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Was that a Dream?

    Whale sharks can be 40 feet long!  Do you ever see them that big?  As long as the ever-cheerful, multi-tasking naturalist and photographer Carlos is there to propel me, I want to do that again — with a bigger one! I confess to the fans here that I had a death grip on…

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February 21, 2020

Reflections of an Alaska Summer Cruise on Catalyst

  Lisa and I looked at many Alaskan trips over a four year period, but the strong recommendation from our friend Suzie made the Catalyst a clear YES. We roped in some friends and kept our fingers crossed. From the first cheerful confirmation text from Hans until the teary goodbye with bags in hand, the…

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January 30, 2020

Alaska Small Ship Cruise

Surpassed Expectations: Sitka to Petersburg on M/V Westward A Guest’s Review on TripAdvisor I’m chuckling as I write this. I just took a look at a mailing from one of those mega cruise lines in which they describe their Alaska and Inside Passage cruise for 930 people. No, thank you. I grew up in a…

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September 7, 2019

Humpback Whales feeding near MV Westward

The advantage of choosing a small ship cruise to explore the Inside Passage of Alaska is that you can reach places the big cruise ships can not get to. To boot, the captain is always willing, tides permitting, to alter course, allowing guests to observe whales and bears or other wildlife, as in this shot…

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August 11, 2019