Monday, August 25, 2014

ALONE TO ALASKA

by Kate Collins

I did it! I went by myself on the cruise that my husband and I were going to take next. It took four years before I had the courage to do it, but I'm delighted to report that even though I traveled alone, I met  wonderful women who quickly became friends. Yay!

I'd debated about the trip for at least a month and had finally asked for a sign. It was on the morning of my last book signing, with the deadline for reservations fast approaching, when I prayed, "If I should go, if this is good for me, then let someone say the word cruise to me today." And the very last woman in line for the signing thanked me and then out of the blue mentioned a cruise she had been on. Voila. There it was!

So before I left home to head for Seattle last week, I prayed for friends. And in the dining room on the first night onboard the ship, I found myself seated with seven lovely ladies from all over the continent. Most were single, and all were traveling alone. We met for dinner every night and we did some tours and sightseeing together. I was only alone when I chose to be. The best part of all was that each of us had come on a spiritual quest, and in each other, we found a sisterhood.

Alaska was fascinating. I saw breath-taking vistas, rain forests, glaciers, whales, sea lions, seals, and the majestic Tracy Arm fjord.



I even got to go on a dogsled adventure. Because there was no snow, the sled had wheels, but those dogs were so excited to run, they didn't care.




And at the end of it, we were able to cuddle 3 month old Alaskan husky puppies. I almost brought this little guy home with me!


I've come to understand that life is what you make of it. If you always see the negative in every situation, you'll be in for a rough ride. If you can find joy in life, even if it's for the littlest things, and express your gratitude, you're in for wonderful surprises.


Enjoy your day, friends.

And one more surprise.

Starting today, Monday, August 25th, you will be able to peer into the mind of Abby's wacky cousin Jillian through her diary pages, one page each day. She'll be offering fashion insights while a mini-mystery plays in the background involving your favorite sleuthing couple, Abby and Marco. Just a disclaimer: Jillian is who Jillian is. I take no responsibility for what she wrote.  You'll find the pages on my website: www.katecollinsbooks.com


28 comments:

Dru said...

I'm so glad you took this trip and it looks like you got more out of it than you expected. Bravo!

Karen Alsip said...

Thanks for sharing this important journey with us.

Gram said...

Alaska is gorgeous, I'm so glad you got to see a very small part of it as we did - different parts :-)

mary kennedy said...

I'm so glad you went! The scenery looks fantastic and that Alaskan puppy is adorable. What an amazing journey.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a trip! Glad you decided to take that cruise with all the emotion attached to it. The pictures bring it to life for us too.

XO

MJ

Denise Zendel said...

I cruised the Inside Passage on a Princess cruise ship a gazillion years ago. It was with my now ex-husband. I told him, "In order for me to go on this trip, and stay in that small of a space, I need you not to drink. Or we get two rooms." This should tell you something already. He didn't drink, we didn't get two rooms, but I'm pretty sure he spent the whole trip wanting to. We went with a group of co-workers and their wives, all of whom were of the generation that didn't' work and were very interested in their children and grandchildren. One of them spent the whole time telling me to just give up my eating habits because I was going home fatter than I came no matter what. I think I would have had a better time alone. I think you are very brave for going and I'm so pleased you had a good time.

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Dru. Every day was a blessing.

Kate Collins said...

You're welcome, Karen. It was my pleasure.

Kate Collins said...

It has so much more variety than I expected - climate-wise and so many other aspects. Skagway gets less snow than Chicago! Who knew!

Kate Collins said...

It was amazing, Mary, in many ways.

Kate Collins said...

Denise, I'm sure your trip wasn't pleasant but it did make me laugh. Sometimes we are better off alone, right? And there's a reason he's your Ex. LOL. Maybe you can go again and enjoy it on your own terms. Best of luck to you.

Michelle said...

Glad to hear that you had a great time. I am now envious of you going alone, one of these days I will get up enough courage to go vacation somewhere alone. I used to hate eating out alone but I have over came that fear.

Maggie Sefton said...

Good for you. I've cruised twice these past two years as a single, and I've had a GREAT time each adventure. Yes, you meet lots of great people and I met new friends at every meal. Sometimes I'd sit with some of the people I met, and othertimes I'd choose to be seated with new people. It was great fun, and I met lots of great folks. And. . .all of them were interested in the books. :)

Fred said...

Beautiful pictures, Kate. An adventure to remember, too. Loved Jillian's diary entry today.

Kate Collins said...

That's one thing I still can't do, Michelle. Well, except for that big buffet on the cruise ship! LOL

Kate Collins said...

Isn't that the greatest gift? I never talk about my career at first. I let everyone else tell about theirs, because once I do, all the questions come to me. LOL.

Kate Collins said...

Thanks, Fred. I always appreciate your input.

Amy W. said...

I am truly thrilled for you. :) This blog brought a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing your courage to keep moving forward and finding something beautiful to behold in Alaska. That is the reason I got the tattoo on my arm saying "Life is Beautiful." With two sea turtles riding the waves. Life is what you make out of it. :)

Vicki said...

I'm so glad you went and had a fabulous time. I bet you feel lighter now for having done it because I'm thinking it has been weighing you down trying to decide yes, no, will it be worth it.

And it was sooooo worth it. Smile.

signlady217/Angela said...

We just went in June. Too bad we weren't on the same ship with you. Would have enjoyed meeting you in person!

lavendersbluegreen said...

Darn, I wish I could have taken you out for a coffee while you were here in Seattle, before your cruise. I am glad you had such a great time... maybe I'll have to make that an adventure after I get my new business off the ground.

Kate Collins said...

Amy, we're on the same page! Thanks for your comments.

Kate Collins said...

You're very perceptive. Definitely worth it.

Kate Collins said...

Thank you! I share the feeling. Love, love, love meeting fans.

Kate Collins said...

Put it on your bucket list and then DO IT! You won't believe how empowering it is. Best of luck with your new venture. You can do it!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! Your blog post made me smile.

Kate Collins said...

Thank you. I was hoping it would prompt a few of those.

Connie P. said...

Thank you for sharing your journey, Kate. Inspiring to say the least. Gives me encouragement to break out of my small, comfort zone bubble. Baby steps.

I'm glad you had a wonderful time.