Thursday, September 22, 2011

rain rain go away

Alaska was cold and raining.  Just we finally made it to Alaska after a day at sea.

Our main goal for the day was to see a glacier.  And we saw one - Mendenhall Glacier.  The glacier used to come out past the waterfall - only 40 years ago. 

The glacier water was COLD!! Usually there was a path where we were standing.  Juneau got so much water it was flooded to the one of the top 10 highest levels.

 Good view from on top of Daddy's shoulders.

Davin got to be carried around the whole time.  He loved the backpack.... and it kept Mommy warm.

We also saw tons of wildlife near the glacier.  My first porcupine - it looked prickly.

We were bemoaning not seeing a bear as we waited for the bus back down to town.  So we took a mini walk around some boardwalks, and up walks a young bear.  He went right past us (Daddy could have touched him!) and then under the boardwalk towards the stream.

Waterfalls EVERYWHERE!!

Playing and jumping along the water in town.

Heading back to the ship to dry off and warm up... and find Grandma and Grandpa to tell them about the successful bear quest and see if they saw an Orca.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pirate ship race

The morning after hanging out in Seattle, we went to the pirate ship.  It was huge and had flags everywhere.  Our ship was blue and there was a white ship next to it.  They were lined up with flags ready for the race.

Grandpa Ken gave Davin a tour of the ship.  Grandpa had to hold him so he didn't try to jump in the water through the railings. 


We had lots of fun jumping on Mommy & Daddy's bed and checking out the scenery going by.

When we weren't reading, Davin was learning about money and cash.

I think Mikey likes it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Needle in space

Off to an Alaskan adventure.  I kept asking if we were in Alaska, but apparently we had to go to Seattle first.  But it was okay because I got my very own big girl bed in the hotel.  It was AWESOME!

Grandma and Grandpa were in the hotel too, right upstairs.  That's definitely my grandma!

After a good night's sleep, we headed out to see Seattle.  The famous needle.

Right next to it was a Children's Museum.  It was great.  I got to be a princess.

And practice some small craft sailing - good to know when preparing to go on a pirate ship (aka cruise).

Then we went down to the waterfront ... 

and checked out Pike's Place.

Our first totem pole.

I know Pike's Place is know for fish... but I loved all the fresh veggies & fruit and flowers galore.  Dahlias were in season and were everywhere for a $1 a stem.