On Wednesday, I shared a little of our Alaskan trip on land. If you missed it, you can find it here. John and I just got back in the early hours Tuesday. It truly was a trip of a lifetime. The second part of our trip was a cruise. We were on the Norwegian Sun. It had just under 2000 guests on board. It was our first cruise, but I think that it's probably one of the smaller ships. It was just right for beginners!
This is a picture of Seward from our balcony.
We could just sit on that balcony and look forever. It certainly isn't what you see in western North Carolina. We do have beautiful mountains. These are majestic!
We got an up close and personal look at the Hubbard Glacier. The interesting thing is that you could hear it cracking. It sounded like thunder or a gun shot. We did see some parts fall off. That's exciting and a little sad at the same time. Here's a few pictures we took.
I will tell you that you can take fantastic pictures, but they do not do the actual thing justice. I'm sorry to say it, but it's so true.
Our next destination was Icy Straight Point. I don't have a picture of the area, but it's mostly shopping, eating, and excursions. It is definitely for tourists. John and I rode ATV's in the rain forest. Yes, it was news to me that Alaska has rain forests. And yes, it did rain! I think that a little rain made it a little more fun!
Juneau was our next port. It's the capital of Alaska. It's the only capital that has no road into the city. Our guide said there were 3 ways to get to Juneau, by boat, by plane, and through the birth canal. Of course that was a joke, but the boat and plane part are true. On our way to the whale watching excursion, we saw eagles sitting on the street light poles. I didn't get a picture, but that was neat. We did see Flame, the whale. She surfaced four times for us. Here's a couple pictures of her.
This is the blow from the whale.
Whales are protected so we could not do anything to bother them or get too close. We also saw some Harbor Seals on our whale watch.
Skagway was our next stop. This town was part of the Gold Rush beginning in 1896. The town is a boardwalk lined with buildings that replicate what it might have looked like during the gold rush.
The salmon were running. It's hard to get them to show up in a picture. This is the best we could do.
While there we rode the White Pass Scenic Railway a little bit into Canada. Scenic is the right word. It was a little scary looking straight down. That's a big drop off.
Our last Alaska stop was Ketchikan. It's rain totals for the year are over 200 inches. Guess what? It rained! This seemed to be a cute little town. Here's a view from the ship.
As you can see here, Ketchikan is also the Salmon Capital of the World.
We went on an excursion to see a Lighthouse, Eagles, and Totem Poles. The waters were choppy. The rain fell big time. We could not go to the lighthouse. The eagles were far away. About the only half way good picture from this trip was a totem pole.
You can see the reflection of the light from inside the boat.
Our last day was at sea. I just want to share a couple pictures of the landscape we saw from our ship.
Just look at the color of that water! I'm thinking now that these last 2 pictures were from the Tracy Arm Fjord area on our way to see the Sawyer Glacier. If so, this is in the wrong place! Please forgive.
Here is a shot of Vancouver as the ship came in to harbor.
We went straight from the ship to the airport so that ends it. We had a stop in Salt Lake City and then on to Charlotte, NC.
Thanks for reading about my trip. We enjoyed it so much.