Alaska

I arrived in Alaska on Sunday, June 17, 2018!

On Monday, June 18, I traveled from Tok to Valdez, Alaska.

On Tuesday, June 19, I took a cruise to Meares Glacier in Prince William Sound!

 

Canada

Here are some of the highlights from my drive through Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory)! These images are the result of traveling the Alaska Highway between the dates of June 14-17, 2018. Notice the Helotes and Jack signs I have posted in the Sign Post Forest. The black bear face image is not sharp because he decided to walk over to my van and say “Hi.” He was just getting too close for my long lens to focus!

 

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Washington State

On Monday, June 11, 2018, I traveled from Oregon to Washington. I made a brief visit to Mount Saint Helens National Park. On Tuesday, June 12, I made a visit to the North Cascades National Park. Did a little hiking to find the water fall. Found snow at Rainy Pass. Then, drove on to camp in Winthrop, Washington (made to look like on old western town). Apparently, I’m not the Jack at the Three Fingered Jack Saloon……. I still have more than three fingers! On Wednesday, June 13, I took some pictures of the KOA restroom/shower room because they are perfect! Then headed across the border into British Columbia, Canada!

 

Oregon Coastline

I drove from Sequoia National Park to Crescent City, California to join my good friends Peter and Kim, who were having their own adventure along the coastline of Oregon for a couple of weeks. These images were taken on Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th, 2018. That’s Peter framed by the driftwood! We found the snail crossing our trail at lightning speed. Lol. The dinosaur is for my grandson. The Queen Anne’s Lace is for my wife. Many lighthouses next to the Pacific ocean in Oregon.

 

Sequoia National Park, California

On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5th and 6th, 2018, I made a visit to Sequoia National Park.

Me and my traveling buddy Al found our first bear in the wild.

He was in Round Meadow in the middle of Big Trees Trail!

This friendly marmot was along side the trail also.

Lots of birds in the forest and meadows.

Don’t you just love those Sequoia trees?

That’s Long Tunnel with my Pacifica parked underneath it!

I always try to get a picture with the black bear inside the Lodgepole Campground store.

Found a local neighborhood gas station for $3.35 a gallon!

Great deal compare to $3.99 at another station.

 

 

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Left a beautiful KOA campground in Chula Vista, California. Very pricey!

Camped in site one in Jumbo Rocks Campground at Joshua Tree National Park.

The high temperature got to 105 degrees! Hiking in the direct sunlight was quite strenuous. Little shade to be found until early evening behind the large boulders.

Took pictures of Split Rock and Live Oak.

Also, Skull Rock and Face Rock.

Lots of Joshua Trees and Rock Formations.

Rested on my beach lounge chair in the shade of the huge rock formation next to my campsite. Just call me “Jack” and call my bear traveling buddy from Alaska “Al.”

The last image I took shows what my campsite looked like around 5:00 AM on Monday, June 4, 2018 (Travel day to Visalia, California KOA, near Sequoia National Park!)

What are your favorite images?

Favorite Rock Formations?

Favorite Joshua Tree images?

 

San Diego Zoo Visit

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 30, 31, and June 1, 2018, I visited the San Diego Zoo in California for the first time!

I love the mane of the male lion.

I love the bears for their solitary ways.

I was disappointed with trying to get a good picture of the two pandas on display my first day. A third panda is 27 years old and retired from putting on a show for the visitors. The mother panda has had six panda cubs and is done having little ones. Her son, who is a six-year old teenager is the most active. His five other siblings have been returned to China. Besides sleeping a lot, the pandas get some privacy much of the day by turning their backs to the crowds.

The grizzly urinating image is for my brother. He loves the potty humor shots!

The small cat is a fishing cat!

The male snow leopard only has one eye due to surgery!

The koala bears are plentiful at the zoo!

The orangutans are always fun to watch! One came right up to the viewing window to stare at the humans!