But really, the cruise was great. I have a hard time describing the cruise without sounding like a cliched cheeseball, though I will mention that on not just a few occasions was I reduced to a little girl jumping up and down, clapping my hands, and squealing because I saw the spout from a whale or the bobbing nose of a seal. I mean, I let the entire 1900-passenger cruise know if I saw something in a very loud, clear, and high-pitched manner.
One of the stops we made was in Ketchikan, where my sister, her husband, Kevin and I had the brilliant idea of going tandem sea kayaking. I won't go into great detail, except to say that out of a group of 15 tandem kayaks, there were three that fell noticeably behind. "Noticeably behind" means about a mile. Of the three kayaks, my sister and I populated one, Kevin and my brother-in-law a second, and a 70-year old couple in the third. And while I would like to tell you that the other twelve groups were comprised of robust, Olympic-caliber kayakers, that was most certainly not the case. I would also like to tell you that there was a shark that latched onto one of our paddles and was dragging us behind the whole group and my sister and I engaged in a heroic battle alternately using our paddles to row and to beat off the shark, but that would be a lie and I think you would know that.
But I did get a few *amazing* shots. Like, I am so impressed with myself I don't know what to say. Let me set the scene. I took the front seat of the kayak while my sister took the back (our instructor told us that the person who could walk and chew gum at the same time should sit in the back and steer, hence the ordering). You can't turn/twist too much in a kayak because then you'll find yourself in a flipped kayak, upside down in the water, but I did want to make sure I got exciting action shots of me and my sister kayaking.
So I lifted my camera above my head, and lowered it behind me between my shoulder blades, with the camera pointing at my sister. Then I hit click a few times. The results were, as I previously alluded to, absolutely stunning.
This is my optical illusion shot. Looks like it's just me in there, eh?
Well you would be WRONG! How's that for some photography magic? Boo-yah!
I am overcome with the awesomeness that is myself. It's nice to be back and share it with you all.