Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vancouver to Alaska via MS Zaandam ~ Brian, Louise & Faith

We left for our trip on Canada Day and were impressed as usual by a completely clear Mt. Robson.

We arrived in 100 Mile House to stay with Rod, Janice and Derek for a couple of nights.
Derek took Faith to his ball game and it looks like they had a good time.

The next day our wonderful hosts took us to Ruth Lake where the water was beautiful and the afternoon was spent in the most relaxing way possible.  We did a quick stop at Lake of the Trees Bible camp in the morning and got caught up with Tom and Jody and the busy gang there.

We took the Fraser Canyon down to Vancouver and made a few stops.  This was us being silly of course and trying to make our own memorable train tracks photo.

Alexandria Bridge

Finally on the MS Zaandam in the Port of Vancouver.

Faith found the Teens Only Lounge on the ship - but she was one of few.

Goodbye Vancouver

Under the Lions Gate Bridge

And out of the harbour

On the ship we were blown away by the amount and variety of food.  That was so unexpected for us we just could not believe it was all included in the price.  Faith has WAY more pictures of the wonderful meals we got to enjoy.  But look at the decadent desserts, eh?

Huge beautiful bouquets of flowers were every where you turned.

 Port of Juneau, Alaska

We walked around town and enjoyed the many quaint homes and also walked up to a local historic mine.

On the way back from the mine we walked along the flume all the way to town.
Beautifully lush and cool on a hot day.

Time to leave Juneau

Hello Port of Skagway, Alaska

Faith finally found some free WiFi in Skagway, although she had to be plastered against the library wall to access it.  No worries, however, she wasn't the only desperate one! 

Uncle Al, Aunt Nance, and Jennifer met us in Skagway and took us siteseeing in the area.

Trying out the first few steps of an old Gold Rush trail - Chilkoot Trail.

Lots and lots of history in the area.

We left Skagway and the next day sailed up the Tracy Arm Fjord.  First time we ever saw icebergs.  It was a wet and cold day, but that did not stop us from getting out on the deck and enjoying the magnificent view.

Bald Eagle on an iceberg

Capit├ín Wouter van Hoogdalem navigating the Fjord
See more of him here:

We did get to see a seal swimming amongst the icebergs

The wonderful Twin Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm Fjord

Formal Night on the Ship

Our servers for each evening meal

Hello Ketchikan, Alaska

It was wonderful having Janet and Chris John meet us there to show us their beautiful Island.

Leaving Skagway to head back to Vancouver

A perfect sunset evening to enjoy a meal on the deck.

Hanging out in the lounge while at sea the next day...

And enjoying America's Got talent finalists, illusionists Leon and Romy's show.

The Captain took us on a little detour to Alert Bay

Faith finally has free WiFi range again! 

Our last evening meal in the Rotterdam Dining Room

Hello Port of Vancouver once again

Walking around Stanley Park, here Faith is pointing at the ship we just disembarked from.

And for a thrill, Brian and Faith walked across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Not for me!

Some Professional Photos:


  1. I waited for Darryl to come home so that we could see them together! We loved them! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You're Welcome!! You do the same thing I do - I'll wait for Brian too, to show him something I want to share together at the same time :D Glad you liked the pics. Thanks for pushing me to go through them all!

  2. t'was a great story told through the eyes of one who 'sees'! What a wonderful trip!