So as it turns out, I really don’t have that much to say about Kodiak without making this a post full of complaints. The biggest disappointment was that the yarn shop didn’t open until 12 when my excursion started, and the excursion went right up until the boat left. In fact, we got back a little late to the boat and the boat had to wait for us to reboard. The excursion itself was disorganized and not accessible as it claimed to be. We were crammed into a yellow school bus and raced around from activity to activity. At each stop, and there were 4 of them, we had to wait for the bus to unload and load up again. And this took forever. The only good thing about the trip was the stop to Ft. Abercrombie which was built during WWII but never saw any actual combat. This is because the Japanese have said they couldn’t see enough to attack. It was pretty cool. Here’s a picture of me at the fort. I love the way the moss has grown on all of these buildings.
If I look a little angry here, it’s because I’d rather be yarn shopping…
After Kodiak was a day at sea, and like most of these, I did a lot of knitting. I listened to several audio books on my ipod and kindle while on the cruise. I finished Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Both books were great.
Ok on to Skagway, another of my absolutely most favorite stops in Alaska. We signed up for a tour called Ghosts and Goodtime Gals, wherein our tour guide, Madame Ella, told us all about the town of Skagway, how it started as a Gold rush town, and most importantly, about the brothels. It was pretty fascinating actually. The madame and I took a picture upstairs in the brothel that they’ve tried to restore. They found all kinds of interesting things in the walls and underneath the floors that the women hid there when they lived there, and those things are all on display: jewelry, combs, furs, dresses, etc.
After our tour, we had lunch, and then Darren went hiking and I went shopping. I bought some cool Russian dolls, some local jewelry, some local soap, and of course, some local yarn. This yarn is all representative of different things in Alaska.
from L to R: Sitka Rose, Hoonah Blue, Rainforest and Maksoutoff’s Gown
Also in the meantime on these 3 days, I got a bit of knitting finished, including these lovely socks, A Finer Peace socks designed by Wendy Johnson. The yarn is Dragonfly fibers djinni, a lovely cashmere blend, in the colorway Cinnamon Spice. I really enjoyed knitting these.
Only 2 posts left! Next, I will write about my days at sea, including World Wide Knit in Public Day. Finally, I’ll talk about our trip to Victoria.