SAILING NORTH FROM VANCOUVER
29.08.2014 - 05.09.2014 18 °C
After cruising over the Straits of Georgia on the BC Ferries to Vancouver, we gather our luggage and board the "Zaandam" for our week trip to Alaska and back. Not knowing how cold it may be we were overloaded with clothing for every type of weather, plus outfits of both casual and formal attire.
Setting sail at 5PM, we slowly travelled through Vancouver's beautiful harbour. Here is Helen leaving Canada Place.
Keith enjoys the view of West Vancouver from our balcony.
We enjoy a sail-away buffet on the Lido Deck.
AFTER ONE DAY SAILING WE REACH JUNEAU, THE CAPITAL OF ALASKA
Juneau is a product of Alaska's golden past when gold was discovered there in 1880. This Capital city is the largest city we visited but just a larger version of the others. It is completely inaccessible by road and is wedged at the foot of the Coastal mountain range.
The Mendenhall Glacier with its ice face dipping down into Mendenhall Lake is located about half an hour out of Juneau. It is 12 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide and is reported to be the most viewed glacier in the world.
OUR NEXT STOP, SKAGWAY
Skagway served as the jumping off point for the tidal wave of prospectors who arrived in 1897 heading for the Yukon gold rush. The aboriginal name is Skagua, which means "home of the north wind", which in our opinion they got that right. The town now is protected as a National Historic Site. There were many examples of Russian influences ranging from the architecture to the many trinkets for sale in the town.
GLASS BLOWING IN SKAGWAY
=====A DAY OF CRUISING==