Tuesday 9 August 2022 – On just the second day of a major holiday that my wife and I took to Canada (separately documented), we flew from Vancouver to Anchorage in order to take a cruise back down to Vancouver. We were really lucky with the weather conditions for that flight – for most of the journey there were practically no clouds and so we had fabulous views. If your bag is aerial views of lakes, mountains, islands and glaciers, then this page will be three bags full for you.
These photos are subject to the limitations of being taken (a) on mobile phones, albeit decent ones, and (b) through an aeroplane window. They’re not exhibition quality, but I hope they give you an idea of the treat we had as we looked out at the view.
As we started, the city of Vancouver was still under a bit of mist.
but the view from the other side of the plane, over Keats Island towards Grantham Landing was clear.
I could see the glacial water flowing down the Squamish Estuary
and Jane had a view the other side, towards Half Moon Bay.
The Squamish River winds its way between the mountains.
This was my view over some lakes near Icecap Peak
and Jane got a different perspective towards Half Moon Bay.
The procession of spectacular views, from each side of the plane, carried on as we headed roughly northwards,
including some of the distinctive turquoise of glacial water.
Varying rock types could be seen
and glacier formations, like this, just south of Silverthrone Mountain.
The variety of lakes, rivers and mountains continued as we headed north west above the Inside Passage,
until we reached Ketchikan, a place we’ll be visiting next week as we cruise back down to Vancouver.
There it is
just there, where the cruise chips can be seen!
Soon after that, as we drew level with Juneau, the clouds started to gather.
and, as a friend of mine once put it, we had a “map-reality disconnect”. This is what the real-time map, as displayed on my screen, showed
and this is what I could see looking out of the window.
We had cloud then for the rest of the journey to Anchorage, and we could only see the land once we got below the clouds coming into our final destination.
It had been a memorable flight, with some stunning views; it was a real pleasure to have been in the right place at the right time.