S: Our Alaskan Cruise 2011
FC: Our Alaskan Cruise 2011
2: Day 1, June 11 We arrived in Seattle at 3:30 pm, took a shuttle to our hotel and enjoyed the sites of downtown.
3: Water wall in Downtown | Outside the Sheraton Hotel | Our traveling companion Washington "W" | Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe
4: Day 2, June 12 All Aboard! We board the Oosterdam headed for Glacier Bay.
5: Ship Decor
6: Towel Creations were left every evening in our cabin by the crew. | Day 3, June 13 At Sea. Enjoyed ship activities: swimming, spa, games, whale watching and ate steak and quail at the Vista Restaurant.
7: Day 4, June 14 Steering toward Glacier Bay. Took in the scenery in the library on the top deck.
8: Just 250 years ago, Glacier Bay was all glacier and no bay. A massive river of ice, about 100 miles long and thousands of feet deep, occupied the entire bay. Today, that glacier is gone. Fewer than a dozen smaller glaciers remain.
10: Day 5, June 15 Arrived In Juneau. Juneau is the capital of Alaska. Its total area makes it one of the biggest cities in size, not population, in the world. The only way in or our of Juneau is by boat or plane. Many people are employed by the government.
11: The Red Dog Saloon is an interesting place. There is a sign inside reading, "If our food, drinks and service aren't up to your standards, please lower your standards!" To complete the atmosphere, the floor is covered in saw dust. | We thought these ceramic Giraffe figurines were unique. Bought some T-Shirts in the shirt shop to take home as souvenirs.
12: Our excursion in Juneau was whale watching and hiking in the Rainforest Trails. We boarded a small boat and the captain drove us out to sea in search of whales. We also saw sea lions, eagles and a lighthouse along the way.
13: The Rainforest receives up to 200 inches of rain per year. They are very lush with Sitka spruce and Hemlock trees sometimes growing up to 12 feet in diameter, over 200 feet tall. and 1,000 years old. | Our hike ended at the glacier. | These flowers reminded me of Texas Bluebonnets!
14: Day 6, June 16 Sitka is known as Alaska's Little Russia in honor of the Russian pioneers. We exited the Oosterdam and tendered across to Sitka, took a bus ride to the Tongass Rainforest for our 4 mile hike. | Our guide, Bob | Dogwood
15: The Tongass National Rainforest covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the Iinside Passage, home to grizzly bears, bald eagles, and salmon. | The bottom four leaves resemble butterfly wings.
16: Sitka | St. Michael's Cathedral Inside a collection of 17th century religious works of art. Russian Orthodox missionaries built Cathedral in 1848.
17: St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Established Thanksgiving, 1896.
18: Totem Park There are different types of totem poles. Crest poles record the ancestry of a family. Legend poles depict folklore or historical events. | History poles recount a clan's story and memorial poles commemorate an individual clan member. The art of carving totem poles still lives in Sitka.
19: Totems in a shop
20: Day 7, June 17 Ketchikan is known as the "Salmon Capital of The World." It was established in 1887 when a salmon cannery was built at the mouth of Ketchikan creek. Population 14,000. | The zipline was our adventure today. We were 85 feet in the air and did seven ziplines and crossed three suspended bridges. Yikes! | A reward for my accomplishment. | Bald eagle perched outside the gift shop. | 4x4 took us up the steep hill to start the zipline course.
21: Gift shop is converted from an old saw mill. | Allen and "W"
22: Day 8, June 18 Our last cruise destination,Victoria, Capital city of British Columbia, Canada. The city was named in honor of Queen Victoria Empress of India, whose statue is in front of the Legislative Building. | At night, the Parliament complex lights up.
23: Empress Hotel, garden in back with fountain and animal shaped bushes along pathway leading to hotel. | A lady dressed as a bronzed cowgirl statue. The only way to tell she was a person was by her deep blue eyes.
24: A final fairwell to the beauty of Alaska.
25: A mosiac column in the Seattle Airport. | A view of the Oosterdam across the bay. | "W" ready to come home.