Sunday Funday – Surprise Vacation

Hey Guys!! Happy Sunday Funday ūüôā

Guess where we are right now?!? You’re about to find out. We set off for Surprise Vacation yesterday and my dad wrote a little guest post for all ya’ll explaining all the crazy clues… so read on to find out where we are…

To all of you who tried to solve the Surprise Vacation puzzle here goes!!!
Hope you had some fun!
We are going on a cruise of the Coastal Wilderness (Inside Passage) in Alaska! So now the clues are EASY!!!!!!

Here they are with the answers:

Along the eastern coast, ruins to behold
Some cities, some towns, so quaint and so old.

The rugged wildness of life
Such beauty, such magic, such strife.

Inside we go, away from the beach and away from the bold
To pass the time, for ages untold.

Solution: The use of Eastern here is a purposeful deception, with the key words in BOLD: Coastal Wilderness and Inside Passage are the names of the areas we will be visiting

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From here I sit,
To leave on this wonderful trip,
We will be there soon,
Heading home in June.

Solution: We leave from Sitka and return (head home) from Juneau

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Early to rise,
The sky so blue
I don some clothes
And observe the view.
Sites abound
Wonders all around

Solution: Simply that you get up early and get dressed as it is cold outside to see beautiful sites each morning. Given the long days it is light most of the day, and many of the wonders occur early in the morning hours!

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So warm on top,
So cold below,
Two different worlds
For us to go.
On the rocks,
My calves so cold
Or is it I, just getting old

Solution: In Alaska, 60 degrees for us on land, much colder in the water below. We will be seeing the glaciers : Ice calving –¬†calves so cold.¬†(ps I am not that old ūüôā )

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Sites for sore eyes:
My wonderful Uncle Sal will visit us on monday, GREAT!

Boy, what an amber looking ale, it tastes so good on these hot summer days!

Solution: Salmon and Whale Рcome on this one was easy!

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Or; can in the mirror, I only see
A name, or me?

Solution: Same as the one before –¬†Orca¬†and¬†Anemone……duh!

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Mom’s house, in the middle, of AA
I must find her room, ‚ÄúAack¬†this is hard‚ÄĚ,
But well worth the pain.

My favorite clue ūüôā Solution: “Mom” went to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (AA). She was in the Alpha¬†Chi¬†Omega sorority house (the¬†middle¬†word). Throw in¬†Aack¬†and you get:¬†Kayak.¬†We do a lot of this on the trip and the kids ALWAYS complain of how much they hurt after kayaking!

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Passive, active or ney, hoorah!

A choice to make each lovely day.

Solution: Each day on the trip you get to pick if you want a super active hike, moderate activity or just sit on your butt.

A monthly read, what a buzz

Amazing views with words to love

Solution: We are going on a National Geographic cruise. National Geographic Magazine comes out monthly and is the color of a bee (buzz), black and yellow. It does have wonderful pictures and stories.

Name, borrow and brothel are close

Tap across the garden hose

Solution: Close meaning almost spelled correctly: Nome, Barrow and Bethel are cities in Alaska. Tap is the Trans-alaska pipeline, like a hose carrying oil across the state

‚ÄúAu naturale‚ÄĚ is it for me?

Helps me learn of what I see

Solution: there is a Naturalist on the boat who teaches us each day about the sites we experience.

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At 2:15 we lay down to sleep, at 2:17 she snores
How much can I take, I need my rest, with wonders still to explore.

Solution: We are in Rooms 215 and 217 on the boat, and although she will not admit it, my wife does rarely snore ūüôā

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Sounds bizarre of that I am sure

But promise I do that while away,

All that ails will be cured!!

Solution: How can a cruise along the Inside Passage of Alaska not cure all your worries and concerns??!!

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Great job on all the guessing that’s for sure. A few of you certainly got the location so you get 2 stars for that, but nobody solved them all, so still a partial victory for THE CLUEMASTER!!

Until next year,


Photo credits: National Geographic Expeditions 

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  1. Marian (Sweetopia)

    How charming! I love that you do this for your family, Bruce!
    Have fun everyone!

  2. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    This is so wonderful that your Dad does this! Amazing guy!! And I love a good ole’ Alaskan Cruise watching glaciers calve and people in Tux’s serving me hot chocolate…so fun!

  3. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I LOVE IT!! Have a great time. We were up there last year for our honeymoon. Nothing beats AK!

  4. Amanda

    Alaska is going to be amazing! Have fun – looking forward to seeing the pics on here.

  5. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Best family tradition ever!! I really enjoyed reading through the clue explanations. Have fun in Alaska :)!

  6. Lisa | With Style and Grace

    oh my gosh, how fun!! have the best time – which I know you will!!

  7. Kiran @

    Fun family tradition! Have a great time ūüôā

  8. Denise @ Creative Kitchen

    Such a neat family tradition. What a blessing to still have family vacations together. ENJOY!!!

  9. jenjenk

    oh my gosh! those clues are difficult!!! too much brain power needed! ūüėČ

  10. Sarah @ The Cyclist’s Wife

    Nice! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  11. CareyAnn

    Thank you for sharing your vacation surprise with the world. It is exciting for me to read about this upcoming vacation. It sounds like a grand affair and very fitting for a family like yours who deserve the best!

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