Saturday, June 30, 2012

Alaska-Canada trip -- Aboard the cruiseship

We didn't know what this was the first time we saw it Cruise terminal, Vancouver BC

The cruise portion of our 13-day journey was a three day cruise on Holland America's Volendam, and it was a distant memory by the time we got to the latter part! We had had so many experiences, that the cruise seemed long, long ago.

Giant chess game Giant chess board on the Lido deck, by the pool

Sled dog display on Lido deck Sled dog display, also on Lido deck

Pool on Lido deck Hot tubs and pool with dolphin sculpture

At dinner, table for eight Some of our group at dinner. (We all ate together, but I didn't get a photo of us all together until later.)

Mountains and sea Enjoying the passing views

The Crow's Nest - great views from here! Mountain and clouds The best views were in The Crow's Nest, at the top of the ship!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Alaska-Canada trip -- Vancouver, BC

We began seeing the mountains while in Vancouver. View of mountains through building window

Being from flat south Alabama, I could never get enough of the mountains!

We window-shopped a little in Gastown, but weren't ready to buy souvenirs yet. Store window

Store window with reflections

RCMP bear

Totem in store window

Thursday, June 28, 2012

First Alaska-Canada trip entry

Flying to Vancouver Eight of us, four couples from our church left together from the Pensacola Airport early in the morning on May 22. Soon we were airborne.

Over the American Rocky Mountains It was exciting to see the American Rocky Mountains from way up high!

Gastown Steam Clock After we arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we decided to go sightseeing. The Skytrain seemed like an inexpensive and effective way to see the city quickly, but were we surprised to find that most of the journey was underground! Not at all what we expected from a "Sky"train! At the last stop we exited the train and found ourselves in Gastown, a historical area with a very interesting landmark, the steam-powered Gastown Steam Clock.

This is the beginning of our journey. I will write more about it in the next few entries.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reading corner (and a complaint, solved!)

Trudy's Promise, by Marcia Preston I've just started this book, and it's a cliffhanger so far! Will keep you posted when I finish it. *********************

You may wonder what happened to my entry about our Alaskan trip. I used to enjoy making posts about our travels, and including photos from Flickr. Since Blogger has made everyone use Google Chrome, it isn't easy to do. I used to keep two tabs open, and go back and forth from Blogger to Flickr, but I use Chrome only for Blogger and my bookmarks and settings aren't on it.

.Also, I still can't make paragraphs stick, even though I make them in my drafts. It's very frustrating. I may look for another vehicle for my blog, or quit altogether. It's too bad. :-( *************************

I don't know why I didn't think of it before, I guess Mozette's helpful suggestions started my brain waves moving. I opened a new tab on the Chrome browser and found Flickr! So now I can do like I did before. :-)


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Recently returned from a trip to Alaska and Canada!

I am gradually putting pictures up on Flickr: Alaska and Canada vacation 2012 and will write a blog entry all about it as soon as I can (in the next few days, maybe next week). Briefly, we had a wonderful time, and saw a lot of things we'll never see anywhere else, but it was a very tiring trip. Three days of cruising, then buses, trains, and boats in the inland of Alaska and the Yukon. We learned about the Gold Rush of 1898, gold panning dogsledding, Native Americans and First Nations, salmon, and mosquitoes. We saw bears, moose, Dall sheep, eagles, whales, and caribou/reindeer (did you know they are the same animal?) We ate bison stew and reindeer sausage (I would have felt better about that if it were called caribou sausage!) We went with a group of eight from our community, and traveled with a group of 44 on our tour bus.