On Thursday (the 5th) the ship docked in Ketchikan. In the morning, Casey and I went an excursion that took us to the Alaskan Rain Forest. We were able to see a baby bear cub, feed some reindeer, and watch this local carve a gigantic totem pole. Very cool stuff!!! They had a lot of shops too by where the ship docked, so Casey and I spent the afternoon walking around and watching the small bush planes comes in on the water. Very relaxing and another lovely day!
Friday (the 5th) was a day spent at sea, but the scenery really is so lovely (even if it is cloudy) that you can just spend hours in a chair looking out on the water. Saturday (the 6th) was also spent at sea and was much of the same. Casey and I would sleep in since for most of the previous days we had to wake up early for our excursions. It was nice by the end of the cruise to just do nothing if that's what we wanted to do. I even got Casey to do the Newly Wed game (which Casey did not want to do, but was a good sport and participated). We did pretty good, and even got a free cookbook out of the deal!
There were many stories and memories made, but I'll leave you with the one where the dining staff tried twice in one meal to hurt our unborn child. For those unaware, when you are with child you can not eat under-cooked meat mainly for the risk of the bacteria listeria that can harm the baby, so the experts suggest well done, medium well is okay but pushing the boundary. We went to the nice dining room every night where you choose from various options. On our last night on the boat, I chose a glazed bourbon beef. The description did not specify how it was cooked, so I asked the waiter and he said "medium to medium well". So I told him I had to have medium well because I was pregnant, he said okay and told me that it was the same in his country. So dinner arrives and I'm guessing my plate went unknowingly to someone else because parts of my meat were medium well, but there were a lot of parts that weren't. Meat itself was okay, nothing to write home about, but not terrible either, so I just ate around the parts that weren't medium well. The waiter noticed I wasn't eating all of my meat and that it was not prepared as I had requested, so he's very apologetic and offers to get me another plate. I said I was fine, it wasn't a problem and I was just eating the parts I could. Then the dining floor manager comes over to apologize and tells me that I hope this is not a reflection of their staff and so forth (since they had passed out evaluations that morning). I tried to explain again, it's not a big deal, and by this point I am just wanting to move on and get the attention from others around us off of me. Then as his way of making things better he brings a bottle of champagne! Hello, I'm pregnant and if I don't want under-cooked meat, I for sure am not going to poison my unborn child with alcohol! They brought a whole bottle for the entire table, which was a nice gesture. Once I explained that I can't have that either, this guy is trying hard to give me something to make up for what happened, so what comes next you ask?! That's right a copy of the cookbook Casey and I had received the night before for playing the Newly Wed Game! The guy is probably greatly discouraged by this point that each of his efforts have failed to rectify the situation, so I just took the cookbook and gave it to my brother in-law and his wife, so the madness could finally end!
We had a wonderful time and I highly encourage anyone to go. Definitely go in the summer when it is warmer there, and as long as you layer you'll be fine! Back to the real world it was on Monday, but at least Casey and I were smart and took the morning off to catch up on some sleep ( I was never more thankful we did that since our last flight that night was delayed and we didn't go to bed until 1 AM!) We went to the doctor the Wednesday after to find out the gender of Baby Hixon, let me tell you that was a fun weigh in after just getting back from a week long vacation! Read my next post to find out the gender and name of Baby Hixon! Have a wonderful week my readers!!!
"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Philippians 2:1-4