Hello blog reading friends! It’s been awhile, so let’s catch up shall we? So…we’ve done things. Lots of things in fact. For instance, we went on an Alaskan cruise this summer with my fam. Alaska was amazing! The scenery was awe-inspiring! The cruise? Well, it was cruise-like. I know a lot of people love them a nice relaxing cruise. My family…doesn’t. We definitely enjoyed our time together and we spent time wandering around each of the ports of call, but the actual cruising part of the vacay was a little too slow for us. Though, it should be said that the highlight of the trip could only be seen by ship, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
We started and ended our Alaskan adventure in Seattle. Oh Seattle, how we love thee! We did get a little time to wander around Pike’s Market when we returned, which was a lovely treat. But I digress, on with the cruise! The first full day on the ship was spent at sea. Andy and I attempted to take a yoga class at the ship’s gym. But we quickly discovered that yoga is much more difficult when your floor is constantly tipping from side to side as it gets rocked by waves. Also, it wasn’t a very challenging yoga class and was clearly being taught by a body building personal trainer that had been tricked/bribed into teaching an additional yoga class just so the ship could say they offered it. No matter, the stretch the class provided was still nice seeing as cruise ship rooms aren’t known for being terribly spacious. We did some cruise ship like things, ate WAY too much for our own good, and puttered around as only cruisers can. (Btw, the waves en route to Alaska are much rougher than in the Caribbean. I highly recommend bringing some formulation of Dramamine if you’re planning an Alaskan cruise. I got the natural Dramamine with ginger and it worked surprisingly well.)
The next morning, we docked at our first stop, Ketchikan!
We also went to the totem pole park in Ketchikan, where the natural thing to do is to try and make the same faces that the totem poles are making. Right? Doesn’t everybody else do that?
Next stop: Juneau, Alaska’s capitol city. Interesting fact: according to our tour guide, there are currently no roads directly into Juneau. You can only get there by plane or boat. Odd for a state capitol, but maybe the Juneauites like it that way? Anywho, we did a very tame little hike to see the Mendenhall Glacier (yes, if I say a hike is tame, it’s truly very easy)
And on to Skagway, the tiniest town on our trip. Trust me, it was so tiny that there was not even an iota of cell service on land for my fellow travelers to latch on to, making for somewhat grouchy companions to say the least. (and yes, wifi on the ship was too expensive to even consider) But we did take an interesting old train ride…
Okay friends, ready for the highlight of the trip? The majestic Sawyer glacier of the Tracy Arm Fjord. What a funny word, fjord. We said “fjord” a lot on this trip, it’s great fun to actually be able to use it in an appropriate context.
And that, my friends, was our trip to Alaska in a nutshell. We had a great time and hope to go back someday to fully explore sans cruise. We have a few more pictures that I’ve posted here in the gallery if you’d like to take a look. Maybe next time I’ll see that elusive bear…