Jul 22 2008

Coffee shop blogging


It’s a little after 2pm on a sunny summer afternoon. I am sitting at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Glendale enjoying an English Breakfast Latte just up the street from where my Jeep A/C is being fixed. I decided to take advantage of the time and the free WiFi to download the brand new iPhone Wordpress application and test it out. So here it is… testing one, two, three. The app is very simple and easy to use. I had to upgrade my version of Wordpress to make it compatible but I was overdue for that anyway. Ok I’m going to try and post this little stream of babble…


Jul 21 2008



The latest phenomenon in online social networking is Twitter. It’s a micro-blog that acts much like a community instant messenger. It asks you the simple question “What are you doing right now?” to which you respond in 140 characters or less. It’s free and easy to use. I have become an avid Twitter user because it helps me stay in touch with my family but there are many fascinating people and organizations to follow out there. I use the Twitterific client to update from my Mac and iPhone. Here’s a USA Today article on Twitter.

Jun 29 2008

GTY Cruise Day 6



Today we docked at our final port of call in Ketchikan, AK. Ketchikan is a bustling fishing town with the least amount of “touristy” feel yet. It is known as Alaska’s 1st city because it is the first city you come to on your way into the state. It’s also known as the salmon capital of the world.

We decided to take a walk around town and found it pretty interesting. We ended up walking to the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center. The hatchery is a salmon hatchery and it was interesting to see. They are strictly a replenishing facility, which means that they do not farm their salmon for food but release them into the river to make their way down to the ocean. As is the habit of salmon, they return to their birth place years later to spawn and die and at that point the hatchery staff give the meat to local nursing homes, elders and children’s facilities.

The most interesting part of the center was the eagles. They have 2 rescued bald eagles in captivity and they both had severe wing injuries and are unable to fly. They were fascinating! I’ve never been that close to an eagle before. The 2 birds seem to be rather spoiled and we were told prefer not to eat the fish that’s given to them, but will wait until someone brings bear or reindeer meat.

We met with our group again for the evening session where John led worship and Kory sang a solo. MacArthur wrapped up our study on John 17 where Jesus gives the final reason for His prayer - that we would be filled with His joy. What an encouraging time together!

We headed once again for the dining room and enjoyed another delicious meal. We were told there was a karaoke competition later on and so we made our way up to the Crow’s Nest to scope out the competition. John and Kory tossed around the idea of singing, but then decided not to - good thing! The other singers were, um, unfit for an American Idol rejects reel. It was entertaining, none the less, and we had a good laugh.

Stay tuned!

Jun 29 2008

GTY Cruise Day 5



This was a very special day in Glacier Bay. We got to sail through some of the most stunning scenery in the world, we got to see whales, seals and glaciers….and all that on our 5th anniversary!


It was 5 years ago today that we were on a different boat in another beautiful part of the world taking our vows and beginning our new life together. It was a Wednesday too!

We cruised around the inlets of Glacier Bay for most of the day stopping in front of Johns Hopkins Glacier, Lamplugh Glacier and Margerie Glacier to watch for calving and take in the breathtaking view. We’re told these glaciers move several feet a day.

On our way out of the bay we spotted a pod of humpback whales near one of the islands. They were too far to get any good pictures and they never did any Seaworld acrobatics, but it was thrilling just to see them spout.

Kory led music for this evening’s session and John and I sang one of our favorite duets - Cross of Love from Savior. Kory announced to everyone that it was our anniversary, so we got many congratulations and good wishes throughout the rest of the evening. We were invited to join the MacArthurs for dinner along with the Rices. We had a great time together. After dessert, we were surprised by a beautiful anniversary cake and an Indonesian anniversary song from our waiters. The day ended with the ms Statendam Dessert Extravaganza.

Check out these pictures!

Stay tuned!

Jun 27 2008

GTY Cruise Day 4



The ms Statendam arrived at our 2nd port of call this morning in Skagway, AK. Skagway, est. in 1897, is known as the img_3880.jpgGateway to the Yukon. Gold stampeders came through Skagway on their way to the Klondike Gold Rush and just as quickly businessmen set up shop to sell supplies to them. The Canadian government set up regulations for the gold seekers that required every man to have a ton of supplies before he was allowed to head to the Yukon. We were told it would take an average man 40 trips to get all his supplies up the trail! Not very many stampeders made their fortune in the Klondike Rush, but many businessmen made a fortune off of them.


Today, Skagway is similar to how it would have been at the turn of the century, with some modern updates, of course. It is filled with shops making fortunes off of cruise ship tourists! Skagway is also known for the narrow gauge White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, which makes the trek into the Yukon much smoother.


We enjoyed a relaxing day walking around town and ended with a “walk” up the “lower” Dewey Lake. Sheesh! That walk was actually a pretty strenuous hike through sharp switchbacks and really steep inclines! The views were really nice on the way, but the lake didn’t quite seem worth the exhaustion. Oh well, it was still a nice day.
We had another evening session singing and studying John 17 and then enjoyed a great meal together with our table friends in the ship’s dining room. We’re privileged to be seated with Mark & Jenny Rice and Bill & Holly Merrill. Our table spends most of the time laughing and talking and is usually one of the last to leave. We’re really going to miss daily dinners with them!img_3978.jpgStay tuned!