PULSE On The Road: Part 1: Alaska Days 1-3

On Wednesday, August 7th, my husband and I packed up our 1 BR + Loft apartment in Sunnyvale, California to look for gold.. ahem... move to Madison, Wisconsin to begin his journey through law school and business school. For those of you that I work with and train, you know what a difficult summer it was for us - planning to leave a place that had become our home and people that had become our family.  I spent a lot of time in meditation and did a lot of yoga - something I'll get into as I write more - and found that although it was a tough decision, there was a lot of peace surrounding the sadness and the stress.

Before we ventured off to our home state (I grew up outside Madison,) we took a seven day cruise to Alaska to celebrate our three year wedding anniversary - no limbs missing and no casualties - and our final chance to live like we still had a salary for a few years!

The drive to Vancouver, B.C. was a long one... and felt even longer after packing and moving out.  But with one quick detour to see a dear friend in Tacoma, Washington, we made it to the cruise ship with our luggage and selves intact.  Bon Voyage!

Ship's Log Day 1: At Sea: Captain and First Mate experiencing an overwhelming sense of gravity, leading to long hours spent sleeping and sitting down reading books.


Ship's Log Day 2:  At Sea: Read more books.  Took more naps.  Ate more foods. Found the gym and did a circuit workout!

3 sets w/ 2 min Rowing Machine between sets:

  • 10 Dumbbell Squats
  • 10 Dumbbell Presses
  • 10 Push Ups

3 sets w/ 2 min Rowing Machine between sets:

  • 10 Dumbbell Deadlifts
  • 10 Dumbbell Bent Over Rows
  • 10 Breaths in Plank

A whole bunch of core work...

Ship's Log Day 3:  Juneau, Alaska!

We hopped off in Juneau to check out the Mendenhall Glacier and took a 20 min ride to the glacier on a blue school bus with a rather entertaining driver for just $8.

We were there at the end of of the salmon run and were sooooo lucky to see a mama black bear and two baby black bears tumbling after her as she looked for an omega-3 rich dinner.


We took the Nugget Falls trail out toward the glacier, which was about a mile walk.


And ended our trip with the visitor's center. In which I proceeded to act like a lunatic/toddler.


Took a quick side trip to the Red Dog Saloon (because, you have to, right?) and for the obligatory sign photo, but otherwise, didn't spent too much time in Juneau proper.

IMG_1920Our next stop was Skagway, and probably my favorite!  Stay tuned for the next episode of MOOSE AND SQUIRREL!

(Honk if you got the reference.  Because that sh*t earned me two points during shipboard pub quiz.  Which we dismally lost anyway.)