Such a blast – it was hard, even for me to put words to the awe-inspiring spectacle that was the rugged creation of our 49th state.
We started in Seattle, Washington on a simply gorgeous, blue-sky day. I’m thinking the stories they tell about the rain are merely to keep the rest of the country away from their little piece of paradise!
After a rocky, windy period at sea, we arrived at Ketchikan, Alaska on yet another sunshiny day! Got a sunburn on the water hunting signs of eagles and other wildlife! LOVED Ketchikan. I wonder if that little town could use an author/publisher as a new community member?
And this excursion was OUTSTANDING! All were good, but this was the best by far! Highly recommend this company!
The next day, we entered the Endicott Arm, a fiord with a large glacier at it’s base. It was so cool to see the greenish, blue water filled with blue and white ice. And even cooler to see the seals sunning themselves on the icebergs! (Cold is more the word here – frigid, but again sunny!)
In Juneau, later that day, we went on a whale hunt, also spotting eagles and sea lions along with a lighthouse in the process of renovations. Good; it was pretty!
Our guide said the sea lions were sure the Coast Guard had placed that buoy last some for their benefit and not because there’s a rocky point barely submerged at high tide. LOL! After our whale hunting, we got to view the Mendenhall Glacier and Angel Falls next to it.
This photo was a little dark, but the falls are spectacular. And yes, those little specks at the bottom are people. Amazing, right? These falls come from another glacier, Suicide Glacier, that hangs over the Mendenhall Glacier on one side. It doesn’t have access to the water, so its river of ice merely melts into a cascade down the granite cliffs.
The next day, we traveled to Skagway and took a train and a bus up into Canada. We crossed the border in the tundra (over the tree line) of British Columbia, then continued our trek into the gold territory of the Yukon.
The tundra looked like a moonscape!
Abandoned gold mine.
In the running for the state bird.
A new breed! LOL!
Are Alpaca normal Alaskan wildlife?
These dogs were in training for the Iditarod.
I did NOT expect to find a desert in the Yukon!
Bridal Veil Falls. An appropriate choice for the celebration of the our 30th Anniversary.
Our final port before returning to Seattle was Victoria, BC, but we enjoyed an evening of fine dining on board the ship.