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A few years, my husband and I took a cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Anchorage, Alaska with my Mom and Dave. Of all the traveling we've done, this was by far one of the most visually stunning trips we've ever taken. Since life in Los Angeles wasn't exactly "picture worthy" this week, I thought I'd share a few photos from the trip.
It rains a lot in Alaska so places like Taku Glacier Lodge in Juneau have a lot of trees that look like this.
Actually, Alaska has A LOT of trees period. The foliage and trees were gorgeous.
Below is the view from an old gold mine in Skagway. That white streak down the center is a waterfall peaking through the fog.
But it was the glaciers that took our breath away. I described them as "humbling", my husband used the word "spiritual"... Seeing such massive, powerful beauty left us wondering how anyone could think for a second they should be disturbed by oil drilling or that global warming isn't a "real" issue. In the picture below, we saw a chunk of ice break off that was the size of a Volvo!We saw three separate glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park located in Southeast Alaska. About 90% of the annual visitors to the park arrive by cruise ship (roughly 28 ships from 13 companies per year). The park only allows two cruise ships per day to enter the park during the warmer months.
To give you an idea, the above Margerie Glacier is about 250 feet high. The glacier extends another 100 feet below the water line. By comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 307 feel tall.I would love to go back and spend more time in Alaska both by ship and on land. It was a stunning trip and one that we returned home from and actually felt rested and rejuvenated! Usually after a trip I need a vacation from my vacation.
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