Wedding and Honeymoon Journal: Entry #5

May 30, 2009 at 7:12 PM (Travel, Wedding)

We got married on May 24, 2009 in Juneau, Alaska on the Gilkey Glacier.  We enjoyed a spectacular honeymoon in Juneau, Alaska as well.  We kept a handwritten journal throughout our trip.  A master list of all journal entries can be found here.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

I am finally sitting down to journal again.  I’m not sure if I can top Ben’s journal entries but I will try.  Yesterday was a long and adventurous day.  I was up by 6 AM ET packing and cleaning the house.  We were out the door around 11:30 AM after praying that we didn’t forget anything.  We arrived to the airport extra early, but the time flew.

Everything was going smoothly until we were sitting in the plane waiting for takeoff.  We smelled something burning.  The captain announced that a maintenance crew was looking into the odor.  Thirty minutes later he announced that the plane was being shut down for the day for maintenance.  He instructed all passengers to exit the plane and wait for further instructions.  They made us wait at a nearby gate while they located another plane.  About 45 minutes later, we boarded the second plane.

Things were smooth after that.  Ben and I played games on our Nintendo DS’s throughout the flight.  What originally was supposed to be a 3 hr layover in Seattle was actually only 1.5 hrs due to the delay.  The second flight was nice.  I slept most of the flight and Ben played on his DS.  We staggered off the plane around 9:30 PM AKDT also known as Really Freaking Late EST.

The drive to Pearson’s Pond was quick and easy.  Diane and Steve Pearson greeted us and showed us our room.  It was nice to finally meet them after talking to them over a year.  They had fresh flowers, a balloon, champagne, and rose petals waiting in our room.—a very nice welcome to say the least.  We quickly went to bed and slept 9 hrs without even thinking about it.

After sleeping in a little bit this morning, we showered and ate breakfast.  After breakfast, Diane went over a map of Juneau with us and suggested things for us to do.  First we headed to Glacier Hwy which is “the” road in the area.  The drive was breathtaking.  Glacier Hwy is about 45 miles long.  We drove almost the whole thing and stopped a few times to take photos.  We stopped at the Auk Village Recreation Area which is the remnants of an old Alaska village.  We walked the shoreline and admired the snow covered mountains from a distance.  We saw many beautiful trees and plants.  We also saw 3 dolphins in the distance.

Next we stopped at the Shrine of St. Therese which is maintained by local Catholics.  The flowers were beautiful as was the scenery.

After our tour of Glacier Hwy, we headed to downtown Juneau.  We ate at The Hangar.  Ben had HUGE halibut nachos and I had a tempura halibut.  Both were very tasty.  We them looked at a couple of shops before heading to Wal-Mart for groceries.

Back at Pearson’s Pond, we have enjoyed an evening of chatting with Diane and Steve and other guests, relaxing in the hot tub, and spending time with each other.

I am so excited and nervous about the wedding tomorrow.  It has been a long time in the making and I can’t believe that it’s here.  I will start getting ready late morning and then hair stylist, Virginia, follow by our photographer, Seanna, will arrive.  I can’t wait!

– Stephanie

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