Tuesday, September 29, 2015
This almost makes the last night on board tolerable.
(Disembarkation tip! They will want you to put out your bags in the evening, (except for carry ons) and attach on them character tags that will determine when you're supposed to get off the ship. The idea is you leave your room for breakfast, never to return, then hang around and totally clog up all walkways and open areas on the ship until it is time for your character to leave. You then go find your luggage in a giant place that has tons of luggage divided up by the characters. After going through this several times, we discovered it's just easier to carry our own luggage off the ship. No having to put pajamas, etc., in the carry on to carry off since the regular bags were long gone. We went to breakfast very early, left the bags in the room, then just grabbed it all and walked off. The hardest part of this is getting past the folks who were trying to figure out what line to be in to co-ordinate with their character. The only bonus to having your bags taken off the ship for you is to save you a bit of walking with them. Really not worth the hassle in my opinion. We found it much easier to just carry all our stuff off, so will do that from now on)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
1 1/2cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup melted butter
3 (8ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
5-ounce can evaporated milk
chocolate syrup, for drizzling
In a bowl, combine crushed graham cracker, sugar and ginger. Melt the butter and stir into mixture. Spray bottom and sides of a 9"springform pan. Press crust mixture into bottom of pan using your hands. Place pan on a large piece of foil and wrap tightly up sides and around pan
Preheat oven to 325. Beat cream cheese, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment ( I don't have a paddle attachment, so just used the regular beaters). Scrape down sides of bowl.
Add pumpkin mixture to cream cheese mixture, beating until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add evaporated milk, mixing well.
Bake 1 hour, or until center moves only slightly when shaken. Turn oven off and crack open oven door. Allow to cool inside oven for 1 hour, then remove pan from water bath and cool on wire rack. Cover top of pan with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
Wrapping foil around springform pan prevents from the water bath from getting into the cheesecake. The slow cooling inside the oven prevents cheesecake top from cracking.
Monday, September 14, 2015
We experienced three excursions at this port: Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Duck Tour and Lumberjack Show. All were well worth the time and price.
Ketchikan has very temperate weather, with lows in winter only averaging in the 30's. What you might find unbearable is the wind, which whips the city with fury.
The town area is loaded with shops with much the same mass produced stuff as the other ports. There are some nicer upscale shops, but it seems the area has been overbuilt and some shops had an air of desperation trying to get you to come in.
The snorkeling excursion is reached by a 30 minute ride, and you are provided with dry suits. Another well done experience, not cold as you'd think, and a highlight of the trip for those who enjoy snorkeling.
Who wouldn't like to remember their Ketchikan day with this Disney totem pole?
Friday, September 4, 2015
The capital of Alaska, Juneau is named after gold prospector Joseph Juneau, and is classified as a rainforest. You can only get to Juneau by sea or air, as there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of the state.
Although you can see the glacier from the visitor area, take the time for the short and easy hike along Nugget Falls Trail. There are several options to hike and explore, but Nugget Falls seems the most moderate with the best and quickest access to the glacier and waterfall.
Up close and personal you'll find yourself marveling at the gorgeous glacier while feeling the spray of Nugget Falls. Simply stunning. We did hear a large crack from the glacier while on the trail, but did not see any calving.
If you have time, explore the well laid out Visitor Center for a short film, interactive exhibits and to feel Mendenhall Glacier Ice (which feels a lot like Tracy Arm Ice.)