Last week was the most nautical week of my life.
From the port of Seattle, one of the northernmost suburbs of the City of Roses, Mrs.5000 and I set sail on the Holland America cruise ship Oosterdam for a trip to Alaska.
This involved plenty of quality time with the in-laws5000, who were so generous as to bring us along to help celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Brother-in-law5000 can be seen second from left, being a bit of a card.
We got to experience the stark wonder of Glacier Bay National Park.
Of course, the actual experience of Glacier Bay National Park was a little more like this, but it's traditional to take vacation pictures as if no one else was around.
Seriously, it was pretty awesome.
Our little vessel let us unobtrusively sample the lifestyle of Alaska's state capital!
While in Juneau, we payed a surprise visit to occasional L&TM5K commenter Kadonkadonk, who was incredibly gracious about having strangers from blogland suddenly descend on her out of the blue, and gave us a fun tour of her workplace. And t-shirts!
Of course the contradictions inherent in cruise-ship life could sometimes, like the unlimited rich food, be a lot to digest.
But one could always retreat to the solace of one's private veranda.
And of course, wherever one goes there is always time for the needle arts.
Oosterdam, yo. It's the size of a large office block. And it's my new favorite boat.
[Geohashing aficionados will want to check out this report from a passive expedition during a storm at sea! It was a failed expedition, but that hardly matters.]