S: Alaska August 2012
FC: Alaska 2012
1: ALASKA | ALASKA | ARRIVED AUGUST 20,2012 | Our Holland America vacation started on land on 8/21/12 in Fairbanks and ended at sea on 9/2/12 in Vancouver, BC.
2: After traveling all day, these two greeted us at the Fairbanks Airport | August 20th
3: Day One It is nice to have a day of rest after flying the whole day before. Our hotel, the Regency Fairbanks, was not what we were expecting. But it was clean and comfortable. Met our Land Tour Guide Ruby today. | August 21st.
4: Full Size Refridge | Wonderful views, don't you think?
5: August 21st
6: August 22nd | Sunny and 75. Today we are off to the Riverboat for a 3 1/2 hr ride down the Tanana River.
7: Day Two
8: Met the sled dogs of the late Susan Butcher, four time winner of the Iditarod Race
10: CHENA VILLAGE | Alaskan Native guides walked us thru the Chena Village August 22nd
12: August 22nd | Panning for gold, getting rich
15: ALEYSKA PIPELINE Alyeska Pipeline Service Company formed in 1970 to design, build, maintain and operate the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. The pipeline today is recognized as a landmark engineering feat and remains essential to Alaska’s economy and central to the state’s industry.
16: Fairbanks | ALASKA
17: AYRES ROCK/ULURU the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark. | August 22nd
18: Great Ride
19: Day Three Sunny and 57. What a great day for a train ride, The train was awesome! We had a delicious breakfast in the dining car. On our way to Denali!!! | August 23rd
20: Our the train ride to Denali! Below is our bartender...nice. Great views, comfortable ride and food car below. Couldn't get much better.
21: The McKinley Chalet main lobby
22: Our first excursion- Side by Side ATV Ride
23: August 23rd
24: Breathtaking views on our ATV ride.
26: Atv views
27: Day Four Sunny and 56. Up very early today for the Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali. 8 hrs on a bus. We were one of the lucky groups. Mt. McKinley wasn't covered. Animals were very far away. Great trip, but long. | August 24th
28: Our bus and views of Denali on our trip in
30: Mt. McKinley and wildlife
32: Our room at the McKinley Chalet in Denali
33: On our way to Anchorage by train | 8 hour ride to from Denali to Anchorage | August 25th
35: Anchorage, great hotel. Only there overnight.
36: August 26th Overcast and 52. We leave Anchorage by bus and head towards Seward to board our ship; The Zaandam. Great day to travel.
38: Leaving Seward, very dreary day.
39: Our first towel animal! | August 27th full day at sea
40: August 28th Glacier Bay
41: Margerie Glacier
44: Leaving Glacier Bay
45: August 29th Haines
46: Views of Haines, great sunny day!
47: Leaving Haines | Turkey or Peacock?
48: Landing in Juneau | August 30th
50: Whale Watching
52: Mendenhall | Glaicer
54: Mendenhall Visitor Center
55: Juneau (view from the boat) | This boat kept following us..hmmm
56: Leaving Juneau
58: August 31st Ketchikan
59: Tim loved watching all the planes land and take off
60: Great American Lumberjack Show
63: Leaving Ketchikan
66: Last cruise day - full day at sea | We had a blast. | September 1st
69: Coming into Vancouver, BC
70: We're going home
71: Our final Port September 2nd