I may spend all 8 days of my cruise melded to a deck chair soaking up the sun, the sea breezes and the scenery while my neck, shoulders and lower back seek a new norm, one hopefully free of pain.
It's North to Alaska where BIG is the order of the day (superimpose a map of the state of Alaska on top of a map of the lower 48 and Alaska stretches from coast to coast), 18-hour days this time of year when it comes to daylight. BIG days that go hand in hand with bears bigger than bison, national parks the size of nations, glaciers bigger than some US states; 18-hour days that see BIG cruise ships clutter all 910 miles of Alaska's Inside Passage.
Alas, America's Final Frontier awaits, shrouded in a wilderness as vast as it is stunning, as rugged as it is pristine; or so I've heard. Time will tell, as will yours truly first chance I get. Meanwhile, this stunning preview of coming attractions by Toby Harriman will have to suffice.