Alaska Extradites the Grump! Return Is at Hand!

August 9, 2009 | By | Comments (4)

In a shameless conspiracy that involved public officials, crab boat captains, frontier showgirls, and baby seals, the state of Alaska finally succeeded in forcing the Grump to go home and actually do some work.

As you may know, for the past two weeks, I have been cruising with my family along the coast of our 49th state, engaged in a variety of perilous activities that involved eating, drinking, eating, drinking, and eating. I was aboard a Holland America cruise and the passengers were rather older as a group than I’ve been used to. How old? Let’s just say that the only people I’ve met who were older are all mentioned in the Bible.

The fact that the ship was named “The M.S. Stewed Prune” should have tipped me off, I guess.

But we had a very good time hiking, sightseeing, meeting interesting people from all over the country, and not buying any of that schlocky jewelry cruise lines always try to foist off on you. (I mean, does it make sense that the best deals in the world on diamonds are in Alaska? Moose poop, yes; diamonds, no.)

Among my favorite pastimes were looking at the local gardens (in Seward, their peonies were in full bloom) and trying the local brews. So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this establishment in the quaint little village in Haines that mixed the two just perfectly. Show me some pansies, million bells, lobelias, and Moose Drool ale and you can keep me occupied for hours.


I’ll be officially back in the office on August 11 with more exciting photos of my family’s exploits and maybe talk some gardening too. Now, will someone please pass me some more baby seal? It’s really delicious!


  1. Grumpy Gardener

    Well, the cruise wasn’t just for retirees. Our teenage son has such a great time hanging out with his peers that we barely saw him. In fact, I’m not sure he even came back with us. For all I know, he may be on his way back to Juneau right now.

    August 10, 2009 at 12:38 pm
  2. Karen

    when we took a cruise to Alaska about 7 years ago one thing I loved seeing were all the plants at our cruise port of calls along the way – beautiful. Yes the people were older on this cruise too – but we enjoyed it being around 50 at the time, we had heard the people on these cruises tend to be in the 60-70 age range so we knew it would be a peaceful trip without all the loud, drunkard party noise of a Caribbean cruise. A trip only such a beautiful passage way just seemed that was the way it should be – peaceful 🙂

    August 10, 2009 at 8:28 am
  3. Danielle Says Hello

    Welcome back!!!

    August 10, 2009 at 7:50 am
  4. Jean

    sigh…I would kill to have lobelia look like that. So now all I need to do is move to alaska? Welcome home grump! Bout time!

    August 10, 2009 at 5:56 am

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