S: Alaska Adventure 2010
BC: Home again!
FC: Celebrating 25 years of Marriage with an Alaskan Adventure!
1: Bon Voyage! | Waiting to start our journey ... what a better way than with a bloody mary? | Alaska Adventure 2010
2: Chillin' in the lounge
3: The planes were late, so we spent a couple hours enjoying the Red Carpet Lounge in Denver... me playing Scrabble with the kids and Ron reading his iPad! | Nice letters, eh?
4: No wonder the planes were late! The storms rolling through were pretty wicked! A double rainbow has to be a good sign though, right?
5: Finally we board the plane!
6: Seattle Skyline outside our window! | Seattle
7: On our balcony on the waterfront in Seattle.
8: Headed to Vancouver, Canada | We were freezing with the top down, but had the heat on full blast to make up for it!!
10: Yummy Maple Cream Ale | Restaurant across from the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
11: Beautiful gardens at the restaurant ... followed by great fish-n-chips and beer! | Full belly after the long drive from Seattle! | Fun in Vancouver ...
12: It all began in 1889 | North Vancouver, British Columbia
14: Totem Poles were everywhere in Canada ... Ron modeled his own while walking on the bridge!
15: Great little hike followed by some soft serve ice cream! Can you tell Ron didn't want to share?
16: What a great day!
18: Port of Entry: Blaine, Washington | This was our first time crossing the border since 9-11. Interesting questioning from Border Patrol! | Rollin' with the top down
19: Great trip in to Canada, but always nice to be home! | Beautiful Sunny Day | Felt like I was back on Oki!
20: Stopping for some grub (and a monster Margarita!)on our way back to Seattle! | Seattle (again!)
21: Mt. Ranier in the distance!
22: Wandering Pike's Place Market was amazing. The colors, the smells and the people were worth the trip up there.
23: Great to see old friends again ... it'd been 25 years! | The Famous Pike's Place Fish Market | The FIRST Starbucks!
25: Spending a couple of days in Seattle before our cruise was a blast! It never rained, nor was it foggy one day! | Oyster Shooters ... | oh yeah!
26: Check-in was smooth! | Boarding the ship! | Lots of excitement!
27: It was so organized and didn't take much time at all. We had about two hours on board before our cabin was ready! | Headed to the gangplank | Very organized!
28: Of course we had to have a special drink when we boarded to say Bon Voyage!
29: While we waited for our room to be prepared, we took a tour of the ship!
30: We had some lunch in the main dining room while we waited - great view of the waterfront and the hotel we stayed in for a few days! We toured the ship some more until we heard our room number called!
31: Mt. Ranier was visible every day! | Sights from our balcony | From the balcony of our state room .. please don't drop my luggage in the water!!
32: The view as we pulled out of Seattle! | The Spa
33: Relaxing on the stone chairs - they were heated to the perfect temperature! Every day after our swim we 'napped' here!
34: Cagney's - where Ron developed a love of Malbec! It was the first time we'd had it. The appetizers, wine and food were all wonderful. The waiters sang to us and brought us a special cake for our anniversary! It was awesome!
35: 25th Anniversary Dinner at Cagney's Steak House
36: And another Bloody Mary ... they didn't hold candles to Bill's, but the whole sipping on a boat made up for it!
38: Grab a drink and a cigar and there was no where else we'd rather be. Watching the mountains and water go by was so relaxing! | our deck
39: Japanese Sushi Restaurant means Sake!
40: All you can eat Sushi! | We had great service no matter where on the ship we were!
42: Spending the day at the spa ... manicures,
43: pedicures and massages. Now that's living!
45: Sitting in the spa, looking out the wall of windows, all the while getting a pedicure .. seriously, heaven!
46: Miko, our Japanese Chef!
47: Celebrating our 25th Anniversary! | Japanese Tepanyaki Restaurant
48: Frankie Valli Tribute Concert | Great show all around! When I was trying to take a picture with these guys, some rude woman pushed me out of the way ... it was quite comical! | Oh What a Night! Performs
49: Some people in the audience who have seen Jersey Boys say these guys beat them hands down! | Our Cruise Director, Andy
50: Picture Night
51: Random guitarist on the ship. He played several requests for us! | Loved the little towel animals on our bed each night! | The Captain ... or was he?
52: Stunning scenery | Never tired of this view
53: The sights were unlike any I've ever seen. The water so blue, the skies so beautiful and the snow covered mountains were breathtaking! | Can picture a cabin here!
55: The spa ... where we spent a lot of time while sailing. LOVED it! Saw whales breeching one day from the sauna room!
56: Laying in a lounge chair in the spa looking off the bow of the boat. | Welcome to relaxation!
58: The food on the ship was wonderful. We ate in the cafeteria often, but visited all the specialty restaurants too!
60: The High Seas
63: Sights from around the ship
64: Never without a Gin-n-tonic in my hand! :)
65: And never without a bloody mary!
66: We loved hanging on our deck and having a cigar and drink or coffee and muffin! Saw so much wildlife from here. It was amazing!
67: Headed in to port and our first adventure! Helicopter ride to the glacier and dog mushing!
68: Helicopter ride to the Glacier ! | Great first ride in a chopper!
70: Headed to the glacier. | Sights in the chopper and landing on the glacier where the sled dogs are trained. | Beautiful scene as we fly in.
71: Seeing the camp for the first time. | Colors flying high! | Ready to mush!
72: Dressed in layers for our glacier mushing experience. Our guide was in a sleeveless shirt!
73: One can only imagine ...
74: Mendenhall Glacier
77: Ron & I were blessed with the amazing experience of dog sledding on Mendenhall Glacier. It was a beautiful day, sunny, 60's, the guide was only wearing a sleeveless shirt. This was our second port on a trip of a lifetime. We took a Helicopter ride from Juneau airport - about 15-20 minutes to the glacier. The ride itself was breathtaking, seeing mother nature in all her glory, looking at the frozen river that is Mendenhall Glacier. As we neared the camp, we could see about 150-200 dogs, each with their own house. The dogs are well cared for and a mix of them are retired Iditarod dogs...some very playful...some shy. One dog named Porsche, caused a ruckus because she wanted to be part of the TEAM to pull our sled....she had everyone barking...it was hysterical!!! Once on the sled, the two of us went for a long ride, stopping about half way so we could switch seating/standing positions. The ice and snow covered peaks, with low lying clouds were as picturesque as it gets, you could see in some places where large chunks of ice had recently broken off from the mountainside, referred to as "calving". Unbelievably Beautiful!!!
78: Juneau is located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska, 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage. The current population of Juneau is 30,711. The economy is based on government, tourism, mining, and fishing. Juneau is one of the most beautiful state capitals in the nation. | Harrisburg. That was Juneau's name before Richard Harris fell out of favor with the locals, who turned their allegiance to his co-founder, Joe Juneau. In 1880, prospectors Harris and Juneau relied on Tlingit Chief Kowee to guide them to the mouth of Gold Creek, where they discovered gold. The state's first major gold strike was on (starting the Alaska Gold Rush), and the timeline for modern Juneau history began.
79: North America's fifth largest icefield sits in Juneau's backyard, stretching across a 1,500-square-mile area that straddles the boundary between Alaska and Canada. The Mendenhall Glacier is a tongue of ice stretching 12 miles from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake. At its widest point, the glacier is more than a half mile wide, with ice 300 to 1,800 feet deep. The Mendenhall is one of 38 large and more than 100 smaller valley glaciers in the Juneau Icefield. The larger Taku, Eagle, and Herbert Glaciers are also nearby. | If you walked one thousand miles a year, it would take forty-four years to hike Alaska's coastline! But what a walk it would be!
80: Alaskan king crab fishing is carried out during the fall months in the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The commercial harvest is performed during a very short season, and the catch is shipped worldwide. Ron learned those pots are HEAVY!
82: A place exists in Alaska where the past lives on, where the cries of “gold in the Yukon” still echo from steep canyon walls, where the sounds of barroom pianos and boomtown crowds ring out in the night. A place where the romance and excitement of yesteryear linger around every street corner, every bend in the trail. That place is Skagway!
85: Construction began October 3, 2005, and Norwegian Pearl was floated out of the Meyer Werft Shipyard dock on October 15, 2006. She made her first voyage with paying passengers on December 2, from Southampton to Miami, Florida, where the ship was based for her first season She began her full service on November 30, 2006 - servicing the Caribbean and Alaska. | Sea life was everywhere we looked ... sea lions playing near the ship
86: Aboard the Spirit of Kingston that ferried us out to Glacier Point. It was a chilly and windy ride!
87: Our first view of Glacier Point was stunning! Beautiful waterfalls along the way too!
88: We got a tour of the island and looked for wildlife before suiting up for the hike to the canoes that would take us to the Davidson Glacier. It was getting nice so we did not have to put on the bib overalls but we did get outfitted with boots, rain coats and life vests.
89: Goofy guide | Instructions for the canoe trip | Short 1/4 mile hike through the woods to the canoes.
91: butt first and then swing our legs in, so that we did not tip it over and wind up in the 34 degree water | Glacier Ice
93: Awesome views! | Superb wait staff! | Wonderful restaurants !! | Awesome drinks ... you knew that was coming!
95: Glacier Bay National Park is a 5,000 square mile area of Southeast Alaska that encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, scenery, vegetation, and wildlife. The namesake of Glacier Bay is of course, glaciers, and it is home to over 50. 10 of these glaciers are known as “tidewater” glaciers, and these are the glaciers that we saw up-close!
96: Margerie Glacier
97: Lamplugh Glacier was just one of the glaciers we saw!
100: Salmon bake ... baked Alaska and beer - YUMMY. All of this was followed by some much anticipated time at the spa!
101: Murder Mystery table mates! Great night!
104: The zipline course is located in a temperate rainforest. After a safety briefing, we were familiarized with our gear before beginning our ziplining adventure. Unlike standard ziplining experiences, this adventure offered a wide variety of fun and exciting activities. We swung, balanced, and climbed our way along this giant jungle gym in Alaska's forest canopy. The ropes portion includes eight different spans across the canopy. Some of the ropes elements include suspended logs, rope bridges, and swinging steps. | Ketchikan
105: Always with the hats ... the shop owner thought we were nuts!
107: Ketchikan ... the home of the "Bridge to Nowhere!"
108: Built expressly for Freestyle Cruising, Norwegian Pearl features a host of amazing amenities, including the very first bowling alley to hit the high seas. Ten distinct international restaurants assure you'll always find what you're hungry for. After dinner, 13 bars & lounges create a dazzling array of entertainment options. Sparkling pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service luxury spa and more are yours to enjoy.
109: Dinner at Le Bistro!
110: Farewell Staff show ... awesome!
111: Japanese Geisha show at the Stardust
116: Back in Seattle, WA for a short visit before heading home. Ventured to the top of the needle to eat! | Back on terra firma ... sorta!
117: Space Needle
118: View of our home for a week from the space needle. | Great culmination dinner after a fantastic cruise!
121: Interesting folk in Seattle ... | Great band playing near the space needle.