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Migrations

Still getting the hang of the new body and the new autofocus system. I love it but it does take awhile to get the hang of it. In mass takeoffs like this its 45 points come in handy. Geese on Downs Lake. This trumpeter decided to stop in for the weekend. There were a few […]

Fall in Lake Elmo

It has been a great fall in Lake Elmo. Unseasonably mild actually. It was in the 80s the first week of October. Things have settled in and are getting back to normal. I’ve been having fun, learning a new camera body, figuring out its quirks, features and the new bells and whistles. Here are a […]

Giants Ridge (again!)

On the 26th of August our intrepid crew ventured yet again to Biwabik MN for a three day golf fest. This is our eighth or ninth trip to the Giants Ridge Golf course, home of The Legends and The Quarry. The Quarry is my favorite course in Minnesota. I have said it before and I’ll […]

The Navigator – Regent Seven Seas

My final Alaska post (I think). The Regent Seven Seas Navigator was a great ship. It was our first time on the Regent Seven Seas line (albeit it is only our second cruise and our first in 20 years). It was smaller than most lines with only 490 passengers (vs 2000+). While 490 is far […]

Hubbard Glacier – panorama

This is an extra image from our first day at sea. This is a panorama I made from our balcony. I am glad I brought a tripod(s). To give you a perspective it is actually three shots at 35mm. Remember to enlarge your browser to full screen and click on the image to get the […]

Vancouver

We set out from Ketchikan for Vancouver at about 6pm on Monday evening and arrived at 6am Wednesday. It was 36 hours at sea. Here is our last Sunset in Alaska as we headed in to the Inside Passage. Tuesday started as normal with a nice breakfast. The rude awakening came when we came back […]

Ketchikan

Today we visited Ketchikan. It is the oldest city in Alaska. It is the farthest south and the fourth largest at 14,000. I tried in vain to get on a bear watching expedition to Neets Bay or Prince of Wales Island but they were full (despite being expensive). We were already scheduled to go on […]

Skagway

We decided to take a day off from excursions and just explore Skagway. Quite touristy but quaint. Most (if not all) of the buildings have been converted into T-shirt shops, bars or Jewelry stores (Tanzanite is a big seller, apparently). The locals like to assert their independence and in this case, the proprietors sided the […]

Juneau and Whales

After visiting Mendenhall Glacier, we boarded our third Allen Marine chartered cruise. It was billed as an evening of whale watching. We were told that one in ten trips, an Orca (Killer Whale) is spotted. We saw four. It was cool just to spot them (even if they never did the Sea World jump out […]

Mendenhall Glacier

Our catamaran took us back to our ship which had now traveled up to the Port of Juneau. We had a little time to relax, clean up and get ready to visit the Mendenhall Glacier. This is arguably the most noted glacier in alaska. Being in the capital city helps. It is visited enough that […]