Monday, September 2, 2013

Summer Vacation Quick Review

One can always count on time flying by on vacation!  We had a wonderful time and created some beautiful memories on our trip.  It is good to be home on this Labor Day weekend when we can catch up on sleeping, working out and sorting through 4,000 some pictures.  I am going to post just a few here. 

Our Alaskan cruise started in Vancouver where we visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge park.  We spent the majority of the day there walking and taking in the sights.

Here the kids are getting onto the Cliff Walk in the park.  That was some engineering feat and very enjoyable to walk through. If you are a fan of nature and its preservation, I highly recommend this very family friendly park in North Vancouver. 

Canada Place was next.  We came here for the view, to scout out where the cruise terminals are and to find out where we would go the next day. 

Stanley Park is celebrating its 125th year this year.  I would have loved to walk the 5+ miles around the park but these two critters' legs couldn't keep up!  In fact our hotel provides a map to run around the park starting and ending at the hotel, about 8 miles.  I really wanted to do it but that did not happen.  I ended up on the treadmill in the hotel, oh well, lol. 

Ship embarkation went very smoothly.  We were in line for a total of one hour from dropping off the luggage till we are aboard the ship.  We headed to the Windjammer for lunch immediately.  Let the eating begin!  We did a lot of eating but I am happy to report that there was no weight gain in the family.  First Born reported a loss.  We were very active walking and doing various activities.  I also hit the gym five days on board out of seven.

The kids and I posed in the Solarium pool for a bit of fun after lunch.  This would be my most favorite place on the cruise ship.  It was open to family (aka, kids) twice a day.  I would take a nap or play games while the kids had their fun.  This was the only time I got into the pool.  

As for the second most favorite place on the ship: Shipshape Center's shower/sauna/steam room.  It's beyond spacious compared to a cruise stateroom's shower. I thoroughly enjoyed that space after my run on the treadmill. 

We wasted no time in getting onto the rock!  What breathtaking scenery surrounded us! Only one person can go at a time so the waiting was long at times. It's fun to look around atop of the rock to see one so high above the ocean!

Now onto our cruise ports... Our first stop was in Ketchikan. It was a rainy/misty day but temperature in Alaska in general was very pleasant for us.  We are from Minnesota after all, 50s or 60s with proper clothing is very enjoyable. 

We stopped on our flight tour to take some pictures of the Misty Fjords. 

Then we headed into town to do the historical route and saw lots of salmons in the streams.  Can you see the one jumping in this photo?

Next day... Guess where we are at in this photo? :)

Alaskan amber brew + half a Dungeness crab = happiness.

We are gathered here in the Capital City!

Several pods of humpback whales greeted us with their majestic breaths and tails!  And these orcas were such treat to see in the wild!  We learned that they don't eat fish but mammals! 

Mendenhall Glacier is in the background.  Next time, we have to go on a trekking tour on the glacier!

Our last port was...

We drove through parts of British Columbia and ended up in the Yukon Territory where everything is larger than life!

On the last day of our Alaskan cruise, we cruised to the Hubbard Glacier.  The little yellow boat was the cruise personnel getting a piece of 600 years old ice for an ice carving on board.  What a view it was!
And then our vacation ended and we are back at home.  Here's to the final frontier Alaska and the fantastic cruise we enjoyed on board of Radiance of the Seas.  Now it's time for me to plan our next vacation!


bd said...

Looks like a successful trip! :)

bd said...

Can't wait to see more pics! :)

Keshet said...

Looks like a fun trip! I've never been on a cruise, but I'm intrigued!

Charlene said...

I did this same cruise on July 21-28...We should have planned better lol!!! Awsome trip!!

alexandra s.m. said...

Thank You so much for this great review...
you and Char are making me contemplate such a cruise ;-)

Audrey Pettit said...

SO glad you all had such an enjoyable and memorable vacation! You guys really did get to see so many awesome sights! LOVE all your photos! TFS!

Deana said...

Sounds like an awesome trip! And such CUTE family photos too! The scenery looks like it was AMAZING.

Aubree said...

Fantastic pixs!! Sounds like a great trip!

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh!!! How cool!!! Greg has always been wanting to do an Alaskan cruise. What great photos!! You have to share more pics. For now, I can live vicariously through you. ;)

Alice Wertz said...

what beautiful photos and sounds like you had a great time! love reading about your adventures, Jing-Jing! thanks so much for sharing! =)

Nathalie said...

Finally caught up on your photos! Looks like a fantastic summer vacation!!! The whales and the scenery are breathtaking!
Oh, and what have you been up to since then? ;)

Christie Bryant said...

WOW! What a vacation. Makes me want to take an Alaskan cruise. :)