21 Jun 2016

WSOP 2016 Update


There is not much to report on the WSOP front. Jeff has cashed twice and Allyn and I each once. We haven’t played too many events as other things have popped up. That is still not very good however.

We look forward to a fun second half of the Series.

Meanwhile on the home front, our new house is coming along nicely and should be done in a couple months.

Our flooded out condo is rebuilt and furniture was moved back in today.

02 May 2016

Ketchikan, Alaska 2016



Ketchikan is fun, cute, loaded with totem poles and bars, and is very rainy.





We tend to eat lunch off the ship in Alaska because the seafood is so fresh and delicious. 





At Annabelle's Famous Keg and Chowderhouse, I ordered Allyn a 6-ounce beer sampler. Who knew it was 6 ounces per glass?




No place has more totem poles than here.

Coming from Seattle I constantly hear about our rain. Here are some facts about average annual rainfall. Mobile, Alabama has the most rain of any city in the Continental U.S., 30% more than Seattle.

However Ketchikan, Alaska has almost triple the rainfall of Mobile. That is a bunch.

29 Apr 2016

Skagway, Alaska and the Klondike Gold Rush







Cute sign in jewelry store window.





Skagway was beautiful today, but it was a rough, tough city during the Klondike Gold Rush. 

Gold was discovered in the Klondike region of the Yukon in NW Canada on August 16, 1896.


It was "just far enough away to be romantic and just close enough to be accessible".






From July, 1897 for about a year, over 100,000 dreamers traveled mainly from Seattle to Skagway hoping to get rich.





Canadian authorities required each person to bring a year's supply of food. Each hauled close to a ton of equipment, which for most had to be carried in stages by themselves.


Even though they only had to hike a route of about 40 miles over the pass they walked single-file and needed about 30 round trips to get all their belongings moved. The result was about 2,500 miles trekking over a 90 day period.


It is estimated that maybe 1% came back with more than they left with.


When gold was discovered in Nome in 1899, that was the end of the Klondike Gold Rush.




27 Apr 2016

Seward, AK 2016



Seward is all about nature. There are not too many places where in a couple hours you can enjoy the mountains, bald eagles, hundreds of seagulls, dozens of sea lions and a several whales.

Many humpback whales split their time between Maui and here. Frankly if that were the choice for me, I would just stay in Maui for another couple months.











26 Apr 2016

Kodiak, Alaska 2016







Today we had a very cool (literally and figuratively) small tour learning about the fishing industry. Instead of a normal guide we toured with visited several commercial fishermen.




Although there are only about 6,000 people who live here, they have the third largest fishing port catch (by value) in the U.S. They put up with 78 inches of rain a year, 68 inches of snow, terrible winds, and severe seas. It's a tough life.




Besides actually seeing how they fish, we learned about fish processing.




We learned about safety where in one generation it has transformed from one of the deadliest occupations to one of the safest.




As a side benefit we saw some sea lions enjoying themselves very near our ship.