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DrDebby
09-09-2012, 09:14 PM
Hi Y'all. :wave:

Just got back from a cruise to Alaska. Very tired, but wanted to give you all a little inspiration for the week with some pictures I took. This is only a small select fraction of the pictures taken. (Aren't digital cameras with memory cards wonderful? :))

First stop was Ketchikan, Alaska. This is the Master carver of the village and chief of the natives there.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-master_carver.jpg

And here is a totem pole.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-totem_pole.jpg

As you can see, it was raining when we were touring. Next was cruising through the Tracy Arm Fjord.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-tracy_arm_fjord.jpg
That unique color of water is the result of glacier melt. The fine particles of soil and stone are suspended in the water making it this milky aqua color. And here is the glacier responsible. Sawyer Glacier.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-sawyer_glacier2.jpg
One of the things that caught my eye was the glacial blue color. More next post.

DrDebby
09-09-2012, 09:20 PM
On to Juneau, where we visited Mendenhall glacier. Very similar, but here is a floating bit that fell off.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-iceberg_calf.jpg
Isn't that blue something else? :cool:
Inside the visitors center they had a piece of ice they fetched out of the water. This ice is over 200 years old.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-200_year_old_ice.jpg

While in Juneau, we met 2 lovely little girls. This one is Freya.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-freya.jpg
She's only a year old and training to be a sled dog. In Skagway, we took the train up to White Pass which was one of the 2 main routes taken by gold miners during the gold rush of Alaska. This is how they used to clear the railroad tracks of snow.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/113578-snow_plow.jpg

RainySea
09-10-2012, 09:49 AM
what fun pictures, Debby. I would LOVE to visit Alaska one day. . . hope you had a great time.

Dragoon
09-10-2012, 06:15 PM
Wow! Who knew ice could be so pretty!

They 'used to' clean the snow off the tracks with that? How could they improve on that design, it looks so mighty!

I had to chuckle at the visitor's centre pic of the ice...here is everyone marvelling at it being 200 years old, and meanwhile it melts in an hour because its indoors. :lol:

Thanks for sharing!
D.

DrDebby
09-10-2012, 08:47 PM
Had a good time except for the sleep deprivation due to the very HARD mattress on the bed. :(

Dragoon, the reason they "used to" is the train ran all year during the gold rush. Now it just runs tourists up and down the rail line during the summer, so no snow. The glacier ice is kind of chunks locked together. If you've ever seen safety glass broken and it has all the pebble bits, that's the construction of the ice and you can break off the individual bits by hand. That's what the ranger had just shown before I took this picture.

toowoomba sketcher
09-12-2012, 11:03 PM
Awesome photos Debby, The mountains are fantastic, better in colour perhaps but I had a go at a pen sketch in my lunchbreak.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Sep-2012/1068812-alaska.JPG

CandAlArt
09-12-2012, 11:13 PM
Thanks for the great pics Debby, I'd love to go myself. The blue ice was amazing, don't think I've seen that before! Beautiful.

DrDebby
09-13-2012, 06:57 PM
Toowoomba, great sketch of the scenery.

Candace, hope you can go sometime. It was an amazing vacation.

RainySea
09-15-2012, 10:41 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Sep-2012/132279-sleddog.jpg

DrDebby
09-15-2012, 06:24 PM
Rainy, she's lovely. You captured her sweet disposition.