We celebrated another Anniversary - sweet Hubby and me! We are moving into the big numbers now, so each year that we can enjoy together is a good excuse to celebrate. We decided to cool off in a big way, and headed to Alaska for a few weeks.
Double Wow....Triple Wow! I loved the experience on a smaller boat. There were only 39 of us on the small ship, and we had guides galore to give us Alaskan History, Geology, Anthropology, and Cultural information. We had indigenous guides, who shared with us the cultural clans and make up of Alaska. Since we were only on the inside passage, we had Tinglit & Haida guides.
The Beauty of Alaska can better be described in photos. So, here are mine. Hope you enjoy them. I promise to be back next month, with some finished art work.
|As we flew into Seattle, |
we were met with a red ball of sunlight.
The fires on the west coast, had turned the sky orange.
|This was a charming totem.|
We made a point of finding as many totem carvings as we could, because they are such an important part of the culture of Alaska and it's people.
of the Tlingit, Haida clans and other NW coast peoples.
|We spent some time on Kake (pronounced like "Cake"),|
learning about the culture of the Tlingit.
Our days were mostly sunny and warm for Alaska.
|We had opportunities to hike.|
|We were able to tuck into small inlets where the BIG SHIPS could not|
enter....We would be the only ones in these primal spaces, uncluttered and pristine.
This morning, we awoke to ice flows and a reflective rainbow.
|Sunsets in a cove with our cozy small ship|
|Old cabins became artwork after the moss and lichens took over!|
|Even old piers - long gone - became art pieces!|
|The color in the grasses filled my heart.|
|Still waters run deep|
|We saw a lot of wildlife. |
There were eagles flying all about us, though this one was injured
and at a Raptor Center that we visited in Sitka.
|Heading to Glacier Bay|
|These are the size of trucks - bigger than you think|
and stunning in their beauty.
|You could take a kayak and go into the bottom of the glacier|
You would NOT want to do that, just in case it decided to calve (break off - KABOOM!!)
yes, the noise is loud and the waves roll at you - so we stayed a safe distance.
|The seals were fun and funny and a bit lazy.|
|Majestic Mountains pop right up from the water.|
This is another massive glacier.
|Carved wooden door|
|One last photo of this beautiful land.|
I am most grateful that I could enjoy this experience in my lifetime.
|Back to our beauty and sunshine|