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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #7

Port of Call:  Seattle, Washington

Our final day of our Alaska Adventure and as we wake, Seattle, Washington is in sight as well as the Space Needle.

Space Needle

Time for us to catch some breakfast and get ready to disembark the ship.  Before we do this, one last look at our navigation to see how far we have traveled now that we are in port.

Seattle Washington

With that, we step off the ship; BUT!, we are not yet done with this adventure as we will make a day of it in Seattle by taking a shore excursion here as well.  Time to get on our Tour Bus for a city tour…

We will head up to Queen Anne Hill at Kerry Park and catch a view of the Space Needle.  Note the ORANGE top of the Space Needle as it’s the 50th Anniversary of its construction and they have painted it back to its original color.

Queen Anne Hill - Kerry Park

Now it’s time to head over to the Space Needle and ride up the elevator to the top.  We will get our picture taken and will see a FREE Digital Postcard of ourselves from the top.  There is our ship down below…

From below we will take a few shots before catching our bus as we continue our City Tour

Seattle, WashingtonSeattle, Washington

We will briefly stop at Occidental Park for a few shots and also catch a shot of the Waterfront Street Car station that is here as well.

Seattle, Washington

Our final destination of the City Tour is the Farmers Market where we will grab some lunch…

Seattle Washington

While our bus made it’s way through the city we passed the old King Street Station that was the depot for the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway.  Currently there is a King Tut exhibit going on so the temporarily adjusted the station sign to read King TUT Street Station.  It was impossible to get a clean / complete shot of the station while on the bus but here is a couple of shots from different angles we did get.

Seattle WashingtonSeattle Washington

I will also get a few Railfan shots in from the bus as we headed down the highway to our hotel for the night

Seattle, WA

The next day we fly back home on board Frontier with Fritz being our animal.  We will pass Mount Rainier and I will be able to get several shots from out the plane window.  As we land in Denver I had to laugh as there was Mustang Sally at the next gate.  If you recall, that is the plane we boarded at the beginning of this adventure

Hope everyone enjoyed reading all the “World Travel – Alaska 2012 …” blog entries from this trip report as we have enjoyed sharing them with you.  Rest assured, more Travel Reports will be coming…

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #3C

Juneau, Alaska – Mt. Roberts

Our third and final adventure in was to take the Tramway up to Mt. Roberts.  We stopped by to see the injured Bald Eagle as well as took a short hike and saw some of the bent tress

Mt. Roberts

Time to head to our next port of call as we say goodbye to Juneua, AK

 
 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #3B

Juneau, Alaska – Float Plane

With our arrival in Juneau, AK our next “Shore Tour” was to board a Float Plane to fly over 5 Glaciers.  Neither of us has ever been on this type of plane nor taken off / landed on water so we had no idea what to expect.  Well, that was the smoothest flight we have ever been on. I would take video the entire time while Lisa took photos out her window; everyone on the plane had a window seat.

Depending on what side of the plane you sat changed what order you saw things in but you would see the same things before the flight was over so take a seat and enjoy the view.

I will see the Taku Glacier first

Juneau, Alaska

After fly up the glacier we will turn down Hole in the Wall Glacier.  Here is a shot we took later that was the better angle of it

Juneau, Alaska

I will catch Taku Lodge in the video hiding just in the trees

Juneau, Alaska

I will also catch Wright Glacier which was not an official part of the tour off in the distance…

Juneau, Alaska

As we turn back, East Twin Glacier now comes into view

Juneau, Alaska

Quickly, West Twin Glacier would come into view

Juneau, Alaska

We would see Hole in the Wall as well as Taku and then Norris Glacier would cap off the 5 Glacier tour

Juneau, Alaska

What a ride!!!!!!!

 
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Posted by on 07/25/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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World Travel – Alaska 2012 – Cruise Day #0

On July 21st, we hop aboard “Mustang Sally” and head for Seattle, Washington

Once in Seattle we spend the night at a hotel and then wake up to board the “Star Princess” for our second Alaska Cruise. We will get a Mini-suite so we will have a balcony.

As we leave port, we see the Space Needle in its original Orange color as it celebrates its 50th year via our balcony

We will also see New Dungeness Lighthouse from our balcony as well

Time to head for dinner in the Dining Room and then off to the Theater to catch our Naturalist Alan Cortash present “An Introduction to Alaska” to get his take on what we will be seeing in the coming days.

 
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Posted by on 07/21/2012 in Trip Reports, World Tour

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 5

Well, it’s the final day of our mini vacation to Wichita but we have time to make one more jaunt.  We will head for Wellington, Kansas this time to track down some more SF / AT&SF / BNSF railroad structures.

Wellington, KSWellington, KS

Wellington, KSWellington, KS

Time to turn back to Wichita and head to the airport.  We will grab lunch at the airport and wait for our plane to arrive.

Wichita, KSWichita, KS

We are one again home after getting dumped off on the tarmac at DIA.  Our niece who had just graduated is there to pick us up and take us home via the scenic route,  Now if she can get a job at the Denver Zoo all would be great.

Denver, CO

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 1

We head to Wichita Kansas to attend my nieces college graduation and add some time before/after to make a mini vacation out of it.

Well our flight out turned out to be a Turbo-Prop but at least we sat far enough back to be away from most the noise.

We get in to our hotel close to midnight and then get up early to start our next RRAdventures of 2012 by heading for Hutchinson, Kansas to track down some depots; including the Arkansas Valley Interurban Depot.

From there we head for Fort Larned National Historic Site near Larned, KS

We then head down the road a bit to the Santa Fe Trail Center that has lots of historical stuff but not as much on the Santa Fe Trail as we had hoped but still very much worth the stop; especially since they have a depot there!  The depot is from Frizell, KS and is AT&SF

With the major outside activities done (to avoid the heat) we head back into Larned itself to track down another depot

From there we head for Pawnee Rock, KS to track down their historical depot

Our next stop in Pawnee Rock is Pawnee Rock itself which was a geologic structure that mark the midpoint of the Santa Fe Trail.  We also find a lone grave to Nehemiah Carson (PVT Mexican War) who died here from an unknown illness.

We don’t have much time left but we quickly pass through Great Bend, KS to track down AT&SF Steam Engine #3416

Time to head back to Wichita, Kansas to call it a night

 

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2011: September Outing

Lisa and I just recently took a long weekend getaway down to Colorado Springs that we used as a base camp for various day trips in the region.

We started the day touring the Garden of the Gods

Toured Miramont Castle.

This wasn’t planned to be RR destinations but what did I find in the castle!

For dinner we went to The Airplane Restaurant and ate inside Boeing KC-97 tanker (Texas Air Guard #30283 / US Air Force #283) which was a used to fuel fighters.

 
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Posted by on 09/16/2011 in RRAdventures

 

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