Row by Row Experience: Alaska Trip Part 1
Alaska trip 2016:
For months my husband and I had been anticipating our Alaskan Princess Cruise which was scheduled for August 13-27, 2016. Besides the regular activities of passports and other trip needs I (as an art quilter and textile artist, prepared to visit fabric stores in the places I planned to visit). I found a site that promotes sewing and fabric stores all over the country and a good part of Canada plus even parts of Europe www.rowbyrowexperience.com.Go to the site and click START HERE and pick your state. I went to the Alaska license plate icon than to the RXR picture page to see what kind of rows were available. I printed out the list, then compared it to my itinerary and marked those sites which I was able to visit. I took this with me on our trip. I plan on sharing our joyful experience from a fabric artist’s point of view.
We started our trip flying into Vancouver on this fun prop plane. (1) The flight was a smooth one. Alaska Airlines really knows their business and caters to the traveler. We landed in Vancouver.Then we caught our coach (bus) to drive to our ship the Star Princess in the wonderful port of Vancouver. (2) After we were on our way, this Holland America ship the Nuew Amsterdam kept playing tag for our whole cruise. (3) One of the primary ways people get around in Alaska is by airplane.(3a) They have the most pilots per square mile than anywhere else in the United States.
Our first day was at sea, so we totally relaxed and really got to know our ship. The first town we visited was Ketchikan. They have some wonderful historical areas to see and lots of shopping to enjoy. We went to see a reenactment of logging which was fun and very competitive. (4)We enjoyed cheering for the USA team!
We also went to the local quilt shop called Whales Tail to buy my first Row by Row (a 9” by 36” strip of fabric) and see what kind of fabric there is up in Alaska.
(5) I really enjoyed meeting a local artist and seeing fabric that is more towards the Alaska feel. https://www.facebook.com/ketchikansilverthimble This Row by Row shows what Alaska is all about with the airplane, mountains with glaciers, bears and a nod to totem poles for which Ketchikan is known.
I even bought a laser cut fabric totem pole to put on my finished quilt. (6 and 7)
A fun fact about the Princess Cruise Line is they hire people from all over the world to do all kinds of jobs all over the ship and in their Princess Lodges around the state. We met people from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia to name a few of them. There was a large group of Australians doing a month long tour. We got to know interesting things about them.