Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Picture Perfect Trip

Booking a trip online with a company not previously experienced is a scary enterprise. We embarked on our Alaska and Canada adventure hoping for the best but with the realization the possibilities for far less than perfect were high.

We were wondrously surprised. The things we could control went well, if not better than expected - reservations, excursions, food quality, accommodations. And things we could not control also turned out superb - the weather could not have been better. Not one day of rain. Or cold. No flight delays and seamless passage through airport security and customs.

Wifi service along the way proved precarious, none existent to minimal to troublesome. As a result I could not post pictures. Here is the journey in brief through my sub-par photographic skills via my iPhone lens.

What would a trip to the Last Frontier be without observing animals?
We saw moose - the proof above - and bears, wolves, eagles and hawks,
dogs (huskies trained for the Iditarod and similar races), caribou.
Alaska and the Yukon were surprisingly green and alive with flowers and flourishing vegetable gardens.
These are poppies.
We saw a play  - a seriocomedy best describes it - on the history of Dawson City, Yukon.
Travel offers opportunities to experience a variety of rest room facilities,
some rather rustic.  
The comforts of modern civilization can be found in the most remote parts of the world,
or at least in the Yukon territory of Canada, today.
We can't go long without our ice cream or gelato or frozen yogurt fix!
And while on the subject of food, I was impressed with the fare on our Holland America cruise ship.
And in-room dining service was available AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!
We enjoyed breakfast on our deck - that's salmon benedict, with sides of potatoes and fruit.
We ate a lot of salmon as well as other fish. 
Glaciers melt during the summer. In this picture chunks of ice recently
broken from a glacier float down the fjord.
 Most glaciers appear far away on the mountains.
This glacier is literally in the water in Glacier Bay, Alaska.
We spent a couple of days in Vancouver at the end of our trip
and took a bike tour around the city. Here we are almost at the end of the tour
in gardens in Vancouver's Chinatown.
Do we look tired!?

The expansive Alaskan landscape seems to go on forever.
Deep blue lakes and rivers, forests of spruce trees, high jagged mountains,
and not a lot of people - except in a few tourist towns.
Whatever changes occur in the future - and changes are happening everyday,
some by nature and much man-driven,
I want to remember the land as it is today and as most of it was for thousands of years before
we - humans - decided to exploit its resources.
My grandson witnessed the land as it is today.
I hope it is not drastically changed when decades in the future his grandson visits the Last Frontier.

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