September 7, 2009

Alaskan Adventures

The last week of August Tymon and I lived on this boat. It was fabulous. We visited some great places but the best part was our balcony cabin. We could sit in our room and have an unobstructed view of one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world. I also really like the towel animals and Andes mints we got in our room each night.

We joined a group of art lovers and were able to spend time with Marco (below) and Dominic Pangborn.

It was really interesting to talk to the artists all week. Marko is really humorous. After finding out that he was from Croatia, I was pretty intrigued about why his accent was so good. Well, he spent the first 11 years of his life in the United States before his parents took him home. We ate dinner at his table one night and he kept us all entertained by drawing on cloth napkins (he keeps a mega-sized sharpie in his pocket) and ordering odd drinks to try. His Croatian roots shined bright when he ordered a side dish of olive oil to pour on his entree. Hilarious.

What you can't see well here is the blueness of the water. It was such a pretty color.

Views of a glacier while we cruised the Inside Passage.

Tymon practiced his swing one afternoon. He even went to the gym a couple of times.
In Skagway, we took a train ride up White Pass toward the Yukon Territory. It was beautiful.

Here's Tymon panning for gold. He got $6.33 worth. I got a little under $6.

We loved the chocoholic buffet...especially Tymon. The scultures were amazing.

I liked the dragon ice sculpture best.

In Ketchikan I got a photo op with my homegirl Sarah Palin before we headed off to the lumberjack show. I didn't know she was so tall.
In Juneau, Captain Obvious let us know not to get on this bus, but maybe we should have. Instead we got in a rickety van that took us on a canoe trip. The back seat we sat on wasn't bolted down to the floor all the way so it rocked back whenever we stopped or started at a stop sign. That would've felt fun except that the back door had been in a collision and didn't close all the way. So our adventure started with us thinking that at any moment we might fly out the back.

It got better once we got to the Mendenhall Glacier. A couple of days before we got there a huge ice chunk came off the glacier and filled Mendenhall lake with tons of smaller pieces of it as it broke apart further.

The ice is SO blue from the pressure of the compressed ice on the glacier. It is such a pretty color and unlike any other color in its surroundings.

2 Riveting COMMENTS:

  1. Wow, Bridget! How fun! I totally want to go a vacation now. I have only been on the one cruise that we went on, but this sure brings back a lot of great memories, esp. the chocolate buffet.

  2. Looks like you had a great time! I love your pictures.


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