that may or may not be related according to the Physical Medicine/Rehab Osteopath I saw today. He wants to hold off on new images while we try to figure out what the real issues are with PT and Ortho massage, and continuing with the Chiro and if it's not better in 3 weeks, there are other things to look at.

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Hi! I sure hope to. I've been a bit tied up with work and injury and a nasty cold but am hoping that turns around soon. I rarely rarely get sick so it's really annoying!
Hope you feel better soon. I understand the pain in the neck. I need to get back to the chiro myself.
It stinks not feeling your best.
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Hope you feel better soon. I understand the pain in the neck. I need to get back to the chiro myself.
It stinks not feeling your best.
Yeah, no fun. I'm a bit bummed I haven't seen more improvement from the chiro but really looking forward to the massage tomorrow. The one tomorrow will be great but she's not really trained for orthopedic massage so it will be a bit temporary but still...will help me enjoy Thanksgiving!
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So - congrats to Kendall for another successful soccer season. Nick's HS team did not make the states this year, but we were able to hold many of the games at his school and make some serious $$$$$$$. I have NEVER made so much hot chocolate in my life. It was actually nice to have the pressure off during the state tournament.

Your Neck - I have neck issues too which is why I get a lot of headaches. But I have a friend, younger than me, who got to the point where she couldn't turn her head and her MRI showed several herniated discs. She is now recovering from surgery. It scares me because it shows something seemingly benign can be something not so good. I hope you recover quickly, but I would seriously have an x-ray/mri if not.

Your update - what a cool town! Love it! Great pictures! What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. I did not realize you could only enter by land or sea. Interesting!
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Great date night!!! How lucky that you ended up seated with that family and it worked out so well for you to all have your nights out. Do you still keep in touch with them? Facebook?

Your dinner at Palo sounds and looks spectacular!
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I actually hadn't read your previous update either so I got two for one this morning!! Alaska is so beautiful!! I hope the weather continued to clear up! I loved the update about all the date nights!

Sorry to hear about your neck. I've been going to a chiro for a few years now & it helps a lot. My mom used to go there & it was a little scary to see my x-rays next to hers... My neck was showing the early signs of what she is dealing with. She needed to go to the chiro so frequently she couldn't afford it. Now she's had surgery & cortisone injections in her neck. That keeps me motivated to continue with the chiro. The boys come with me & get adjusted too... Alex has major constipation issues (like he only goes to the bathroom once a week ) but he always goes right after a visit to the chiro! I think he should go more often! We also find we get fewers colds because it fine tunes our immune systems.
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