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THURSDAY, APRIL 30 KETCHIKAN, ALASKA

1. Only 4 blocks wide and more than 32 miles long, Ketchikan is Alaska’s 4th largest city – but with only 14,000 residents! It is also the “Rain Capital of Alaska”, so we really lucked out with another glorious day.
2. Duck tours are pretty new here. These “ducks” are specially built to withstand salt water and are a fun way to hear some history and tour the streets and waterfront.
3. The tide was coming in. Tidal difference is around 26 feet!
4. Seaplanes fly to Misty Fjord National Monument – they dock here. Farther on down are the Norwegian Star and the Crystal Serenity.
5. Creek Street’s infamous wooden boardwalk – once the red light district. 6. A short incline climbs a hill over Ketchikan –
7.-where weathered totem poles stand in front of the town civic center. Hästa made an appearance – can you find him?
8. Harbor view from Fox Hill.
9. The walk back down to the Salmon “ladder” and the town.
10. There were times in Alaska when we felt like we were on the set of the old TV series “Northern Exposure” – although no moose has wandered out in front of us!
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Posted by Swenigale 14:56

SATURDAY, MAY 2……..VANCOUVER / WHISTLER, CANADA

1. Vancouver will be hosting the Winter Olympic Games and we decided to drive north to Whistler to see some of the Alpine venues. The beautiful Sea to Sky Highway is being widened and improved – but it’s not quite done.
2. The Shannon Waterfall is the 3rd longest waterfall in Canada with hiking trails and scenic views, but our time was limited so we just stopped to take a quick photo of the main attraction.
3 – 10. Some random pictures of Whistler village – places we might see on TV when we watch the Olympics this winter.
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Posted by Swenigale 09:36

SUNDAY, MAY 3 VICTORIA, CANADA

1. We looked out the window to see this sub resting on a container ship docked next to us in Victoria.
2. We toured the harbor on a Harbor-Hopper. Kind of looks like a toy boat, right?
3. Victoria harbor through the “toy boat” door.
4. A view from the water of the odd pair, sub and Serenity.
5. The next wave – floating houses! More modern than the floating Chinese villages.
6. Back on shore, the Parliament building and the start of the annual May commemoration of the Battle of the Atlantic.
7. We visited the Royal British Columbia Museum which has won numerous awards for design and content.
8. Part of the museum is devoted to the history of the “First People” of BC.
9. The museum retraces history with many artifacts – this cross was from the church of St. John the Divine in the gold rush town of Yale on the Fraser.
10. Back to living things and natural beauty on a sunny day in Victoria.
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Posted by Swenigale 12:21

TUESDAY, MAY 5 SAN FRANCISCO, USA

1. At about 11am (behind schedule after sailing through lots of windy seas since leaving Victoria) we sailed into San Francisco bay under the Golden Gate bridge! The fog moved in and out of “Fog City” during the day, leaving a brilliant blue sky for part of the afternoon.
2. The most visited place – Alcatraz.
3. Those are the steep streets we all think of when we think of San Francisco. 4. A view of the city from The Presidio.
5. Some of the Victorian homes are beautifully restored.
6. City Hall – gleaming in the sunlight.
7. The Bay Bridge – it’s eight miles long, while the Golden Gate is just one mile long.
8. We rode the Cable Cars and watched as the men turned a car in the turntable. It’s all impressively hands on.
9. We had time to walk on famous “Fisherman’s Wharf”- here’s Pier 39, where scads of Sea Lions bed down for the night (they’re there most of the day, as well – fun to watch, but hold your nose!).
10. A sweet ending to our final port of call.
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Posted by Swenigale 07:21

THURSDAY, MAY 7 LOS ANGELES, USA

THURSDAY, MAY 7 LOS ANGELES, USA
1. After leaving Serenity amid lots of fond farewells, we enjoyed San Pedro, CA once again. We spent hours walking around the old Queen Mary (yes, after all those days at sea we still like cruise ships!).
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2. One last pose for Hästa - waiting to go to the airport in LA.
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3. This photo is out of order (I was on the old-fashioned gangplank in San Francisco), but it is a good farewell photo. As a Jimmy Buffet song goes, “It’s been a lovely cruise!” Only we’re not being philosophical- the 106 days on the Serenity were, really, lovely!
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Posted by Swenigale 10:55

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