Landed in LA before we left on the 2nd May !!! Gives us a day up our sleeve , Shame we loose it in the way home .
Boarding last flight for this leg of our trip ☺️ 28 hrs traveling time when we arrive at Anchorage!!
Fist day in Alaska,Anchorage. Wet amd cool but so not cecti strevh our kegs after sitting here on the plane for aooooo long😮 Have been warned not to go walking at dusk as bears are starting to come out of hibernation!! We had pizza at a little local pizza shop with great service and a real local flavour. Red necks all about us !! But really fun tine really in the community.
First day Exploring In Alaska . Love this place !! Amazing food and such an interesting laid back way of life
Sooo many homeless wandering the streets begging !! Wonderful day, picked up our rental car and explored downtown Anchorage . I do wish I didn’t enjoy food so much !! 10.00 pm and still not dark! checked out the local cannibis shop.... can buy so many different types .. not tempted at all .. but just looking ... not interested in buying .so many Breweries in this town , I wonder if there is any relationship between them and the homeless ? Quite a dismal place to live but fantastic as a visitor . So nice to not be staying in the CBD but in the suburbs where we can chat with the locals . Amazing we managed to get through the day without a nanny nap but almost ready to hit the wall! Jet lag is a bugger . Been up since 6.00 am US trying to get our body clocks adjusted.
We continued to explore all Anchorage airports, land and water with an exhibition Revisiting a spot that I had yrs ago with Elle Graham and John before our cruise. Weather is pretty cool around 4-7 during the day With stunning snow topped mountains surrounding this town .athough we have nice thermal undies we are both enjoying! Have had Reindeer sausages, clam chowder , and with nice gourmet pizzas with local flavour. Very religious area with almost as many churches as Breweries! Of course Ojars is enjoying tasting the local beers while I am sticking to Oz/NZ wine!.
Half the day spent in Anchorage at the Museum then began to travel towards Seward staying at an unbelievable place on Tern Lake !! Absolutely stunning. A view out of every window ... even the bathroom had stunning views !! Lake in front and snow covered mountains 109 yards away ! What a find In the way Ojars experienced his first frozen lake !! Very remote and rugged !
Half the day spent in Anchorage at the Museum then began to travel towards Seward staying at an unbelievable place on Tern Lake !! Absolutely stunning. A view out of every window ... even the bathroom had stunning views !! Lake in front and snow covered mountains 100 yards away ! What a find In the way Ojars experienced his first frozen lake !! Very remote and rugged !
Wow breakfast at the Inn at TernLake !!! Unbelievably delicious!!! So good we almost demolished a whole pan full!! Apple pancake with Sausages and maple syrup! Last night we dined at a Little truck stop with crazy good hamburgers! Real Red Neck place but cool people Then in to the tunnel towards Whittier and cruising the glaciers .... wow !! Freezing cold but stunning !! Bear cubs, otters, dall sheep, bad eaglE and humpback whale feeding !!!
“On the road again” With many many stops along the way ! So many Beautiful scenes to absorb! Very cold wind 💨 with clearer skies Invite just toooooo many pictures ! Every turn in the road offers more breathtaking vistas! Finished the day in a little cabin ,again with stunning views !!!Watching a Bald Eagle circling over the pine trees in front of our cabin !! Sitting out in the deck , rugged up with a glass of wine....sorting through the Forever growing images....
After a fun evening With the owners Sheep Mountain Lodge Sampling sone new wines and beer to go with their Summer Menu We headed out to Mantanuska Glacier !! Hiking for 2 Hrs along 45 Klm ling Glacier ... What an amazing place walking in ice that is at least 600 yrs Old!! And of course we found more airstrips and aaeroplanes !!! Ojars Got to go out on a flight with the owner of the tour company from the Glacier tours in His piper Cub over the glaciers !! Ohh wow!!!Look at these!!Fresh Bear prints!! We went for a walk And found these nice prints !!! Bears are just coming out of hibernation! The strange contraption is for the locals to catch their quota of Salmon! They are able to catch.a certain amount of fresh Sakmon as locals ! The Salmon are not running until th end of the month so are not set up yet.
Wow we have finally arrived in Valdez ! What an amazing drive... Snow covered mountains right to the edge of the windy road .Great time to see flowing waterfalls all through the Pass. A tunnel through the rock carved out by hand !!! Until a gunfight stopped the Progress ! And an old Road House in the middle of no where! Many Many stops to soak it all up . Moose, bald eagles and spring flowers !! But boy oh boy!! Strange people ! Not very warm and welcoming.. Its really full of quite strange folk !
STOL flying ng competition . Cold , wet weather may keep competitors from arriving at this mountain side Airstrip. Almost a private airshow With few spectators braving the cold!
Banqdnnerfir the Valdez Flyin!!
this is crazy casual ... ... here we are at a big Bush Pilots dinner ....
Driving back from Valdez . So many beautiful places to stop and take in the view !! The sun came out for us this morning to take some great pics of Valdez before we left . Over the Thompson pass back towards Anchorage to fly out to London then Oslo , Norway. Staying in a very ordinary motel!! Perhaps the worst of the bunch in Alaska. !!!
Sad to be leaving this wonderful place . We have had a taste of all weather during this trip . We depart on a stunning sunny day ... seeing the sun kissing the snow covered mountains on our last drive from Palmer to Anchorage this morning was simply breathtaking! We had snow at Glacier Pass yesterday and experienced lots of rain and drizzle in Valdez. Trying to recount the highlights of Alaska us quite difficult for me . Every day brought us something fresh and exciting. The food was our only dissapointment... Servings way way to big . Prices quite high for ordinary flavours except for the Pizzas on our first night and the fabulous break at Lake Tern Inn .. Apple pancake !!!yummy
Starting the 28 hr trio to Oslo , Norway to-begin iur next adventure!! We have a couple of big lay overs at airports .. 3 hrs in Seattle and 7 in London !! A long haul but we manage to pass the time. I’m enjoying doing this little travel diary to record our trip ! Alaska is really the “Last Frontier”as they advertiser it. Rugged , natural, unusual folk, interesting culture with guns and knifes being sold in many stores . And this dude was sitting beside me !! What a weird earpiece! The fancy vending machines at the airport .. one was for baby food the other makeup!
Oslo , Norway! We arrived just before midnight at our little hotel right in the middle of downtown . Very cute and Scandinavian !! Perhaps a little noisy but it’s Great to hear the noise of the city . Only have a few hrs before we catch our first Train on our Norwegian trip.An Interesting trip from the airport ! Fancy fast train and walked from the stop Downtown to our hotel..A Little see-die with drugies ShottIng up in the car park as we walked past and Group of African americans walkiIng along the street !
Sailing out through the many many islands today .the mist lifted about 2.00 and gave us the opportunity to take some more pictures! with a stop over in a Remote town.
Early morning.. 5.09 am docking . These girls are students very excited about IDay. The high school graduates where these Colors and many others Where National costume .Indendendence day here in Norway. Apparently huge celebrations
Spent the day in beautiful Bergen .Went up to the fanicular railway which took us high above the city . There we spent a few hrs enjoying view. Then downtown to explore the city more. A great day in a fabulous city . Went back to a little restthat we ate at last night and had Møre wonderful food !!! Back home to edit more pics!!!! Sorry Having trouble with pics ☺️
Wow wow wow !!What a day of unbelievable visions To keep in our heads of an amazing trip ! Truly this scenery is stuff picture postcards are made of! We began the day with our usual hearty breakfast!began with bus then train then bus And finally boat .... every second of this day popped up more magic images !! Apart from Persevering with this app that has some glitches the only other challenge is deleting hundred of photos we are taking every day !! Super fun as we are both trying for that super magic shot! We have Meet some really nice People from all over the world. After a nana nap we went fordinner ( yep eating again) ohh forgot we had Thai for late lunch and had a great chat with a couple .. he is Norwegian and she was Thai.practised my Thai and got bonus prawns! Ok, now after dinner we wandered around this pretty little township and took more photos !!!! Went to bed to re dream of the places we visited today ! We have been so so lucky with the weather . Spring time here bring lots of rain but it has held of for us so far . This morning we are doing the Flam railway trip... yet more beautiful places to see xxxx
Wow , nit enough time to soak it all in !! Fantastic time in Russia . The history .... palaces , stories of tzars, culture and stories of how it has changed was quite enlightening.., So so much to put down in these couple of days .. to follow ☺️
Five fabulous days in Riga at an end ! Ojars family have been so very sweet and goTo great extremes to make us comfortable. Their home is a modest three bedroom in an apartment City !! There are maybe 15. -20 blocks of 10 story buildings about 200 apartments in each block . These were built during Communist times And very bland from the outside and the corridors are very dreary but since the end of Russian occupation they have been able to renovate inside and made it a really comfortable .