Alaska, Washington and British Columbia, May 2018

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On the ferry from Anacortes, Washington, to Sidney, British Columbia.
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Near Victoria, B.C. the famous Butchart Gardens. 
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Butchart Gardens.  Mr. Butchart mined the quarry for making Portland cement.  Mrs. Butchart turned the ugly quarry into beautiful garden, already visited by thousands in the 1920's, now over a million a year. Click for an even larger image.
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A beautiful sunny day in British Columbia!  Click to see a larger image.
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Butchart Gardens.  You can click on any photo to see a larger image.
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"English tea" at Butchart Gardens. Click to see a larger image.
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Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.
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Victoria harbour, with the Empress hotel, near ours.  Click on any photo to see a much larger image.
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In Squamish, B.C. with my godson Tristan and Gillian and baby Natalie, to explore waterfalls and a local brewery for lunch. 
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High up in Squamish, looking down on Howe Sound, a long fjord.
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Lorraine on the hanging bridge at Squamish.
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There is a lot of snow up here !
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Mount Garibaldi in the background.  British Columbia.
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On a hanging platform, looking down at Squamish.
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The platform hangs over the valley.
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 From Vancouver to Seattle to board our ship to Alaska.  Click for an even larger image.
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First port of call, Juneau, Alaska.  At the State Capitol we attended part of a Senate hearing on next year's budget. 
Juneau is smaller than Antigua!  Only 33,000 people.
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With a cable car in Juneau for lunch at Mt.Roberts looking over the town.
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Next port of call, Skagway.  We took a train ride through the White Horse Pass to Fraser, British Columbia.  The railway was built in 1898 to transport prospectors to the Klondike Gold Rush mines near Dawson, 500 miles north.  It still works today. By June, all the snow will melt. Click for an even larger image.
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From Skagway up to White Horse Pass. Click for a larger image.
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Lots of snow, Fraser, British Columbia.
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White Horse ... Klondike narrow gauge railway. Click for a larger image.
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On the train back to Skagway.
 
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Our train back to Skagway. Click for an even larger image.
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Back in Skagway, we found ourselves in a heat wave ... 82F (28C). Click for an even larger image.
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Skagway has 900 inhabitants.  In the cruise season, that goes up to 2,400. Click for a larger image.
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Skagway is a small wild west town.
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Skagway.  Outside the Red Onion Saloon, an 1898 brothel.  They do tours to show you where girls used to charge $5 for 15 minutes.  Gold miners lost most of there money in this town, which was the gateway to Klondike.
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Returning back to the Norwegian Pearl in Skagway.  Next stop Glacier Bay National Park.  Click on any photo to see a much larger image.
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Glacier Bay National Park ... this one is Margerie Glacier.  At the head of it, after 21 miles, chunks of ice keep falling into the sea.
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Glaciers from our room.
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Alaska glaciers.
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What a trip!  Click on any photo to see a much larger image.
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The cruise ship dances around to give everyone a close-up view.
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Margerie Glacier.  Glacier Bay National Park.
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The Reid Glacier. Click for an even larger image.
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In Ketchikan, Alaska, we went to the Saxman Indian village, with the largest collection of totem poles in the country.
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One of the totem poles we saw is on Page 23 of every U.S. passport.
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In a log house, we saw an interesting show.
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Saxman village outside of Ketchikan.
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On stage in the Saxman village. 
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Totem poles everywhere.
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Totem poles near Ketchikan.
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Lorraine with a moose in Ketchikan.
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Saxman village outside of Ketchikan, Alaska.
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"Bye, bye, Alaska".  Ketchikan harbour.   Click for an even larger image.
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"Bye, bye, cruise ship".  One more stop in Victoria, dinner in Chinatown and then two days in an 80F heat wave in Seattle and back home.  Spectacular!

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