The Living Journey
The downtown skyline fronting onto Biscayne Bay (I)
The allure of Miami, Florida, is undeniable, from chic South Beach with its beautiful beach-goers posing against the pastel hues of Art Deco hotels to the on-fire arts scene in the Wynwood district,
What a month this has been – and it’s not over yet. Visiting favorite places, reconnecting with friends, celebrating Christmas: I feel a bit like that whirling dervish we saw in the Middle East.
Ahh Bermuda…but this time with the counsel and hospitality of residents who have homes there.
The epitome of romanticized Cuban street life, Parque Céspedes — surrounded by colonial architecture and the Cathedral — is a vibrant mix of conversation, flirting, dancing and music in the heart of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Located closer to Haiti and the Dominican Republic than Havana,
From Cienfuegos we had a chartered bus drive a group of 12 of us from our ship to Havana for a three-day, two-night exploration of the historic capital of Cuba. In retrospect, almost all of us had the same recollection of our time there – a city full of great spirit — with the locals’ joi de vie very evident – and a city that is a living museum,
From Yakutat Bay we sailed into Disenchantment Bay to approach the Hubbard Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Alaska (the tidewater edge is up to 400 feet /122 meters tall) – to reach the face of the glacier we sailed to the right of Haenke Island,
Once everyone was gathered together, we walked through the little village of Icy Strait Point to the dock where the whale watching boat was waiting.
The skies had cleared for our 30 minute trip to Point Adolphus where the humpbacks gather to feed in the summer.
As we hiked up from the beach of Mendenhall Lake, Mendenhall Glacier came into view
After we beached our canoes near the Lake Mendenhall tidewater entrance of the Mendenhall Glacier, we put on hard hats and packed up our ice spikes and headed out across the glacial moraine toward the retreating ice edge of the glacier.
This morning the wake-up call came very early – 5:30 for a 6:10 meet time. We took the tender into Haines and transferred to a high-speed ferry that whisked us across the sound to Skagway.
Once there, we waited a few minutes before boarding the refurbished railcars of the White Pass &