Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 215 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles – and the places they take us.

The journey not the arrival matters

T. S. Eliot

John from Journeys with JohnBo has challenged us to focus on our journeys and the modes of transportation that got us there.

I am grateful for all the many places that planes, trains, automobiles, trucks, ships, boats, ferries, and buses have taken me. I have been fortunate to see most of the United States, several Canadian provinces, parts of Mexico, several European countries and several Caribbean countries.

For this challenge, I am focusing on our two journeys to Alaska. Our first visit to Alaska was in 2013 when we traveled from Georgia to Alaska and back towing our fifth wheel. Henry drove the truck 14,454 miles during our 106 days on the road.

We just returned from our long awaited second trip to Alaska. This time we flew to Anchorage and rode a bus to Seward to board the cruise ship Viking Orion for a 10 day cruise to Vancouver. We traveled in luxury and saw several new places we couldn’t visit by road.

Below you can see the two major modes of transportation from our two different Alaska journeys. Both journeys were spectacular with amazing landscapes and lots of wildlife.

While our truck was our main mode of transportation on our first Alaska adventure, we had to take a couple of ferries to get where we wanted to go.

There were places our truck couldn’t take us so we took a plane ride and landed on a glacier, took a ride on the Alaska Railroad, and took three amazing wildlife cruises.

This year, after two cancellations, we finally were able to take our Alaska cruise the end of August. Our journey involved planes, moving sidewalks in the airports, a beautiful ship, an Uber, sightseeing buses, a tender ride, two wildlife cruises, and lots of walking. It was wonderful seeing Alaska from the water. We really enjoyed returning to places we loved the first time as well as seeing places that were new to us.

Stay tuned for more from our latest Alaska adventure!

Many thanks to John of Journeys with Johnbo for his Lens-Artists Challenge #215 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

27 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge # 215 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles – and the places they take us.

  1. Well my goodness Beth – what perfect timing this challenge was for you!! Some really impressive transportation beautifully captured! Personally I cannot begin to imagine myself being on the road for 100+ days!! And I cannot imagine driving that big rig on Alaska’s roads!! You’re my new hero!!! Great post, loved all of your images.

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    1. Thanks Tina! Our RV trip to Alaska was nine years ago and we have been wanting to return to Alaska ever since we got back. It was quite an adventure but we were a lot younger then! It was nice being on the cruise and letting someone else take us from place to place. I loved seeing all the coastal places that we had missed the first time.
      The entire time we were driving through Canada and Alaska I was looking out the passenger window looking for wildlife! Henry even pulled over to the side of the road a couple of times so I could photograph bears.


    1. Judy, whenever you get bored you could go back to my posts starting in May, 2013 to read all my posts about that trip. I also made a Shutterfly book of the trip for us. It was a wonderful adventure but we knew we didn’t want to drive all the way again. The cruise was the perfect way to go this time.

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