A Travellerspoint blog

May 2011

Seattle

It has been a long day!! Had to get up at 4am to cath the 6:40 Amtrak train to Seattle from Vancouver. Our Holland America hosts went above and beyond and got up early to help 6 of us get to the station. They were awesome!!! Left the hotel and took the skytrain to the Amtrak station and then went through the process of boarding it. I have never been on a train and thought it would be easier getting on but really was kind of a pain too! There is just no easy way to travel anymore. You go through all the security stuff at the station, then when we crossed over the border the customs agents came on to check passports and collect our customs forms. They were a little rude if you ask me. Then we went down to another stop and the sniffing dogs came aboard. I think it was worse than flying! The ride down was beautiful! It was a clear sunny day again!! After getting our luggage at the station and then seeing our friends off that had rode down with us we hopped in a cab and came to the hotel. Nice hotel for an overnight but don't think it will work for my group next year before our Alaska cruise. On the way to Pike's Market we stopped at a couple smaller hotels and talked to them about their properties. We walked around the market and then went over to the waterfront where we picked up a Hop On Hop Off tour bus. It was a great tour of the city. Been a long week so we got back to the hotel early and are heading to bed since we have to be up and going in the morning to get to the airport. I have learned alot about Holland America Cruises, Victoria, Whistler and Vancouver Canada and Seattle this week. And I made some new friends. As of this moment, no trip planned until a cruise in September. But there are several months before then so things could change!!!!
King St Station where Amtrak is.

King St Station where Amtrak is.


Took this standing in front on hotel and looking right.

Took this standing in front on hotel and looking right.


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At the market

At the market


Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park


Qwest Field on left, Safeco Field on right and Mt Rainer in background.

Qwest Field on left, Safeco Field on right and Mt Rainer in background.


Think we need to open one of these in Dallas!!!

Think we need to open one of these in Dallas!!!


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Seattle Space Needle

Seattle Space Needle

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Vancouver

Our last full day of the fam and we were treated to breakfast at the hotel. Then we boarded our coach for a full day. Our driver gave us a city tour and we made a stop in Stanley Park at the totem poles. Then we were taken to Granville Island where we had time to shop before we met for lunch. Our next stop was Grouse Mountain. What a beautiful place. We walked out to where they have 2 abondoned bears and the we walked a little farther down and took a chairlift up to go walk across 6 inches of snow to go in a viewing platforn on a wind tubine. The views were breathtaking. After that we went to the Capilino Susupention bringe. It was nice aplace. After the bridge we were treated to dinner. This has been a great trip! I learned alot about Holland America and met some wonderful people. Now I am on Amtrak as making our way down to Seattle to check on hotels for the group next.
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We had to climb this hill!

We had to climb this hill!


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Whistler back to Vancouver

Wow what a day! The sun was shining and 9 of us were zipping! The Ziptrek Adventure was outstanding! To be on the mountains, going through the trees with snow around you was breathtaking. We did 5 lines with the longest two being 900 ft and 1100 ft! I took pictures on one of them but I was going so fast on the others that they were just a blur! We had a blast! On the ride to the zip course we got to see where they did the luge and I think skeleton during the Olympics. That thing goes completely sideways! Guess they are going so fast they won't fall off!
After we finished we went back to the hotel to meet the group to board the bus back to Vancouver. Whistler is a beautiful place and I would recommend anyone up this way go there. The ski slopes look really neat and there are 2 mountains and now they have a gondola that goes across from the top of each one! This is where they did the skiing during the Olympics.
On the way back we stopped at the Brittanina Mine for a tour. It was a copper mine that closed in 1974. Our guide had actually worked there himself so he told us the good stuff! Was interesting and we got to pan for gold but most just found fool's gold!
We arrived at our hotel for the next 2 nights--The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Beautiful room with an outstanding view. We were so beat from all the walking and climbing today that we ate in the hotel dining room and came back to the room. Have a full day on tomorrow which is the last day of our Holland America fam.
Too much fun!!!

Too much fun!!!


Ziplining was AWESOME!!!

Ziplining was AWESOME!!!


Zip course

Zip course


I took this when I was on the zipline.

I took this when I was on the zipline.


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Zip course


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Zip course


The Ziptrek group!!

The Ziptrek group!!


Luge used in Olympics

Luge used in Olympics


luge---this is almost straight up and down!

luge---this is almost straight up and down!


On drive from Whistler to Vancouver

On drive from Whistler to Vancouver


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2nd hard hat of the day!

2nd hard hat of the day!


Our guide from the copper mine.

Our guide from the copper mine.


Check out all those stairs!!  YIKES.  There were no handrails back when it was in operation.

Check out all those stairs!! YIKES. There were no handrails back when it was in operation.


The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver

The Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver


The cruise port from our hotel window.

The cruise port from our hotel window.


In our room tonight.

In our room tonight.

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Whistler, BC

Arrival in Vancouver was beautiful today! It was a little cloudy but turned in to a bright sunny day. We boarded our private coach and made a stop at the Olympic Cauldron. It was neat to see and it was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be! Then we headed up toward Whistler resort. On the way we stopped at Shannon Falls which was breathtaking. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is an elegant resort. There is a Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center that was a sight to see. We met the hotel staff and were taken on a tour of the facility! The rooms are so nice and some have slope views with the chairlift right outside the window. We were treated to a 4 course meal that was superb. Get to go ziplining tomorrow!!! Oh yea...it is cold and all I brought were capri pants and short sleeves with a windbreaker!!
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Shannon Falls

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Our hotel is to the right .  See the ski lift in the background?

Our hotel is to the right . See the ski lift in the background?

These candies awaited us in our room!

These candies awaited us in our room!

Our room at the Farimont Whistler

Our room at the Farimont Whistler

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Victoria, BC

Had the morning free and arrived in Victoria around noon. We met the ladies from Tourism Victoria and Toursim British Columbia onboard before we headed off to tour this lovely place. We had a guided tour of Butchardt Gardens which was fantastic! The tulips were awesome as you can see by the pictures. After that we went to the Inner Harbour and had a little time on our own. They gave us an admission ticket to the BC Royal Museum but we only had 15 minutes to tour it. After it closed we went to the Empress Hotel to walk around before catching the bus back to the ship. Dinner was on are own and we ate in the buffet and it was very good.
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Buchardt Gardens

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