My many adventures

Hi Folks, sorry I deleted my paragraph where I tell you all about all the places I've been to.
I'm blessed since surviving breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I want to visit.
I've been to Scotland, England, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & SulcukEphesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...
Debbie


BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: Sept 20, 2016

Hi Folks! I have been away from posting because my 40 year old daughter finally got married Aug 27th 2016. It was tiring but the wedding was wonderful and very happy in the end. I sent them on a beautiful honeymoon to Calabogie Lodge in Ontario. The resort was all wood interior with two bedrooms and the master suite with a bed so big. Apparently when the drove back home to Halifax, they started arguing and it lasted all the way over four provinces. Now she feels the argument wasn't so bad. Glad they enjoyed their first vacation ever! His brother loaned them his BMW which drove like a dream.

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.

I had my annual cancer check up and everything was great! It makes me so happy unfortunately, my doctor had to retire due to illness and I am trying to get a family doctor. It is horrible when you don't have someone who looks after you and knows you.

We had a fabulous summer with little rain, although the farmers and rural residents were not too happy. Some people had to pay for water since their wells went dry. This rainless weather is not something we experience so it was a little frightening.

I've been busy trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

Well, be on the look out for my various posts. I also have a few products I want to write about as well.
Thanks friends,

Debbie

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gold Panning and Yummy Maple Alaskan Salmon Bake, Juneau, Alaska

This is was an experience that everyone should take.  I can't tell you how much we all enjoyed this wild adventure in Juneau.

I booked this tour before we sailed and I am so happy I did.  The guide looked just like River Phoenix and had a fabulous accent.  We bused to the Chilkoot area where a gold mine used to be and oh the stories we were told about the mine.

Layla starts our adventure by playing her harmonica on the bus to get us geared up. I'm not sure if the video below will work so hopefully it will.  We arrive at the river where we would begin panning for goal.  We sprayed bug spray on us, picked out our gear like our shovels and panning dish and set off for the short walk to the river.  We watched a display on how to pan and I was so glad to see how it was done.  The kids picked up the panning really well.

The interesting thing here for me was when the guide said the water was only 30 degrees, which to me meant Celsius but it was in Fahrenheit and it was cold!!!  We all got into the grove of panning when one at a time shouted out, "we found some gold I think".  Our guide would come over and look and tell us if we did indeed find gold.  After all of us actually found gold in our pan, he then told us to go over other sites on the river to see if we could then find nuggets, so off we went.  Unfortunately, no one found any nuggets but it was fun trying.

We then went to the Chilkoot Gold Mine and had the most wonderful maple salmon bake, considering we three didn't eat salmon even though we live on the East coast of Canada.  I have to tell you though, the salmon was really awesome and they had lots of other foods including great salads to choose from.  While we enjoyed the delicious dinner, there was a singer playing for us and he was really good.  The surroundings of the Salmon Bake was beautiful! There was a little pond by the actual place they baked the salmon.  The kids explore further away near the actual Chilkoot Gold Mine and took amazing pictures of the old mine and wood relics and of the beautiful waterfalls.

Folks, it is truly one adventure you all need to take once in your life and we are so glad we did!  Enjoy the pictures.




Off we go with our panning equipment.


Our guide


I can't believe we were actually panning.  There is another group in the back ground.

He does look like River, doesn't he??!!

This was the pond by the Salmon Bake

The eating area.

This is where they cooked the salmon.


Amazing water fall near the Salmon Bake.




A piece of the old Chilkoot Gold mine floating in the river.


More pieces of the old gold mine.



Wonderful to see the relics of history long gone.






Hard to describe except to say INCREDIBLE!





A broader picture of the Salmon Bake and eating area.

The kids with the statue of an old gold miner.

Kids eh!!!?

My sore feet resting on the ride back.