Denali National Park, July 10

Denali–6 million acres of rugged wilderness.  Very little of this wilderness has been scarred by human development.  Home of the highest mountains in North America, vast untouched forests and all kinds of wildlife–it is about the closest we have to God’s creation untouched. The wildlife here includes moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep,  wolves, fox, and…

Seward to Anchorage, July 8

It was a bittersweet day when we hit Seward and had to leave the Noordam. We really enjoyed our cruise and kind of hated to leave–especially at the crack of what would have been dawn in the lower 48. But we were also looking forward to getting to know mainland Alaska. Leaving the coastal area…

At Sea, July 7

We had an at-sea day after our day touring Glacier Bay.  We were able to do some of the fun stuff on the ship including bingo, listening to the jazz band in the B.B. King Lounge, spending our vouchers at the casino (guess who won at bingo AND a slot machine?) and this was the…

Glacier Bay, July 6

Wow!  My words for Glacier Bay are going to be inadequate.  We cruised into this special place in the morning and a few of the park rangers joined us on board for the day to share with us information about this fascinating place.  Only 2 cruise ships per day are allowed in to tour the…

Skagway, AK, July 5

Skagway was the day of my big failure!  We took a ferry to Haines and then took a jet boat back into the wilderness on a glacier river.  It was a great day and I took a bunch of pictures, including one of the only black bear I got in my viewfinder the whole trip…

Juneau, July 4

Oh, Juneau! So full of whales and eagles and wonderful people! What a magical city! We sailed into port on our nation’s holiday to a town full of celebration. They had their fireworks at 12:01 am before we hit port. I asked someone if it was dark enough and they said it was kind of…

Ketchikan, AK, July 3, 2018

We cruised into port at Ketchikan at about 7:00 am. What a beautiful town! Again it has a temperate rain forest climate so they get an incredible amount of rain. One tour guide told us it rains an average of 350 days/year with a total accumulation of over fifteen FEET of water. That is a…

July 2–Day at Sea

I should introduce all of our traveling party. This trip was to commemorate our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary. My parents’ 60th is also this winter and my sister and her husband’s 34th is coming up in a few months. What great reasons to celebrate! My parents are Chuck and Letha Kimball, My sister Janet Douglas…

Vancouver, July 1, 2018

The first stop on our great adventure after a long day of flying was Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I’ve heard a whole lot about Vancouver and watched different TV specials about the city in 2010 when they hosted the Winter Olympics. It is a beautiful city! Full of energy and vibrant people with all sorts…

North to Alaska!

I hope you will indulge me while we go a little off-topic of cooking.  We are embarking on the trip of a lifetime this week and I am going to share some of my experiences with you. I am certain there will be a great deal food involved!  We flew in to Vancouver yesterday and…