When we found ourselves with some time to spare
on Juneau’s, Mendenhall Glacier
the was no shortage…
…of arms ready, willing and able
to cuddle these husky pups
that were also living on the glacier.
All my chill images should have
provided us with a chilling experience…
…unfortunately, the opposite was true.
Although it was snowing on
Canada’s Athabasca Glacier in Alberta,
moving around kept us warm.
Even our visit to
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier
was undertaken in bright sunshine.
I must confess wearing more than
a cotton shirt on the
glacier visits though.
I am inclined to suggest that any journey
originating in Australia and visiting
the northern hemisphere
could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.
Last year’s travel to Canada took us about
16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island
an event we had not counted on.
Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.
Followed by the Red Carpet treatment
when boarding our
Gold Leaf Carriage.
Our Final day, not included in the tour,
was a visit to Wiseman,
a very small township
inside the Arctic Circle.
Both were happy to see the fence.
Dachshund because it could escape.
Maggie because she escaped any further chasing.
Her job completed, shed trotted back
to the backdoor very satisfied with herself.
However, there was no escape for these husky puppies…
…was once MGW and another female traveller
had them in their grasp.
Flying a helicopter…
to and from…
…sounds like a good way to spend
one’s working hours, to me.
Driving a huskie team pulling tourists over
the Mendenhall Glacier also seemed neat.
Fencing husky puppies away from harm
on Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau.
A very temporary fence around Taji
after she had been spayed.
It was supposed to keep her quiet, not stretch run etc.
As soon as we stepped out the back door she was
jumping up against said fence and
in her six weeks of captivity
nearly pushed the fence over.
So much for keeping her quiet. 🙂
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.