April finds us in Cozumel. We rented a little “villa” for the month, in a house of six units right on the water. We’re living large and spending a fraction of what it cost us to camp in the Florida Keys. Cozumel is a bit more expensive than areas of Mexico we cruised aboard Camille but the current exchange rate is working in our favor. Right in front of our villa is a great place to snorkel. We even brought our inflatable kayak along.   The deck is huge with incredible views perfect for sundowners. We have a full kitchen and since Mike’s parents are coming...
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After two months of collecting and processing data for new NOAA nautical charts off Panama City Beach we are finally traveling again. I flew out to Florida but Mike had some time and made the long drive from Seattle. He drove down to San Diego to drop off our Alaska gear (skis, down coats, etc) and picked up our kayak, and camping and snorkel gear before heading east. Our little mini van now has over 175,000 miles on it. We were surprised at how cold it had been in PCB and could not wait to head further south. Neither one of us had...
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Heading South :: Haines to Juneau to Petersburg

Before leaving Haines we headed back down to the river to take a few more photos of bald eagles and to hopefully get another glimpse of the brown bear (aka grizzly) that had been hanging around. Watch the video at the end of the last post! Since there are no roads to connect most of Southeast Alaska, we boarded the M/V Malaspina to take a trip down the Alaska Marine Highway.  When we came up here, back in March, we made one long ferry-trip from Bellingham to Haines that took three days. This time we are dividing the journey into several shorter trips with 2-3 days at each destination. Eldred...
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Heading South :: Anchorage to Haines

We left Anchorage on Saturday and drove the 700 miles to Haines in three, slow-paced days. The timing was perfect for the fall foliage and we couldn’t have asked for better weather – that was until we arrived in Southeast Alaska. Since we crossed the border from Canada back into the US and into the Alaska panhandle it has been pretty standard Southeast AK rain. But it is amazingly beautiful nonetheless and still my favorite part of Alaska (Mike favors South-Central.) Just a couple of hours outside of Anchorage is the Matanuska Glacier.Here is a fact I learned in our...
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I can’t believe we’ve been in Alaska for three months already! (only four more months until our next adventure…)  In April we still had a lot of snow on the ground. May was a bit chilly but dry and sunny. And June has been gloomy and rainy. But it looks like summer is finally here! Today was downright hot and wildflowers are everywhere. Just waiting for the fireweed to bloom. Glacier Creek and a couple of Girdwood’s seven glaciers in the background.Strawberries growing at the side of the road Mike is working out of Dutch Harbor for a couple of weeks. We spent some time there...
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Alaska so far

We’re getting settled into Alaska. The first month here, we stayed in a log house in the hills above Anchorage. A couple of weeks ago we moved over to Girdwood, a little ski village nestled among the mountains along Turnagain Arm, about 40 minutes from Anchorage. For much of April we still had snow on the ground but that is all gone now. I haven’t spent a lot of time in this part of Alaska and I am amazed at how much sunshine we have had. Most of my time in Alaska has been spent in South East Alaska which has weather much like the...
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