S: 2011 - BC & Alaska
BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss | FEDDEMA - 2011
FC: August 2011 | BC & Alaska Vacation
1: laughter is an instant vacation | On August 19th, 2011, Ken, Jodie, Kaden, Kyan, Darren, Jeanette, Jordan, Tate, Jorja and Alix loaded our vehicles and headed to the pacific coast - Vancouver, BC! Along the way we stayed in Valemount, Lillooet, and North Vancouver and went on a River Safari at Blue River, saw salmon spawning, and visited Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium. We celebrated Darren's 41st birthday in Stanley Park on August 21st, and on August 23rd we hit our next destination - Canada Place, where we were about to embark on our Alaskan Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder! The cruise was 7 glorious days and we made stops in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as sailing through Tracy Arm, where we were able to see the Sawyer Glaciers. We saw a lot of wildlife (whale 'tails', dolphins, eagles, seals, bears, salmon) and beautiful scenery on the whole trip. After the cruise was over we headed straight home and stayed one night in Revelstoke, BC. The trip was amazing and an unforgettable experience for all of us! | Alaska | BC | Stanley Park
2: Jasper, Alberta
5: Valemount, BC
9: summer fun creates lasting memories
12: Always a New Adventure
13: Little Fort, BC
19: BRITISH COLUMBIA
20: STANLEY PARK - VANCOUVER, BC Stanley Park is a 1,001 acre urban park bordering downtown Vancouver. It was opened in 1888 by David Oppenheimer in the name of Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor-General of Canada. It is more than 10% larger than New York City's Central Park and almost half the size of London's Richmond Park. The park attracts an estimated eight million visitors every year. Much of the park remains forested with an estimated half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 249 feet and are up to 100 years old. There are approximately 200 kilometers of trails and roads in the park, which are patrolled by the Vancouver Police Department's equine mounted squad.
23: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” ~ Helen Keller
29: Birthday! | Happy 41st
35: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MEMORIES
39: VANCOUVER AQUARIUM A public aquarium located in Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, the Vancouver Aquarium opened on June 15, 1956. It is the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North America. It was the first aquarium in the world to capture and display an orca.
44: Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. Seneca
48: Best Friends! | Canada Place Downtown Vancouver Tuesday, August 23, 2011
52: DISNEY WONDER The Disney Wonder entered into service in 1999. It is nearly identical to its sister ship, the Disney Magic. It has 11 public decks, can accommodate 2400 passengers in 875 staterooms and has a crew of approximately 950. The ship's horn sounds the first seven notes of "When you Wish Upon a Star" and its godmother is Tinkerbell. The Disney Wonder has three pool areas, three main restaurants and one specialty restaurant. A bronze stature of Ariel greets guests in the lobby, to evoke a feeling of adventure.
54: "Laughter is America's most important export." - Walt Disney
61: Sail Away Party! | Disney Wonder
62: Our Cabin
67: Peter Pan | Neverland | Alaska
70: Character | Dining
72: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller | Making Flubber!
74: Always a New Adventure
75: If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney
79: The Golden Mickeys
84: Mickey Mouse
88: Tracy Arm, Alaska
94: TRACY ARM, ALASKA Tracy Arm is a fjord in Alaska near Juneau. It is named after a Civil War general named Benjamin Franklin Tracy. It is located about 45 miles (72 km) south of Juneau and 70 miles (110 km) north of Petersburg, Alaska, off of Holkham Bay and adjacent to Stephens Passage within the Tongass National Forest. The twin Sawyer Glaciers, North Sawyer and South Sawyer, are located at the end of Tracy Arm.
98: TRACY ARM | We sailed through Tracy Arm and saw seals, dolphins, whales (only the tails) and lot's of birds. The view was breathtaking and the twin glaciers were amazing! There was another cruise ship that sailed right up to the North Sawyer Glacier and we were able to get very close to the South Sawyer Glacier. The wind off of the ocean was very cold and we were all grateful we had brought along warm toques and mitts!
114: LIARSVILLE GOLD RUSH TRAIL CAMP AND SALMON BAKE Our first excursion was in Skagway. We were going to pan for gold! We boarded a bus as soon as we docked and headed out to Liarsville. It was a really neat camp, and we learned all about the Alaska Gold Rush (they put on a great skit!). Next we had a scavenger hunt around the camp and then we had a campfire and some apple cider. Donald Duck, Chap and Dale joined in on the fun as well! After touring around for a bit we were treated to an old fashioned Salmon Bake. It was delicious! The weather was a bit rainy and cool but we all had a great time. One old guy played songs on his musical instrument and people had a great time! Our bus driver's name was Tyler and he was fantastic. He was 6,7", was a school teacher, and had been on Season 2 of Deadliest Catch. He was a fantastic tour guide!
118: vacation | SKAGWAY, ALASKA Is a first-class borough in Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. It was formerly a city first incorporated in 1900 that was re-incorporated as a borough on June 25, 2007. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 920. However, this doubles in the summer tourist season in order to deal with more than 900,000 visitors. The port of Skagway is a popular stop for cruise ships, and the tourist trade is a big part of the business of Skagway.
119: "It isn't how much time you spend somewhere that makes it memorable: it's how you spend the time." - David Brenner
123: Always a New Adventure
127: Friends may come and go but family is a forever bond.
128: GLACIER GARDENS RAINFOREST ADVENTURE - JUNEAU, ALASKA We toured 50 acres of southeast Alaska's lush rainforest, where botanical gardens meld with the natural temperate rainforest in a unique fashion. We drove up over 500 feet in deluxe golf carts and saw amazing views of Douglas Island and Mendenhall Valley. We had an amazing tour of the rainforest and saw the famous 'upside down trees', which were scattered throughout the forest. It was a beautiful and educational tour!
129: juneau, alaska
133: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
136: MENDENHALL GLACIER, JUNEAU. ALASKA Our next stop in Juneau was the Mendenhall Glacier, which was right on the edge of Juneau, and is part of the Tongass National Forest. As soon as we arrived there was a bear in the bushes, but we didn't get to see him. We split into two groups and some of us were very fortunate to watch as a huge black bear made her way towards us. We watched her fish for salmon right out of the stream before she made her way down the path. The other group were able to walk right up to the Glacier and got some amazing pictures. We toured the area for over an hour before we had to make our way on to the next tour.
144: MACAULAY SALMON HATCHERY | The Salmon Hatcherty was our last stop on the tour of Juneau. We were able to see different stages of salmon and watched some climb up the Fish Ladder. We learned how 125 million salmon are raised and released into the wild to fortify the region's commercial and sport fisheries, and the amazing story of how these fish return to the same location to spawn and begin the circle of life all over again. The kids were able to feed the hundreds of thousands of salmon fry, and then we toured inside the building. The five types of salmon are King, Chum, Pink, Coho, and Red. It was a really neat experience!
146: JUNEAU, ALASKA Juneau is the capital of Alaska and as of 2010 has a population of 31,275 residents. It is accessible only by sea or air, and people here either work for the government or are in the tourism or fishing industry. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, with tides averaging 16 feet below steep mountains about 3,500 feet to 4,000 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow; two of these, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Lemon Creek Glacier, are visible from the local road system; the Mendenhall glacier has been generally retreating; its front face is declining both in width and height. We did not tour around much in Juneau, as our tour kept us busy for the whole day and we were exhausted by mid-afternoon.
149: Toy Story - The Musical! The musical was on the night of our second semi-formal night. It was amazing to see the Toy Story characters come to life! We all really enjoyed it and the acting and singing was spectacular.
153: Car packed, camping gear loaded, coffee in hand and ready to hit the road...and we're off! The kids didn't sleep a wink last night, they were so excited about the trip they stayed up helping Dad pack the car. We've been looking forward to having some time together and I think this was just the thing we needed. A long, long drive.
155: KETCHIKAN, ALASKA is the southeastern most sizable city in Alaska. With an estimated population of 14,070 in 2010 within the city limits, it is the fifth-most populous city in the state. Ketchikan's economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions. Ketchikan also has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles.
156: POTLATCH TOTEM PARK
170: Ketchikan was a really neat little city - we walked around the tourist area and bought some keepsakes. We saw the famous 'bridge' in town - it is in the world book of records as the only bridge you can drive through, walk or drive over and around it, and you can swim under it. We were told that people kayak under it!
171: Pirate Night
177: "Good times are even better when they are shared"
186: "When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. And one thing it takes to accomplish something is courage." - Walt Disney
189: The whole trip was amazing and all 10 of us enjoyed it! Kaden's broken ankle brought us some challenges but it all worked out in the long run. The kids are already looking forward to returning to Vancouver so we can explore the city more, and the adults are looking forward to another Alaskan Cruise in the future. This was the trip of a lifetime!
190: Farewell Alaska... until next time....