the state or situation of being alone.

I’m certain I can still feel the solitude I felt…

…when waiting for, and after sunset…

…in the late evening hours and the

early hours of each morning…



…spent in Alaska’s inside passage.



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  2. Yeah, that’s a helluva sail there.

    I did it twice as a ferry passenger in about 2003. There used to be a day trip which left Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island at 7AM and arrived at about 10PM in Prince Rupert, with a few quick stops along the way. We left in a drizzle-soaked greyness but arrived in a glorious early evening late-summer sunshine.

    Sadly, the vessel which did that run sank in 2006 and no vessel has done the day-trip run since.


      • You also began in Vancouver and travelled significantly further up the coast, with overnight stops in a few interesting towns, I imagine. Pretty sure you would have stopped in at Skagway. Did your sailing make the side trip to Stewart, BC, as well?


      • We visited Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and finished in Anchorage. Then onto Denali, ending our trip at Fairbanks. We then visited Coldfoot on our way to Wiseman just to say I have been inside the Arctic Circle 😊. Probably not the best reason but it is always disappointing to be so close and yet so far.

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      • I hear you on crossing the Arctic Circle. I managed that once in 1981 while travelliing Europe for a couple months with a Eurail pass. There’s a track running all the way up to Narvik, Norway, where I spent one “night” watching the midnight sun glide past the horizon without ever so much as touching it.

        Then, a few years ago I’d failed to properly prepare when I road tripped north. I made it up to Dawson City, and would have loved to drive further north than that, but the Honda Civic only had one of those donut spares and everyone said punctures on the rough shale-covered northern road were more likely than not. Trying to retreat with a donut after a flat was likely to get myself in the most expensive and inconvenient kind of pickle. I’d have gladly bought a full new tire but there wasn’t a rim that would fit the Civic anywhere in the city. Oh well.

        I double-checked, and though I thought Stewart had a cruise port, I was evidently confusing it with my memories of Skagway, which I also visited on that northern road trip. Interesting town!

        That itinerary looks pretty awesome. 🙂


      • Bad luck about road conditions. Our itinerary was great. Seeing the Rockies for the second time was terrific Although I still remember 1976 visit and the two person tent we had. I think organised travel is good, but I loved the Rockies version 1 and I loved our New Zealand North Island road trip prior to Nmmber1 Son’s wedding in Auckland in 2018. Far more relaxed.


      • I agree on organised travel. Shorter tours are fine, but anything over a few days… too much organisation. I think the longest organised tour I’ve ever taken was the 4 day 4X4 tour of Kakadu, but that was money well spent and a great tour. Our little ’79 Holden Gemini would’ve never gotten us that far inside the park, and we would never have found our way to many of the spectacular places we saw without a guide. (Quite literally, we had to clamber down through a narrow rock gap in the dry river bed to reach the crest of Twin Falls, with our guide even placing people’s feet on the walls of the gap to find the very small foot holds.)

        I typically map out a rough sketch of an itinerary which I feel no compulsion whatsoever for cleaving to once underway. And the only thing pushing me out of bed is the checkout time on mornings I’ve decided to move on.

        I am often amazed by the people and places I discover in the meandering paths I take which a planned itinerary would have entirely missed.

        On the other hand, I have missed out on quite a few things by not properly planning to get there. Voila the Canadian Arctic Circle. Still, it just meant getting to spend more time in Dawson City and tour a gold mining dredge, which in their own way are much better memories than an abstract charting line marked by a small sign post on the side of a remote shale highway. 😉


      • I agree with most of your comment, Patrick. By the time we were nearing the end of three weeks in Europe I was tiring of the ‘get your room keys and meet me back here in 20 minutes for a walk into town‘ comment. After a long day travelling often the last thing I wanted to do was walk…anywhere…especially ‘into town’ only to be left to find our way back after dark. Some of our travelling companions did not know left from right making it all the more difficult to retrace our steps back to our hotel. I must add the our tour director/company did get us priority entrance into quite a few places. Even with around 20 other coaches with the same priority it was still better than standing in a 400 metre long queue.

        In New Zealand we had a rough itinerary, maximum of 4 hours driving each day, a mix of accommodation (BnB’s, motels and a ‘boutique’ hotel) and often made plans over breakfast. Like you check out time was our major time issue. We pre-booked our Waitomo Cave tours and didn’t need to in September. We also pre-booked dinner in Auckland’s Sky Towner to celebrate No 1 Daughter-in-law’s birthday. A great night out.

        I hear what you say about the Article Circle…as the tour operator flew us to Coldfoot we couldn’t even take a crossing photo and had to settle for a 63 miles inside photo. When planning our trip we met several people who had cruised the inside passage, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and returning from Anchorage. I guess I wanted that something extra than coastal towns. Again, the Article Circle and the dog sled ride on Mendenhall Glacier were our only two pre-books. From 38 degrees south to around 65 degrees north…even in a straight (north-south) line it’s a long way from home.

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