Our in-depth wildlife tour of Sitka is a treat for the entire family

SITKA, Alaska – When Bruce Conine tells you about his home town, he brings it to life with stories of digging for clams and crabs on the local beaches when he was a boy. But these are not just any beaches, these are the beaches of Sitka, Alaska and they do not look like what we are accustomed to. Rather than powdery sand, these beaches consist of grit, shells and rocks. Rather than being covered with lovely …

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Our first port is Juneau and we take the children on a Sled Dog Discovery tour

JUNEAU, Alaska – After two days at sea – including the scenic cruise into Tracy Arm – everyone was ready to get off the ship and have an Alaskan adventure. Because we were focusing on bringing Alaska to our three grandchildren, we chose the Sled Dog Discovery and Musher’s Camp tour, booked through the ship. We were picked up by van promptly at 9:30 a.m. and traveled over the bridge to Douglas Island and through the woods …

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We arrive in Valparaiso and board Holland America’s Veendam

VALPARAISO, Chile –This historic coastal town is about an hour’s bus ride from the capital of Santiago, and you know you’re there when you begin seeing houses fastened cheek-by-jowl on the sides of some steep hills. Ancient funicular railroads still operate in some neighborhoods. The city was often called “Little San Francisco” when it was a major port of call for ships headed for the gold country of California. Valparaiso prospered until 1914, the opening date of …

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My trip to South America begins with a long wrong flight

ABOARD AA FLIGHT 945, DALLAS/FT. WORTH TO SANTIAGO I’ve often wondered why many frequent flyers these days give American Airlines a bad rap. Mine was a nice smooth flight yesterday from SFO to DFW . The attendants were fine. One would frequently give my arm a friendly pat warning me against being whacked from behind by the oncoming beverage cart. I appreciate things like that. And this morning the coach class seats on American’s Boeing 767 to …

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