The day we left Juneau the weather worsened and we had gale force winds. Some gusts were up to 55-60 mph. The boat was rocking and the outside decks were closed off. Some people were sea sick, some had cabin fever, but the kids in the (indoor) pool had a ball! It was like a rogue wave pool. They had a ton of fun and it was great to watch them all scream as the water washed from end to end. We read, played trivia, and amused ourselves. They cancelled the landing in Ketchikan. It was too dangerous to try to dock in the high seas, so we sailed on. The next morning we were in the inside passage, which was much more calm and very beautiful I. I saw a pod of dolphin swimming toward the side of the boat. They rolled and rolled until they all dove just as they reached the side. It was almost surreal. They probably went under the ship. They are such good swimmers.
We’ve been in Vancouver for two days. We have been non-stop sightseeing. Today we went to Grouse Mountain and hiked around, rode the chair lift, saw part of a lumberjack
show (should I say circus clown act?) had lunch and then rode the tram down. Next we went to the Capilano suspension bridge and did the tree top and nature ridge walks. I loved this place. It’s a beautiful conifer forest and it’s very peaceful as you walk among the huge trees.
Then we went to the Chinese Gardens in the heart of the city and walked around there. Whoo, we were tired. We walked to gas town, had dinner and then walked back to the hotel. What a day!
Tomorrow I will commune with the flowers of Buchart Gardens near Victoria, B.C. It’s been a great trip. We fly home from Victoria the day after next.
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