Alaska Day 5: Yakutat (Part 1 of 2)

Bill taking in Alaska

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Part 1 of 2 This morning I come to you from the tiny town of Yakutat. We were scheduled to be here at 3AM but seem to have arrived closer to 7AM. Very few people are getting on or off. It ...



Alaska Day 4: Juneau

Eagle Eye Eagle at the Dock

Tuesday, August, 8, 2017 I am getting my days confused. I am pretty sure today is Tuesday. I believe forgetting the days, on about, is a good thing. Occasionally, you may need to know the time, but only when you need to make it back ...



Alaska Day 3: Ketchikan

Beluga Breaching 2

Monday, August, 7, 2017 Ketchikan is our first chance to get off the Kennicott. We don’t get far, as town is about 4 miles from the ferry and we only have a couple of hours before all-abord. We make the most of it, by heading ...



Day 2: Sea Day, still in route to Ketchikan

Corrections Blanket Tag

Monday, August, 7, 2017 Waking up to a cold and hazy morning, discovering your bedding has a prison tag on it can be a concerning feeling. But the lock on the door is secure, so I slept in a little longer before waking up around ...



Day 1a: En Route, Bellingham to Ketchikan

Bikes below deck

Sunday, August 6, 2017 This morning, I realized, yesterday’s post was titled incorrectly. It felt like Day 1 because Bill and I were finally arriving at the Ferry. We have actually been on the road for 6 days. In reality, this trip has been in ...



Day 1: 1,500 Miles in and Ready to Start!

Home to Seattle on the way to Homer

The day is finally here. After about Heading to the Ferry in Bellingham, WA to hop on the Alaska Marine Highway System. I hope to provide more information and pictures soon, but the Kennicott Ferry does not have much in the way of amenities and ...



Perspective on Route 66

Plan D

Update: Perspective on Route 66 We owe everyone an update. There is a lot of our trip, that has already happened, that I promise to share in more detail. Some great pictures and stories will be coming, just out of order. Obviously, the setbacks with ...



Get Your Kicks on “Route 60!”

Mark-Car-MR-Imports-Chicago

“How in the world are we supposed to get our Kicks on Route 60? It, just doesn’t work!” These very could well have been what Bobby Troupe was shouting as he listened to the studio musicians, behind Nat King Cole, cranking out a standard 12-bar ...



MS Walk 2017

MS Walk Group Shot

Contributed by: Mark Southerland I recently did the MS walk.  My family spent a bunch of time raising money for the walk, so I felt sort of “obligated.” Honestly, it is not really my thing. On top of that, it was an “off” day, but ...



The beginning

Mark Nap

Contributed by: Mark Southerland 99 Problems Before we begin, let me start off by saying that I am NOT inspirational, a role model, exceptional or any other box used to characterize people. To quote the comedienne and cerebral palsy advocate, Maysoon Zayid, someone in a similar ...