Story last updated at 10/14/2009 - 1:36 pm
In your quest for winter events, I would offer an "idiot" trip on the Alaska Marine Highway. An idiot trip is where you throw money into your piggy bank, then at the spur of the moment, jump on a ferry and go somewhere. It can be as simple as a round trip to Skagway with dinner in town, or a round trip to Prince Rupert for Asian cuisine. You can go top-shelf with a stateroom, or a sleeping bag on the solarium. The landscapes are almost surreal in their stark beauty and you can see it all from the "living room" of the forward lounge. Of course, reading or other past-times factor into the mix too.
The only limit is one's imagination. Here's a sampling to get the creative juices flowing:
1. If you work for Alaska Airlines, fly to Reno for dinner, or Anchorage for Mexican food.
2. Take the ferry to Prince Rupert for Chinese food.
3. Take the ferry to Haines and visit the Eagle museum. Be sure to stop at the Bamboo Room for early morning coffee and conversation with locals (kind of like Dorothy's Chatterbox Cafe of Lake Wobegone fame - there's one in every town).
4. Go to Takhini Hot Springs at Whitehorse and soak in hot water under the stars.
5. Take the ferry to Tenakee for a bath in the hot springs (plan ahead for the romantic interlude on this one).
6. Go to Skagway and hike out to the Forest Service "caboose" for an overnight.
7. Hike to the Eagle Glacier Cabin for an overnight.
I'll bet your readers can come up with a whole bunch more.
Gene Miller, Juneau