Thursday, April 4, 2013

An Anchorage Port Tour? Oh Yes!

Container Ship Off of Cape Town

Ports and harbors are among my favorite places.  They are full of energy, colors, and textures.   More importantly, they are full of mystery.  Where did that ship come from?  Where is it going?  What's in those containers?  Who keeps track of all this stuff?  How do those cranes work?  How much of this is automated these days?

It should come as no surprise that I've been hankering for a tour of a working port since spending some time in and around the docks of Capetown, South Africa a few years ago.  It just hasn't quite been in the cards -- until I met the fabulous Michele Glass of Entree Alaska who has worked her magic and arranged for a private tour of the Port of Anchorage on my upcoming trip to Alaska with my niece Kristen.  Icing on the cake?  There's gonna be container ships in that there port!

Harbor, Capetown, South Africa
Cape Town Harbor
What a great way to end a trip -- boats and water and heavy equipment.  I'm going to have to save some energy for this because it's a long trip with lots of other things packed in by Michele (she is like a wizard when it comes to putting a trip like this together).  Hard to know what would be more exciting -- seeing an Orca breach OR a container ship OR crossing the Arctic Circle!  Looking forward to taking it all in and -- in the meantime -- I'm savoring the anticipation that is a part of the planning.

Easter Island, Boats
Easter Island Boats

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