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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 8 - Skagway / White Pass Railroad

June 1
Haines - ferry to Skagway

Heading to Skagway to board the beautifully restored White Pass Summit Railroad. We had such a beautiful 3 hour ride where the sites never ended and just kept getting more and more spectacular. We didn't find any gold - but what a great day we had!

The history of making this railroad happen in incredible. Take a look

Waiting on a plane.....

its just non - stop beauty

I loved that the landscape was so diverse through the mountains. Alaska is Magical!

Isn't this great!!!!

After a lovely day we headed into Skagway for a drink with some other folks looking for gold.

damn - can't get rid of her

heading back to Haines

there is our ship!

Back on board

We were treated to a very special show at night - the staff ( which is about 50% Indonesian and phillipino ) put on a traditional dance /singing show for us - great way to end yet another spectacular day