Saturday, August 14, 2010

Great Alaska Trip

It's not every year one has a 50th wedding anniversary, and ours happened in Aug. of last year. It took us a while to figure out what to do to celebrate this big day and we finally settled on a trip. We had always wanted to see Alaska, so this was the chance to do it. Planned it in November and waited for months for June 2010 to arrive. We left for Calgary on the 10th and motor coached through Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper where we spent two wonderful days each. Had a helicopter ride up into the mountains and walked on the Athabasca Glacier. This part of the trip was really breathtaking. This part of Canada is so beautiful. After Jasper we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer train for two days through the Canadian Rockies, a truly incredible journey. Arrived in Vancouver for a night, taking a tour of the city. In the morning we boarded the Holland America "Zuiderdam" for the cruise to Alaska. We were pampered (and very well fed) for the 7 day cruise that stopped in Tracy Arm to see the glaciers, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, Ketchikan, and back to Vancouver. We departed Vancouver for beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, where we toured the city and the wonderful Butchart Gardens which pictures don't begin to describe. The most beautiful garden I have ever seen covering 55 acres. From Victoria we took the "Clipper" back to the States and Seattle where we boarded Amtrak's Coastal Starlight for San Francisco. Spent a day there and boarded another train for Chicago and a plane for home. It was the "Trip of a Lifetime" for us and so glad we did it. We came home to the hottest summer in years and a garden full of weeds but enjoyed every minute of the trip. We plan to go again next year or the year after and see the inland part of Alaska and Denali.

I took a ball of yarn and a sock pattern with me and came home with a ball of yarn and a sock pattern. Just too much to see to sit and knit! Besides, it's time to work on something different - I have enough socks to last for years!

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