Holiday 2010: Final Post

May 26th, 2010 by Francis Yates Leave a reply »

So the holiday has been over for a few days, and straight back into reality, its been a tough couple of days with the jet lag, usually falling asleep on the couch around 8:30pm. Unfortunately all good things usually have to come to an end, and this holiday was no exception to that rule.

I thought I would use this blog post to sum things up. This was one of the most amazing holidays I have been on, based on the scenery and the pure awe of what mother nature is capable of. We drove over 2800 miles in 8 days, from Los Angeles, California, all the way up to Seattle, Washington. During this drive we experienced some of the most beautiful coast lines in the world (The Big Sur, Monterey etc) and the Giant Tree’s of the Redwood National Park, onto just feet and feet of Snow in Oregon. We also got to visit Crater Lake, which is just awe inspiring, and another piece of mother natures art works. We got to drive through Portland in Oregon, which is a beautiful city (with not much to do) and made our way up into Seattle.

On the cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit, we got to visit Alaska, the last Frontier! Alaska has to be the most beautiful state in America, and very likely the most beautiful place in the world. The sheer mighty force that the Glaciers once had is amazing, and they make a 88,000 ton ship (10 stories) look like a toy model. There is over 65% of land in Alaska that is owned by the US Government and is protected land, they are really taking there preservation of this land seriously. When you smell the air, there is no polution, it is clean crisp air.

We where also fortunate enough to be able to take a train ride from Skagway to Fraser, BC (Canada) on the Yukon Trail and White pass, and then take bicycles back down the other side, ok it took us an hour to go downhill, but you have to cater for everyone!

It is without a doubt, that I would recommend this trip to anybody, however it would have to be in the May / June (very early June) time frame, while the snow is still around. While I am sure that it is just as beautiful and awe inspiring in the later months (up until September is when the season closes) I cannot imagine doing this without the beautiful white blankets of snow that covered most Alaska, it was absolutely beautiful to experience this, and my first time seeing snow 🙂

It was also nice to see that global warming has not taken a full effect, and there are still a couple of glaciers around that are still growing, after seeing the pure beauty of Alaska, maybe the world isn’t such a bad place after all, mother nature is still in control over there, even though she might be getting pissed off in other places (earth quakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, tsunamis etc).

To wrap it all up, this was one of the most beautiful holidays I have ever been on, incredibly relaxing and breathtaking. I have been very fortunate to experience this all, and I hope you enjoyed the blog updates, thanks for reading, until next year June (next planned Holiday)!

Arividerchi, Chow!


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