Whenever you are on a cruise it is great to look back at your ship from various spots but I also enjoy the sudden porthole views you catch as you move around the ship.
Managed to see a lot of native and traditional indigenous art and culture in both Alaska and British Columbia. These totem poles are very old but still great pieces of art and they stand about 20 feet high.
And here are some nightmarish masks to keep away marauders and unwelcome visitors – not to mention providing a few nightmares.
You might think a day cruising around two glaciers (Holgate Glacier and the Kenai Fjords) might be boring but you’d be wrong. It was mesmerising and I never got tired of just staring and staring.
Hope you agree?
I can see why people come to Alaska for two years and stay for 20, especially when they go to places like Haines and Wrangell and Sitka – the smaller towns (some with a permpop of 2500) with loads of history (gold, fur, fishing and a slug of Russian ownership too). Maybe not so delightful in the Winter! Try a cruise that takes in some of these smaller places.
Or you get places like this – too many ships in the sea!
Only intermittent wifi as we are very remote but the scenery is so stunning I spend hours just staring out of my veranda or the observation deck. Alaska is a must see destination for everyone especially the out of the way towns and glacial fjords.
The walk below was to see bears but we saw none:( Didn’t matter too much as scenery was great and I keep getting confused about whichbears to run from and which to shout at!
Museum in Juneau well worth a visit
Just started a 14 day trip to Alaska and Northern British. Columbia. So far scenery is moody and brooding and I’ve seen a seal’s flipper! However have a later excursion looking for bears and whales so am hopeful to get that on camera.
First stop were the glacial fjords at Holgate and Aialik.
And before we set off I visited Seward which was the port of departure and is known for its murals.
Great first couple of days visiting my dear friends Daphne and Mark and their cute Havanese dog Monte in Victoria.
Coming in to land I knew it was going to be a special visit – the view from the plane was perfect.
Daphne and Mark have a boat called “Three’s Enough” (long story!) and they kindly took me out for a day and night (it has two bedrooms!) on it. Here is the boat and crew (excluded me as I’m not really crew material but I make a great passenger!) – including Monte of course.
First stop Salt Spring Island where my vision was boggled at the Farmers’ Market by rainbow stalk kale, red and orange carrots and garlic-scapes (plus cute guy with amusing t shirt).
And then to top it all we had a wonderful dinner at the Relaise and Chateau restaurant- Hastings House. Last time I visited was with Trudy and Alan back in the mid 90s. It is still as good as I remembered and idyllically situated on a hill by the waterfront.