The Railway Made Of Gold

September 19, 2008

This was Day 5 of my 2007 Alaska Adventure.  We stopped in Skagway, and took a train trip to the top of White Pass on a narrow gauge railway, “The Railway Built of Gold.”

It was a thrilling ride. You can’t really relate to just how steep the railway is until you’re riding along and looking waaaaayyyyyyy down. A 10’ roadbed doesn’t seem very wide when a fall would be so far!

Click on the picture to open the slideshow.

I took a lot of pictures. The good news is the ones on the way up to White Pass turned out pretty well. The bad news is the ones I took from White Pass back down to Skagway were messed up, and every file read “Error”. That’s the first time I’ve had that happen in all the years I’ve been using digital cameras. And it’s the last time I buy a memory card from some unknown on eBay!

Oh well! If I’d known, I wouldn’t have stayed out on that little platform outside the car freezing my fingers and other parts of my anatomy. I’d have sat in the much warmer coach car and just watched the sights go by.

It’s another trip I’d do again in a heartbeat.

A Whale Of A Tail!

September 18, 2008

Going to Alaska was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Seeing whales in their natural environment was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. September 18th, 2007 found me fulfilling both dreams.  Combining the two made a day I’d repeat in a heartbeat if ever given the chance.

This was the first shore excursion Dad and I took.  And we got right back on the water!  I think we both agreed it was one of the best excursions of the trip.

Not surprisingly, I took more pictures on this day than at any other time. There were whales and seals and eagles and beautiful scenery just about everywhere you looked. It was almost a surreal experience; I just couldn’t believe I was really seeing all those things at last!

I picked out 45 of the pictures to make this slide show – too many Kodak moments to choose between!  If you’ve ever been to Alaska, you know how beautful it can be.

As always, click on the picture above, and it will open a new page with the slides index page. The first picture is at the top left. There are 3 pages of slides, so don’t forget to move to the next one after you get to the last slide on a page.

Most of the pictures were taken in the Auke Bay area, north of Juneau, Alaska.  There’s a limit on the number of characters I could put on the captions, so I couldn’t get too wordy.  The pictures will just have to speak for themselves!

Also, though the little camera I was using doesn’t take the best videos, here’s one I took of the Stellar Seals, just to give you an idea of all the NOISE they were making.

It’s an area rich in wildlife. And boy, I’d love to see it again!

Alaska Bound – Crusing The Inside Passage

September 17, 2008

I have two days worth of pictures here.  We were mostly just cruising the first couple of days.  A pretty smart idea actually, because I suspect most people were tired from all the hurry and bustle of just getting to Seattle and boarding ship.

These pictures are September 17th & 18th, as we were crusing the Inside Passage, headed towared Juneau.Day 3 we spent cruising the Inside Passage, and on Day 4 we made it to Juneau, Alaska. As in previous entries, just click on the picture above, and it will open a new page with the slide show.

I would soooo love to see Alaska again!

More On Last Year’s Trip To Alaska

September 16, 2008

This was Day 2 of my trip.  It started with me touring the Space Needle and Science-Fiction Museum, and ended with me boarding the Norwegian Pearl and meeting up with Dad.  That evening we set sail for Alaska!

I am such a huge sci-fi fan, I must admit that touring the world’s only sci-fi museum was a real thrill!  And I know going up on the Space Needle is probably sooooo “touristy”… but how can you go to Seattle and NOT visit the Space Needle.  That’d be like going to Paris and giving a miss to the Eiffel Tower!

As before, click on the picture above to open the slideshow page, then click the top left picture on that page to start the actual slideshow. Oh! And there are two pages, so when you finish the first, click the arrow > on the top right of the main page to go to the 2nd page.

There are 29 pictures in this group, so if a picture is worth a thousand words, I got really mouthy!!!

The Trip That Was…

September 15, 2008

Or Waxing Nostalgic…

A year ago today I was headed to Nashville, TN, to fly out of that airport and on to Seattle, Washington.  There I met my dad, and we took a cruise to ALASKA!  It was sooooo cool (literally and figuratively!).  I’d love to be there again RIGHT NOW!

This first slide show is “Day 1 – Flying to Seattle”.  Just click on the picture of the plane wing below to fly to the slideshow!  It will open in a new window.  Click on the thumbnail pic in the upper left hand corner and you’ll start the slideshow.  There are captions at both the top and the bottom of the pictures.

Sure wish I was flying to Seattle today!