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Monday, August 31, 2015

A quick overview...

I'm back! I'm back home in Brisbane and I'm back in Blogland after a little break. 
I know some of you have been waiting to see photos from our Alaskan cruise, so in this post I will just quickly give an overview of some of the places we visited. I plan to do more detailed posts as DH and I go through all the photos we have on our SD cards...it's a few! 

Boarding the cruise ship...
The first and second days were sea days...just sailing along.
The next day was our first stop...Ketchikan. There were 3 other cruise ships moored at the same time as ours...so lots of tourists descending on this town...

The next day we stopped for the morning at the town of Juneau...
The next photo shows some of the buses parked ready to take people from the cruise ships on excursions to the local attractions. We had chosen not to pre book for any of these, instead opting to get a shuttle bus into the town from the dock and 'do our own thing'. Ironically a number of excursions had been cancelled due to the weather.

Yep! It was raining. The girls and I went up in the Mt Roberts Tramway...it was a bit windy and the 'car' blew around a bit as we neared the top.



That afternoon turned out to be wonderful. The itinerary for the cruise was to sail the ship into an area of glaciation. The weather caused a change of plan as there was a storm in the planned area. But the Captain took us to another area. I will write a post just on the glacier/s but will share a few photos now.
Mid afternoon, I looked out of our cabin and saw blocks of ice floating by...


As we continued sailing we noticed the floes had become larger...


It was getting colder too so I gave the family a laugh when I got my hat and scarf out of my suitcase...I hadn't needed these items before this on the holiday!
Eventually I got my gloves out too...the family may have laughed...but I was at last warm! 
The first glacier we saw...
A glacier meets the sea...

The next day the ship docked at Skagway...another charming town. The next photo is at the dock...not the charming town.


It was rather windy at the dock...and cold!

The township was a 10 minute walk away or you could take the shuttle; we did the latter. We were delighted to find that it wasn't windy in the town and we walked around there for a few hours.
We even found an old steam engine near the town hall building.

Luckily, it wasn't part of the train we would catch that afternoon. But more about that in a later post. 
So that's just a short introduction to the 3 Alaskan towns we visited. 


8 comments:

Dorothy said...

Home, sweet home !! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday and I'll be looking forward to your more detail posts in the coming weeks. xox

Jeanette said...

Fabulous photo's Maria. Looking forward to seeing more of your photo's. Hugs,xx

Christine M said...

I bet that as it gets colder, the family are going to want your hat and scarf Maria! What a pity it rained for you but you still got to see some amazing sights.

Vireya said...

Welcome home!

doodles n daydreams said...

Hi Maria, I have thoroughly enjoyed coming along with you on your holiday and look forward to seeing more of your snaps as you put them up.
Have a great day,

Diana

margaret said...

how good to see al these photos of your amazing trip of a lifetime. I too would have had hat, scarf and gloves on and probably thermal underwear as well in that cold!

Nanette said...

The blink of an eye and you're back! A lovely little taste of your cruise, look forward to seeing more of it.

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Amazing photographs of the glacier and ice floes, beautiful.
Looks cold though, as my mother would say "winter drawers on"