Sunday, September 16, 2012

Alaska...missed the boat...finally caught up with it.

After many delays, missed connections, lost baggage and many other misfortunes, we finally arrived in Juneau, Alaska to board our ship, the ms Volendam,  two days after it set sail from Vancouver.  Better late than never, so they say.
The main reason for my sister, brother in law and myself going on this cruise was to take this person, my 95 year old Mother, on the vacation that she said earlier this year, that she would like to take.  I am so glad that we finally made it to the ship and she was able to fulfill her dream.  Her positive attitude and pleasant personaliity certainly made our trip one we will remember for a long time.  One to remember, not only for the many problems at the beginning, that we can now laugh at, but that we were able to have what might be our last vacation together.  
My new camera has a feature that can take panoramic photo's, which I know I am going to use a lot in the future, that is rain spots on the lens, not snow.

Marjorie Glacier, the most spectacular one we saw while cruising the Glacier Bay National Park.
A close up of the Glacier showing all the different colours of ice. The photo does not do justice to the colour of the blue ice, it was a lot brighter that it shows. If the sun had been shining we would have seen even brighter colours.  Some ice was black where the Glacier had been rubbing against the rocky mountains as it moved on its way down to the water.
Even though we had a bad start to the week, we did have a great time, fantastic scenery, yummy food and the gin and tonic's went down very well.
Oh, by the way, I did find three quilt shops, in which I did spend some time drooling over the fabric and patterns, some of which just happen to come home with me.  But, that's another post.  


Pokey said...

I'm so glad that your trip will be measured by the good memories, not the rough start! Your photos are beautiful, Alaska is impressive. My sweet Larry and I met in Anchorage many moons ago ~

quiltfool said...

What lovely photos. So glad you made it and that you had fun. The picture of you Mom with the ice in the background is wonderful. Lane

Anonymous said...

Sounds like quite an adventure. Glad that it all turned out well. Your photos make it look quite spectacular!
Debbie R.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I have always wanted to go there and everyone who has gone has always enjoyed it like yourselves.


Bluebell said...

What a brilliant holiday, the photo's are spectacular, glad you managed to catch up the ship.


saving for travel said...

Wow! What a special trip with your lovely Mum! As you say, memories to last a lifetime.

The photos are just beautiful too, the colours are incredible.

Thanks for sharing!

Sft x