Out Of Service In Alaska

A rusting hulk of a steam engine sits alongside the tracks of the Yukon and White Pass Railroad in Skagway, Alaska. It once carried supplies and men into the Yukon looking for their fortunes in the Canadian gold fields. Abandoned almost 70 years ago it’s too heavy and too remote to salvage, so it justContinue reading “Out Of Service In Alaska”

Coastal Alaska And Cruise Season

Looking out into Sitka Sound from the city of Sitka, Alaska you’ll usually find a number of cruise ships at anchor sending and visitors ashore. In the above image are a Silver Seas and a Hurtigruten Expeditions ship at anchor. Now with the opening of a new cruise ship pier just five miles out ofContinue reading “Coastal Alaska And Cruise Season”

A Lonely Lighthouse In Alaska

When cruising Alaska in May often the weather can be cold and wet and 2023 is living up to that promise. Traveling south from Seward we passed an isolated lighthouse sitting under an ominous sky. Another picture I couldn’t pass up. Join us as we visit historic treasures, natural wonders and vibrant cities set againstContinue reading “A Lonely Lighthouse In Alaska”

A Photo Tour Of Machu Picchu

We’ve been searching for the words to describe the experience of being at Machu Picchu and we haven’t come up with anything adequate. The place overwhelmed us and trying to find a logical explanation of how it was built without the wheel or beasts of burden or steel tools left us stumped. The only thingContinue reading “A Photo Tour Of Machu Picchu”

Maybe Wireless Is The Solution

This is typical street wiring in Saigon, Vietnam (a few prefer to call it by its official name, Ho Chi Minh City) but you’ll see this sight throughout Southeast Asia. It also isn’t unusual to see two or three technicians hudled in front of a junction box with the door open and a similar tangleContinue reading “Maybe Wireless Is The Solution”

A Waterfall In Skagway, Alaska

A favorite port in Alaska is Ketchikan and while it was originally the jumping off location to the Klondike gold rush, today it is a new boom town based on cruising. The town offers a number of activities and excursions, but if you don’t mind a little hiking there is a location only two milesContinue reading “A Waterfall In Skagway, Alaska”

Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas

The photograph shows Charlotte Amalie harbor and Saint Thomas from Yacht Haven marina. I’ve been coming to St. Thomas since the 1960’s (Navy) and have listened to the Mamas And Popas play at Lion in the Sun when they weren’t waiting tables. We used to hang out at the bar at Morning Star Beach ClubContinue reading “Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas”

The Road Into Hoonah, Alaska

A popular port of call for Alaska cruising is Icy Straight Point. It is a major complex operated by the Huna Tlingit tribe that includes cable cars a cannery museum, a number of restaurants, a zip line and excursion center. The Tlingit seem to be doing very well. The area has been occupied by theContinue reading “The Road Into Hoonah, Alaska”

Surfer Girls Manley Beach, Australia

Australia is famous for its surfing and only a short ferry ride from anywhere around Sydney Harbour is Manley Beach. It’s approximately one mile long, stretching from Queenscliff in the north to North Steyne Beach in the south. It is a popular destination for locals that is known for its golden sand, clear water, andContinue reading “Surfer Girls Manley Beach, Australia”

The Historic District Of Quito, Ecuador

The historic center of Quito, Ecuador is one of the best-preserved colonial areas across all of Latin America. It is the reason that in 1978 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. It is a miracle that the area has survived so intact, given that in 1917 it was hit by a devastating earthquake. TheContinue reading “The Historic District Of Quito, Ecuador”