It's been a Canada/Alaska/Glacier experience since I last confessed. I've just returned from a week on an Alaskan cruise. I confess while I love traveling, I also love returning home, but let me tell you some highlights from the cruise.
To the Confessional--
I confess I liked the cruise, but there is ultimately a cheesiness to the whole experience I have to overlook. Like napkin folding class. Or the entertainer who plays the piano with his feet. But what I love is that I can travel with a large group of friends and family (with 30 people) and it's easy to coordinate. Plus, my mum is 77 so it's a great easy vacation for her.
Also, it's such an enjoyable way to see a few cities in Alaska, a glacier, Orca whales, seals on ice (sounds like an ice skating show) and a lot of natural beauty.
I confess my two favorite Alaskan outings were taking the SkyTram up the mountain in Juneau and dogsledding with the great-grandson of the man who founded the Iditarod. After the ride, I was able to meet all the sled dogs and spend time with puppies-- how could anyone turn down puppy time?
I confess that I am highly competitive when it comes to games.
On the cruise, we played a group game I had never played before called Quest. This game had me bringing up my team members pants, bras and belts. It had me racing against other women to put a lipstick print on a stranger's face (& out of about 20+ women, I was first, thank you very much). It had another team member racing up to show his appendectomy scar & another showing her tattoo. And I found none of this odd at the time, I just wanted to win.
I realize in time of competition I completely lose all self-consciousness. As you see in the photo below I've got about 10 layers of lipstick on (Maybelle Go Currant, borrowed from a friend). I also bit into a sock to make a hole in it as well as showed the judge my back teeth (though I did not get any points for this, they wanted false teeth not a crown).
This is not the actions of a sensible, serious poet. No, this is a nut on a vacation who will do anything for a prize. Welcome to my world.
|Me in my element wearing my winning baseball cap (aka my trophy)|
I confess here are a few things I did on vacation that entertained my family and made me laugh--
1) Dropped my new sunglasses over an Alaskan cliff (oops)
2) Set off an alarm in the Royal BC Museum & ended up having a very interesting talk with the security guard about a stuffed mouse.
3) Danced as a back-up dancer in the men's karaoke version of "All the Single Ladies"
4) Tried to be hypnotized
5) Fell into my suitcase
6) Walked into a pole near the swimming pool
7) Accidentally hit a man in the head with a slice of lime
I confess I am not sure I will ever lose my awkwardness, but if you can see it as charm, I'll be happy.