one of my limitations i’ve learned over the years is my total lack of a travel photo eye. we, mary and i travel a lot together and instead of wandering in search of the perfect picture, yes i do admit i do wander off at times must be my age i don’t get those wonderful travel photos that make you want to go there. you know the ones in travel & photo magazines.i do snap shots and some time i am lucky but it’s only because of where i am.
we’ve put some travel miles on, beginning with Alaska, Russia, Netherlands, and Hawaii. whew and i don’t think i’ve posted any pictures or words about any of this. Sorry to my readers if any of you are still out there. today i looked through the alaskan folder, won’t tell you how many files, way too many, but i did have a couple landscapes i liked. this was our first cruise, i know a lot of people do this and what better way to see Alaska. we traveled on Holland American line, the Zaandam ship.
that was an experience of our lives, as i said we aren’t really cruise people but maybe we will take another one, never know. but this was a way to get where we wanted to go Alaska easily. we say glaciers in the rain but it was cool anyway.
but our final destination, dream of dreams was Denali National Park and we couldn’t have been luckier with our timing. the weather most of our time in alaska was grey, cloudy or rainy, as was this shot of Mendenhall Glacier from under a covered viewing area. no bears eating salmon, who wants to get wet for a fish, besides it was end of season for them.
Denali National Park held something special for us. little did we suspect arriving on a grey wet day what might unfold for us. we had booked a bus tour of the park, the only way to get around besides backpacking. that to took place on a semi grey day with bits of sunlight breaking through.
would we ever see the sun? they said the cause of the bad weather were japanese typhoons heading to the north pole. great, say hello to santa for me.
at the end of the day, tired, hungry and wanting nothing more than to lay our heads down on pillows, sleep awaits as we headed back to our lodge. we woke up to find clear blue sky’s for our plane ride around Mt. McKinley. Wow what a surprise….. it had snowed in the park, the first snow of the year. Denali air was our next destination and what a thrill, well it was a small plane seating 6. i am not a big fan of flying and not in a small plane but bite the bullet and climb aboard.
see the little shower cap on the mountain? the mountain is so tall it has it’s own weather system disconnected to the rest of the park, we were suppose to fly over and around the mountain but way too rough. i was glad because i wanted mary and i to live to a nice old age.
we took a cruse ship train down to Anchorage our last city, seeing Mt. Mckinley fad away in the distance. i must say we were impressed with the trains. why can’t Amtrak be so together? No high speed rail in america? the food and accommodations were great as was the service.
Anchorage didn’t disappoint us weather wise as the sky closed over to a 18% grey sky once again. we stayed at a pleasant B&B called ‘Walkabout’ a bit outside of the main part of town.
nice while it lasted but costly. as a friend would say ‘ you can’t put a price on a good time.’ never the less it was a doozy and memorable trip spent with my honey and a friend of ours. hope you enjoyed this little catch up., no i am not a travel photographer i just happen to have great people in my life who are willing to share the adventure. who would have thought, not me for sure, that life would be so wonderful.