Home from our Alaskan Cruise and I'll share some of my photos of the beautiful scenery we saw there. Mom and I flew to Seattle and boarded the Norwegian Jewel there. I taught the two days we were at sea... and we played tourist when we docked at the ports.
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|Sunset from our balcony on the Norwegian Jewel.|
|I taught Zentangle drawing and quilting on this cruise. |
I challenged the students to find tangle designs throughout the ship.
Check out this carpet. It even has shading between the curved designs.
| As we cruised along, there was a lot of snow melting, |
creating rivers and waterfalls running down
the sides of the mountains.
Port of Ketchican
We took a trolley ride to the largest park with totem poles.
There were also two eagle nests near the entrance so
we got to see a lot of eagles too.
|Mom standing by one of the totems - and this was a very short one.|
|This eagle flew toward the ship as we pulled away from the dock and I snapped this photo from our balcony.|
Juneau: We just had to stand in front of this big stuffed bear.
Temperatures were cool enough for a light fleece jacket.
|Large and small pieces of the glacier. The ice was a blue-green color.|
|This was our first view of Sawyer Glacier from our balcony.|
|Then the captain stopped the ship and turned it in a 360-degree circle so everyone could see the glacier from our balconies. We expected to see a tall mountain of ice. Instead it was a collapsed-looking mound of ice.|
|There were several trestles and two tunnels on our route. |
Now don't you just wonder how long it took them to build a trestle like this
on the side of the mountain.
|This was a large falls that we could see from the train. It was closer to the Yukon Highway.|
When we reached the turn-around point, the engineers used a side rail to move the engines from the front to the back. This was a large glacier lake right next to the tracks. The guide said it was 2.5 miles long and was 250 feet deep in spots.
Looks cold in this photo, doesn't it? Well, it was cold up there.
|Check out how high that snow is piled outside our car.|
As we headed back to Skagway, the guide pointed out the
Class 6 rapids in this area.
|Engine #52 was the first engine to traverse this rail line. |
They keep it parked at the workshop for the White Pass Yukon Rail Line.
Our trip ended back in downtown Skagway.
This train ride was a highlight of our trip.