After marveling at the beauty of the glacier fed lakes we turned to Colonial Creek Campground in an old growth forest on the shore of Lake Diablo. It’s a beautiful place and we considered staying here but we do appreciate the proximity of Newhalem to the Park Visitors Center and the Verizon data signal. We did take advantage of the opportunity to hike the Thunder Creek Trail from Colonial Creek Campground. It was about 1.5 miles each way to a foot bridge but easy grades but it felt good to stretch our legs and stride out! We actually were ready for lunch when we started so we were really really ready for lunch when we finished. We did stop to take another look at Gorge Creek Falls on our way but we were anxious to make it to the Newhalem General Store where we indulged in some sandwiches that had been made at the historic Gorge Inn, salad, chips, fresh coffee, and ice cream!




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

We made it to the Top of the World, or at least the northernmost land mass in Europe, Magerøya Island. On our coach tour we learned much about the natural history and the cultures of this starkly beautiful place.