As we travel out of Devils Tower Nation Park we saw the red sandstone and siltstone cliffs over the Belle Fourche River. During our travels we realized that picture wouldn’t do justice to the massive views we were seeing.
Devils Tower was proclaimed the first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Devils Tower is also known as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site for many American Indians. As we approached this it how the Tower looked, just a tiny dot in the distance. As we got closer the tiny dot became bigger. The Tower continued to get bigger until we finally arrived at the monument. When we started REALLY looking at the Tower we found some climbers. Can you find them in the picture below? They are about half way up and just right of center. A close up of the Climbers – guess they’re not afraid of heights!
Our Great American Road Trip of 2010 started with us flying into Rapid City, SD on Monday, Aug 23rd. We picked up the rental car and headed to Mount Rushmore. It was a wonderful sunny day with mild temps. Before we arrived we could see the presidents off in the distance. WHY THESE FOUR PRESIDENTS? George Washington, (1st president) led the early colonists in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy. Because of his importance, Washington is the most prominent figure on the mountain. Thomas Jefferson, (3rd president) he was the author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. Theodore Roosevelt, …
We decided it might be fun to rent a villa in St. John VI for a week with the Rotchfords. We traveled by plane, ferry and jeep to get to our home for a week. We flew into St. Thomas and boarded the Red Hook Ferry arriving at 10:00 pm at St. John, A person from the rental agency met us at the ferry with our Jeep. We took Southshore Road out-of-town, pass the Westin, made a right on Great Cruaz Bay Road. We passed Laughing Gull Lane, went over 3 speed bumps and made a left at Great Sunset. This took us from Great Cruz Bay to Chocolate Hole. The house sat directly in front of us behind 2 stone pillars marked Chocolate Hole 98. The house was yellow with peach trim. The owners, of the villa, had their white Cherokee in the driveway.  After exploring the villa, we …
These are just a few pictures of Seattle from the ship, with the last one of the ship heading out to sea. As you can tell from the pictures, it looked as if the sky would open up any minutes and rain on our parade at moment. It did not rain so we enjoyed are sail away from the top deck. Save Save
The cabins on the Star were more spacious than some we have been in and lots of storage space. The shower was larger than most and enclosed by a sliding door. Water on the floor was never a problem. The toilet was on the other side and also enclosed by a sliding door. Towels were changed constantly even though we had hung them up and would have used them again. Linens were changed daily as well. The safe in the cabin was easy to operate and a nice thing to have since you do not want to carry your valuables with you all the time. We like having a cabin with a balcony and we like having the doors between the cabins open so we can visit back and forth during the cruise.   As we are enjoying our balcony, we have a front row seat to dock and all …
From the moment you step into the atrium lobby, with its fantasy furniture and artwork you know that it is going to be a fun cruise. An explosion of bright Caribbean-style colors set the tone in both the public rooms and accommodations. A dash of contemporary and art deco styling elevates things in some of the ship’s fancier restaurants and lounges..The Atrium is six decks tall with 3 glass elevators, two winding stairways going up 2 decks to the Internet Café with the Java Café is located in center. There is often live music in the Atrium.                      Open 24 hours a day, the Blue Lagoon offers hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, a couple of stir fried dishes, potato skins, chicken wings and so on. There are always cookies and fruit to munch on. The Star Bar is a place that a gangster would hang out. Order a cocktail. Relax. …
Once we were on board it would take two to three hours (usually about 2:00) before we could get to our cabins. The passengers from the previous sailing had to be out of their rooms by 9:00 this morning, it only makes sense that the staff needs time to get the cabins cleaned. So the first thing we did was find a dining room and have lunch. After lunch we started exploring the ship so we would have some idea where things are. This is the Bier Garten, located on Deck 13, high up midship, overlooking the pool area. Unfortunately, since it is so high, it is not a highly desirable place to be in Alaska or any other cold weather cruising. This could be the reason it was open only twice on this cruise. It was offered once during the sail away party and one other morning. bar serves …
We had a nice breakfast at the hotel this morning, scheduled our shuttle to the ship and we were on our way. This is a our Sawyer Glacier Cruise Itinerary & Cost sheet.  We were given our room keys and map of the ship to look over while in a holding area. Our credit card was attached to our room keys, so we didn’t have to carry anything around the ship except the keys.   Once we were ready to board the ship, we all had to use the Hand Disinfectant before we could continue on our way.       Save
We had dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Elliott Bay on Pier 66 at the Pike Place Market.        As we were walking around the streets near the hotel we saw this building that Steve REALLY like. It was Rainier Tower a 31-story, 514.0 ft skyscraper in the Metropolitan Tract of Seattle, Washington, at 1301 Fifth Avenue. It was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center in New York City as well as the IBM Building, which is on the corner across the street from Rainier Tower to the southeast. Its construction was completed in 1977. The skyscraper has an unusual appearance, being built atop an 11-storey, 37 m (121 ft) concrete pedestal base that tapers towards ground level, like an inverted pyramid. Locals often refer to it as the “Beaver Building” as its physical appearance looks like a tree being felled by a beaver.          Save Save
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