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Alaska Cruise - August 2012

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FC: Ken & Rhonda Trevino ALASKAN CRUISE Aug. 17-24TH, 2012

1: ALASKA ALAXSXAQ AH-LOCK-SHOCK 'object toward which the action of the sea is directed'

2: Our Journey begins... | Kemah | Ken and I never had a honeymoon. From the time we got married we had kids right away. Vacations were always to family and or with family. This was the first time for us to have a real vacation to ourselves. Se we called this our Honeymoon 30 years after the wedding. The pictures were taken by the both of us. This book was put together with love by me. Someday maybe our grandkids or great-grand children will treasure it. I dedicate this to my Love, Kenny, I am happy to walk this journey of life with you at my side. Love, Rhonda


7: Room 7034

8: Relax

9: August 18th Full day at sea. Spent Relaxing, Swimming, and lots of eating. We attended a talk on Alaska by Brent Nixon and saw a musical. Getting used to our sea legs...First Formal dress up evening. The food is wonderful.

10: First Formal Night on Board

11: Me and my handsome Man!

12: Ketchikan

13: Aug 19th Our first day in Alaska! In Ketchikan,we took a van tour with a local of the Saxman native tribe. Here we see Married Man's Trail with a back entrance to the houses of ill repute, the Salmon Ladder that the salmon climb when the water is too low, and salmon in the background.

14: We watched this bear get two fish out of the water and eat them..

15: We Learned a good way to get a bear to back off is to hold your arms up high with your shirt or jacket.. make yourself appear as large as possible.

17: Every Totem Pole tells a story...Below you can see at the bottom of the pole a boy he has his hand in a large clam. His mother hd told him to not put his hand in the clams. The tide had gone out and he saw the clams laying on the ocean floor. He felt he was fast enough to get the meat out of the clam...The village searched for him for four days, he was found with his hand still stuck in the clam, drowned because the water had come back in. T he moral of the totem was to Always Listen to Your Mother.....

18: This was the pole to honor America. It can only be a living thing at the top so they chose Abe Lincoln... | Only problem was the picture they were sent was from the knees up, and they carved it to scale of the picture.

19: Our Guide Jason

20: We took a float plane to the Misty Fjords, it was very loud. We circled the tops of the mountains seeing waterfalls and lakes below.

25: So many times on our trip the words to How Great Thou Art kept running through my head... "O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made"

26: We landed in a mountain top lake and got out for a picture while standing on the pontoons... I was a bit nervous to walk out on the pontoon but was not about to miss out. The air was fresh and clean and the view nothing short of spectacular.

28: Another sight from the plane was New Eddystone Rock,it is a volcanic spire and remnant of early geological activity in this part of Alaska.

29: Many Sea Lions were sunning at the base of New Eddystone..

30: Ketchikan gets an average of 13.5 feet of rain per year. We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day there.

32: Ah, Alaska, at last I meet you and instantly I love you.

33: I bid thee farewell Ketchikan as you grow distant in my view you will stay close in my heart.

34: Aug. 20th We awoke early to soak in every minute of our sail up Tracy Arm Fjord, the morning is young, the weather is cold as we sail through the winding path gorgeous views in every direction. We ordered in room service and sat out on our balcony, I feel so blessed. | Tracy Arm Fjord

35: Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting slice of ocean called Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. The shoreline is spotted with waterfalls created by melting snowcaps and trees sprouting at odd angles from rocky outcroppings, The Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm may not be the most famous glaciers in Alaska, but many visitors find them to be the most dramatic. Framed by mountains on either side, the glaciers are often bathed in a light mist that amplifies the blue hue of the ice

39: These mountains have cried the tears of snow turned to waterfalls for countless years, lining their faces with the wrinkles of time...

42: "Be Still and Know that I am God..." | Psalm 46:10

45: I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, | "Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; | I am the diamond glints on snow..." | By, Mary Frye,in 1932

52: How many lifetimes float past me? How much history do you hold in your icy grip?

54: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

55: What a treat this was to have such a clear beautiful day to visit Tracy Arm Fjord. We felt so blessed to see up close the wonder of it all.

60: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." – Maya Angelou

62: Aug. 21st. Coast Guard escort our ship into Juneau

63: We had to be tendered into Juneau. This meant we docked out in the harbor and loaded onto lifeboats to go ashore.

65: Juneau

71: Juneau is the capital of Alaska. These pictures were taken in the town of Douglas that is just a short ride away...Great view of our ship and Juneau in the background.

73: Whale watching trip!

74: Whale watching in Juneau

78: I liked these two old guys, they were at the entrance to the marina.

81: A Fond Farewell to Juneau!

82: Skagway

83: Aug.21st; Made it to Skagway this morning, Ken and I were some of the first off the ship and got to get some shots of town without all the people that later filled the streets. This is The Arctic Brotherhood Building it is the most photographed site and is an excellent example of rustic architecture. The building is covered with driftwood.

85: Yes, I got my picture with Sarah Palin.. | And Ken spotted a Moose! Do we look like tourists?

86: Every place we went the flowers were so Bright, | And Beautiful!

91: We took a Bus ride up the mountains with a local resident as our tour guide.

95: "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." | Albert Einstein

102: From here we took the Whitepass and Yukon Route train back. A lot of these have reflection from the window. | Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gage railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

104: Below is a pathway from the Klondike Gold Rush days.

113: From This point on I stood between the cars on the platform and took pictures

128: Glacier fed streams rushed their crystal clear waters above and below us.

131: Alaska was purchased from Russia on March 30, 1867 with the purchase price set at $7.2 million, or about 2 cents per acre...

132: We say goodbye to Skagway, goodbye to Alaska, I will forever be changed by your beauty,, to know Alaska is to know the true Awe of our world.

133: "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." Albert Szent-Gyrgyi

134: Aug. 22nd Day at Sea. Ship life, shopping, below is the view from the main dining room.

136: The food on board was fantastic! Five star meals all the way.

137: Last Formal night on Board.

138: Victoria, British Columbia

139: Aug 23rd Why is our Alaska Cruise going to British Columbia? Basically because of the Jones Act. The law says every ship must visit at least one "distant foreign port" on every cruise. This is why Alaska cruises that sail from Seattle make a stop in British Columbia, Canada. Prior to passage of the Jones Act, sailors who were injured on the job had few options for recovering damages or getting assistance; recognizing the inherent danger of working at sea and the value of trained seamen, the Jones Act established a system of benefits for sailors

141: Fisherman Warf | The houseboats and the little ferry were so cute.

144: We did not do any excursions in Canada | We took a walk from port along the harbor to the center of town.

145: Parliament Building

147: Last night of our cruise, it has been beyond our expectations. What a wonderful experience!

148: Aug. 24th We awoke in Seattle. Early departure off the ship. | Seattle

149: We rented a car and drove to Oak Harbor to see Devin and Kayleigh

160: Spent Saturday in LaConner WA with Devin and Kayleigh

162: Aug. 26th As dawn breaks we head for the airport. It is a two hour trip back to Seattle from Oak Harbor. We stop to take a few last pictures. This is of Deception Pass at days dawn.

163: “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” Meister Eckhart Thank You!

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