Last week we loaded up the truck and got ready for our week-long cruise on the MS Amsterdam. Instruments of all types, suitcases, and even a cat found its way into the truck.
We may have even left with poor Nero, our neighbor’s new cat, who likes to come over and scare away birds and sneak into the house. If Emily and Quinn had not spotted Nero hopping in among the cases, he’d have gone with us on the cruise!
Fortunately for Nero (as it is common knowledge that cats don’t like water), he did not get taken with us, and soon we were ready to head out.
Cedar, knowing what all the bags and suitcases meant, looked very sad as we packed up. She knows from much experience, that when we leave, we leave for a long time.
Don’t worry Cedar! We’ll be back sooner than you think!
Xochie on the other hand, did not seem to care wether we left or not (or in fact, wether we lived or died).
That is the face of pure evil.
Anyway! Once everything was all packed, it was on to the dock, where our home for the next week was waiting!
The next hour or so was a constant move of equipment, suitcases, and instruments.
First we got them out of the truck:
The we got them to the dock, where LOOK! The Amsterdam awaited us!
Then we lugged it all up the gangway, through security, and into a big pile:
It was then divided up and hauled to our rooms (where everything fit nicely into the tiny closets and cabinets).
Laura found her room so comfortable, she put on her pjs immediately and would not leave her nice new bed:
Not long after arriving, it was time to say goodbye to Juneau!
Quinn even ran to wave goodbye as the ship sailed farther and farther away…
But there wasn’t time to rest long, there was practice to be done!
After playing at the tram all summer, it was fun to be up on a big stage (with bright lights and a fog machine to play with!).
Backstage was fun as well, with lighted mirrors and a screen to show you the stage:
Look! We’re famous!
Sadly, Quinn and Emily both got very seasick as the ship pulled out into open water along Alaska’s coast. Quinn was able to play and sing (though very pale), but Emily went straight to bed after our first show. Thankfully after that first day, no one got sick again.
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