The long road home, July 12

Eventually all good things come to an end.  We had to leave Fairbanks and head back home.  The trip home was brutal, traveling over night with two changes of planes and the four hour time difference.  My advice to anyone who is planning to take this sort of a trip is to go north to…

Denali to Fairbanks, July 11

We set out early on a gray and rainy Wednesday morning on a motor coach for a 3 hour ride to Fairbanks.  We stopped in a Nenana, a small settlement where the Nenana River enters the Tanana River, for a mid-morning break.  This little way station had the biggest cinnamon rolls I’ve EVER seen!  I wish…

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…