Ice, wildlife, lumberjacks, and totem poles

We've been very busy since coming back from our vacation and had to bet back into our normal routine, but I'm still reminiscing about our cruise to Alaska.

Besides decorating a few buttons I made a few bookmarks while on the cruise.  They are also in Lizbeth #130 Island Breeze and #122 Caribbean in size 20. I wasn't following a pattern, just going where the shuttles took me.  Okay, on the first one in Caribbean. The second one was similar to the first with a few changes that I thought I'd try.

We spent a day in Glacier Bay.   With all that ice close by it was the coolest day we had on the trip.  The glaciers are spectacular! 

This is Margerie Glacier, which is at the end of the bay, almost into Canada.  The ship gets pretty close to it then slowly spins in place several times so that everyone, no matter which side of the ship you're on, will get a chance to see it.  It calves small pieces of ice (relatively small) pretty frequently but you have to be looking in the right place at just the right time to see them go.  This glacier is huge and quite high.  While we were in the bay they had two park rangers aboard to explain what we were seeing (over the loud speakers) and to answer questions (in person).  

 There are a lot of small islands that we passed that had sea lions sunning themselves.  I took these pictures with the long lens of the camera.  From where I was on the deck I couldn't make out for sure what they looked like but I hoped they would be visible when viewing on my computer - and they were!

There were a lot of them!

I didn't see any whales as I was never looking in the right direction at the right time but others did see them at a distance.

The scenery all around was breathtaking.  We spent a lot of time out on the observation decks just enjoying the world go by. 

The next day we were in Ketchikan.  We went to the Lumberjack show there, which was a lot of fun! 

There are a lot of totem poles in Ketchikan, and beautiful gardens. 

(Check out the yarn store in the background.  I understand Debbie Macomber stopped in for awhile.)

It was hard to get the very top of the totem pole in the picture.

This sign explained this particular totem pole. 

We walked quite a bit while we were in Ketchikan.  I stopped for a few minutes on our way back to catch my breath. That's our ship, the Norwegian Pearl, behind me.

Ketchikan, Alaska as we were sailing away.

I'd like to be sailing back :-)

"John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you'll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live.  And there's a lot of truth to that."
Tom Bodett

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