made my first cruise line voyage to Alaska in the summer of 1954 at the age
of six years old, accompanied by my grandmother Stella and my twelve year
old sister Kay My grandmother wanted to show us her Alaska. I have so many
wonderful memories of that trip that I will always cherish.
had the opportunity to work aboard the S.S. Universal Explorer,
cruising the Inside Passage, as a member of the beauty salon staff, for four
summers 1998–2001. This gave me an even better view of the Far North
would never presume to call myself a "Sourdough," but can truly
understand the passion of the pioneers for this land.
that experience I have had a driving desire to put my grandmother’s words
into print and share with others my Alaskan heritage.