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What did I do on my summer vacation? Thank you for asking!

My husband and I crossed a trip off our bucket list! We flew to Seattle, Washington and cruised Alaska! First off, let me say, when you travel from southern Florida to the Pacific Northwest, it’s a real climate change! We flew into Seattle on July 4 hoping to see some fireworks from our airplane; we were not disappointed! They looked like fireflies from our window!

Once in Seattle, we really enjoyed dining at the Alaskan Sourdough Bakery on the waterfront—not just once, but twice! We also ate at the Daily Dozen Doughnut at Pike Place--twice while there too (consistency is important). We took advantage of the “mixed dozen” and had a sampling of their hot and yummy donuts. If you haven’t figured it out, we are breakfast eaters.

My husband and I had a great visit in Seattle seeing the sites but our personal favorite was the Ride the Duck Tour of Seattle. Our tour guide went by the name of “Luke Warm”. Every time we drove past a Starbucks, he would ask, “How do you like your coffee?” We would reply, “Luke Warm!” Please keep in mind that Starbucks originated in Seattle and have stores on most corners! It was hokey but we enjoyed it!

Alaska opened our eyes a bit!

The glaciers were gorgeous. The ice acts as prisms of light with turning it a stunning shade of blue. However, it was sad to see how much has melted recently. The landscape of Alaska was beautiful but emphasized how much it is changing as well.

We went on a whale watching excursion in Juneau, Alaska and we were not disappointed! However, I must add that I have never seen so many bald eagles. I mean, they sit on the street lights waiting for road kill! Not what I originally pictured in my mind for the majestic national bird. The number was incredible! The behavior was surprising.

During another stop on the cruise, we rode on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Sit on the left side of the train for the best views! The ruggedness of the land had us wondering how the original gold miners traveled that area before the pass! Also on that excursion, we walked across a suspension bridge in Canada. It was made so well there was never any worry for our safety!

Our trip to Skagway was like traveling in a time machine. They have made their downtown look like it did (including the bawdy house replica) during the Gold Rush! We had fry bread there that was delicious! Well done, Skagway!

I have hit my highlights and kept my description brief as I hope that all of you that haven’t made the trip will do so and make your own memories!

We were gone over 2 weeks and came home to our two girls, Bella and Rosy, happy to see us.

They stayed at their “spa” retreat during our time away, but were happy to get home and back

to the routine of walks and pool time!

In business news, another major change has come to Blooming Daisies Crafts, LLC. Brittany has decided to step away from the business for now. She started home schooling her two daughters last year and is giving that her full attention. She hasn’t stepped away from me (she was given no choice) so will still be around if I need help! I will be getting the needle minders from her in September, so right now, the needle minders are on hold as far as new listings are concerned.

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