Family stories say that Karen’s great grandfather lied about his age in order to sign up to fight for the Confederacy even as his father was an officer in the Union army. Records we found on the Fold3 website indicated he fought and was taken prisoner at Vicksburg. When we visited the national military park we found that trying to learn where he fought was an exercise in frustration. It will require more research more research and a return visit. On the other hand by listening to the ranger talk at the USS Cairo Museum, we learned a lot about ironclad battleships on the Mississippi River.







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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.