Saturday, August 4, 2012

Alaska

Hawaii and Alaska in the same year?!  SURE.  For Benj's parents 50th wedding anniversary, Benj's sister, Debbie and her husband paid for all the kids and their spouses to go on a cruise to Alaska together.  It was so much fun!  I never would have thought of Alaska as a place to go vacation.  But it is so beautiful there and of course being on the cruise ship was so awesome.  We drove up to my parents house in Montana, all. through. the. night.  The girls got to stay with Grandpa and Grandma for a week and they hardly missed us.  :)  Benj and I headed to Seattle, where we boarded the Rhapsody of the Seas.  There were 3 stops total: Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, British Columbia. 

                                                                                                Leaving Seattle
                                                  
                                                                                                
                                                                                                  Formal night
                                                   
                                                                                              Benj's Parents
                                                                                  Waiting for the show to start
                                                                                         Pulling into Juneau
                                                                                          Mendenhall Glacier


 Benj and I went on an excursion to go see the Mendenhall Glacier and then go to the Salmon Bake for dinner.  The glacier is quite impressive and I wish we would have had more time there.  The food at the Salmon Bake was incredible... such good salmon! 



                                                 

In Skagway, we all went on the train ride up to the Canadian border.  It was so pretty and we learned about all the mining, etc that went on there.  We even saw a bear.

                                                 





 Tracy Arm Fjord:  This is supposedly the closest the captain has ever gotten to this glacier with the ship.  We got here early in the morning and it was cold!  But another awesome glacier and with binoculars, you could see the sea lions sleeping near the bottom.

                                                             My man, climbing the rock wall on the ship.  :)

 Victoria, B.C.  Such a pretty town!  We rode a bus and just hopped off and hopped back on wherever we wanted.  This is Fisherman's Wharf where I fed a sea lion.


 This is Craigdarroch Castle.  The rich business man who built this never got to live in it... he died before it was completed.
 The Empress Hotel.  Very cool and English... I wanted to have high tea here, but Benj wouldn't go for that, ha.  ;)  We did some shopping around town and we ate at a  fish & chips pub for lunch too.  Loved this city!

This vacation was such a blast.  Thank you Debbie and Andy!  And thank you to all of Benj's family for the great memories, we had so much fun being together!  Thank you mom and dad for watching the kids.  The girls got to go horseback riding, got haircuts, park days, went on a wild animal safari (ya know, deer, cows, horses, wild turkeys ;)) , and loved helping Grandpa mow the lawn.  :)  They are still talking about it!


8 comments:

Angie Larkin said...

What an adventure! Thanks for posting all the great pics!

Lisa said...

Looks like sooo much fun! And so pretty!

montana diana said...

Beautiful! We had a good "vacation" having the girls! We loved having them and glad they had so much fun, don't forget they got to play in the "redneck hot tub", haahahaha. Your trip looked amazing and you all look great. Love you.

Angela said...

Sounds like a blast! Gosh,how lucky to go on two awesome vacations! And as always, your girls are so cute. It kills me to see how big they are. Where does time go?

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