The Fearsome Foursome
-----A twenty-two-foot boat is a small boat. There are those who think it is too small for two people to comfortably cruise for extended periods -- so how about four persons? -- for five weeks? -- in Alaska?
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FOUR ON A BOAT
- -----iIn July, 2006 my father and I drove up to Prince Rupert, BC to join my grandparents on their boat, Halcyon, for five weeks of cruising in Alaska. Yep, it was cozy. I slept on a cot in the cockpit, and I was snug as a bug in a rug! Halcyon has a 'camper back' covering the top and sides of the cockpit, so it was like being in a floating tent.
- -----iDad slept on the cabin floor, on an air mattress, and was comfy (he said -- and he sure slept well, so I guess he was). My grandparents slept in their usual v-berth. So all were fine (except Grandpa, sometimes, can sure snore!).
- -----iDuring the day, there was no problem with space -- there were three seats in the cabin, and Dad and I could share one -- or I curled up in the v-berth sometimes with my games or a movie on my "electronic gizmo," as Grandpa called it.
Me, And My PSP
- -----iGrandpa let me do a lot of the driving, and I really enjoyed that. It was tough watching for logs in the water, but he kept a sharp eye over my shoulder.
Capt. Bryce at the Helm, Sir!
- -----Of course, we ate well, with Grandma doing most of the cooking and Chris, my friend on Rana Verde, often doing a grilled dinner for us all.
Notice, there are five for our steak dinner!
(Of course, you might also notice that my steak is already gone -- kids know about 'first things first')
- -----iAnother thing I learned about travel on Halcyon. We eat out whenever we can, and that's part of the fun. Walking up into a town and finding a good place for a meal. And, man, did we eat!
Now, There's a Meal for a Kid!
Only Better Might be a Pizza with boating friends!! (Notice what looks like a beer in front of me. Well, it is! After all, we're in Alaska, and up here us kids drink beer!
Well, Weinhard's Root Beer (or Cream Soda -- both are my favorites)
- -----iWhile in town scouting out a restaurant, we checked out the library. Now, my home is Tucson, and believe me, we don't have signs like that in our hometown library!
- -----iI learned a lot about living aboard. Sure, it was a bit crowded, but never a problem. We learned to easily walk around each other -- and Dad was a great help acting as a shower!
- -----iIt didn't get dark much in Alaska since it was summer. But, sometimes, when we stayed up late, we'd get in some heavy competition with UNO. Grandma's good!
See What I Mean? Grandma has one card and don't even look at my hand
You Know Those T-shirts that say, "My Folks Went to Alaska, and all I got was this T-shirt"? Well, I Went to Alaska, and Look at the Great T-shirt I got!
- -----iSo, what did we do all day? Well, some days I went fishing (often with my friend, Chris). That was one of the best things about the trip.
Looks Like Tucson, Right?
Now There's A Fish
- -----iAnd some days we pulled crab pots. Although we didn't get many crabs, we sure had some other critters in the pot.
The Catchers and the Cooking. "What do you think? Good Enough To Eat, Bryce?" Lip Smacking Good!
An Award From Grandma
Somedays I Fished with Grandma; Other Times We Went Wading -- in ALASKA -- brrr! -Grandma's Tough!
A Kid Can Always Find A Swing
- -----iOne of my favorite activites was rowing the dinghy around -- sometimes fishing, other times to get to shore, and sometimes just to hang around on the water.
- -----iI learned about some of the native cultures, also. We visited several totem parks.
Strong Man Totem and the Watchman
- -----iNow for a few other activities. We just happened to land in Wrangell for the 4th of July (good timing, Grandpa). I had some fun with a can of blue string spray -- Happy 4th!
Dad, Grandpa, and Grandma - All Decorated for the Fourth
My Turn! Fair is Fair
- -----iAnd, Dad and I became famous in the egg-tossing contest. We got all the way to the finals!
Farther, f-a-r-t-h-e-r, -f - a - r - t - h - e - r, ---if---ia---ir---it---ih---ie---is---it
Good Technique, eh? Just Stay Calm! Grandma's Technique -- Sqoooosh!
- ----At the logging show, they mounded up huge piles of sawdust and hid money in the piles!! Felt like I was (sorta) mining for gold in Alaska -- anyway, I made a pile and it was fun. Some of the coins were even gold!
--- ----And of course the fireworks display was incredible.
-- ----There's lots more to talk about, like whales, orcas, porcupines, bears, starfish, a jet boat ride up the Stikine, and those quiet things I'll always remember about a great time together with my Dad and grandparents --Four on a Boat!
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