Sunday, July 24, 2016

July 24

We are finally home!!!!

After a 38+ hour train ride from Portland Oregon to Union Station in St. Paul, I guess the best way to put it is it was a new experience.  I am glad we tried a long distance trip on a train in a sleeper car but it was an experience I do not plan to repeat anytime soon.  If a long distance train situation ever comes up again, we would certainly do things very differently.

We had a fantastic trip to Alaska!!!  After the "dust settles", I hope to start putting pictures on our website.

I hope everyone following this blog enjoyed the posts.  If you want to see more pictures from our trip, please check our website from time to time.  In a few days, information to a link where the pictures can be found will be on:

This will be the last post to this blog.  Thanks for keeping track of us!!!!   ....... John and Pat Dickinson

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23

Arrived at Whitefish, MT at 10 am local time.

Arrived at Essex, MT at 11:36 am.

Arrived at East Glacier Park, MT at 12:30 pm.

Arrived at Cut Bank, MT at 1:23 pm

Arrived at Shelby, MT at 1:58 pm.

Arrived at Havre, MT at 3:40 pm.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22

Sadly we had to leave Andy and Cheryl's and start heading home.  We had a great time with them, Ellie, Jack and Ben.  We boarded a bus in Salem about 1 pm and went to Portland.

We are currently in Portland waiting to board the Empire #28 train to the Twin Cities. We were supposed to depart at 4:45 pm and then 5:15 pm and we were just told they are hoping to get out by 5:45 pm.  Seems they had a problem with the track earlier in the day and it delayed the arrival of our train and now they are cleaning our train before we can board.  Whether that will effect our arrival time on Sunday morning is still unknown.

We were also told that cell service was very spotty along our route so we may or may not get a blog post out tomorrow but I am sure we will have phone service as we pass through some of the larger cities.

July 21

Two days ago when we were out biking with Jack, we came across this very strange tree that I was trying to identify for the last two days.

I recruited Jack this morning to go out on bikes and help me find the tree again.  Jack led me straight to it.  We were lucky enough to have the home owner out in the yard when we arrived and we found out it was called a Monkey Tree.

When we got back to the house, we left to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  We had lunch, got to watch the production lines packaging cheese, had several samples of their cheese and had some of their super ice cream and posed for a picture.

We then headed for the Oregon coast.  We stopped at the Cape Meares State Park to visit the Lighthouse and "Octopus Tree".

From there, we headed to Oceanside beach to collect rocks and shells.

It was a long day and we did not get back until after 9 pm but we had a great day!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 20

Yesterday when we were out biking, we came across a large patch of very ripe and very sweet Blackberries.  So this morning Andy, Jack, Ben and I biked back to the spot to pick a couple bads of berries.

I think Ben (blue shirt) ate more than he put in the bag.

In the afternoon, we went to Silver Falls State Park and hiked to a couple very cool waterfalls.

When we got back, we were treated to steak on the grill and BlackBerry Sundaes for desert.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19

This morning Jack took Pat and me out for a bike ride.  He was a great tour guide and took us all over the neighborhood. One stop was at the Willamette River.

In the afternoon we all went on a tour of the city.  This shot is near the Carousel at Salem Riverfront Park.

Cheryl had a big Salmon Fillet on the grill all day smoking that we had for dinner with potatoes and corn on the cob.  It was great!!!

July 18

Today was a travel day.  We headed to see my sister Ellie in Keizer, OR.  Ketchikan's airport is on an island so we took a cab from the hotel to the dock and took a ferry to the airport.  The flight to Seattle was uneventful.  There were low clouds so not too much to see.  Our flight from Seattle to Portland was delayed but we were still able to catch the shuttle to Salem and Ellie picked us up there.

Ellie lives with her son Andy, his wife Cheryl and their two boys, Jack and Ben.  Ellie took us all out to dinner and we chatted for awhile at Andy as Cheryl's and retired for the evening.