My two long days of travel started on Thursday, with a drive to Syracuse, a flight to D.C., a flight to Phoenix, and finally a flight to Seattle. Friday morning, after some flight problems, I finally flew from Seattle to Juneau on Alaska Airlines. This was my plane:
I had to take a picture of the plane because a few years ago when I was traveling somewhere, I couldn’t figure out why in the world Alaska Airlines would have a picture of Bob Marley on their planes. I spent several minutes pondering this until I figured out that it was an Eskimo and not Bob Marley. Now I laugh whenever I see one of these planes.
My plane was full of commercial fishermen. It was probably the strangest flight I’ve ever been on. For example, they ran out of beer on the flight. The flight left at 8 AM. We landed in Juneau at 2 and a half hours later. Let me repeat that THEY RAN OUT OF BEER and it wasn’t even noon. When we landed, one guy told me that I should watch out because dozens of guys would want to “hug and hold” me because I am “a little thing” unlike “a lot of the locals.” Let me just say I’m glad I’m on a cruise ship and not a fishing boat.
I spent my first day on board having a tour, getting oriented and trying not to get lost. I also had my first “induction” (ship speak for training) on how to operate watertight doors. They don’t have a crew cabin for me right now, so I’m staying in a passenger room for 4 days. This means I can’t really unpack, but I do have a nice window in my room. Here is a picture from the Juneau port: