Category Archives: Alaska

USA, Alaska, Glaciers – who knew ice could be so fascinating and beautiful?

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?

Glaciers at Holgate and Kenai Fjords

Braving the Alaskan summer and holding a crystal clear piece of glacier ice

Ice on the Ocean – pretty cool

USA – Small town Alaska – loads of character And so much nicer than the usual cruise ship towns

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. 

Wrangell, Alaska

Haines, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

Or you get places like this – too many ships in the sea! 

USA – Now where? Alaska of course. 

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. 

Glaciers in the Indian Islands

And before we set off I visited Seward which was the port of departure and is known for its murals.  

Murals in Seward, Alaska

Canada – Where Am I now? Back to one of my favourite places I’ve lived and worked in – Vancouver

So thrilling to be back in Vancouver. As I came in to land the view was as stunning as I remember it from when I first came here in 1995 and stayed until 1998. Sun is out and to cap it all – July 1 is Canada’s 150th birthday so I think it is going to be a fun day – more to come.

Staying with one of my besties Karen and we started off the visit with drinks on her rooftop and a lovely West coast sunset.

Coming in to land in Vancouver and sunset on Karen’s roof

Day 1 – off to Granville Island. This is a wonderful spot in downtown Vancouver that is part food market with restaurants, part theatres and live music and part shopping and just a lovely place to hang out and eat your way around. Unfortunately the yacht in the picture is not mine but the apartment block you can see behind it nestled under the bridge is where I lived back in the 90’s and I used to get the tiny Aquabus over from my place to Granville island – 3 minute trip!

Enjoying the view from Granville Island and with my mate Karen on her roof