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Monday, September 26 2016 @ 09:05 PM CDT

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Journeys: Coming Attractions

Y'all may have noticed that I've not been posting our travel journals for a while--since 2012, in fact. Part of it was simple burnout, part was a lack of time to do it because of all the travel we'd been doing (see below, not an exhaustive list!), part because I had three major and two minor surgical operations (and Snookums one more) that we somehow fitted in between scheduled trips, and part sheer lazyness.

Well, I'm going to try to get up on the horse--or the camel, depending on the trip--again.

I'm putting this post up as a kind of table-of-contents to the upcoming travel journals and, in some instances, photo-essays, for various trips we've taken since the last quarter of 2012.

As I actually complete the posting of those journals/photo-essays, I'll turn the following journey names into actual links that you can follow to check them out.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

The 2012 Grand Asia & Australia Voyage, Holland America ms Amsterdam, September 20-December 5, 2012 (Journal)

The 2013 19-Day HAL Alaska Tourcruise, Holland America ms Statendam, July 20-August 11, 2013 (Journal) - Published in full January 4, 2016

The Belize Escapade, September 22-29, 2013 (Photo-essay) - Published in full January 6, 2016

The 2013 Incan Empires Voyage, Holland America ms Statendam, November 1-December 4, 2013 (Journal)

The Key West Escape, January 27-February 1, 2014 (Photo-essay)

The 2014 Caribbean Voyage, Celebrity Eclipse, February 7-22, 2014 (Photo-essay)

The 2014 Basketball & Cruising Extravaganza, NCAA Women's Final Four + Sydney, Australia & South Pacific Crossing, Holland America ms Oosterdam, April 3-May 11, 2014 (Photo-essay?)

The 2014 Quebec Excursion, July 15-23, 2014 (Photo-essay)

The 2014 Alaska Cruise, Holland America ms Amsterdam, August 23-September 7, 2014 (Photo-essay)

The 2014 Atlantic Crossing, Regent Seven Seas Mariner, October 12-November 5, 2014 (Photo-essay)

The 2015 Caribbean Voyage, Celebrity Eclipse, January 31-February 15, 2015 (Photo-essay)

The 2015 Basketball & Cruising Extravaganza, NCAA Women's Final Four + Viking Star European Cruise, April 2-May 31, 2015 (Photo-essay)

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A totally sincere e-mail

I just read this e-mail. I'm totally, completely convinced it's 100% legitimate. I also have a bridge in London (or is it Brooklyn?) that I can sell you at a very, VERY advantageous price.

Here goes:
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Snookums in the news

The redoubtable Snookums, the better half of the proprietor of this establishment, was interviewed recently on a Sioux Falls, SD television station about her volunteer efforts for the Summit League college basketball tournament.

The link is here: Summit League volunteer travels from Kansas City, MO to help out.

There's a flash video at the linked page there for all to see and enjoy!
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Headline Of The Year

February isn't even over (thanks, leap year!) and we have an obvious winner of the Headline Of The Year award:

Meerkat expert cleared of assault in zoo love triangle spat

Yes, the story includes the word "llama."
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The 2013 Belize Escapade, September 22-29, 2013

This isn't a full Journeys journal, just a few photos of our week-long escapade to the Hatchet Caye Resort in Belize. This was a bit of a lark for Snookums and me, plus we had a camera failure . . . the underwater camera I use to take snorkeling pictures crapped out, so the few snorkeling pictures I did take don't really do the snorkeling quality justice.

Plus, it was HOT down there. So I didn't do a lot of wandering around with a camera, taking pictures of the resort, which turned out to be a small island about five miles out in the Caribbean off the coast of Belize. Sorry about that, but here's what we have.

The little airplane that ferried us from the Belize City international airport to the Placencia, Belize airport, the closest one to the Hatchet Caye Resort.
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The 2013 Alaska HAL CruiseTour, Part 8

The 19-Day Holland America Line Alaska CruiseTour, Holland America ms Statendam

Text and pictures by Snookums, webification by Filbert

Part Eight

(Remember to click "read more" if you're looking at this from the main medary.com page to get the whole article!)

August 9 (Friday, Day 21, Ketchikan, Alaska) -

Totems


We woke up to a beautiful sunny day and saw the very nice Ketchikan Airport that has a daily Air Alaska flight. Snookums talked to her sister, Judy, about booking a 14-day 2014 Alaskan cruise for her parents and after several phone calls (cell phones are good!), was able to immediately see the Future Cruise Consultant in order to book three cabins.
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The 2013 Alaska HAL CruiseTour, Part 7

The 19-Day Holland America Line Alaska CruiseTour, Holland America ms Statendam

Text and pictures by Snookums, webification by Filbert

Part Seven

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August 4 (Sunday, Day 16, Train to Seward and the ms Statendam) -





All Aboard Again


Our luggage had to be out at 8 AM which allowed us to sleep in later than usual. We are all looking forward to getting on the ship and being able to sleep in tomorrow! We enjoyed breakfast at Snow City Café which was voted Anchorage’s best breakfast for the last umpteen years. Snookums, Laura and John really enjoyed their breakfasts but Filbert’s salmon cakes weren’t spiced at all and his over medium eggs were sunny side up. And, the first pitcher of cream he was given for his coffee curdled it since it was soured! The rest of us, though, enjoyed it and everyone except John ordered a “to go” lunch to eat on the train.
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The 2013 Alaska HAL CruiseTour, Part 6

The 19-Day Holland America Line Alaska CruiseTour, Holland America ms Statendam

Text and pictures by Snookums, webification by Filbert

Part Six

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August 2 (Friday, Day 14, Denali National Park, Alaska) -

Helicopter


Once again we had to wake up early and today we woke up at 5:45 AM in order to be in the lobby (after taking the shuttle) by 7 PM. Era Flightseeing was there to pick us up for our heli-hiking trip. We weighed in at the helicopter office and received our safety briefing. One other couple was on the tour with us along with Jeff, the naturalist/hiking guide. We piled in the helicopter and Snookums was the co-pilot once again. This time she had plenty of room but it was only a short 15-minute flight to the tundra.

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The 2013 Alaska HAL CruiseTour, Part 5

The 19-Day Holland America Line Alaska CruiseTour, Holland America ms Statendam

Text and pictures by Snookums, webification by Filbert

Part Five

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August 1 (Thursday, Day 13, Denali National Park, Alaska)

Today was a big day since we got to take the official Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour. Unfortunately, Snookums didn’t write the day’s journal entry until a year after the fact! She doesn’t know how she missed writing about today, but she did.

(So, for the record, it's 3/7 Snookums' fault that this travelogue is posted 28 months after the fact. - Filbert)

Denali in the distance


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The 2013 Alaska HAL CruiseTour, Part 4

The 19-Day Holland America Line Alaska CruiseTour, Holland America ms Statendam

Text and pictures by Snookums, webification by Filbert

Part Four

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July 29 (Monday, Day 10, Motor Coach to Fairbanks, Alaska) -

Our luggage had to be out at 6 AM and the bus left at 7 AM making it another early morning. For breakfast Filbert ate some of his high protein bars while Snookums went across the street to pick up her pre-ordered breakfast box from Belinda’s. The bus got on the ferry to cross the Yukon River and a little before 9 AM we were at the border. The border crossing opened at 9 and our driver wanted to be there when it opened.

The Border


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