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Theusen Family Trip Review
Dear Alison, Glen, Anna, and Gary (Alison would you please forward this e-mail to Gary?):
We returned last last evening from our Alaska adventure. I didn't want a day to pass without sending you a note. We were thrilled with our whale watching tour! Alison and Glen, if your other children are as wonderful as Anna, you surely are a blessed family. Anna was a jewel! She was so happy and helpful and delightful. We wish we could have brought her home with us! Glen, we know you spent more time with us than you had planned, but finding the pod of orca whales in addition to seeing the humpback whales was truly a wonderful experience. Throughout our time in Alaska we kept comparing our experience with you vs our other tours and you were always "top" on our list. It was magical to see the whales but even more impressive than the whales were the Jacobsens that we met! It is as my Dad and others said in different conversations--"they were such kind genuine people." Gary, we mean that about you also! Our time on the bus with you, as well as on the boat just couldn't have been better. You were so thorough in your comments and so patient with our questions. You just seemed happy to help us in any way you could. We felt like we had been treated as royalty!
I wanted to send you a part of my Father's letter which he sent out today (he sends a family letter out each week). I thought you would enjoy reading his comments about you:
"[In Juneau] Sandra arranged for us to ride on Gary JacobsonŐs bus for a whale watching tour. He met us about 2:30 p.m. and drove us to his brother GlenŐs 50 passenger boat docked and ready to take us into the bay to watch for whales. Glen was assisted by his daughter, Anna. The JacobsonŐs were the most sincere, thoughtful, and helpful guides we encountered during the cruise. The day was partly sunny and warm, shirt sleeve weather. Because we were the only ones on the boat, Gary asked if he could join us rather than waiting at the bus. We agreed and he watched quietly. Of course he joined in our conversations but he let Glen do the talking about what we were seeing and answering our frequent questions. We were rewarded by seeing many whales (more than usual according to Glen). Glen was very enthusiastic and followed the whales so we could see them close up. We also saw bald eagles, many other birds, salmon jumping, and walrus resting on a bay marker, all in the short time we were on the water. About 5:30 p.m., Gary drove us to the Mendenhall Glacier, located on the Tongass National Forest. There is a fine visitor center with a good view of the glacier. With others of our group, I walked to a photo point overlooking Mendenhall Lake with chunks of ice broken off of the glacier and close to the end of the glacier. Because of the short time we had there, I chose not to run with two of our group to Nugget Falls located near the end of the glacier. By the time we left, the Visitor Center was closed."
With much appreciation, we thank you for an absolutely perfect tour! Our money was well spent. We would love to come take your tour again "another day." However, if we do, we have been spoiled by the individual attention we were given that we just might have to "charter" the bus and boat again so we have you all to ourselves! We have already told other friends who are going on Alaskan tours about you--you truly are the "best of the best!"
We hope you are all doing well. We feel an attachment to your family . . . we hope you don't mind.
PS Alison, would you be willing to share the recipe for the salmon cream cheese spread that you made? We all thoroughly enjoy it.