The Middle of Somewhere
There is something weird about seeing luxury liners tied up to the old Army dock, but also something thrilling. I remember when the first big ship arrived, it was called the Legend of the Seas and it looked sort of like a floating Shea Stadium, all aqua and orange and about seven stories tall. We thought it was huge, and yet it held only about 800 passengers. This one has more people on board than live here. I do know that when I was kid no tourists visited my hometown to take pictures and scenic excursions. It does make you see a place differently when other people praise it. The best thing about cruise ships is that they change a child's world view in a big way. Rather than think Haines is in the middle of nowhere, I bet this little boy looking at that big ship now knows that Haines is definitely somewhere.