Family vacations are an absolute necessity to getting through an uneventful year. This years traveling extravaganza included a cruise ship that left out of a Canadian dock. We were going to see the glaciers of Alaska, the pods of whales that inhabit the sea, and the majestic eagles in flight. But first I would like to make your imagination sore to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada.
It is warm, mid seventies. The smell of flowers greet you, pollen hangs in the air. The sound of lazy bees’ wings can be heard before you even enter the main part of the garden. You can hear the bubbling streams that accent the flowers vibrant colors when they meet your eyes. A person can take hours strolling through this gorgeous garden or simply relaxing on a bench and soaking up the beauty, one sip at a time. It is simply and undeniably magnificent. I personally have seen beauty like that once before and that involved a Thermal Maori village in New Zealand. And now sadly we must depart the beauty of the gardens and venture onward.
The sunlight never died, heavy curtains saved those from sleepless nights. These were Alaska’s brightest months. Usually the blue sky is filled with gray clouds threatening to break open and let rain pour onto the earth. Our ship was lucky, we had bright blue skies to look out upon, not a cloud in sight.
One morning we were sitting out on the deck of our room and noticed a wall of white fog. It reminded the travelers on the large vessel of something from a Stephen King novel. As our ship sliced through the fog like a knife cutting through a loaf of bread everything looked eerie. Even though it seemed a little scary, this is what we had to go through to get to Glacier Bay and see one of the biggest glaciers around. Once the fog lifted we heard the ice as it splintered off from its base and crashed into the ocean below. Now that sound was chilling to the ears. Brave bald eagles flew above us as we peered from our balcony. There was some type of small sea mammal frolicking in the water below. It was amazingly peaceful and all seemed still even though everything was alive and moving around us.
But alas, it is now time to come back from mind’s eye and go on to another essay.
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