Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alaska Vacation - Day Eight

Okay folks, lets wrap up this splendid vacation recap with our eighth and final day on our cruise. We left Ketchikan at noon on Thursday and our next pit stop was in Victoria, British Columbia at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. That means it was alot of time on the big open water.

We started the day like many others, with a couple of vigorous rounds of ping-pong! If nothing else was gained on this vacation, I can rest assured that both my children improved their ping pong skills.

My boys were kind enough to give up their table whenever someone else was waiting...but only reluctantly.

Dad acted as sometimes official scorer, trainer, opponent, comic relief.

When not playing ping pong, there was some napping on small twin beds. They make you get up early in Alaska. Naps were most definitely in order.

Sometimes the nap location was changed. This location was the balcony. It was chilly on the speedy ride back so it required a couple of layers to last out on the balcony.

There was a big dessert display on the ship in the early afternoon. We had a few samples.

Then there was an ice sculpting demonstration that felt like a race. Apparently the guys were trying to carve something in less than 10 minutes.

They did it.

Knocked out a swan and a salmon in very short order.

Next, we entertained ourselves with a little game of Uno in a bar somewhere. It was a very lazy and relaxing day.

We arrived in Victoria a little before 7:00 p.m.

Cute little place right on the water. I think the Captain said it was voted one of the top ten places to live in the world.

While we were waiting for the signal to get off the boat, we had a surprise appearance by Steve, the Seagull from the Mendenhall Glacier day. He came right on up to us for a quick hello. Hi Steve.

Also greeting us on shore was this fine fellow who rang a bell and yelled very loudly:

"Oh yea, Oh yea, Oh yea, Oh yea

Welcome to Victoria

God Bless America and

God Save the Queen"

It was festive....and a little weird. Do you wave when someone yells that or yell back something? We didn't know so we just stared at him. I am sure that was not correct.

Heading into Canada.

Look at these hanging baskets. Gorgeous.

The Trans-Canadian Highway Mile zero is here in Victoria and if you follow it for just under 5,000 miles you will arrive in St. Johns Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada.

THATs a highway.

I don't know what St. John's is like, but I am thinking if you are already in Victoria, you may just want to stay.

Let me show you some of the sights, starting with this Orca topiary. Pretty cool.

And these flower beds. Shut the front door. This is what a little regular rain and sunshine can do for you.

Right on the main square is this fabulous ivy colored hotel called The Empress.

More flowers and beautiful buildings.

The flowers are so pretty that Chip just can't stop staring at them.

Add a little heritage down the street with this totem pole park.

Horse drawn carriage rides. How nice is that?

The boys checking out the local currency.

We had our first meal off the ship and out of the Golden Princess Horizon Buffet restaurant. I was so happy. It was a Spaghetti Factory restaurant.

Double decker British looking buses going by. We also saw a Ferrari and many old classic cars that were refurbished to look brand spanking new. I think there is some money in Victoria. In fact, I think there is a lot of money in Victoria.

Maybe I would have to hit the Trans-Canadian Highway to find some affordable housing.

After we ate, we spent the next hour or some walking around Victoria. We had to be back on the ship by 11:00 p.m. so we didn't have very much time at all.

They had a beautiful little harbor area with all kinds of artist and tradesman selling their wares.


Victoria's Legislative building is lit up every night with 3,332 lights. How do I remember that? I have no idea.

The little white tents each housed a different vendor. All selling different things. They called it the Night Market.

Close to 11:00 we head back to the Golden Princess for our last night.

Our last beautiful sunset.

Our last whale tail in a beautiful sunset. Do you see the whale in this picture? That crazy whale smacked its side fin on the water about 40 times. I thought he was waving to me. In fact, I am sure of it. Goodbye whales. You were awesome!

It was pitch dark to the left and still this beautiful glow from the west.

We woke up at 6:00 a.m. and we were docked in Seattle! Off the boat at 8:00 a.m. and to the airport to fly home.

What a wonderful family vacation. I was just awestruck by the sights that we got to see and the fun adventures we got to take! It will be hard to ever top this trip! It will be fun to try, though!

I hope you enjoyed sharing this trip to Alaska with us and I would urge to take a vacation there if you ever get the opportunity. It is a trip you will never forget!


  1. Wow, wow! WwwwoooW! Enjoyed the photos and your storytelling. Next time, I would like to see more close up action with the wild life. LOL! I like the bears and would love to see them eating at the salmon runs. I also would like to do the dog mushing. The weather temperatures must have felt so good compared to our recent heat indexes of 100+ degrees. I may have to move to Alaska to flee this humidity.

  2. I am completely awestruck with the photos! Your stories over the 8 day voyage made me feel like I was there with you! So amazing!

  3. I can't thank you enough for taking us along on your Alaska vacation. You had us looking for your blogs every hour. I'm not sure anyone can capture the moment, in pictures and captions better than you. You are truly a talented individual with a way with words. You might have saved me thousands of dollars on a trip to Alaska as I have just been there through your blogs.

  4. Thank you for sharing your fabulous vacation with us! Chris and I met at the ping pong table on a cruise ship so I got a chuckle out of the boys spending so much time there.