Category Archives: Canada

Alaska and B.C. Canada on the Sojourn

Our first port after crossing the Bering Sea was Kodiak, Alaska; our first time there.  The only Kodiak brown bear that we saw was in the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.  We did see many bald eagles, but didn’t see close enough to photograph.  We walked around the town and enjoyed being on terra ferma.

After a day at Sea, we docked in Juneau; our 3rd time to visit this city.  Again, it was cloudy and cold with some rain.  We were 1 of 3 cruise ships in port with Carnival Legend, HOL Vaandam.  We decided to visit the famous Red Dog Saloon; and were pleasantly surprised.  The interior is a throwback to the gold rush days with lots of memorabilia, saw dust on the floor, a piano player doing old songs and ladies in saloon girl costumes.  We tried their clam chowder which has smoked salmon in it and it was some of the best we have had.

Our last land day in Alaska was Skagway.  It was beautiful, sunny, but cold and windy.  Our plan was to take the tram to the top for views, but it was too foggy up there and didn’t like the wind; so just walked around.  I think the wind is what set off my cold, which started that night.  We also heard some sad news from home, one of our best and longest known friends was dying.  We thought about her, family and friends, all day and made many phone calls.  Wish we could have been in 2 places.

One of our favorite parts of our cruise in Alaska, in 2016 was Glacier Bay National park and it did not disappoint us this time.  The weather stayed clear and the Margerie Glacier calved for us.  We love the scenery, but were sad because we heard that JoAnn Brown had died.  Just as we learned that, we arrived at Margerie and champagne was handed out.  We toasted to her and dedicated that beautiful scene to her.

The next day was warm and sunny for our cruise through the Canadian Inside Passage.  In the afternoon, we were able to be on deck without coats and there was a fun Deck Party.  Good timing!  The next day, in Victoria, B.C., the cold and rain came back, but we had a nice visit with our snowbird friends, Don and Wanda.

The next day, the cruise ended in Seattle, Washington.  A fun 21 days!

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Vancouver and Victoria, BC

After we left he Coral Princess, we spent 4 days (Sept. 16-19) around Vancouver and Victoria.  Also saw our good friend, Joe, who lives in Lions’ Bay, north of Horseshoe Bay.  Again, the weather was cool with some rain.  On the second day, we visited a new town to us, recommended by Cruise Critic friend, Wendy.  Chemainus is very colorful with many murals.  It is on the road between Nanaimo and Victoria.  We ate lunch there and photographed many of the murals.  The town was started by a lumber mill company.

Jim with mural of band

Jim with mural of band

Beautiful lumber mill mura

Beautiful lumber mill mural

We stayed 2 nights in Victoria and of course visited the Empress Hotel and harbor area.  Another section that we first explored 2 years ago was Fisherman’s Wharf and the “floating village.”  All the houses are on floating docks and painted many colors.  Enjoyed the great clam chowder at Barb’s Seafood!

Empress Hotel

Empress Hotel

Our rent car and Empress Hotel

Our rent car and Empress Hotel

Government Building

Government Building

Craig and Peggy in the Floating Village

Craig and Peggy in the Floating Village

After staying another night in No Vancouver, we boarded the Crown Princess on September 20.  I’ll tell about those B2B cruises in my next post.

Wonderful trip to Alaska

On September 6, we flew to Anchorage, Alaska and spent 3 days going to Denali NP by train and then tour of park and back to Anchorage by bus.  We were lucky to see the trees turning colors, mostly golden Aspens with red and orange shrubbery.  Very beautiful.  We didn’t see many animals, as expected, but really enjoyed the visit.

Train to Denali

Train to Denali

Denali Bluffs hotel with fall colors

Denali Bluffs hotel with fall colors

Hotel room had beautiful wood beams

Hotel room had beautiful wood beams

More colors i Denali

More colors in Denali

Black Spruce trees with fall colors in Denali NP

Black Spruce trees with fall colors in Denali NP

Many glaciers in Glacier Bay

Many glaciers in Glacier Bay

Up close to 250 foot Margaree Glacier

Up close to 250 foot Margaree Glacier

After Glacier Bay, we stopped in 3 ports in the inside passage:  Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Some rain and cold, and then sunny in Ketchikan.  Beautiful towns.  Enjoyed the 7 days onboard the Coral Princess, with JoAnn (sister) and John, and Peggy and Craig.

View of Juneau from ship

View of Juneau from ship

Peggy and Cheryl at Red Dog Saloon

Peggy and Cheryl at Red Dog Saloon

Ketchikan, Creek Steet

Ketchikan, Creek Steet

Creek Street, Kethikan

Creek Street, Kethikan

We arrived in Vancouver on September 16.  It was a very good trip and Jim was glad that we (Cheryl and JoAnn) convinced the men to do this cruise and land package.  Most of the weather was good, but we did have some rain and cold. More on BC and trip from BC south.  Cheryl

Friends with Beautiful homes!

Our good friend Joe J. picked us at the Vancouver Harbor on Saturday, May 10 and we went to his home on Howe Sound, Lion’s Bay for a few days.  He has a lovely home (has owned with many years with his late partner Edith) which he has remodeled.  The view of the sound and distant mountains is breathtaking.  He also has many types of plants, some of which were starting to bloom and a very nice hot tub with a view. 

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After 3 days of good fellowship, food and views, Joe drove us across the US/Canada border and over the mountains (it was a 9 hour day, but supposed to be half that!) to Leavenworth, WA.  We went Highway 20, through the North Cascades NP, which is closed in winter and there was still plenty of snow. 

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There the 3 of us visited with 2 other good friends, Joe and Sheri R.  They have a very large home (again with a great view) which they have used as a B and B.  Three more days were spent relaxing, swimming, hiking and playing a fun dominoes game called Mexican Train.  Of course there was plenty of food and drink. 

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Joe J. and Joe and Sheri R.  are what we call “snow birds.”  So we have gotten to know them when they come to stay in So CA in the winter.  All three are quintessential “hosts” with the most.  After our return home, we have told everyone that the second week visiting with them  was even better than the cruise!  It is wonderful to have good friends to share quality time with. 

We have been home since May 17; we missed the heat spell here (107 degrees one day!!).  Our granddaughters are coming next week, so we are really looking forward to that.  Happy Memorial Day to everyone.