About This Blog (revised August, 2017)
These are the voyages of Rick & Mary Bader. Our continuing mission: to boldly go where we have never gone before!
Welcome to Bader Journal, the travel blog of Rick & Mary Bader (that’s us, pictured at the top, taken at Ephesus). This blog was created primarily for our family & friends, but anyone who is interested is welcome to view it. We most recently set sail on June 7, 2017 on a seven day cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Alaska. We sailed on the Volendam of the Holland America Line. It is a fairly small ship by cruise line standards with a capacity of about 1450 passengers. Here is a map of our itinerary:
Experience tells us that the postings on this blog always fall further & further behind as the trip goes on. Our posts typically contain a lot of pictures & text so they take some time to create. This can only be done on sea days, when we are on the ship & have leisure time. In addition, internet access on a cruise ship is very spotty, very slow & very expensive. Therefore, on our last few trips the blog postings were not completed until well after we returned home.
However, there were no pure sea days on our Alaska cruise on which we were not occupied by watching the scenery. Itw was also a small part of a 5 week trip away from home, and we got sick at the end of the cruise. Accordingly, none of these blog entries were written until after we returned home from the trip in July. This did not enable anyone to follow along as we went, but one of our primary goals here is to have a permanent (we hope) record of our travels, so that we will not forget what we have seen and done (which becomes likelier at a certain age), so to us the completeness of the postings is more important than their timeliness.
One general caveat: please don’t take what is written here about the places we visit as authoritative. We do our best to be accurate, but really we are mostly repeating things we have read or been told. You may sometimes note a skeptical tone when we tell you something we have heard but don’t necessarily believe, though even things we do believe might turn out to be inaccurate. So, caveat emptor!
What follows is an outline of instructions for using the tools built into the blog. Use anything that is helpful to you & just ignore the rest. But don’t skip reading item D.
A. Menu Buttons At The Top of the Page:
1. The “About This Blog” button will always bring up this post, in case you want to review the itinerary or the instructions for using the blog.
2. The “Home” button will always bring you back to the default view, with the latest post at the top.
3. The “M/S Amsterdam’s Current Position” button will take you to a webpage that always displays just where our World Cruise ship is at the moment. Our blog entries are often posted well after the fact and we get further behind as the trip goes on, so this button will tell you where the ship, which we may be on, really is at the moment. It will also tell you how the weather is there.
B. Subscribing To Email Notifications Of New Postings:
If you scroll to the very bottom of your computer screen you will find several “widgets” in 4 columns. In the second column from the left (next to the calendar and above the orange RSS buttons) is a button to subscribe to email notifications of new postings. If you sign up you will receive an email right after a posting is published, so you won’t have to waste time on the internet looking for one that isn’t yet there.
C. Navigating the Blog:
1. Google: The easiest way to find a particular post is to use Google. If you google "Baderjournal" & the place in which you are interested, the posting on this blog should be one of the first results listed (e.g. "baderjournal rome" will bring up our posts about visiting Rome)
2. Blog tools: At the bottom of your computer screen you will find several widgets (probably overkill) that may be useful in navigating the blog:
a. In the left position is a calendar on which the posting dates of blog entries are blue. Click a blue date with your mouse and that day’s post(s) should pop up to the top of the blog.
b. Next to that is a section with three items. The first is the email subscription described above. The middle one has two orange buttons for subscribing to RSS feeds of the posts and/or the comments (I have no idea how well – if at all — that works). The bottom one is a search function that should allow you to find a previous posting by searching for a particular word in the text (e.g. “camel” or “Peru” or "Alhambra").
c. In the right hand position is a list of the 5 most recent posts; click on one to bring it to the top.
d. Second from the right is an “Archives.” After the name of each month is the number of postings during that month. Click on a month to bring up that month’s blog postings. This is probably the easiest way to access all of one of our previous adventures on this blog, which I will list here as a sort of table of contents:
— Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage can be found at December 2011 through March 2012:
— Grand Mediterranean Voyage can be found at March through October 2013:
— Southern Caribbean can be found at April through May 2014:
— Voyage Of The Vikings can be found at July through September, 2014:
*Remember that if you use any of these menu buttons or widgets to bring up old posts, you can always go right back to the default view with the newest entry on top by using the “Home” button on the menu.*