S: Alaska & The Rockies 2012 Mary , Norm and Brad
FC: ALASKA and the CANADIAN ROCKIES 2 0 1 2
1: Alaska Cruise on the MS Volendam and Tour of the Canadian Rockies | Aug 7- Fly to Vancouver Aug 8- Vancouver City Tour and board the MS Volendam Aug 9 - Cruising the Inside Passage Aug 10- Juneau (whale watching and the Mendenhall Glacier) Aug 11- Skagway and White Pass Rail trip Aug 12- Cruising Glacier Bay Aug 13- Ketchikan Aug 14- Cruise Inside Passage back to Vancouver Aug 15- Bus along the Fraser River Valley to Kamloops Aug 16- Mt Robson, Maligne Canyon and Jasper National Park Aug 17- Jasper - Athabasca River Rafting Aug 18- Athabasca Falls, Columbia Ice Fields, Bow Lake and Banff Aug 19- Lake Louise, Sulpher Mountain Gondola Ride, Banff Hot Springs Aug 20- Drive from Banff to Calgary
3: Exploring the Waterfront, Canada Place and Gas Town (& shopping for Ammolite and Jade)
5: Stanley Park
6: Boarding the MS Volendam | Unfortunately due to illness, Norm couldn't travel with us on the cruise. He will join up with us for the bus tour of the Rockies when we get off the ship. We missed him a lot, but thank goodness for cell phones.
7: A bit of excitement after we get on board - There is an electrical fire in the shops on deck 5. Mary is trying to get to the top deck and Brad is checking out the smoke.
8: Vancouver Sail Away
9: Our Veranda Stateroom on deck 6
10: Cruising the Inside Passage east of Vancouver Island | A Day at Sea
11: Our very full "Sea Day" | Breakfast on the Lido, the YMT meeting, Wine Tasting, the ladies go to Dutch High Tea, and formal night.
12: The Atrium , the Main Dining Room, and the Lido Buffet | Around the Ship | Solarium Pool
13: The Lido Deck | Solarium Pool
14: The Crow's Nest | Great Indoor Views
15: Brad enjoys the view with an extra dessert! | Carolyn enjoys the views with a book in the library.
16: Friday Aug 10, 2012 | Cruising to Juneau
17: Juneau | Auke Bay | Captain Larry & Josh | Whale Watching Excursion | Docking & Dessert
18: 4 humpback whales near Shelter Island | Herbert Glacier
22: Mendenhall Glacier
24: Hiking | in the Rain Forest at the | Mendenhall Glacier
25: Bear Tracks | Salmon
30: Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark - a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The WP&YR railway was considered an impossible task but it was literally blasted through coastal mountains in only 26 months (working year round). The $10 million project was the product of British financing, American engineering and Canadian contracting. Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives overcame harsh and challenging climate and geography to create "the railway built of gold." The WP&YR climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features steep grades of up to 3.9%, cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles. The steel cantilever bridge was the tallest of its kind in the world when it was constructed in 1901. | The most popular route taken by prospectors to the gold fields in Dawson City was a treacherous route from the port in Skagway, Alaska across the mountains to the Canadian border at the summit of the Chilkoot Pass or the White Pass. There, at the Canadian Border, the prospectors were not allowed across by the RCMP unless they had one ton of supplies. This usually required several trips across the passes. There was a need for better transportation than pack horses used over the White Pass or human portage over the Chilkoot Pass. | We boarded the train right beside the Cruise Ship | The White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
34: Canadian Border & Northwest Mounted Police Cabin at the summit of the pass
36: The Trail of 98 | Snow Plow
37: Trail of 90
38: The Volendam in Glacier Bay | Glacier Bay
39: The spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage. It is part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site-one of the world's largest international protected areas. There are incredible views of rugged, misty mountains, vivid blue glaciers, rainforest, calm turquoise water, and deep fjords. The serenity and peaceful beauty of this park make this voyage truly memorable.
41: Brad with park ranger
42: Reid Glacier | John's Hopkins Glacier | Lamplugh Glacier
43: Margerie Glacier one mile wide and 200 feet high
45: A room service lunch while we enjoyed the views from the balcony | Striped Iceberg | Hundreds of Seagulls in our wake
51: Formal Night
53: Ketchikan | It Rained!
54: Our Halibut Dinner made exclusively for our table
56: Thick morning fog
57: Our last day started out very foggy. You could barely see the water and the ship's foghorn was blasting away. As the fog lifted we had wonderful views of northern British Columbia on the way back to Vancouver.
58: Porpoises playing directly below our balcony
59: To a Great Cruise with good friends | Happy BirthdayAngus!
61: Sunset on Vancouver Island
62: Vancouver Sunrise
63: After the cruise, we drove from Vancouver to Kamloops along the Fraser River Valley. In Kamloops we meet up with Norm
64: A stop at the Flour Meadow Bakery | On the road from Kamloops to Jasper. through the Thompson River Valley | Forest Fire Damage
65: The highest peak in the Rocky Mountains | Mount Robson
68: Views from Mount Robson to Jasper
72: Jasper, AB
73: The Lobstick Lodge | Mt. Edith Cavell | We had scenic walks through this very quaint town going to and from our hotel.
74: White Water Rafting on the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park
80: Along the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff | Athabasca Falls
81: Athabasca Falls
83: The Athabasca Glacier and the Columbia Icefields
84: The Athabasca is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. Situated across from the Icefield Centre, its ice is in continuous motion, creeping forward at the rate of several centimeters per day. Spilling from the Columbia Icefield over three giant bedrock steps, the glacier flows down the valley like a frozen, slow-moving river. Because of a warming climate, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding or melting for the last 125 years. Losing half its volume and retreating more than 1.5 kms, the shrinking glacier has left a moonscape of rocky moraines in its wake. Caution - The glacier is dangerous! People have been killed falling into deep, hidden cracks called crevasses in the glacier. For your safety do not cross the barriers. ~Parks Canada | Athabasca Glacier Experience
86: Riding the ice explorer up to the glacier | Mountain Goats hiding in the rocks
88: Who says you can't wear sandals to walk on a glacier? ... Nicely coordinated socks, Wendy! | Walking on the Athabasca Glacier
89: Along the Icefields Parkway
90: YES, THE WATER WAS REALLY THIS COLOUR | BOW LAKE
91: BOW LAKE BANFF NATIONAL PARK | Clark's Nutcracker
93: An Evening at the Banff Upper Hot Springs | and a great dinner at the Keg
94: Lake Louise
98: Castle Mountain | Animal Overpass | THE SCENIC DRIVE FROM LAKE LOUISE TO BANFF
100: Sulfur Mountain Banff
102: Incredible Views from the summit of Sulfur Mountain
103: Banff Springs Hotel
104: Hoodoos | BANFF National Park
106: Bow Falls Banff
107: Off to Calgary on the last leg of our journey
108: Calgary | Olympic Park
109: Our Last Day | So Long ...until the next trip