Many years ago I felt a call to Alaska. Unfortunately, lack of money and time left it just a calling. A few years later I contemplated applying for a teaching position there as it would give me an excuse to go north for the interview. So when I was given the chance to go on an Alaskan glacier cruise, I jumped at it. While it's not my usual style of trip, I do get to sign up for some semi-adventurous shore excursions. If my legs were in better shape, I would have signed up for some of the more extreme excursions, but I'll have to settle for helicopters, seaplanes, Jeeps, and glaciers.

Before heading north, I spent some time in Miami. I began my stay by making a stop along North Beach, as I had never seen the Atlantic Ocean before. Then I headed out to the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux, brought over stone by stone from Spain by William Randolph Hearst in 1925. Next day was Vizcaya, built around the turn of the last century. This was followed by a stop at The Biltmore, along with a few photos of the Coral Gables Congregational Church across the street. Lastly, as I was staying in Biscayne Bay, I wandered around the area looking for anything interesting to photograph.


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