Sunday, July 23, 2017

Location! Location! Location!

It is fairly easy to photograph large, stately houses on Summit Avenue or Crocus Hill, but I discovered that attractive homes can also be found in less affluent neighborhoods.  I was attracted to this well maintained house and decided that hanging baskets, flower boxes and shutters with some trim in a contrasting color would turn this house into a real beauty. Agree?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Punch's Woodfired Pizza

Good pizza and a cold beer at a neighborhood restaurant. What more is needed on a hot, humid day?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Life Goes On!

Not much changed while we were gone: road construction and repairing infrastructure continues!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Journey's End #23

Leaving the beautiful Shangri-La hotel to fly home.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tourist Attractions-#22

The concierge sent us here as a fun tourist attraction. Interesting art, restaurants, and people watching. We didn't stay long! Instead we hopped a short ferry and went to the aquarium (see previous photos of jelly fish) and beautiful Stanley Park. By  this time I was tired of taking photos (gasp! and put my camera away).  We'll just have to return to this remarkably beautiful city to enjoy more seafood restaurants and Stanley Park at a later date.  You can wait for photos of this outstanding park, can't you?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vancouver 2010 Olympics-#21

 Within walking distance of our hotel

Monday, July 17, 2017

Approaching Vancouver-#20

 Our skillful Captain smoothly navigated the narrowest part of the Inner Passage as we approached Vancouver, B.C.

Journey's end---the last port was the beautiful city of Vancouver

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Sunny Day at Sea-#19

 People of all ages enjoyed the pool, jacuzzi, lawn chairs, running track—all outdoors on a sunny day

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ketchikan-Eagles and Bears #17

"Look, there's another one! And, another one!! And, another one!!!

Eagles seemed to be everywhere I looked.  One of the locals explained,

The American bald eagle loves Alaska, with populations so robust that it was never listed as threatened or endangered there. With an estimated 30,000 eagles in the state, it’s easy to spot one of these national symbols, especially in Southeast Alaska.
With wing spans up to 7.5 feet, eagles are powerful, but can only lift 3 or 4 pounds. They don’t seem to know their own limits though. We’ve seen more than one eagle stranded on the beach waiting for its wings to dry so it can fly again (usually after it gets dragged into the water a bit after an unsuccessful attempt to pick up a fish it couldn’t handle.)
Spotting eagles is a highlight of any visit to Alaska. Ketchikan has 30 nesting sites weighing in up to 2,000 pounds and measure 6 feet deep. Eagle's remain in Ketchikan because eagles know they won’t starve here. Eagles are carnivores and live to eat fish, so you’ll see them plenty at the mouth of salmon streams, Ward Cove, Herring Cove, Ketchikan Creek. Salmon pass through the area from April through September. Eagles even hang around in winter; the water remains ice-free, and the fish keep coming. 
Visit Ketchikan in May and you’ll start to see mature eagles preparing their nests. Their eggs hatch the following month, and through June and July you can watch adult eagles feeding their young in the nests. From mid-August through early September, the baby eagles are learning how to fly, honing their flying skills and practicing hunting pink salmon. You can see some of this nesting activity from the town’s roads and others from the water.
Eagles are thought to breed for life, and in Alaska can live into their early 30s. The iconic white hood and tail don’t show up for about five years, so if you see one with brown feathers, it’s probably a juvenile. (You can also tell by the beak; young eagles have a black beak that later turns yellow). 
More interesting sights near a stream filled with salmon.

Linking to Skywatch Friday