Vancouver - Totem Poles in Stanley Park
View of downtown Vancouver from Stanley park island.
Bridge from Stanley Park to West Vancouver. We sailed under this bridge to begin our cruise.
Downtown Vancouver from tower view.
Downtown Vancouver, with bridge in the distance - access to the Pacific Ocean.
Map of Vancouver area.
Our cruise ship, Holland America's Volendam, awaits us.
We begin our cruise with a cocktail party in the Crow's Nest, sailing under the Vancouver Bridge.
Arriving in Ketchikan
Misty Fjord: glacier-formed rock outcropping
Al and Karen in Misty Fjord, outside of Ketchikan
Misty Fjords Falls
Karen and Al at Misty Fjords Falls
Waterfall in Misty Fjord
Ancient native art on rock wall by water in Misty Fjords
Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan.
Ketchikan town from the ship
Cruising the Inside Passage - Lighthouse keepers complex ahead
Lighthouse keepers complex - an isolated and solitary life
Cruising the Inside Passage - a wide and low waterfall
Tom and Midge Paxton pose on the ship after the first concert.
Arriving Juneau - view from the ship
View of Juneau from top of Mount Roberts, accessed by cable car
Aerial view of our ship, the Volendam
View of fjord from top of Mount Roberts
Captive eagle gives the "eagle" eye.
Karen and Al in helicopter enroute to Herbert Glacier and Dog Camp
Herbert Glacier from the helicopter
Herbert Glacier; dog camp just ahead
Glacier ice - up close and personal.
Karen leaving helicopter at dog camp
First dog spotted was named Finn, same name as Karen's Norwegian-born father, Finn Ronne, who was an Antarctic explorer and dog sledder.
Karen and Al pose along the trail with dog team.
Dog Sledding! View from the dog sled trail. Steady and easy. Dog camp just ahead.
Glacial valley from the helicopter.
Flying over the Mendenhall Glacier in helicopter
View of Juneau Airport on way back in by helicopter
Mendenhall Glacier from the ground.
Al and Karen by Mendenhall Glacier.
Bus and Train trip to the Yukon: Scenery
Black bear by the side of the road - our first bear sighting.
And our first moose.
In British Columbia, on the way to the Yukon.
Arriving at the Yukon border.
Yukon town of Carcross
Downtown Carcross - general store, known for homemade ice cream.
Train bridge in Carcross.
Carcross River from train bridge.
The Carcross Desert, the world's smallest desert.
ATV ride in the Carcross Desert, from our lunch stop at Caribou Crossing.
Al and Karen on ATVs, posing in the Carcross Desert with the lake in the background.
Lake outside of Carcross in the Yukon.
Al and Karen at the Carcross Lake.
More Yukon scenery
Lake in the Yukon
From White Pass train - the high-altitude tundra at the White Pass.
From the train - the Canadian/US border. Many gold rushers passed through here on the way to the Yukon gold fields.
View of valley from the White Pass Train.
View towards the ocean from White Pass.
White Pass train rounds a corner.
Rapids flowing below train bridge.
Train bridge we just crossed.
Waterfall on other side of the valley, along the train route.
White Pass train crosses river.
Skagway coming into view.
Skagway - most photographed house, with facade covered in antlers.
Skagway - White Pass train's snow plow.
Inside Passage - midnight sky from our veranda.
Approaching main glacier in Glacier Bay.
Glacier Bay National Park.
Glacier up close.
Iceberg with seagull. He was slipping and sliding while trying to land - very funny.
Fjord-like cliffs plunge into the waters in Glacier Bay National Park.
Sea gull flies by while enjoying the glacier.
Veranda mates line up to view glacier: Tom and Midge Paxton, John and Joe Frasier. Love this photo!
Glacier Bay - glacier-carved valley.
More glacier-carved valley.
Getting closer to Glacier.
Glacier Bay scenery.
Glacier Art - up close
Al and Karen with Tom Paxton.
College Fjord - Harvard Glacier.
Harvard Glacier on left and Yale Glacier on right.
Karen with Harvard and Yale Glaciers.
Karen and Al with Harvard Glacier.
Harvard and Yale Glacier
Harvard Glacier - hate to leave it.
Tom Paxton performing in concert on the ship for our group.
Chad Mitchell Trio performing for our group.
Joe Frazier performs solo, accompanied by his friend John.
Bob Hefferon is reaching around Paul Prestopino, resulting in four hands playing two parts on same guitar.
Concert Finale: Chad Mitchell Trio with Tom Paxton.
Al, Karen and Tom Paxton on formal night.
Sara and Paul Prestopino with Tom and Midge Paxton.
We had song circles every night in the Library. Karen at center.
Everyone gathering for Song Circle.
Paul Prestopino (far right, seated) led Song Circles.
Karen sings the parody version of "Leaving On A Jet Plane" about pains of traveling by plane - baggage checks, security hassles, delayed planes and finally - bankrupt airlines. ("Oh, Babe, I don't think I will go.")
Inside Passage scenery.
Moon rise over the Inside Passage.
Midnight sunset over the Inside Passage.
Sun setting after midnight, with ship's wake.
Sunset reflecting in the ship's wake.
Karen sitting inside our small boat to tour Kenai Glacier National Park, a real highlight. .
On our boat trip to Kenai Glacier, we saw otters, galore.
Orcas (killer whales)
Three orcas against Alaska scenery.
One humpback whale blows while the other surfaces.
Three humpbacks playing. Note the tail.
Humpback whale surfacing.
Orca waves goodbye with its tail.
Scenery around the islands
Sea lions sunning on the rocks.
More sea lions.
We watched this sea lion as he worked his way to the edge and dropped in the water.
More spectacular scenery amongst the islands.
Murres on their nests, nestled in the rock's crack.
A sea lion perched in a rock cove.
Puffin floating on the water.
Rock island scenery.
We loved this boat trip.
Approaching Kenai Glacier Park.
Kenai Glacier - up close
The glacier calves an iceberg with a splash.
Karen and Al at Kenai Glacier
Surprise Glacier, to the left of Kenai Glacier
Notice boat, for scale of glacier
Karen and Al in front of Kenai Glacier
Mountains in Kenai Fjord
Sailboat against scenic background
Our Holland America bus with a "bear" wrap.
The rear view of our bus.
Holland America's Alaska buses have various themed "wraps" around them. This one is the moose one.
The third style of bus wrap features whales.
The other side of the whale bus.
View from our lodge at Seward.
Glacier-fed lake on the Kenai Peninsula.
More scenery on the way to Homer
Lovely Kenai peninsula lake
Scenery at Cooper Landing, on the way to Homer
Lake at bridge crossing at Cooper Landing.
Statute of dude who caught largest salmon.
Largest salmon on display. It was 87 pounds.
Russian church and graveyard on Kenai Peninsula.
Front of Russian church.
View across the Cook Inlet at active volcano, Mount Ilianna.
Looking down on Homer and the Homer Spit - a narrow 4+ mile stretch of land with beached on both sides.
Our hotel, Land's End, was at the tip of the Homer Spit.
The volcanos acoss Cook Inlet.
The Chad Mitchell Trio sang for us every night in the bar. They sang old, sometimes unrehearsed, material, and it was great fun for all. Bob Hefferon accompanies them.
Bob Hefferon and Paul Prestopino reprise their "four hands, one guitar" routine. It started years ago in concert when one of Bob's strings broke during a solo.
The Chad Mitchell Trio (Mike Kobluk, Chad Mitchell, Joe Frazier) with their "band," Paul Prestopino and Bob Hefferon. They performed informally every night in our hotel or lodge bar.
Fishing boat heads out at midnight.
Another fishing boats head back to harbor.
View out of our room at the Land's End resort across Cook Inlet.
Homer Spit - stretch of quaint shops.
Home Spit - more shops.
Sign post to the rest of the world.
Boat harbor on Homer spit.
Splashing our way to Gull Islands to see "Birds", reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's movie.
View of our hotel resort from the Gull Island tour boat.
Al and Karen at Otter Cove "resort" (accessible only by boat) where we had lunch.
Charming Otter Cover "resort." (Yes, you can stay, eat, and enjoy nature there, but it's very isolated.)
Otters. Awww . . .
Otters - so cute.
Yes, we fell in love with the otters.
OK, last one. Bye, guys.
Murres floating on the sea.
Puffins in flight by Gull Island.
Gull Island. The name fits it.
Homer fishermen fileting their catch of halibut, hanging at right.
On Homer Spit, the place to be is the Salty Dog.
Inside the Salty Dog, money hangs from the ceiling.
Eagle feasting on dead fish on our beach.
Eagle flies from beach in front of our room.
Eagle in flight.
Note the eagle's speading wings.
Moose in a Homer back yard.
Here, Moosy Moosy. (The official way to call an Alaskan moose. Honest.)
Moose checking us out.
Winery garden and winery beyond.
Wine tasting of fruit wines. Yumm.
Appropriate statue outside winery.
The other statue.
Guest rooms at winery.
Gallery of Norman Lowell, Alaskan Artist and an early homesteader.
Lowell's Glacier painting.
Lowell's Aurora Borealis painting.
Visiting a Kenai fish canning factory.
Scenery near Kenai
Bears in the wildlife sanctuary.
Moose, up close and personal.
Portage Glacier boat trip on lake.
Approaching Portage Glacier by boat.
Glacier up close, waiting for it to calve.
Karen and Al at Portage Glacier.
Magnificent glacial ice.
The glacier is receding from the shoreline rocks.
Our 44 fellow Kenai Peninsula tour buddies. We were all with Traveling Troubadours arranged by Lynette Miller.
An Anchorage downtown park.
Scenery from the McKinley Express train to Denali
The McKinley Express train to Denali National Park.
Passing by a river bed.
River from the train.
The river winds through the tundra.
Mountain scenery from the train.
Swans on a lake.
Beaver dams along the tracks.
Glacier-carved valley between the mountains.
Denali Jet Boat ride.
Thrilling jet boat ride up the river.
Karen pans for gold.
A Denali lodge with a stunning view.
Between the jet boats and golf, Al and Karen enjoy a cozy and delicious dinner of fresh salmon.
Al playing golf in Denali at midnight.
Karen playing golf in Denali at midnight.
View at midnight from golf course at surrounding mountains. What a setting!
Posing by 9th hole at midnight, exactly.
View of main valley in Denali National Park.
Fox spotted in Denali.
First view of Mount McKinley.
Moose in the brush.
Another shot of moose.
Baby owl ready to leave the nest. On return trip two hours later, he was gone for good.
Caribou sauntering across our path.
Take your time. We're in no hurry.
Caribou now safe on the other side.
Denali's braided rivers
Denali - our highlights
Road winding through Denali's changing scenery. This area was called Polychrome Mountain.
View from the road in Denali.
Mount McKinley peeks through the clouds.
Mount McKinley. Only about 20% of visitors actually see the mountain. We were very lucky.
The clear peak of Mount McKinley.
Mount McKinley - too gorgeous!
Mount McKinley - yeah, we couldn't take enough photos.
Cute Alaskan ground squirrel.
Bus rounded the corner, and there he was - the grizzly bear.
The bear saunters across the road . . .
. . . and towards the water.
But he detoured around our bus.
Another grizzly bear, in the stream.
Bear is about to leave the stream.
Bear poses for us.
Dall sheep with curled horns.
Braided river streams in valley.
Overview of braided river streams.
Denali scenery. Notice the colorful mountains.
Karen holds a moose's antler. It was surprisingly heavy.
Here, moosey, moosey.
Our train arrives in Denali to take us to Fairbanks.
The McKinley Explorer train cars with second story dome windows.
Leaving Denali, along the Nananna River.
The Nananna River gorge.
Rafters on the river.
Our trains rounds the corner in the gorge.
The Alaskan Pipeline, with sign post to world destinations.
Al is holding up the pipeline. Yeah, right!
The pipeline stretches from the Arctic Ocean at Prudoe Bay to Valdez on the southern coast.
The "pigs" that travel with the oil through the pipe.
The Gold Dredge No. 8, that dredges the river bottom for gravel with gold.
Karen and Al panning for gold. We got $56 worth. Not bad.
The River Boat cruise along the Fairbanks river.
Sea plane demonstration.
Pilot successfully lands after demo.
Susan Butcher won the Iditerod sled dog race four times, but died. Her widower speaks to us from their property about dog sledding.
Their kennels and home.
He gives us a demo of dogs pulling an old ATV.
And he returns.
At Native Alaskan Village, a guide displays fine handiwork.
Modeling a fur parka with "halo" hood.
Caged caribou with mature antlers.
Native Alaskan storehouse, off the ground to protect goods from animals.
Typical native home.
Chena Ice Museum, 60 miles northeast of Fairbanks.
Overview of Ice museum - very cool. Ha-Ha.
Ice stairs lead to top of castle tower.
Ice carved statue of jousting knights.
Jousting knights in ice.
Al and Karen check out the ice bed at the ice museum / ice hotel.
Karen samples another icy bed with ice posts.
Al checks out the polar bear four-poster bed.
Another four poster bed. There were four igloo-like bed rooms with ice beds covered in furs. (though, not this one!)
A large-scale chess set in ice.
Enjoying an appletini in an ice martini glass. Drink quickly.
Al enjoying the ice bar
The ice bar
Overview of Ice Museum. Note ice bar on left and castle tower with jousting knights on right.
After a grand dinner, we hit the hot springs lagoon. It ranged from 102 - 108 degrees. The fountain spray cooled it off a bit. Lovely setting.
Icy visit followed by a nice soothing dip in the mineral hot springs at Chena Hot Springs Resort, at midnight, just before leaving for home in the early morning. Loved Alaska. Must return.
Photo of watercolor painting of the Iditerod. (at Otter Cove)