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Monday, September 23, 2013

North to Alaska!

We have been off the ship for over 48 hours and flown across the country and through 3 time zones since we returned.  Yet I can still feel the sway of the ship.  Ever so gentle, side to side. 

Our first full day was spent at sea.  I didn’t think I would get seasick, but I was wrong!  I adjusted after just a few hours, but I highly recommend the wrist bands. 


I spent some time lounging outside, and there’s a giant screen behind where dh is lounging, broadcasting the football game.  I positioned my lounge chair so I could watch the game as well as the ocean.  Blankets are cheerfully provided. 


This is what much of Alaska looks like from a cruise ship.  We saw mountains, clouds, water, and if you enlarge this, you will see a glacier right in the center.  It rained every day, but mostly at times when we were somewhat sheltered on our excursions, or still on the ship.  It’s not called ‘rain’ in Alaska, it’s ‘liquid sunshine’.  And if some blue sky is somehow visible, it’s considered ‘cloud failure’.  LOL!

After docking in Juneau, we took an excursion to see whales, the Mendenhall, and feast at a salmon bake.  Our whale quest was highly successful!








Do you think the people on this boat got a thrill?



After leaving the whales, we went to Orca Point Lodge for a salmon bake.  Ya gotta have salmon in Alaska!

Our next stop was Mendenhall Glacier, which is only a few miles outside of Juneau.






There were salmon in the pond near the Visitor Center, and if you click on the third picture, you will see kayaks beside the little iceberg.

After we got back to the ship, several floatplanes landed near us.  Although Juneau is a state capital, it cannot be reached by road, so floatplanes and boats are everywhere.





The next day found us in Skagway, where our excursion took us along the Chilkoot River, where we saw Eagles, bears, and seals.  I’m very disappointed in my photography skills, but I still have the memories!




Mama bear above, and this is her cub.



The front of this building was adorned with worn backpacks used as flower pots!  Very cool.


DH was heading to a knife shop when I spotted this sign in Skagway.  No knife shopping for me!


The next day was spent cruising Glacier Bay.  This was probably our coldest day, but it was too beautiful to stay inside the ship!  Brrrr..




A Humpback whale breaching.





For those of you who requested Alaska pictures, these were the highlights of our trip.  Over the next few days, I plan to set up a new Page with more narrative and many more pictures.  If you’re interested, come on over!  If not, I’ll be getting back to some sewing soon.  Fiona Pfaff is back from the spa and raring to go. 

Be kind this week…..Sunny



  1. wow you got some great pics......love them.........

  2. Wow what a fun trip, I bet you really had a great time.

  3. So interesting to see your pictures!! Wow!!

  4. It looks fantastic, if a bit cold.

  5. oh WOW Sunny this looks like what we are looking at doing for our next holiday
    Watch out USA we are on our way . . . . (in a year or two)

  6. Love the photo's........
    One day we hope to do that.......!

  7. Beautiful photos thanks for sharing, it all looks stunning !!!

  8. Wow, wow, wow...beautiful pic's. I hope you have more pic's from the quilt shop. Were the prices way out there?? Our former neighbor's kids worked on a boat one summer in Alaska. They shipped their parents a cooler of salmon while they were there. They shared with us and I'll never forget how yummy it was.

  9. Oh, Sunny, amazing photos, thanks for letting us be part of the tour. Bet I see Mt. Aleyaska there, I once was almost on the top :))

  10. Great photos sunny. We did the Alaska cruise some years back and still have some great memories. Lindac

  11. Just loved your beautiful photos Sunny. What a great trip and you will have such fab memories....

  12. you had a wonderful trip and took some great photos, --
    I would of loved sharing some of that salmon with you--
    but glad you are back--
    missed you.
    hugs, di and miss gracie

  13. Who needs a knife when you can buy fabric... it won't cut your fingers off!
    Gorgeous pics Sunny, so glad to see it's been such a great holiday... well done! x

  14. Absolutely beautiful! Your pictures are awesome - happy to see that quilt shop! Now that would be a place to sell a lot of woolly goodness....

  15. Wow Sunny! What a lovely trip you had. Whales! I've been on my Dad's boat and had a whale surface right beside us.. it was awesome, and scary too.

  16. Fantastic memories & fantastic photos!!!

  17. What great photos and I know this was a trip of a lifetime! I don't think I would want to get too close to those Grizzlies...that camera's lens is close enough! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Great pictures. I know it's even prettier in person. Thanks for sharing - oh my daughter bought me a thimble from that quilt shop. I use it sometimes, it's made of animal skin and still has the fur on it.

  19. Looks like you had a wonderful time Sunny! Your pictures are beautiful... love the bear cub... and the quilt shop sign, lol! What a great idea to use backpacks for planters.... the glacier is amazing... in fact, it all is!!! xxx

  20. Your pictures are wonderful. Even though there was rain it seems like you had plenty to see and do. ow amazing to see the whales and the bears.
    And a quilt shop!!
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.
    So pleased you had a great trip.

  21. Oh, WOW! what great photos. I know that was a trip of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Beautiful photos! Life time souvenirs and memories.


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