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Checking in back from vacation...



Had a wonderful time - cruise ships are the height of decadence yet also the height of relaxation - but believe it or not, I managed to get a sunburn even in



Fireweed - the "state flower", it`s surprisingly tasty in jello-form.



Can`t really see it in the pic but glacier ice is bright blue because of the condensed oxygen in it.



Yup, I went on a hiking tour into the wilderness. And it was worth it.




Now this should give it away. And nope, it wasn`t Santa`s backyard. *g*


There is more of those around than people.

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katje0711
Aug. 15th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Alaska? Beautiful pics! And as sunny as it was, I'm surprised you didn't automatically wear sunscreen!
astri13
Aug. 15th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yup, Alaska. :) And the sad thing is, I WAS wearing sunscreen, I pretty much always am on vacation yet I still got sunburned. Just me and my usually translucent skin.
katje0711
Aug. 15th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Translucent skin? So you can see through your skin? LOL Hmmm. Was it a high numbered sunscreen? Or maybe you sweated it off.
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Heh, I was being a bit cheeky but my skin is really, really fair and I usually don`t tan but burn right away. For suncreen I mostly use 50 or at least 30 but I think I should have re-applied more often. Oh well. :)
scolaro
Aug. 15th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics. Looks like you had an exceptional vacation! \o/
astri13
Aug. 15th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And I truly did, even though I gained probably ten pounds on the ship.
katje0711
Aug. 15th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
I hear there's tons of food on cruises! It's not surprising if you did gain that much!
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Seriously, it`s "all you can eat" for 24/7. The ice cream station alone ruined me.
scolaro
Aug. 17th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC)
AHAHA, and there I was thinking all these nature walks would have compensated for cruise food. ;)

But really, when mamoru22 and I spent our vacation in this Mexico resort a few years back it was the same: In the morning you were waiting for the breakfast buffet to open, then you read a book at the pool, waiting for the lunch buffet to open, then there was an afternoon snack bar, and in the evening the dinner buffet. So much food, so little exercise!
astri13
Aug. 17th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
and there I was thinking all these nature walks would have compensated for cruise food. ;)

I probably would have needed to walk through all of Alaska and back to compensate the buffet extravanganza. *g*

In the morning you were waiting for the breakfast buffet to open, then you read a book at the pool, waiting for the lunch buffet to open, then there was an afternoon snack bar, and in the evening the dinner buffet. So much food, so little exercise!

I know. *hands* The ship had a gym and all even but I`m not really a gym person anyways so apart from doing a few laps in the pool, it was lying by the pool.

Oh, and our buffets never closed, that is at least one or two were always open so you never even had to wait.
angels3
Aug. 15th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I thought it was. My co-worker went there and she loved it. She didn't think she would because it was her husband that wanted to go, but she said it was absolutely beautiful.

She's getting ready to go to Canada in the next few weeks. It was there or Mexico and she prefers not to be murdered so she's going to Canada.
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I wasn`t sure either because my friend had the idea but I totally didn`t regret it.
leelust
Aug. 16th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Is it Alaska? OMG! I envy you! More pics, please!
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yup, it is. Really gorgeous landscape.
mareen
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
Really beautiful!
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Really is, totally worth a visit.
legoline
Aug. 16th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
Alaska! *sigh* Feel my envy. I want to go there so bad :)
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
So no recommendations required? :) Think positive, you are young and have ample time to go in the future.
cappy712
Aug. 16th, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them. I'm glad you had a great time.
astri13
Aug. 16th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
_bettina_
Aug. 16th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Great pictures! :D
astri13
Aug. 17th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) I`m not really much of a photographer but the beautiful landscape helped.
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