We had probably the busiest year we will ever have in 2018.Late February we spent a weekend in Auckland
to celebrate the engagement of
our eldest son to his bride to be.
In June we were blessed with falling snow while
visiting the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier.
Most of us had not seen falling snow ever,
so a real delight.
A week or so later while cruising the Inside Passage
during our stop at Juneau we flew
onto the Mendenhall Glacier to visit the huskies
and have a rife in a sled.
We hardly seemed to be home
to be made for our road trip in New Zealand
prior to our son’s wedding.
A Māori Hāngī at the
Whakarewarewa Māori Village in Rotorua…
…and a visit to the Hobbit Movie Set at Matamata,
…were preludes to the big day.
The next morning back at
Auckland International Airport
for our flight home.
A great idea for the end of the year
and particularly one in which I thought
I had not been out (with camera) very much…
January began with a nice sunrise which
reflected on our sprinkler.
…one of my favourite photos for the year.
an engagement party for our eldest and his bride to be.
for sunrises and…
Late in March I joined liked minded people
to exhibit some of our work.
In my case photos.
A few day later in early April we celebrated
our 31st Wedding Anniversary
with a First Class (our own private cabin)
dinner on the Q-Train.
Trips for sunrises and sets…
Also due in part to the fact that
we were thinking of our trip to Canada in June.
falling snow for the first time.
A week later we were enjoying our Gold Leaf carriage
on the Rocky Mountaineer as it
carried us back to Vancouver.
to Alaskan waters and enjoyed our first pre-booked excursion.
A dog sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier.
Margerie Glacier calving, several times,
was well worth the visit.
Home in July for a rare colourful sunrise.
By late August canola crops were beginning to flower.
in New Zealand had commenced.
Hobbiton movie set was another of our must sees prior to leaving.
Early in October we added
another daughter-in-law to our family.
Spring rains came and went leaving us fairly dry
at the beginning of December..
Happy New Year to all.
I have stated previously that…
our Christmas Tree brings back…
more treasured memories each year…
as we collect more decorations…
from places visited.
A couple of must see sights, that fit the challenge,
from Juneau, Alaska….
The Mendenhall Glacier from our helicopter.
This was my first choice.
Husky accommodation on Mendenhall Glacier
A fence needed to keep us out of the water
an Australian who uses
Australian Opal and Alaskan gold
to manufacture jewellery.
Never expected a fence on the Mendenhall Glacier.