Traveling on the Alaskan Railroad

The last thing in the world we wanted to do was get off of the cruise ship when we pulled into port in Seward, Alaska. Why would you ever leave an ice cream counter that never closes, all-you-can-eat hot pretzels, and a ton of great people?

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Yeah . . . we’d stay a little longer.

 

Well we weren’t upset for long, after only a few steps on dry land, we boarded the Alaskan Railroad for a ride up to Anchorage through some of the most beautiful country we’ve ever seen. While this is technically summer goal #9: travel the Alaskan railroad, it was secretly a life goal for Bob.

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With a glass ceiling that allowed us to see mountaintop glaciers and soaring eagles almost as plentiful as seagulls back home, this could have been the most beautiful summer goal to date. Not only did we see 3 Moose, but Kelly! was the first person on the train to see a BEGULA WHALE, I repeat, a Beluga Whale, in the wild. Crazy. If any of you find yourselves between Seward and Fairbanks, we highly recommend you take this ride of a lifetime.

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To see how we are doing on the complete list visit “Summer 2016.”

 

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Take road trips together.

Lazy summer Sundays are far and few between in this house. So when we found ourselves with nothing on the “to-do” list, we knew it would be the perfect opportunity for a nice drive to Canada to complete summer goal #4: go to an IKEA store. Kelly! thinks the store itself was overwhelmingly cool, but a great source of inspiration. Bob’s favorite part was the cafeteria. Mmmmmm – meatballs. We will definitely make our way back when we hit the lottery and can redo our entire home with super modern furniture and cute cabinet knobs that we didn’t even know we needed before this trip.

We also made a pit stop on this trip to accomplish summer goal #8: climb a mountain together. Mount Nemo is a family-friendly hike . . . even a flip-flop friendly hike. We know this because Kelly! forgot appropriate foot wear and hiked the entire North Loop in flip-flops. Nevertheless, we made it to the lookout and took some time to let the beautiful day really soak in. Life is good on a mountain top.

 

 

 

Likely our favorite goal of the year was accomplished August 11th! We left early that Thursday morning to travel to Chicago and check summer goal #1: see the NPR program “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” off the list.

First – a little history – we started listening to this program a few years ago on our local NPR station, WBFO. The news quiz had us laughing so hard each week that we’re surprised it took us this long to get our butts out there to see it!

Fast forward to this summer –  we purchased our tickets, drove the 8 hours to Chicago, ate some deep dish pizza, and headed to Chase Bank Auditorium! Waiting outside the doors, we were both ridiculously excited. Obviously about seeing our favorite program in action AND because Kelly! surprised Bob with front. row. seats. Eeeeek! So close, we could sit on the stage for these pictures. So close, we could touch Bill Kurtis . . . well, not really, but we were the closest people to him, for sure. The hilarious panelists were Adam Felber, Paula Poundstone, and Alonzo Bodden. The special guest was Katie Couric, who is hosting a new podcast. Naturally, we stayed after and got everyone’s autographs on our program. Another keepsake for the treasure box. We know this all may be be a little (maybe a lot) nerdy, but we had a really good time and we aren’t afraid to say it. In fact, we’d like to encourage everyone to give this program a listen!

 

To see how we are doing on the complete list visit “Summer 2016.”

11 down and 15 to go!

Last day of summer 9/21/2016.