Wedding and Honeymoon Journal: Entry #12

June 2, 2009 at 6:35 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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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 – 9:04 PM AKDT

Just got back from the Taku Glacier Lodge Salmon Bake.  We took a float plane out to a fairly remote island that has a number of historical buildings.  It was awesome!

Shortly after we arrived, a black bear showed up!  All of the people scared it senseless and it climbed a cedar tree.  Everyone stood there watching it and taking pictures while two of the employees were there to keep us from getting too close.  We were like animal paparazzi!  By this point dinner was ready, so we went into the lodge and began chowing down while listening to stories of the historical nature of the buildings and the location.  About halfway through the bear was back!

It was eating / licking the drippings from the stone fire pit where the salmon was cooked.  Almost everyone, except for me and another fat guy, rushed outside with their cameras.  The other guy and I continued enjoying our dinner while looking at the bear through the very large bay window.  Stephanie got some awesome pictures!

After dinner, Stephanie and I strolled over to the gift shop and spent some time admiring the view of the Taku Glacier from the main grounds.  Pretty soon it was time to go and we hopped back on the float plane and were on our way to Juneau.

If you’ve never been on a small plane before, there’s one thing you need to know.  The cabin is LOUD!  It’s nothing at all like flying on any sort of commercial jet.  I don’t know if it is because the place had a propeller and not a jet engine, but if you are on a small plane (8 passengers or less) and are offered anything to put over your ears, do so.  Your ears will thank you.  One cool thing about the float plane was the incredibly smooth takeoffs and landings.  I was totally expecting it to be a teeth-jarring experience.  Admittedly there weren’t any waves that I could begin to describe as large (about no waves at all, actually) but water in the open is anything but smooth.  It was almost as cool as flying in the helicopter.

So, as a checklist, here are the vehicles I have now flown in:

  • Large jet
  • Small jet
  • Small prop plane
  • Float plane
  • Helicopter

I’ve had a personal wish list for some time now.  The Concorde is now out of service, so I had to cross that one off the list.  That pretty much leaves the space shuttle and the jet backpack.  A tall order, I know, but I think crossing them off before I die is possible.  As a side note, Airwolf was on the list for a long time, but when I last checked there were no working models of it anymore.  That’s too bad, because I totally wanted to shoot down some enemy aircraft, preferably those from a 3rd world Latin American country.  Oh well, I can still dream.

We’re supposed to go whale watching in the morning, but we’re thinking of skipping it.  One, we had such an awesome experience on Tuesday as part of the photo safari activity that we’re not sure that it can be topped.  So if we decide to skip tomorrow morning’s activity, we don’t feel as if we’re missing out on a whole lot.  Second, we can’t seem to locate any non-dramamine motion sickness stuff for Stephanie.  On the tour Tuesday, she was given something called MotionEaze by the guide.  It worked wonders.

We’re not really sure what we will do if we skip the whale watching.  The only other thing that is planned is me playing in a disc golf tournament at 6 PM.  That pretty much leaves the whole day open.  I’m trying to talk her into a movie.  Night at the Museum 2 and Angels and Demons are both playing at the little theater here.

Speaking of disc golf, I’m totally stoked!  The course isn’t terribly long footage-wise, but I’ve been corresponding with J.D., the contact man listed on the PDGA website, and he says that there are a fair number of up and down shots.  Downhill shots are cool.  I can throw those all day.  Uphill shots are a different story.  My throwing shoulder only has a ligament holding it together and it makes throwing uphill with any real power very difficult.  No matter what, though, I’m going to have a great time playing on one of the most picturesque disc golf courses ever.  Good times!

– Ben

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