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North America » United States » Alaska » Ketchikan August 15th 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016 Day 13: Ketchikan, Alaska - the salmon capital of the world! Ketchikan, is our last official stop in Alaska. It rains frequently in Ketchikan and today was no exception. Renata and I decided to spend the day at the nearby Saxman village. Ketchikan has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles and many of them are found at Saxman Village. Some of the interesting facts we learned about totem poles is that inanimate objects are forbidden on totem poles and all of the figures must represent living beings. There are many different types of totem poles. There are clan crests, mortuary poles, story poles, memorial poles and house posts. There are even shame or ridicule poles. Some of the interesting totem poles that we saw were the Lincoln pole and Seward ... read more
Saxman Village
Saxman Village
Saxman Village

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay August 14th 2016

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 Day 12: Glacier Bay, Alaska – Too cold to stay outside! Today, we are cruising along Glacier Bay, a vast area of southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage. It is a protected national park known for its wildlife and glaciers. It is here where you can witness a glacier calving, where chunks of ice break of the glacier and go into the water. We stared at the Glacier for about half an hour, waiting for it to calve. After a while, Renata and I decided it was time to go inside. It was cold outside and it was getting slightly boring just staring at an enormous block of ice. Instead we went to a towel folding and floral design demonstration on the ship. We also played more scrabble as we watched Glacier Bay from ... read more
Glacier Bay
Towel Folding Demonstation
Towel Folding Demonstation

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway August 13th 2016

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 Day 11: Skagway, Alaska – Who let the Dogs Out and Just Deserts! Today we stopped in Skagway, Alaska the gateway to the Yukon. Skagway, sprang to life in 1897 during the Klondike gold rush. The famous White Pass and Yukon route railway was built in 1900 to move gold and supplies between Skagway and Whitehorse, Yukon and beyond. The train today is used as a seasonal attraction for visitors providing the history of the gold rush between Skagway, Alaska and Bennet, British Columbia. Since the train ride is quite expensive, Renata and I decided to take a coach tour instead. We traveled along the scenic Klondike Highway to the Yukon, passing several waterfalls, the White Pass summit, and picturesque lakes. In the Yukon at Caribou Crossing, we had a delicious BBQ ... read more
Skagway
The Klondike Highway
The White Pass

North America » United States » Alaska » Juneau August 12th 2016

Friday, August 12th, 2016 Day 10: Juneau, Alaska - Ice Caves! Land Ho! Today, Renata and I are going on an exciting adventure to the Mendenhall Glacier. We are not driving down to the visitor’s center like most people. We are actually going to walk on the Glacier and hopefully see an ice cave. But first we have to get there. There are three ways to access the Mendenhall Glacier. You can take an expensive helicopter ride, a strenuous hike or a canoe ride from Mendenhall Lake. We decided to do the canoe ride. We met up with our guides Zee and Nick in Juneau, and then headed off to the entrance to Mendenhall Lake. At Mendenhall Lake, we put on our gear, rain boots, a lifejacket and helmet. Then we were off! It was a ... read more
Juneau
Juneau
Juneau

North America » United States » Alaska » Inside Passage August 11th 2016

Thursday. August 11th, 2016 Day 9: Inside Passage, Alaska – Shipping away! On this day at sea, we took advantage of the many activities on board the ship. We witnessed a culinary show in the Culinary Arts Center, experienced our first live art auction, and watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for movie night. At the culinary show with Chef Estovas, we learned to make salmon tartar and salmon with shimp scampi. That’s a lot of Salmon! During the Art Auction, Renata won a painting and Spa treatment. Lucky her! To end off the night we watched the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We heard bad reviews for the film and we would have to agree. The film was all over the place with no real reason for Batman to despise Superman. Oh ... read more
Culinary Class
Culinary Class


Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 Day 8: Vancouver, British Columbia - All aboard... The next morning, during breakfast I found out that our Mom was worried and frantically calling everyone the night before to see if Renata and I came back from the party. She did not even bother to check our room. She only realized, we were sound asleep when my uncle heard me coughing in the night. Oh! The joys of going on vacation with your parents! Today is the beginning of our Alaskan cruise. With our bags pact, we made our way to the Vancouver Waterfront to board our cruise ship, the Holland American Volendam. After going through customs and getting our luggage checked in, a couple of us headed to a nearby Japa Dog stand that my brother, Brennan discovered on our way ... read more


Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 Day 7: Vancouver, British Columbia - This Bridge is making me dizzy! Today, my sister, Renata and I decided to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a 140 meter long suspension bridge that crosses the Capilano River. Definitely, not for those afraid of heights! When we first arrived at Capilano we were greeting by a large collection of totem poles including a longhouse and a welcome totem pole. We learned about its unique history by taking a history tour. Did you know that Capilano is the anglicized name of Kai’palano, which means “beautiful river”? Kia’palano, was also the name of a great Squamish Chief who lived in the area during the early 1800s. After the history tour it was time to cross the bridge. As the bridge ... read more
At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park


Monday, August 8th, 2016 Day 6: Vancouver, British Columbia - It's time to Grind! Today we are off to burn off the calories from the two days of stuffing ourselves with food from the wedding and the family picnic. We are going to attempt the Grouse Grind! The Grouse Grind is “Nature’s version” of the stair master. With a length of 2.9 kilometers, an elevation gain of 853 metres, and a total of 2, 830 stairs, this trail is a challenge in itself. It was an exhausting hike and at times I thought it would never end. When we finally reached the finish line we were rewarded with an incredible view of Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain. After grabbing a quick bite to eat we headed off to explore. We first came across a ... read more
The Grouse Grind
We finished the Grouse Grind
Grouse Mountain

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Delta August 7th 2016

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 Day 5: Delta, British Columbia - Where is this picnic? I was sent an email months in advance to hold today's date for a picnic with the extended family. However, my family was not given the specific location of where the picnic was. We were told that it would be at Boundary Bay, which is an enormous area in Delta, BC. When we finally learned the exact location of the picnic, Centennial beach, it was approaching late afternoon. My parents decided there was no point in going. However, since we were not doing anything, a few of us decided to go anyway. When we arrived most of the food was gone so we ate the leftovers. It was too cold to go in the water at the beach, so Renata and I ... read more
Centennial Beach
Mansions at Centennial Beach

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Surrey August 6th 2016

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 Day 4: Surrey, British Columbia - The wedding! Here comes the Bride! My family were the first guests to arrive at the church in Burnaby an hour and a half before the wedding. We had more than enough time to put out the pew bows, get my Mom some coffee, and find our seats. It was a beautiful ceremony with the Goan priest joking about marriage being similar to a phone contract; it is just more difficult to get out of it. Back in Surrey, I found a place where I could get my nails done quickly before the reception. I also had enough time to buy a necklace and earrings to match my dress! Then it was off to the receptions. We heard some eloquent and heartfelt speeches and saw a ... read more
Wedding Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby, BC
The Bride and Groom
Wedding Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Burnaby, BC




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