Thursday, July 7, 2011

DAY 11 - Sailing towards Vancouver

Cruising Day
June 4, 2011

Sailing towards Vancouver and enjoying the sun - mom always has knitting nearby! . Bittersweet day as we really didn't want to leave, however we all agreed this was a trip of a lifetime!

non stop beauty the entire trip

the wait staff treated us to Indonesian Tea on our last day..can't get over how wonderful every employee we came in contact with. We were treated like special guests every single day ( something i got used to pretty quickly ) and the staff always had a smile for us. It was a special trip for so many reasons but being able to experience Alaska with 3 very special people to me made it that much more memorable.

I brought my mini-fuji polaroid to the tea and the waiters had a blast with me taking pix!

Experience of a lifetime!

Final Day, Cruise Day

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 10 -Ketchikan - Misty Fjords - Pt. II

Our Pilot

thank you for such an awesome ride. We landed in the middle of a Fjord and asked if we wanted to get out !! - -getting out meant, very carefully climbing down the open stairs and standing on the float which the plane lands on ...Scary but so exhilarating....

The views was incredible from this vantage point as well.

and back up we are

and we are back on land ! -- you did it MOM!!!
on the way back to the boat ... you do you think we run into again! - and even though we just went flying - we still didnt see Russia!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stay tuned folks! hope to finish posting this weekend!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 10 - Ketchikan -Misty Fjords PT. 1

June 3
Ketchikan - flying through The Misty Fjords

Mom grilling the pilot - - checking credentials etc..
Cousin Helene is making sure mom is ready to F L Y !!!

And we are off ! Our first Floatplane experience!

And the sites did not disappoint . It was clear in a few minutes just how spectacular a flight this was going to be. It felt as if we were floating through the Fjords....The pilot got us comfortable, told us to put on the headphone so we can here about the history of the place, he can point out interests and inbetween they played Enya - - it was SO PERFECT !!!!!!!!!

Take a look.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 9 - Juneau

June 2

another stellar day - started with breakfast on the pool deck ( yes there is lox on that plate, as i had lox EVERY MORNING . )

Had a little time to head into town.

and what you do you think Mom finds - - YARN!!!!!!!

then it was onto our Whale watching excursion ! - soooo much fun. One of the nice things about going on a smaller cruise ship is that we had the opportunity to run into our fellow passengers often. After a few days of travelling together it was exciting to all share in the moment when we spotted a whale and then that tail was visible!

enjoying the sites!

they are real! and i'll admit - cute!

so after spotting some whales the tour operators( who were excellent !) let us know that is rare that we would see a whale breach. they indicated that they maybe see it every 3-4 weeks...with that said - we saw whales breaching !!!


just incredible...another great day, great excursion, with amazing energentic tour operators. Not only were they thrilled to see the whales - but we really felt they were so excited for all of us..

On the way back to the boat we got a quick stop to view Mendenhall Glacier. I was just thrilled to finally take a picture on land!!

Back on the boat and getting ready for dinner .. and LOL posing for the camera!

And after dinner it was the Chocolate Extravaganza nite ! ...

i was getting used to this lifestyle rather quickly.