Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Last day of cruise-VICTORIA, BC

Lots of activities to attend on our last day at sea. We visited the Captain's bridge where all the crew navigated the ship through the ocean-fascinating then watched a chef's fruit sculpture demo, had a BBQ by the swimming pool on top level, watched a fun kids show that James was chosen as the captain, ate many more times at specialty restaurants-Brazilian and the ever famous buffet.

Land ho, that's British Columbia

Our ship was docked from 5 pm till midnight to explore Victoria, BC 
Everyone wanted to see this Victorian mansion or castle
Quite elaborate built by a rich family who did well on their investments.
A four story mansion home with servant's quarters of course.
Restored to its former glory, it was fascinating to imagine life in those days.
The top floor was open and used for gala dances and public performances
You can just imagine the live music and dancing couples dressed up elegantly
A modern necessity room to meet all needs...
Old time treadle sewing machine came in handy. 
Model of this intricate almost castle like mansion.
Smoking room for the man of the house!
Dining room where elegant meals were served by servants.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Klondike Museum in Skagway

I was fascinated by the history of this area as I had a great grand father
who left his wife and family in Utah to come to Alaska to find riches.
Wm. Marion Johnson probably came here and men from all over USA and
the world flocking here to get rich. Little did they know what was ahead.
Each person was required to buy a ton of goods to sustain him for a year.
It wasn't easy as the railroad wasn't finished yet, they had to walk or use sleds.
A list of supplies needed, click to make it larger to sustain a person/year.
Imagine packing this up the mountain or using horses,
dogs or whatever you could find to help you
Some individuals stopped looking for gold and served
those travelers with goods, saloons and brothels. 

Imagine making 40 trips to carry your goods on your back! 

How to store the gold and transport it back to the states wasn't easy!
Quite a town developed in this area and still survives revived by tourists! 

Too soon time to leave Alaska, note the blue glacier top right in the mtns.

Goodbye Alaska, on to Victoria BC, Canada and then Seattle, Wash.

Friday, August 28, 2015

DAY FIVE-Skagway, Alaska

Gold Rush town still thrives today with tourists!
The women in our group choose to take the train ride up to White Pass
Along the Skagway River, a route many gold diggers followed to get to Dawson
Creek where gold wasa discovered in 1896, one of my ancestors came here too.
Looking back down the canyon, you can see several cruise ships docked.
Quite a feat to build this railroad, especially the bridge trestles still standing
Beautiful wildflowers decorate the hillsides abundantly on this cool day!
That's our engine pulling us up these steep incline then we'll return back.
Several tunnels were blasted through granite rocks  to laid this track.
Don't look down if you get!
It's difficult to imagine building these bridges back in the late 1890s.
Before the train, men had to hike along the river banks.
White Pass summit, we are now in Canada but won't stay just turn around.
Heading back on the same track happens too soon on this 3.5 hr ride.

Klondike Gold Fields is a place where you can go and pan for gold!
Too soon we are back to town and civilization!
The depot greets us with tourist sales and refreshments to buy.