So much to sea :-))
Fear and worries consumed my summer thoughts.
My writing mind seemed lost and in disarray.
We boarded the ship and sailed away.
Puget Sound lapped at the bow as we gently
sailed away from Seattle.
Hours drifted as we sat on the deck and watched
the island chains on the distant shores.
No internet, no cell coverage, we were alone
and one with the waters and the world.
Early the next morning we sat and sipped
Relaxed in the quietness surrounding us.
The captain's voice roused our minds
In the distance a pod of whales surfacing
brought joys echoed in the voices of hundreds
of awes and ohs from all over the silent ship.
Nearly two days later we arrived at Juneau.
A Capitol and port city which can only be reached
by boat or plane.
How strange I thought, hailing from the plains states.
Their only McDonald's closed the day it opened--
because, of course, it ran out of food.
It reopened when more food was available, and we
continued to laugh at our tour guide's stories.
Orcas owned the channel and surfaced as if on the wishes of the tourist.
Sea otters swam alongside, perhaps protected by the boat?
Cries came from the other side of the small boat-- humpbacks spouting.
We stood in awe as they surfaced nearby
Spouting then Plunging.
Plunging deep deep into the waters for the abundant foods,
Preparing for the voyage to the warmer waters.
We toasted to the crew with an Alaskan brew
And Reindeer hot dogs.
Cold and wet we arrived back at our ship
And relished in the vastness of our voyage.