S: July 5-July 16th, 2011
FC: The Great Outdoors | Shari & Charles' Great Adventure
1: Our adventure begins in Kelowna.
2: Summerhill is committed to producing 100% organic wines. They have beautiful vineyards and are free of all pesticides.
3: Wines we tasted: 2007 Organic Cabernet Franc 2009 Organic Riesling 2006 Zweigelt Icewine | The Summerhill Pyramid is second only to the Great Pyramid of Egypt for alignment and precision. The angle: 51.84 degrees.
4: The Okanagan's largest and liveliest population centre, Kelowna, is one of Canada's most popular vacation destinations and home of the legendary Ogopogo, the Okanagan's own version of the Loch Ness Monster.
6: S.M. Simpson was honoured with the Freedom of the City due to his significant role in Kelowna's growth and development. A well-known and successful businessman in the lumber industry, he established the Stanley M. Simpson Knox Mountain Trust to be used for projects that would help everyone enjoy the park's raw natural beauty. S. M. also ensured land was available for the Kelowna Yacht Club and civic uses downtown.
7: The view of the marina and city from our window at The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
8: Guess who we met on our way up to Whistler Olympic Park?
11: He looked friendly enough......
12: Not sure if he wanted to be disturbed while eating?
13: Just a little rainy up at Whistler Village.
14: Having a cozy dinner at Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island. | Just how many Starbucks are there in Vancouver? | As of November 2009, 156 Starbucks in Vancouver!!
15: Exploring the streets of Vancouver.
16: Stanley Park is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) close to the downtown core. These totem poles are wonderful pieces of BC First Nations artistry.
17: Views from our balcony as the Zuiderdam sailed away from the Vancouver coastline.
18: Culinary tips and cooking lesson from the master Chef. Featured recipes: Lobster Salad and Creme Brule
19: There's nothing like having the wind blowing through your hair while sailing away.
21: Beautiful views from the inside passage.
23: Juneau July 11, 2011 88 degrees Farenheit
25: Helicopter and Dog Sled Tour with Coastal Helicopters. Do you think one of us has a look of fear?
26: Juneau glacier viewing is often best on overcast days. Glaciers put off a mystical blue color caused by a unique crystalline structure that absorbs and reflects light, giving the ice its unique hue. The most intense blue occurs in crevasses and when ice breaks off, or calves, from a glacier's face. The blue color fades as the ice is exposed to air and the crystalline structure breaks down. And while glaciers appear to be sitting perfectly still, they are in fact constantly moving, flowing downhill out of the mountains like rivers. This constant movement gives glaciers the power to shape the landscape as they go. | GLACIER FUN FACTS
27: Breathtaking arial views from the helicopter.
29: What an amazing day!
30: A marvel of nature which lies 2,000 feet above historic downtown Juneau, the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield is the fifth largest icefield in North America. Extending from Taku Inlet to Skagway, the icefield is the birthing ground of 38 major glaciers, including Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier. The icefield is estimated to be around 3,000 years old, but it is in a constant state of renewal and retreat depending on each year's dosage of snow.
38: Incredible views !!
42: The quaint town of Skagway. July 12th 73 degrees Farenheit
44: We took a 45 minute ferry from Skagway to Haines.
45: Eagle Preserve Raft Trip taken with Alaska Cross Country Guiding and Rafting.
46: The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June of 1982. The preserve was established to protect and perpetuate the worlds largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat. It also sustains and protects the natural salmon runs and allows for traditional uses; provided such uses do not adversely affect preserve resources.
48: There aren't enough words to describe the surreal feeling of being surrounded by the endless mountains. Breathing and smelling the freshness and purity of the air, hearing the sounds of the water and seeing the lush greenery leaves you feeling so peaceful.
49: The preserve encompasses 48,000 acres of pristine Alaskan scenery, and houses the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. In addition to eagles there are huge glacier-laden peaks rising 7,000 feet directly from the river valley.
50: The Chilkat Valley is year-round home for between 200 and 400 eagles. Over 80 eagle nests have been observed in the Eagle Preserve. By the time of the Fall Congregations, the resident eagles are through raising their young, although immature eagles may stay near their parents for a year or more. Over 3,000 bald eagles have been counted within the preserve during the Fall Congregation (October through February).
52: Haines is located on the shores of the Lynn Canal on the Chilkat Peninsula between the Chilkoot and Chilkat Rivers. The town is bordered by the spectacular Chilkat Mountain Range on the west and the Coast Range on the east. The historic routes to the Klondike gold fields - the Chilkat, Chilkoot and White Pass - are to the north of the community.
53: Haines is 85 air miles north of the capital city of Juneau and about 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage and Fairbanks. It is connected by road to the interior of Alaska and the continental United States by the Alaska Canada (Alcan) Highway.
55: Charles spotted ALL the bald eagles along the Chilkat River.
56: The Chilkat inlet is formed where the Chilkat River empties into the ocean at the Lynn Canal. Over the course of many many years the Chilkat River has filled in this fjord with silt so it is not as deep as some other areas around the Lynn Canal.
57: Halibut Fishing on the bottom is popular near the deeper pockets and shelves. King Salmon Fishing though is by far the most popular fishing done in this inlet. Silver Salmon, Chum Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, and Dolly Varden are also present in these fruitful waters popular with local fishermen.
58: We had an amazing lunch in Haines before heading back to the ferry that took us to Skagway.
60: Alissa and Donald
63: Over the last 200 years, the ice has been steadily receding, revealing a stark landscape that's slowly being taken over by vegetation that can't resist the fresh rock and soil. The result is a lush, temperate rainforest of spruces and hemlocks that carpets large portions of the stunning terrain. The most rapid glacial retreat ever recorded had occurred by 1916, when it was found that the ice had retreated 65 miles. Glacier Bay was declared a national monument in 1925 to preserve its clues to the world's geological history. In 1980, it became a national park. Several of the glaciers in the area are again advancing, albeit at a very slow pace. | When John Muir discovered Glacier Bay in 1879, he surveyed the unblemished panorama and declared it "still in the morning of creation." Muir wasn't the first explorer to be in the area. Nearly a century earlier, George Vancouver's ships sailed right past it because a wall of ice sealed off the entrance to the bay. Prior to visits by the explorers, the land had been occupied by the Tlingit for 10,000 years.
69: Taking in all the spectacular glaciers and breathtaking views.
71: Located at the deep end of the Glacier Bay, Margerie Glacier extends over a width of about 1 mile (1.6 km) and extends upstream for a length of 21 miles (34 km) till its source on the southern slopes of the hill of Mount Root, at the Alaska-Canada border.
72: Margerie Glacier has a total height of 350 feet (110 m), out of which 250 feet (76 m) rises above the water level and 100 feet (30 m) is beneath the water surface.
73: WHAT'S THAT NOISE?
74: It is also one of the most active glacier for "Calving" (a word meaning breaking and dropping of ice walls into the sea). As the glacier calves, "a rifle-like crack and a booming roar is heard creating a boiling like turbulence."
75: The glacier exhibits a distinctive curved layer of rock debris mixed with ice. The glacier has impressive configurations (as if carved with hand tools), in a "jagged and twisted form", set in ice which is seen in blue color as a result of absorption of rays of shorter red and green wavelengths.
76: Marjerie Glacier with the backdrop of Grand Pacific Glacier.
81: Speechless at the magnificence and beauty of it all!
83: It really is me, the Orca Whale, playing peek-a-boo with you !
85: No biggie that it was a little rainy 58 degrees Farenheit.
87: Sea Kayaking in Orca's Cove with Southeast Sea Kayaks.
93: Orcas Cove is a serene wilderness location. The old growth forest presses right down to the shoreline and the intertidal zone of over 20 feet is home to a colorful array of creatures and several Bald Eagle nests are active in the area.
98: Our final stop - back in Vancouver for the day. To say it rained was an understatement, but on the bright side it was the only day that we actually had bad weather. We had a great sushi lunch at KIISU on Pacific Blvd. in Yaletown.
99: This really is us taking the metro back to Canada Place! I don't believe it either, but this trip we tried many different things and we really didn't just pose for the picture!!