When I opened the Empire this morning I was delighted to see Jane's letter. Well, Jane, I never said the ferry was a bad experience. In fact, I enjoyed the trip through the Inside Passage very much.
I, being a disabled Vietnam Navy veteran, wore a hat aboard saying so. There's plenty of vets in Alaska, so I made friends all over, even on the crew of the Mantanuska. There were vets that live in Juneau, too. I met the Manwarings from Nikiski, who are now very good friends. I stay at their home, and David and I have the halibut of the Cook Inlet shaking in their boots when we launch his 20-foot boat into the surf at Anchor Point with a tractor.
So you see, Jane, it was a good thing, those ferry rides, even on the way home and alone. An unnamed purser on the ship gave me a free upgrade to a cabin with a window. The Kennicott was a better ship of the two, but I just spent too much time - almost half the trip - aboard; three days on the cross Gulf and five more to Bellingham. It just wore me out, so the food and the bunks started wearing on me.
Anyway, the road to Skagway seemed like a good idea to me, but after hearing from the good people of Juneau that hate the idea and why, I have now changed my view. An ugly road cut along Lynn Canal would spoil the beauty of it forever, so "Bravo Juneauites."