My NEW blog address is

and I have a link to where you can receive

Please go to the NEW BLOG.
thanks, bj

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am again sharing part of our ALASKAN cruise last summer
is having a TRAVEL NEAR AND FAR meme and I wanted to play, too.
THERE'S a lot of
RED, WHITE and BLUE in this post, which is one reason I chose it to post today.
Flags are still flying all over our town, in remembrance of 9/11
PHOTO by bj
This is one of the prettiest little towns we saw on our cruise...
So clean and crisp....and just breathtaking.
I took this photo from our balcony aboard the SAPPHIRE PRINCESS.
The top couple rows of balconies are the ones you want to try to get if you go on a cruise...the rows are angled out so that some of them are not covered...

We were on top...our balcony was covered and NO ONE COULD LOOK DOWN AND SEE US...:)..Not that we were gonna do anything that we didn't want anyone to see but....just sayin'
It did rain one day at sea and those below us couldn't use their balconies..but WE COULD...:-)
LOTS of Red White and Blue here...
THIS was the most incredible helicopter ride....
more to follow on this subject..;>)

This beautiful 7 day cruise to ALASKA was given to us by our children for our 50th wedding anniversary.
We were just flabbergasted...and so so thankful. I cried for a solid week but I sucked it all up when we got to SEATTLE, to board our ship the next day. Everything was so beautiful..and we'd never been to Washington before. AWESOME sights.

Linking also with TIME TRAVEL THURSDAY


Judi said...

Hi BJ *hug*
WHAT a wonderful gift you received from your children. I would have cried too! I know you would have loved it. We have sailed with the Princess line a couple of times and those balconies look so nicely familiar...beautiful pictures.
You have lovely memories.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I have always wanted to go to Alaska. Thank you for sharing this again!

Barbara F. said...

That's another place and thing on my bucket list, an Alaskan cruise! That is a wonderful gift from your children to commemorate your Golden Anniversary! I am sure you enjoyed every moment. xo,

Sandy said...

I've taken cruises south, but not into the waters of Alaska.. My son lives in Juneau and my Moms Sister in Anchorage. It's a beautiful state but the winters just make me I'll be spending a month in Juneau in the spring (depending on how much of the snow is gone) to visit with my grand daughter.
Very nice post.

Love Of Quilts said...

I don't remember your post of going to Alaska what month was it so I can look it up. Good to know about the balcony. We are going on a cruise one of these days don't know where yet. Hooray for your kids. Trish

Pondside said...

What a fabulous gift from your children! I'm so glad you had a great time. I wonder if you came into Victoria - if I'd known you I'd have been at the dock with a big bouquet!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Dear Anniversary Girl/World Traveler BJ (!!!)~~~

It's been soooo long, and I'm VERY glad I just happened by~~~~~~ 50 years deserves a GREAT B*I*G CONGRATULATIONS!!! (And we celebrated our 44th just a few weeks ago~ looks like the four of us were truly blessed!!!).

...annnnd, what WONDERFUL kids to HONOR their beloved parents with this trip of a lifetime... You two obviously are VERY MUCH L*O*V*E*D!!!

Blessings and more blessings,

Linda in AZ * (From "Mom of a German Shorthair" days!)

Vee said...

Golly, what had you guys done to get yourselves shipped to Alaska? ;> Your kids gave you such a great gift full of memories to carry you through the hottest of summers.

Have you seen the photos that Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys is doing of her trip this summer to Alaska. I think you'd be interested. She's in the middle of her series now.

NanaDiana said...

Your kids love you so much! What a wonderful way to honor you both. And it looks like you had a wonderful time! xo Diana

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

BJ, What a wonderful gift from your children. Steve and I were just saying tonight that our next cruise may be to Alaska. Your photos are wonderful and I may be asking for advise if we decide to do this trip next year.

Cindy said...

Oh, I would love to visit Alaska one day! Travel is a passion of mine that I don't get to indulge in as much as I'd like, so thank you for sharing! Wonderful gift from your children! P.S. I'm your newest follower!

Linda Chapman said...

You look FABULOUS!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!

Cindy said...

Hi BJ, I loved the comment you just left on my blog :) The "Follow Me" should be there...not sure what happened. I hope you'll try again. I'd love to meet halfway for tea and cookies!!
Thanks for visiting me at Art, Books, Tea! Cindy

EliFla said...

Hi BJ thanks for nvisiting me, on tha right line in my blog there's Google translator ("for my far friends").... I really love blu, red and white.... before our summer vacation I bought my wind-rain jacket...and the color were blu, red and white...because they're the US flag's colors!!!! Have a wonderful day, hugs, Flavia

Donnie said...

My son was stationed in Ketchican with the US Coast Guard in 1990 and hated leaving there when he was discharged. Beautiful area.

Jojo said...

What an incredibly thoughtful gift from your children! We've just learned that our granddaughters are moving to Fairbanks!!!! I'm seeing a trip to Alaska in our future though Fairbanks doesn't seem as exciting as a cruise!! Congratulations!

Holly said...

We did the Alaskan Cruise with Princess for our honeymoon 5 years ago and it was just the best trip ever!

Ann said...

Thanks for coming by and commenting on our new deck. We are SO excited to have it finished. It was a real chore in the 100degree weather this year. Some days they just couldn't take a chance to work in the heat!!!! I love when you visit.

Jo said...

Wow yalls children are awesome,what a wonderful gift for your the photo's,looks like yall had ton's of fun.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Yours in the second post I read today about an Alaskan cruise. It was such a generous gift from your children. How wonderful!

Chris said...

What wonderful kids you have to give you both such a beautiful gift for your anniversary. You took some great photos too. Never been on a cruise, but talked to a lot of neighbors that do. they love cruising. I have a fear of water, so I'll probably never go on one. We spent last summer in Alaska, but in a RV. :)

poppilinnstudios said...

How beautiful! I would love to take a cruise to Alaska.

Beth said...

BJ, What a beautiful post! Alaska is awesome and what a fabulous trip you had. Your children are special, and what a gift they gave you. Thanks for letting me know about the linky issue; it is now resolved. My apologies. I'm so glad you linked up!
Hugs, Beth

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This was a wonderful gift from your children,looks like you had a fun time in Alaska.
We also sailed with Princess five years ago. We had a great time like you. I love your photos!!!. This takes me back for some great old memories.. I would like to thank you so much for your comments on my new fall Tablescape.
I hope you have a great week.
XXOO Diane

Patti said...

That was my favorite cruise (topping many in the caribbean) And the helicopter ride was the most exhilarating experience ever!! I have come to the conclusion that I don't care if I go to any one destination for a vacation - would rather cruise and see many places

Kelly said...

I've never been to Alaska but my mom has. She LOVED it! You're lucky to have been able to go. It's just beautiful. My husband would love to go sometime too.

Lavender Cottage said...

I forgot you went to Alaska before us! We both decided to reminisce about it this month. :-)
It's so cool here today, I almost feel like I'm back in the north country. LOL
Pondside has missed a few of us that she could have met where the ships dock, it would have been nice to connect with her.

Kerry Rossow said...

Hi, BJ! I love how much you and your hubby love each other! I just spent waaaay too much time peeking around your place and I love it.
Thanks for joining HouseTalkN!

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Your Alaska cruise is something I've always wanted to do.
Your pictures are wonderful!


I'm now following you in Google reader.

Designs By Pinky said...

Oh BJ, what a wonderful, amazing gift from your children! CONGRATS on 50 years!!!! We are coming up on our 44th this November! Hard to believe sometimes. But he still makes me laugh everyday and that is WONDERFUL! Everyone I have ever met who has gone to Alaska has loved it. Can't wait to se more! XO, Pinky