When Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson starred in the movie “The Bucket List” back in 2007, I doubt they realized how their buddy comedy would lead to the title phrase becoming a standard in the English language lexicon. But so it is… and so was touring Alaska a part of my own bucket list: something I truly wanted to do before exiting this life. I’m fortunate that my lovely travelling companion shared this desire, so we recently set off on a magical cruise of the Alaskan ”inner passage”. For the better part of two weeks, politics, climate, war, etc. took a back seat to the marvelous wonders of seeing humpback and killer whales, bald eagles, salmon, porpoises, dolphins, bears and deer in places like Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, etc. where the native culture abounds. The world could have come to an end elsewhere and we would have been none the wiser.
It all serves to remind me that “getting away” is well worth while!!