Alaska Season 2012 - Blog #1 from Kathy Slamp, Naturalist

Wow!  The months have flown by, and I find myself sitting once again in a Vancouver, BC Starbucks!  On Weds. I boarded the Coral Princess for the 2012 Alaska season, but I boarded this time in San Pedro, California.  The cruise line had me come aboard for the repositioning cruise, and it has turned out to be a stroke of genius! 

Always before, I have boarded the ship the first day of the Alaska season and then end up rushing like crazy to make arrangements, get setup, etc.  Even though I did two shows this week (one on California and one on the Alaska Goldrush), I've had time to make connections, get things arranged, and actually REST a bit.  Because I've been on this ship for half of 2010 and all of 2011, this has been a time of connecting with friends from all over the world.  It's been like "old home week" with a lot of hugs, welcome backs, even kisses.  I've worked with nearly all the significant connection personnel, and those I haven't just give me opportunity for making new friends.

It's been a glorious week of beautiful weather.  Marilyn Fabor, a friend from S. Calif., met me in San Pedro, and we've had a great time together.  In addition, she was a wonderful help in setting up as well as keeping me on track with the myriad of things I needed to do.  Marilyn has sailed with me four seasons, so she certainly "knows the ropes." 

Both in San Francisco and Victoria (last night) Marilyn and I just enjoyed being tourists.  In SF we took a beautiful city tour, and yesterday we went whale watching!  I have been on over 100 whale watching trips and ALWAYS seen a whale, and usually many--until yesterday.  Absolutely none.  But no one was complaining because it turned out to be three glorious hours in a Zodiac with Mt. Baker in clear view.  And, they gave us a rain check as well.  I am posting a folder of San Francisco pictures.

Well.  That's it for the 2012 season opener.  I'll be in touch throughout the season, and I LOVE to hear from you.  You may also check out my Alaskathy Facebook page.  I'd really appreciate it if you would do that and LIKE whatever you feel like "liking." https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Alaskathy/112302885522599

Have a great summer.  And, if you haven't yet uploaded a profile picture, PLEASE do that, too.

 

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