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Sunday, December 21, 2014

North America Tour


There were four sections to our North America tour. This post provides a brief overview. For more detailed descriptions click on the links below:
1. Western USA,
2. Eastern USA and Eastern Canada,
3. Canadian Rockies, and,
4. Alaska Cruise.

Western USA

The tour began in Los Angeles, as can be seen on the map below. The order in which we visited the various locations is marked alphabetically. Click on the place holders to find the name of the location (and generally a photograph or two). The map is interactive and can be zoomed using the plus and minus icons at the bottom right, as well as moved around using the hand.

Here are some photographic highlights of the western tour. (Click on a picture for a larger version to be opened in a new tab or window.)

DSC_0093 Grand Canyon
DSC_0154 Grand Canyon
DSC_0227 Monument Valley DSC_0321 Bryce Canyon
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Antelope Slot Canyon
DSC_0389 Zion National Park
DSC_0463 Fremont St, Las Vegas DSC_0496 Death Valley
DSC_0513 Yosemite National Park DSC_0675 San Francisco

Eastern US and Canada

This tour, which followed our Western trip, began and ended in New York.

DSC_0072 New York DSC_0092 Old State House Building, Boston
DSC_0177 Ch√Ęteau Frontenac, Quebec City DSC_0224 Canadian Parliament Building, viewed across the St Lawrence River, Ottawa
DSC_0275 Boldt Castle, Thousand Islands DSC_0338 Dinner at CN Tower, Toronto
DSC_0409 Horseshoe Falls, Niagara DSC_0489 Amish farming, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
DSC_0627 Lunar Lander, Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC DSC_0616 Capitol Building, Washington DC

Canadian Rockies

This tour, following the Eastern tour, began at the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, on Vancouver Island. It ended in Vancouver.

DSC_0022 The harbour, Victoria, Vancouver Island DSC_0074 Butchart Gardens
DSC_0270 The Gondola, Whistler DSC_0110 Blue River Safari
DSC_0122 Jasper DSC_0174 Athabasca Falls
DSC_0256 Bow Lake unfreezing DSC_0225 Athabasca Glacier
DSC_0001 Lake Louise DSC_0177
Banff hot springs
DSC_0245 Rocky Mountaineer DSC_0332 Rocky Mountaineer
DSC_0421 Vancouver Harbour

Alaska Cruise

The cruise, following the Rockies tour, began and ended in Vancouver.

DSC_0456 Juneau Photo 29-06-2014 7 41 06 Near Skagway
DSC_0518 Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay DSC_0609 Crows Nest Bar, Volendam
DSC_0567 The main pool, Volendam DSC_0547 The sun sets over the rear deck, Volendam
DSC_0529 Stitch Ketchican

Finally a reminder.

To view more detailed description of the four legs of the tour click on the following links:
1. Western USA,
2. Eastern USA and Eastern Canada,
3. Canadian Rockies, and,
4. Alaska Cruise.

Alaska Cruise

We sailed out of Vancouver harbour in the late afternoon ...


... watched a stunning sunset from our private balcony ...


... and cruised for the next day and a half to Juneau.


Juneau harbour:

Note the tramway in the upper centre.

Mildenhall Glacier:

This is another glacier in rapid retreat.

The local ranger told us that when she arrived in Juneau in 1988 the glacier snout was near the waterfall on the right.

View from Mount Roberts:

The boat, the tramway (which we used to visit the peak) and downtown Juneau.

Link to the Juneau pictures


The highlight of our stay in Skagway, was the train trip through the mountains back (briefly) into British Columbia (Canada).

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Margaret took the train back to Skagway, but I rode back on a bike.

We have crossed many international borders, but this is the only one that I have crossed on a bike.

If you look in the background of the picture you will see the next section of road. It was mainly downhill which made for a relaxing ride.

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Link to Skagway pics


The photos speak for themselves, so no comment required.


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There was only minor calving at Margerie Glacier when we were there - here is one example:

Link to Glacier Bay pictures


Shopping Time!

DSC_0529 Stitch

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While sailing back to Vancouver we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

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Link to the Ketchican Photos


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Early dinner in the main dining room, so we had time to make the evening show.

Link to Volendam photos


When we arrived back at Vancouver we had an extra day, which we spent at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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