A brief detour
Aboard the Sheltered Seas
Petersburg to Ketchikan
Last LegIn Anchorage again, we had photos developed, bought souvenirs found reindeer hot dogs for Bob to taste. In a cuisine break, we went to Jens Restaurant for Frikadeller, enjoying the Danish atmosphere and continental service. For dinner, we went out for Chinese. No more halibut and salmon! Before heading to the airport, we took Sue’s suggestion to see the Sourdough Mine’s Chocolate Fountain and pick up some Alaska jellies (salmonberry, blueberry, raspberry) plus Fire and Ice popcorn (coated with white chocolate and melted cinnamon candies).
We knew the trip home would be grueling: Anchorage to Vancouver, a four-hour stopover, and then the redeye to Toronto and on to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, somewhere over Alberta, Jean Sue was struck by severe hip pain, probably from balancing on the boat plus sitting too long that day. Instead of going on, we checked into the Sheraton at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and stayed there two nights. The staff was wonderful, arranging a wheelchair to the terminal nurse for medical care. Good thing we had that popcorn and jellies!
Bob’s main complaint of the trip, besides his broken ribs, was that we had too many early mornings; luggage had to be outside our rooms at 6 am on cruise days and we frequently had 7:30 am departure times.
Despite medical hassles, we had a fabulous time and came home with more than 350 photographs. Next time we want to do Sitka, the Aleutian Islands, Whitehorse and Petersburg for their 17th of May Norwegian Festival.
Chocolate fountain, Sourdough Mine
|© Robert and Jean Sue Libkind|