Thursday, June 28, 2018

ALASKA TRIP-MAY 2018 - SATURDAY, MAY 26TH, 2018 - ON THE MOUNTAIN AND BACK TO POTTER'S MARSH

On The Mountain and back to Potter's Marsh
Saturday, May 26th, 2018 
(The gondola can be found at the end of the hotel.  We took this to get up the mountain.)
9.36 p.m. We have just had a Facetime with our son and daughter-in-law.  How lovely it was to see them.  This is the longest in a long time that we haven't been together.  We have been playing catch-up all through the trip, but today schedules were aligned. Fantastic! It was fun to tell them what we had seen, and also to catch up on all their news.  We are getting together next week also.  Son will be picking us up at the airport, and then the four of us will have a meal together a day or two later.

We have had lots of texts from our niece letting us know that they are now home.  It was a very long journey.  They had to catch a train after they landed, and change to another.  Good to know they got back okay.  Her Dad picked them up from the train station.  They must both be exhausted.  

We are in our hotel room.  What did we do today?
(The photos above, the first as the gondola docked, another as we saw it coming down,
and the next two were taken out of the gondola windows, as was this one looking 
down to the hotel.)
We rode to the top of the mountain on the gondola. I didn't feel as nervous this time.  Weather was calm, no talk of not being able to get down the mountain because the wind was too high, no being packed into the gondola as tight as a sardine in a can, no talk about the caterpillar transport taking us down the mountain 10 at a time! It was a very nice, calm ride down.

It was also a very pleasant ride up. The driver told us that sometimes he looks below and sees bears and moose wandering the property, these in the lower elevations. As hard as we looked we didn't see anything. 

When we were at the restaurant a few nights ago, we noticed another building, the Roundhouse.  There is a gift shop on the second level (ground level for us) and a ski patrol office on the first level. I bought a few souvenirs, cards, magnets, that kind of thing.  There was also another restaurant nearby, one where we had lunch.

We walked out onto the snow with several other tourists first.  
It was incredible to be up there with all that snow .
And of course we took the obligatory selfie.
The views were absolutely stunning.
We had lunch in the Bore Tide Deli and Bar. 


The same scene in these two photos, cropping the one below to get a closer look at the sheep.

One more look at that gorgeous view before we made our way down the mountain.

After that we drove to Potter's Marsh again.  No eagles, a few ducks, a few Canada Geese, a few gulls.  Loved the boardwalk, pretty area and more posts ahead.  



Gregg wanted to drive up the hill at the back of the nature area and we saw a lot of very pretty houses.  

On the way back we stopped at an ice-cream shop not that far from the hotel.  We both had a milkshake.  A strawberry for me, vanilla for Gregg. This pretty dog was there.
  

Back to the hotel for a cocktail.  Tonight I had a raspberry mojito and Gregg a brandy and ginger ale.
It is 11.48 p.m. and there is still light in the sky.  Not bright, almost a twilight but I can definitely look out and see what is going on down there.  We are after all in the land of the midnight sun, and the days are getting longer already.  I am looking for bear and moose in particular. 



This is about it for today.  We are slowly winding down.

All is quiet, back to sleep I go. 





26 comments:

  1. Wonderful views from up high!

    And what a sweet doggie!

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    1. They took my breathe away and the dog, so sweet!

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  2. Glad your niece made it safely home.

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  3. Wow what a magic place to visit. the views are amazing.

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  4. Those views are incredible. But you know that.

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  5. I agree, the midnight sun is an experience. I found it difficult getting to sleep on such a bright night. Great pictures, Denise, as usual.

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    1. It is amazing to be that far north isn’t it Valerie?

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  6. Amazing photos, as always. Liked the close up of the duck.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Victor, I will have another series of photos coming up sometime.

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  7. Not sure I would want to ride in that gondola, but then after seeing the view I would definitely reconsider, Denise. How nice to walk in the snow on the top.

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    1. It gave me pause Dorothy, but was so worth the ride.

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  8. Hello, Denise! Beautiful views of the mountains. The gondola ride looks like fun. I like the restaurant and the birds and the cute dog. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. Hi Eileen, I thought you might enjoy the birds and the dog. I know I did. Enjoy your day and weekend :)

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  9. I WANT ONE of those light fixtures. wow, when you zoomed on the beautiful sheep, all I could see were the lights. I love different styles of lights than the norm. all your photos are just perfect,

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    1. They were lovely Sandra. I enjoyed everything, even looking at those light fixtures.

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  10. Wow what a wonderful trip, I have always thought I would love Alaska and now I want to go even more having seen your photos. Isn't Facetime wonderful? I love to be able to keep up with all the family whilst we are away too.
    Wren x

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    1. I would recommend a visit to this phenomenal state to everyone. It was beyond my expectations. Yes, love Facetime!

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  11. These are marvelous all! The goose portrait - so much here. Nice to see you both hale and hearty in the sun.

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    1. Thank you Cloudia and those Vanada Geese are everywhere and I love them all :)

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  12. Hi Denise,
    Another busy day with some super mountains images, I'm never sure about these gondola rides myself but seeing the view you got its would be most certainly worth it.
    You always seem to visit an Ice cream shop!!
    Super trip.
    All the best, John

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    1. Hi John, a good ice-cream shop is hard to pass by :) all the best to you too :)

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  13. This looks so much like Lake Louise, but without all the houses and people!!!!

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