Monthly Archives: September 2014

While some may have been content to walk around taking in the scenery around Whistler and/or enjoying a sleeve of beer on the balcony while bird watching, I got a little adventurous. It must have been that big breakfast we had with our nephew Chris in Vancouver after we “debarked”. Between debarking and deplaning, I just don’t know any more.Rob - Whistler Mtn - 28 Sept 2014Whistler Village from the mountainYou can’t see properly behind the door of the gondola going up the mountain, but that’s me and my bike heading up to do the descent down one of the more difficult tracks on the mountain bike layout here at Whistler.bikes on the gondola

I managed to get to the bottom unscathed and ready to haul the bike up the mountain again. Tomorrow bungee jumping is on the cards. Either that, or we’ll head over to Victoria on Vancouver Island.Mountain biking down the track

In the meantime, the beautiful weather keeps following us around. And does anyone know what this bird is?

PS This is a jay that goes by the name of Clark’s Nutcracker. Thanks Deb Reynolds!

unknown bird - Whistler 1


Regional map

For the cartographically minded among you, I give you an extract from this Juneau to Porcupine River map (per Skagway Museum). Please note I apparently have a canal named after me.

Whale territory - 23 Sept 2014

If the whales hadn’t shown up, the surrounding landscape in and around the Gastineau Channel might well have been sufficient compensation. Yet killer whales did show up. This particular one was captured by Rob Walsh. Here’s some humpback whale tail activity from the afternoon whale watch under clear blue skies. Somewhat closer than the sightings we had from Stradbroke Island three weeks ago. Magic!

Killer whale - Juneau whale watching - RHW - 23 Sept 2014

Tail dive 2 - 23 Sept 2014

Tail dive - Juneau 23 Sept 2014


Whale tails 1

In the late afternoon, we visited the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier 1 - reflections




It was game day on Sunday, not that you would have noticed travelling in from the airport hotel precinct on the light rail. It was up close and personal with all the fans heading to the stadium.

Game day - Seahawks v Broncos - 21 Sep 2014

We found some time before we boarded a VERY BIG BOAT to revisit Pike Place Market on a day when the bluest skies you’ve ever seen were actually in Seattle.

Pike Place Market - neon fish sign - 20 Sept 2014

Pike Place Market - fruit stall - 21 Sep 2014

Dahlias - 20 Sept 2014 - Worn Pop 17

We left the Space Needle behind and headed out into Puget Sound in the late afternoon and enjoyed a special dinner in the French restaurant on board for our wedding anniversary (courtesy of someone who made the booking some time ago). Sweet!

Seattle skyline panorama - 20 Sep 2014

Anniversary dinner - Le Bistro - NCL - 21 Sep 2014




This is us enjoying our last morning in Portland, Oregon. The city turned on another warm sunny day as if to order. We enjoyed breakfast at Lovejoy Bakery with Ann Marie and Skip and walked it off on a river and bridge walk. Thank you both for your hospitality. It was great to meet up and we very much appreciated your company.

Portland portrait - 20 Sep 2014

Bridge and river walk 2 - Portland - 20 Sep 2014Bridge and river walk - Portland 20 Sep 2014

I couldn’t resist grunging up this one.

Bridge and river walk - 20 Sep 2014

Then it was on to AMTRAK’s Cascades afternoon train to Seattle. We passed underneath the twin Tacoma Narrows Bridges and arrived at the freshly renovated King Street Station.

There’s a big American Football game on tomorrow between the Seattle Seahawks, current Super Bowl champions, and the Denver Broncos. We’re staying out at the airport where even in this precinct, hotel rooms are hard to find tonight. We’ll be navigating our way into the city before the game and are looking forward to being a part of the pre-game atmosphere as we head in to board a ship bound for Alaska. Ginny, we’ll wave towards Whidbey Island on the way out of the Sound.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Cascade Train - 20 Sep 2014King St Station - Seattle - 20 Sep 2014