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Monday, June 13, 2016

USA National Parks and Alaska Vacation





We took a 20 day package to America to see some of America's best National Parks plus a seven day cruise on the Celebrity Solstice to Alaska.

I'll let my pictures do the talking.

The Grand Canyon 



Monument Valley




Arches





We had a brief stop at Afton for lunch.   They have an elk horn arch right across the main street. The elk shed their antlers naturally so no harm is done to the animal.









A shop owner came out to chat and we discussed the powerful gun lobby, and he said he was 'carrying' and lifted his shirt to reveal a small gun in a leather holster on his hip.   These were some of the signs in his window which tells you what he's thinking.





Yellowstone




There is a not-for-profit facility that looks after bears who have been a problem for humans, mainly by stealing food from campers but sometimes aggressive behaviour.  They are happy here and will never be released back into the wild because they could no longer survive.  The same goes for the wolves.




Yellowstone has many beautiful waterfalls.





Bryce Canyon




Las Vegas




Zion




Chaos in Seattle as thousands of people wait to board cruise ships to Alaska.



The Celebrity Solstice










We took a train ride into the mountains in Skagway, Alaska





The Empress Hotel, Victoria - capital of British Columbia, Canada





A parting treat to ourselves - lunch at Elliott's Oyster House, on the waterfront at Seattle.







Back to LA and home.

Beautiful country, beautiful people.