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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper View Post
    Don't we have other travel threads?
    I'm sure we do. As for me and my vacationing house, we will follow Byron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    Alaska coming up in May, my first time.
    Only there 5 days and 1.5 days will be taken by committee meetings in Anchorage.

    What do I need to see and/or eat in the limited available time?

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    You can do one-day glacier cruises out of Anchorage. Those are fun. I saw several orcas, sea otters, etc. And we got up close to several glaciers that were actively calving.

    You should be able to charter some halibut fishing. May is early for most salmon runs, but kings will be running in May/June.

    You should check into hiking options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    Alaska coming up in May, my first time.
    Only there 5 days and 1.5 days will be taken by committee meetings in Anchorage.

    What do I need to see and/or eat in the limited available time?

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    I don't recall any eateries that grabbed my attention in Anchorage, but we were only there about 4-5 times a year for quick temple trips. I would head down the Seward towards Alyeska and look out over the Turnagain Arm to see if you can see some whales. coming in. You should have a pretty good supply of light by then. Once meetings are over I would head north to Denali and maybe stop into Fairbanks. You should be there right after breakup so the park may be open, but even if it isn't seeing Denali from Healy alone is an awesome experience. If you stop in Healy, go to Rose's cafe. I still have very pleasant memories of the burgers there. Nenana is a quaint town about an hour north of Healy that has a lot of native touristy stuff. You will probably miss break up where they have a pool each year to see when a tripod they set up on the ice on the river gives way. I never got to see it go and wasn't ever close in my guesses. Fairbanks is a great visit but having lived there for 3 years, I am not sure what kind of touristy things to do there would be other than maybe the UAF museum. I would just enjoy driving around and the scenery. But I am easy to please.
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    Thanks for the recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    You can do one-day glacier cruises out of Anchorage. Those are fun. I saw several orcas, sea otters, etc. And we got up close to several glaciers that were actively calving.

    You should be able to charter some halibut fishing. May is early for most salmon runs, but kings will be running in May/June.

    You should check into hiking options.
    If I had to choose between a glacier cruise and an Alaska Railroad ride to Denali or Fairbanks, which should I choose?

    If we do Alaska RR I'll probably spring for the Gold Star tix with the dome cars and restaurant below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    If I had to choose between a glacier cruise and an Alaska Railroad ride to Denali or Fairbanks, which should I choose?

    If we do Alaska RR I'll probably spring for the Gold Star tix with the dome cars and restaurant below.
    Those both sound fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Those both sound fun.
    This reminds me of any time I ask a server to help me decide between two meal choices.

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    Take the glacier cruise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    If I had to choose between a glacier cruise and an Alaska Railroad ride to Denali or Fairbanks, which should I choose?

    If we do Alaska RR I'll probably spring for the Gold Star tix with the dome cars and restaurant below.
    Railroad- easy. You can do a glacier cruise any old time and easier to get others on board. Jump at the chance to do the railroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando View Post
    Railroad- easy. You can do a glacier cruise any old time and easier to get others on board. Jump at the chance to do the railroad.
    Great. Before no one would recommend anything. Now he's getting conflicting recommendations. How is he ever going to choose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Great. Before no one would recommend anything. Now he's getting conflicting recommendations. How is he ever going to choose?
    Haha. I'm just saying what I would pick if I was in his shoes. Shoot- my mother's been on an Alaskan cruise. I don't know anybody who's done a railroad trip. Sounds fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando View Post
    Haha. I'm just saying what I would pick if I was in his shoes. Shoot- my mother's been on an Alaskan cruise. I don't know anybody who's done a railroad trip. Sounds fantastic.
    I suggested the cruise because I figured Omaha would want to vacation away from trains. When you drive them every day, it's not that cool for a vacation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    I suggested the cruise because I figured Omaha would want to vacation away from trains. When you drive them every day, it's not that cool for a vacation.
    When I was working in Max, there was a female janitor who was divorced trying to start something up with one of us. One day as we were coming into work, she had to tell us about her new boyfriend. She was just beaming as she told us, "He's an engineer." My sarge laughed as he told me later he was a train engineer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    When I was working in Max, there was a female janitor who was divorced trying to start something up with one of us. One day as we were coming into work, she had to tell us about her new boyfriend. She was just beaming as she told us, "He's an engineer." My sarge laughed as he told me later he was a train engineer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    I suggested the cruise because I figured Omaha would want to vacation away from trains. When you drive them every day, it's not that cool for a vacation.
    lol I didn't know that. I guess it's up to him, then...
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    Adventurous me would do the railroad to Denali. Real me is cold enough as it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ByronMarchant View Post
    I would like to encourage all of you to take a vacation from Mormonism.

    Not a long vacation. Maybe 6 months.

    If your life is worse 6 months later, then go back to Church. If your life is better, try an extended vacation from Mormonism. You may be surprised by what you find.

    I implore you to exercise a particle of faith and do an experiment upon my words.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
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    Congratulations everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByronMarchant View Post
    Congratulations everyone.
    I thought of you when the meeting suspension was announced. I trust you had nothing to do with the current outbreak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByronMarchant View Post
    Congratulations everyone.

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    So How's the vacation been?
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    Yeah kind of missing church. I'll be ready to get back into the swing of things when it starts back up. Thanks, Byron!
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    Looks like I'll be heading up to the Bear Lake area tomorrow. I haven't been there for probably 20 years. Anyone who is familiar with it, is it possible to just pull up to a beach midday for about an hour or two for the kids to play? Or is it all reservation?

    Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by USUC View Post
    Looks like I'll be heading up to the Bear Lake area tomorrow. I haven't been there for probably 20 years. Anyone who is familiar with it, is it possible to just pull up to a beach midday for about an hour or two for the kids to play? Or is it all reservation?

    Any recommendations?
    The later in the day you go, the emptier the beach will be. We went last Friday and got right into Rendevous Beach and were even able to rent a Sea Doo getting there at 5:30. Earlier in the day we were advised there was about a 45 minute wait by a friend that lives up there, so we took the long way there and it worked out well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Copelius View Post
    The later in the day you go, the emptier the beach will be. We went last Friday and got right into Rendevous Beach and were even able to rent a Sea Doo getting there at 5:30. Earlier in the day we were advised there was about a 45 minute wait by a friend that lives up there, so we took the long way there and it worked out well.
    My guess is we'll get there early afternoon. Might be a bit crowded. But it seems like I always run late do maybe we'll end up there later. Thank you for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copelius View Post
    The later in the day you go, the emptier the beach will be. We went last Friday and got right into Rendevous Beach and were even able to rent a Sea Doo getting there at 5:30. Earlier in the day we were advised there was about a 45 minute wait by a friend that lives up there, so we took the long way there and it worked out well.
    Ended up at North Beach this afternoon. Heard it was crazy packed earlier but seems to be fine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USUC View Post
    Looks like I'll be heading up to the Bear Lake area tomorrow. I haven't been there for probably 20 years. Anyone who is familiar with it, is it possible to just pull up to a beach midday for about an hour or two for the kids to play? Or is it all reservation?

    Any recommendations?
    I love Bear Lake- we had our family reunion there about 10 years ago or so. It was way better than I expected. You can roll up to the beach- there is plenty of beach for everyone. We rented jet skis and assorted water toys and had a blast. I guess you're supposed to get a huckleberry shake if it's in season-- that's kind of the thing to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commando View Post
    I love Bear Lake- we had our family reunion there about 10 years ago or so. It was way better than I expected. You can roll up to the beach- there is plenty of beach for everyone. We rented jet skis and assorted water toys and had a blast. I guess you're supposed to get a huckleberry shake if it's in season-- that's kind of the thing to do.
    Raspberry, bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Student View Post
    Raspberry, bro.
    Yeah - starting to think maybe he's talking about going to a different Bear Lake than the one I go to.

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