FC: Donkey's Adventures
1: To my darling Gwenivier: This book was made just for you. It is about a little donkey who was adopted from a Donkey Sanctuary on a little island called Bonaire in the Caribbean. This little donkey traveled with me for a little while before he decided to settle down. Please love and care for this little donkey as he is very special...just like you! All my love, Nanna
3: No matter what their color, almost all Miniature Donkeys share the distinctive mark of a cross that extends down their back and across their shoulders. While genetics accounts for this coloration, legends have more touching explanations. One being, that the cross is actually a tribute to the love and loyalty of a humble creature. The Bible says that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a small donkey. The little animal loved him so much that when he was sentenced to be crucified, it wanted to help him bear the burden of the cross. The donkey was driven away but returned to pay its respects when everyone else had gone. As it turned away sadly, the shadow of the cross fell over its shoulders. The mark has remained there ever since as a permanent tribute to the donkey's love and loyalty. Our little donkey is too young to have his marking, however, he is filled with just as much love and loyalty as grown up donkey’s. Did you know that donkeys have been living on Bonaire for hundreds of years? And that they were originally brought over by the Spaniards in the 17th century? It’s true! In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, established a donkey sanctuary on Bonaire for sick, wounded and orphaned donkeys: Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. Today the primary objective of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is to offer a sheltered, protected life to all the donkeys of Bonaire. In 2012 there are more than 400 donkeys living in Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. They are provided with food, drinking water and medical care and have plenty of room and freedom. Our little donkey is very lucky and is very excited to share with you all the adventures he has had! Shall we begin?
5: Half Moon Cay, Bahamas is one of about 700 islands that make up the archipelago of the Bahamas. It is about 2,400-acre, private island located about 100 miles southeast of Nassau and owned by Holland America Line.
6: Donkey became a honorary Officer for the day! | Donkey got to help with the navigation of the ship!
7: ms Zuiderdam is named after the southern compass point in the Dutch language. She was built in 2002 and holds 1,916 guests & 817 crew members. She weighs 82,305 gross tons and is 936 feet long. She can go up to 24 knots.
8: Donkey went zip-lining in Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico with me! The adventure park featured a network of platforms and cables that allow you to go from tree to tree with the highest zip-line at nearly 99 feet high and the longest zip-line is nearly 821 feet! Donkey went on 11 different zip- lines, plus ladders, hanging and moving bridges. It was all quite exciting!
9: The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. | Enfranchised in 1977, the Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. | Safeco Field has been the Mariners' home ballpark since July 1999. The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle.
10: Cruising the Inside Passage The Inside Passage is a coastal route for oceangoing vessels along a network of passages which weave through the islands on the Pacific coast of North America. The route extends from southeastern Alaska, in the United States, through western British Columbia, in Canada, to northwestern Washington state, in the United States. Donkey's Itinerary Saturday - Vancouver, B.C. Sunday - Full day of cruising the Inside Passage Monday - Juneau, Alaska Tuesday - Skagway, Alaska Wednesday - Full day of Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising Thursday - Ketchikan, Alaska Friday - Full day of cruising the Inside Passage Saturday - Vancouver, B.C.
11: Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Perfectly situated and easily accessible, Vancouver is the ideal home port to begin an Alaskan adventure. Blessed with stunning vistas and exciting activities, Vancouver offers the perfect blend of urban and natural experiences to suit any set of expectations.
12: Juneau is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, with mountains about 3,500 feet to 4,000 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Ice field, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow. The Mt Roberts Tramway is an aerial tramway located in Juneau in Alaska. The tram makes a six-minute ascent of 3,819-foot Mount Roberts from the cruise ship docks to a height of about 1,800 feet , making it one of the most vertical tramways in the world!
13: Skagway (originally spelled Skaguay) is from the Tlingit name for the area, "Skagua" or "Shagwei" meaning "a windy place with white caps on the water. Donkey went on the White Pass & Yukon Route Rail. The railway was built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. Today, the WP&YR is Alaska's most popular shore excursion carrying over 380,000 passengers during the May to September tourism season operating on the first 67.5 miles (Skagway, Alaska to Carcross, Yukon) of the original 110 mile line.
14: Johns Hopkins Glacier, in Glacier Bay, has a width of 1 mile with a depth of 250 feet, rises to a height of 250 feet and stretches to about 12 miles upstream. The Johns Hopkins Glacier cannot be approached any nearer than about 2 miles by sea because of the volume of the ice blocks that break loose from its cliffs. Most visitors come by cruise ship and thus view the glaciers from the water.
15: Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of standing totem poles, found throughout the city. Donkey had his picture taken with the famous “Thundering Wings” totem. | The name Ketchikan is believed to come from the Tlingit word Kitschk-Hin which means thundering wings of an Eagle. Ketchikan's economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World."
16: Your Nanna lives in Cumbria which is in England. Donkey really enjoyed his visit here. Nanna took him to a place called Lake Windermere, which is where this photo was taken. Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. | Cumbria, which is located in the North West of England, is predominantly rural and contains the Lake District and Lake District National Park, considered one of England's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Cumbria is one of the most sparsely populated counties in the United Kingdom!!
17: Donkey and Nanna went to swim with a Sea Lion in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Donkey was a bit too young so he stayed by the side of the pool and took pictures for Nanna. Donkey was so happy to see how nice & cuddly the Sea Lion was...and so was Nanna! It was a great time!!