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The Utah National Parks


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My brother and I have planned a trip to the Utah National Parks for the last year. On the way out, we spent some time with my daughter and her family in Nampa, Idaho - a suburb of Boise. Since my brother had never been to Idaho, we decided to go to Celebration Park to see the Snake River and typical Boise Idaho landscape.

This park features in-situ petroglyphs- rock carvings made by Native Americans dating from historical times to more than 12,000 years ago. During the winter, the Paiute lived at lower elevations along the Snake River like at this site, and this region was also home to Shoshone. A fresh water spring in the park area made it an ideal camping spot for many generations. The park's Guffey railroad bridge over the Snake River was built 122 years ago in 1897, to carry gold and silver ore from Silver City in the Owyhee mountains to Nampa for smelting. It has been refurbished and is open for walking and horseback riding. It is the only Parker-Through-Truss railroad bridge in Idaho and is the state's largest historic artifact; it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

Photo Album

My photo album of this trip is up and running click Alaska 2019

Click the first picture to enlarge, and then you can scroll through using the arrow on the right hand side!


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony


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After a very smooth and efficient debarkation from the ship, we took the transfer to the Vancouver airport. As a result of an airline schedule change I chose to spend the night at the Airport Fairmont Hotel rather than take the dreaded red-eye. The Fairmont has a package that offers a 10:00am check in which worked perfectly. After reorganizing some luggage for the flight home tomorrow, I decided to take Canada Rail Skytrain back in from the airport to the waterfront and do a Hop-on, Hop-off tour of Stanley Park and the city of Vancouver. I have done Hop-on, Hop-off in several cities and it is a very efficient way to see the main sights of any given city. After the tour, it was back on the Skytrain to the hotel to get ready for an early morning flight.


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony


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Our last stop was Victoria, an absolutely gorgeous city, and home to Buchart Gardens about 30 minutes outside of town. Our excursion today was a visit to the gardens with English Tea!

"With a former limestone quarry for her backyard, Jennie Butchart envisioned landscaping a sunken garden in its place, transforming the property for her family—and visitors—for generations to come. As cement production exhausted the limestone deposits, Jennie envisioned a grand garden in its place and began transferring top soil by horse and cart. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into today’s Sunken Garden. Between 1906 and 1929, the Butcharts expanded The Gardens, designing the Japanese Garden on the seaside, the Italian Garden on their former tennis court and the fragrant, overflowing Rose Garden.Today, The Butchart Gardens is a National Historic Site of Canada. You’ll find remnants of the original cement plant and millions of bedding plants in over 900 varieties." [Buchart Gardens Website]


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony

semi-overcast 60 °F

Today was a sea day as we are transiting from Ketchikan to Victotia, where we will arrive tomorrow morning.

There were several empty suites on board, so the ship opened them up to allow passengers to take a look. Always interesting, especially the high end penthouses.

Penthouse with Veranda

Penthouse suite with Veranda

Deluxe stateroom with Veranda

Seabreeze Penthouse with Veranda

Seabreeze Penthouse Suite with Veranda

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