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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage July 14th 2014

Pour commencer un petit mot sur l' Alaska, Superficie 1 717 854 KM2 (France 551 000). Population 736000 ha (France 65 000 000). Anchorage 301 100 ha, Fairbanks 31 000, Juneau, capital de l' État 32 000, n' est pas accessible par route. Ca laisse de la place pour les autres. Sur une carte ca parait, relativement petit. Quand le matin je regarde ma carte, la destination prévue, est juste a côté, le soir c' est 500 kms. La nuit derniere a Valdez, je suppose, qu' un ferry, a débarqué ces passagers, tard le soir. Peu apres minuit, ils sont arrivées, pour certains, a l' hôtel, pas franchement discretement. Ce qui ma permis de faire une photo, passé minuit ½. Vous verrez la clarté. J' étais d' ailleurs un peu en rage, car le ciel était ... read more
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la mort d' un géant
"J' en reveu"

North America » United States » Alaska » Tok July 13th 2014

Je quitte Whitehorse assez tôt, quelques fruits, le plein, ne surtout pas l' oublié, il peut y avoir plus de 200kms sans essence, et beaucoup plus si les pompes n' ont pas été ravitaillées. La je me sens sur les traces de Jack London. L' Appel de la forêt ou bien ou bien encore Croc Blanc. Les livres de ma jeunesse. Une sensation depuis Prince Rupert, je trouve les gens beaucoup moins sympas, froids, beaucoup avenants que depuis le début de ce périple. Les premiers 100 kms sont les mêmes qu' hier, longs, le paysage est un peu "insipide". J' aperçois bien quelques ours mais tous tres loin. Malgré que ce soit le matin j' ai une tendance a piquer du nez. La route suit la Yukon river, avec ses pans de falaises en sables bien ... read more
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le grizzly
l' église

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 12th 2014

After leaving Juneau, we headed to Skagway, which is further north where the sun sets around 10:30 pm, but you still have daylight until around midnight. Then the sun rises just before 4 am. Skagway claims to be the sunniest port on this tour and it did not let us down. I was able to wear shorts and a tee shirt, although I did have my raincoat with me. We did not pay for any excursions. Once again, we walked around. There's so much to see and do, all within walking distance. I would have loved to take the train ride through the White Pass, but Dean didn't want to. After being "confined on a boat", he didn't want to be "confined on another vessel", which is fine. Once off and away from the ship and ... read more
Main Street (4)
Red Onion Saloon
Dean at Dolly's house

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 11th 2014

Early morning entry into Glacier Bay, 6.00a.m. very foggy and not able to see much of the mountain tops, but within two hours WOW! Glacier Bay have you turned on the beautiful weather, sunny and crisp! Just amazing cruising up the passage with icebergs bobbing up and down beside the ship. Such an eerie feeling, such wilderness and no civilisation for miles around. Saw some amazing glaciers here, all different, Margerie Glacier 1 mile wide and at least 200ft high and we actually saw some carving happening, lots of small ones but just before we turned around to leave a huge one went down - this happens all the time on the face of the glaciers. Cruised by at least 4 different glaciers, and stopping for one hour in front of one, and by mid afternoon ... read more
GLACIER BAY
GLACIER BAY
GLACIER BAY

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 9th 2014

Docked early in Scagway. Very low cloud everywhere - were thinking of doing the train to White Pass - but after getting off ship and talking to some people decided to do a small tour group by bus up to White Pass - train seemed a rip off $127.00 return, and the train travelled directly on the opposite side of the valley. So pleased we did the small group tour, there were eight of us, and we had a really (Harry Butler style!!) fantastic tour, Ron has lived up here for 15 years and is so into nature and the wild, treks a lot, he took us to the most amazing spots right up into the mountains, didn't see any bears but that was OK we had our bear fix down in Canada. Went for a ... read more
DOWNTOWN
DOWNTOWN
WHAT YOU FIND IN THE SHOPS

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North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage July 8th 2014

It is 10pm and the sun is shining brightly enough to wear sunglasses while walking back to hotel from dinner. Hard to give up and go to bed. Kids are all off with host families. Looked like a fun evening ahead. Can't wait to hear the stories in the morning. ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau July 7th 2014

Mendenhall Glacier was awe inspiring. See Facebook to hear and see what we experienced Kids said it was the best day ever but they say that every day. Their energy and enthusiasm is endless. All are at Juneau homes of the Alaska Youth Choir. Having wonderful times. Off to Anchorsge in morning. That 5 am meeting to airport rill come very early. But stablest uracil be light ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska July 6th 2014

Saturday morning up early, sorry to leave gorgeous Victoria, caught the ferry across the waters to Vancouver, or probably about 40 km out of Vancouver, dropped one couple at the airport and we continued on to Vancouver harbour for our next little adventure aboard the Zuiderdam for Juneau. Took us over two hours to get through customs, two ships heading out, so 5,000 people to process. Has been a little underwhelming as weather has turned a little, nice scenery so far but mountains clouded in with mist and clouds, hope it improves over the next few hours. Sunday - day at sea. Had a nice sleep in - very smooth ride last night - but Mark is on his tablets as he thought it was a bit wonky! Lovely ship holds about 1900 guests from all ... read more
ENROUTE JUNEAU
THE PASSAGE INTO JUNEAU
Mendenhall Glacier

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau June 29th 2014

On the way to Juneau, there was some beautiful views, several photo opportunities, and wild life viewings. We did see humpback whales, however, I did not have my camera on me at the time. Besides, we were inside eating lunch when the ship went past some humpbacks. They "waved" to us. On the other side of the boat, there was one that completely breach. I wish I had seen that. The captain's crew announced it over the intercom. Sea otters were in abundance, but since they only stick their heads out of the water, the pictures I have aren't the greatest. We also some some jumping out of the water and swimming along side the boat. Once in Juneau, we walked around. First stop, the state capitol building. The first question Dean asked on the tour, ... read more
en route Juneau waterfall
en route Juneau (3)
en route Juneau (4)

North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan June 13th 2014

Woken up by the Captain's announcement this morning telling us that we were all fixed and on our way to Ketchikan (even though we were there when we actually had taken off). As usual, the announcement was told, then repeated - word for word..... Arriving 5 hours late due to late departure and all shore excursions had been cancelled - not a problem for us but some others would be mortified as today was going to be one of several peoples highlight trips. Bugger.... But as the captain said (twice) - safety is our paramount decision...... At sea for most of the day but in the inner passage now - tight bits everywhere, along with whales and porpoise. Interesting views, then a message that says that some of the excursions are back on - hmm, not ... read more




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