Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, dedicated to bringing three hundred years of American history to life.

http://www.strawberybanke.org/

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Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, dedicated to bringing three hundred years of American history to life.

http://www.strawberybanke.org/

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Bright Light City

Elvis claimed that the bright light city would set is soul on fire while Jimmy Reed remonstrated that the bright lights went to his baby’s head.

We fortunately suffered no such side effects, flying south like snow birds after we docked at Vancouver leaving behind 54*F and arriving in Vegas with the mercury heading towards 100*F.

We whiled away the days with our iPods and Kindles.  At night we saw Donnie and Marie both in fine voice and at Caesars Bacchanal Buffet feasted with Steve and Sue from Margaret River, WA, Australia.  A great time.

http://www.caesarspalace.com/restaurants/bacchanal-buffet.html#.UlhabbzYJ2g

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Ketchikan Rainforest and Bear Tour

The rainforest area to the south of Ketchikan is an area where Salmon come to die and where Bears come to feed and occasionally find a live one they can help on its way. A number of rope suspension walkways have been constructed so the guests can observe from a safe distance. We spent over two hours at the site and it was eerie to see bears walking the paths we had trodden a short while earlier. While we did see a number of bears at close quarters and bears flipping salmon out of the river, we did not see leaping salmon being caught by a bear sitting on a rock.

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Juneau AK, Rainforest and Whales

This was by far our best shore excursion thanks to the guiding company, Gastineau Guiding and particularly the guide Eric Oravsky.  I had forgotten this was also a photo safari, Eric’s enthusiasm and technical knowledge made this a great tour for everybody from point and shooters to full framers.  He informed an overview on how the rainforest had developed in the last one hundred years.

The Whale chasing boat had side windows that opened up so that photos could be taken without being exposed on deck.

Gastineau Guiding = http://www.stepintoalaska.com/

Eric Oravsky = http://allseasonallterrain.com/

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Skagway, AK – White Pass and Yukon Railroad

If one was looking to make a fortune 110 years ago by striking gold in the Yukon, getting a good deal on a rail ticket from Skagway in Alaska to Yukon in Canada was the way to go.

Nowadays, it’s the tourists from the cruise ships that travel these ancient tracks in search of breathtaking views and magnificent scenery.

We travelled through the mountains alongside rivers and waterfalls, over trestle bridges passing by similar rotting wooden bridges, ghostly relics of yesteryear, as we made our way up through the clouds to the summit.

Upon our return we explored Skagway, a town holding onto its Western charm and timeworn buildings, one of the few towns in southeast Alaska with a road link to mainland North America.

http://www.wpyr.com/

http://skagway.com/

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