Buckle up for the Badlands …
Every door has "Glad you Made It" on it - and we were glad we did!

Buckle up for the Badlands …

We headed off on the Interstate 90 towards the Badlands National Park with Lucinda Williams ("too rock to be country, too country to be rock!) belting out Car Wheels on…

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Spelunking, Bison and Patriotic Fervour
Bison roaming free

Spelunking, Bison and Patriotic Fervour

We set off early this morning headed for Wind Cave. Tim - who I have now nicknamed Big Chief Sat Nav Ranger on account of his admirable (and enviable) navigation…

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On the road again …
Mount Rushmore

On the road again …

We have a long drive ahead of us today... I would have liked to spend another day in Denver. There is a lot to see here. the Money Museum would…

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Denver In One Day
Denver Botanical Gardens

Denver In One Day

We started by renting a car. This wasn't our original plan, but the heat was high as early as 7am this morning, so the amount of ground we wanted to…

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Final Reflections
Alaska - A Deeper Shade of Blue

Final Reflections

Now that our trip has come to an end, it is time for some final reflections. This is the first travel blog I have ever written and my purpose is…

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Homeward Bound

Today is our last day. Disembarkation was, as I expected, a bit tedious. We had pre-booked a shuttle bus transfer to Vancouver airport which, with the benefit of hindsight was…

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Bear Tracking – Ketchikan
Gotcha!

Bear Tracking – Ketchikan

Today, we boarded a bus and then a small boat to take us to Neet's Bay. There is a not-profit-salmon hatchery based there, which makes it good territory for bear…

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Dining at the Chef’s Table
Orange Sorbet

Dining at the Chef’s Table

Tonight, we were due to meet the chef and maître d' and 8 other passengers for hors d'oeuvres in the galley (kitchen) at 7 to begin an indulgent dining experience…

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Exploring Gold Rush Country
Gold Rush - All a man needs for a year

Exploring Gold Rush Country

By morning, we had arrived at the little goldrush town of Skagway. We joined a tour to hike part of the Chilkoot Trail. This was one of two routes followed…

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Basking Seals in Glacier Bay
Seals in Glacier Bay

Basking Seals in Glacier Bay

Today started well with breakfast at Sabitinis, which included a couple of mimosas (buck's fizz). As the ship sailed through Icy Strait into Glacier Bay, we took the opportunity to…

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Hubbard Glacier – Totally Awesome!
Hubbard Glacier

Hubbard Glacier – Totally Awesome!

Today, the ship sailed into Yakutat Bay en route to the immense Hubbard Glacier - the "Galloping Glacier".  It was a colder day today and I was grateful to have…

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En voyage to the Sapphire Princess
Alaskan Beaches from the railroad

En voyage to the Sapphire Princess

Today, we took the Alaskan Railroad train again from Anchorage to Whittier. The journey this time was much shorter. Check in was at 8.45 for a 9.45 departure and we…

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Back to Civilisation …
Brown Bear - Denali

Back to Civilisation …

I slept badly, conscious of a horribly early 5am wake up call to board the 6am bus back to the park entrance. The same old dilapidated school bus that had…

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Time for a Real Hike
Denali Backcountry Lodge

Time for a Real Hike

Yesterday, we were just practising. We missed the cut off for the guided hike sign up - 11 people got their names down before us and that is the maximum…

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Exploring the real Alaska

OK - this is the wilderness, but I was kidding about the accommodation. We were in the Denali Backcountry Lodge, which has warm rooms, comfortable beds and hot showers. Thank…

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Into the Wilderness …
The accommodation is a bit basic - but then, this is the wilderness!

Into the Wilderness …

We had a morning to kill before the bus ride to the Denali Backcountry Lodge, so we took the shuttle up to the Denali Park Visitor Centre and learned a…

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The Alaskan Wilderness awaits ..
The Great Alaskan Railroad

The Alaskan Wilderness awaits ..

Today, we took the great Alaskan Railroad train to Denali National Park. Check in was 7.15 for an 8.15 departure. It took 7 and a half hours to arrive at…

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Exploring Downtown Anchorage
Beautiful Alaskan Wildflower Quilt

Exploring Downtown Anchorage

We were up early to take a walk to Walmart to buy some English breakfast tea. Only coffee in the room - just not the same and worth a bit…

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Seattle in One Day
Children playing in the Fountain

Seattle in One Day

Seattle proved to be very possible in one day. One fully packed day, with plenty to see and do. We got up early and had breakfast in a café around…

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Getting There …

Our British Airways flight went from Heathrow to Seattle. Check-in time was 12.10 and departure a lengthy 3 hours later at 15.10 (groan). We drove to Heathrow in the morning…

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Alaskan Adventure
Hubbard Glacier

Alaskan Adventure

We start our big trip to Alaska in less than a month now.  So much still to organise before we go. I always really love the planning and looking forward…

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