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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cruise Alaska (Part 5) Victoria BC

Our last day of the trip was an evening port in Victoria, British Columbia. We didn't have anything scheduled for there either so just strolled to Fisherman's Wharf and back to the ship..

Oh Canada!!

Fisherman's Wharf.. these are water taxis..

Houses that people actually live in..

Some people even had signs on there houses to go away!!

Sign at the fish and chip place..

Pretty sunset!

Walking back to the ship I noticed we left our light on. It's the middle room directly above the lifeboat. Our home for 7 nights!!

The next morning we docked bright and early in Seattle and then headed home. I wanted to be awake for when we came in to the harbor, but snoozed through that as it is so relaxing sleeping on a ship!! I so recommend a cruise to Alaska if that is something you've ever halfway thought about..

Stay tuned for some more about the marriage retreat on the ship..

Cruise Alaska (Part 4) Ketchikan

Ketchikan was our last port in Alaska and it was raining..  Which is no surprise as they get 153 inches of rain (or snow) a year... Coming from the desert where we get an average of 6 inches a year, that is a HUGE difference!.. We didn't have anything planned for there so just ate breakfast at a little hole in the wall and wandered around. We did get a few more souvenirs for the kids and then went back to the ship.. 

Salmon Capital of the World

Foggy and rainy

Other cruise ships

Raging river.. Taken from the window in a Tlingit museum where we were hiding from the rain

Ivory carvings

Wolf skin.. there was lots of wolf rugs and animal skins that you could buy..

Statue in the harbor with our ship in the back.

Did you know that Alaska was bought for 7.2 million dollars and was thought to be a foolish purchase?? Well it has since paid back that many times over as that estimated to be approximately 2 cents an acre. We always hear about how BIG and awesome Texas is, but did you know that Alaska is 2.3 times BIGGER?! If you cut Alaska in half each half would still be bigger than Texas making it the 3rd largest state.. I found that quite interesting, and in fact would have bought this t-
shirt if I would have found one!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cruise Alaska (Part 3) Juneau

Day 5 found us in the capital of Alaska: Juneau. Did you know that you can only get there by boat or airplane?!! This is the only state capital that is like that. Do you know how it was named? Two miners were lost and one asked the other, "Where are we?" to which the reply was: "I don't know, "D'youknow?" HAHA J/K that's really not how it was named, but that's what the driver on the tour bus said and I thought it was funny.. Probably had something to do with being relaxed and on vacation!  

Not sure if you can read this or not, but it's the tale of a ship called the Juneau that was sunk..
When checking out things to do here I kept coming back to the Mendenhall Glacier. I thought it would be neat getting close to one so when we got off the ship and saw a tour stand advertising that, we wandered over to check it out. We bought tickets for a bus ride to the visitors center and then walked the trails on our own. It was so pretty there!! 

Mendenhall Glacier

Walking on the trail going to the glacier.. 

We were hoping to see a bear, but nope, only a porcupine. Although there were cameras everywhere from the BBC doing a documentary on bears we didn't see any.

Overlooking the glacier and waterfall

Us.. camera got misty from the waterfall..

and with the glacier in the background..

It was so neat, the beach and mountains combined!!

View from the visitors center..
After a 20 minute bus ride back to the city we found some lunch and let me tell you, that was sooo good!!

I am not a seafood person at all, but this was the best fish and chips I have ever had!!!!

If you ever go to Juneau I highly recommend eating here! 

And because I find Alaskan fishing interesting (Deadliest Catch is a favorite show to watch, except the sailor language..) I enjoyed checking out the fishing vessels in the harbors.. 

We wandered slowly back to the ship after checking out a few stores. After all, you can't go to Alaska without getting baby girl an Eskimo doll. It wouldn't be right!! :)

 Keep an eye out for more cruise adventures!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cruise Alaska (Part 2) Skagway

 Day 4 of our cruise was our first port day. We arrived in Skagway at 7 A.M. We had an excursion booked that day so had to be at the end of the dock by 10:30. This gave us time to get dressed and eat breakfast, plus avoid the first rush of cruisers getting off! Beings this was our longest port of call we thought it would be a good place to do a longer excursion. Neither of us had ever been ziplining and that sounded fun so off we went to zip through the trees over glacier fed waterfalls in ALASKA! We were put in to groups of 6 and had two guides to help us out: Scott and Remy. One would go ahead of us and stop us, hook us up to the tree so we wouldn't fall off! The other would stay behind to help us go. There was about 9 ziplines and 2 suspension bridges. The fastest one we went on I did let out a screech. For some reason I would spin so would kick my feet to try and keep myself facing forward. Remy said I looked like a puppy when you hold them over water and they start kicking like they are swimming. Ack, how awkward... :p After that they taught us how to stear and I had a blast! I didn't do any of the tricks besides the "look ma no hands" one, but Tim did them all. He flipped and went upside down. I just enjoyed flying through the wilderness! After we were done, we drank some water that they got from the glaciely fed waterfall. It was nice and cool.

Unimog that we rode up to the starting point

One of the platforms we zipped to.

Hubby and I!!

On the way back to town the bus stopped at a scenic lookout to take some
pictures. What a beautiful place! I have to say that Skagway is gorgeous!

This has to be one of my favorite pictures from our cruise. So pretty!!

I actually snapped this picture from the bus. See the blueish ice up high? That's one of many glaciers we glimpsed!
When we got back to town we ate lunch at the Skagway Brewing Company. I have to say this was delicious! I got a chicken sandwich that had bacon, a sun dried tomato cream cheese spread, and cilantro pesto. Man, I want another one!!

Seriously, look at this yumminess!!

After we ate, we strolled around town and bought some souvenirs for the kiddos, then we headed back to the ship.

Had to buy some fudge!

Our ship in Skagway

That day was the only day we skipped out on the session and dinner. We just stayed in our room and ordered room service for supper. All in all that was a great day, I think my favorite of the cruise! Hold on for more Alaskan adventures!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cruise Alaska (Part 1)

Where to begin? Well, our cruise was for 7 nights so I think I will break it up a bit in order for it to not be too long! We started out in Seattle, just a 3.5 hour drive for us!! That was great to be able to just drive our car and park it at the terminal. Our ship left port at 4 PM July 25th. Neither of us having been on a cruise before, we were both ready to go! 
I'm sure I don't need to say where this is!!
Leaving Seattle

Sunset.. We were heading west in to the sunset..

That day was spent getting an idea of how things work. Muster, signing in for our retreat, and eating in the dining room for the first time. That was a little different than what we are used to. Being seated and having napkins placed on our laps, all the different plates and silverware set just perfectly. We felt a bit out of our element, but thankfully our table crew were great and we made awesome friends!! 

Going to sleep for the first time on a cruise ship was actually pretty relaxing. The ship sways just enough to lull you. No wonder babies like to be rocked to sleep!! It was great having a room with a balcony so we could sit out there whenever we wanted and watch the waves go by!! 

Trying to capture a picture of killer whales.. You can barely see a sign of them..

Umm... ya, who wouldn't want to be able to sit in privacy and gaze at this majestic beauty?!

Day 2 was a sea day so we explored the ship a bit. Found a perfect spot to relax on the 10th deck. We shared a coffee and Tim had an ice cream cone. 

Perfect bubble for the introvert!!

Carnival Legend
That night was formal night, but we didn't get a good picture as I left the camera in the room and we tried with Tim's phone, but they didn't turn out. Come to find out later, it was zoomed way in! Could have stood in line and had them professionally done, but that's not exactly our cup of tea.. Oh, well...  

Day 3 was still spent on the ship, but we cruised up the Tracy Arm Fjord. Talk about a beautiful place!! Wow!! The water is the blue green color you think of when you think of a tropical place. But here there are mountains, glaciers, and large ice floes all around. Simply breathtaking!!!

This ice floe is the size of a house!!!

Standing on our balcony. Tim took the picture from in the room.. Who  could pass this scenery up?!

Excursion boat 

Excursion boat picking up the passengers that booked this one.. We were on the 10th deck watching..

God's country!!

And there you have it! The first 3 days of our Alaskan cruise. Hope you enjoyed!! Stay tuned for days 4-8...