USA, Alaska – After some more scenic cruising – flew on a spectacular 90 minute seaplane journey. 

Cruising in Alaska

Views from our seaplane in Alert Bay BC. Quattoon waterfalls

Yes it is small but a seaplane is a perfect way to view Northern BC

Cruise now over. Looking forward to reunion with my old Hong Kong Bank of Canada mates in Vancouver and next stop is Chemainus and Tofino on Vancouver Island. 

USA and Canada – All things native Alaska and Canada 

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. 

Totem poles – very old ones

And here are some nightmarish masks to keep away marauders and unwelcome visitors – not to mention providing a few nightmares. 


And below are some much friendlier welcomes from two Mounties on Prince Rupert Island, BC. 

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 – Juneau, Alaska – and some whales

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!

Where are those pesky bears???

Museum in Juneau well worth a visit


And then we went whale watching and saw one orca and one humpback- super close by.