Alaska Bound

June 11, 2014

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We just got back from a 10 day  vacation.  We spent 2 days in Seattle before heading off on a 7 day cruise to Alaska.  It was amazing.  One of our top 5 vacations.

Early in the trip we met people who thought we were very brave for bringing a 2 year old on a cruise, but it was awesome.  It really could not have worked better for us.  There are 2 things we’d do different (a different hike in Juneau, and something else I can’t remember at the moment) but those are total hindsight things and really didn’t affect our overall enjoyment of the trip.

The scenery was spectacular.  The one thing I really enjoyed was that expect for your first and last days, you were usually pretty close to land and had amazing views filled with snow covered mountains and gorgeous trees.  The days were long and once we put Joshua to sleep, Bill and I would relax on our balcony and read (or sometimes I would knit).  The ship had Camp Carnival and left Joshua there a couple of times so he could play and have fun with other children.  He protested going, but enjoyed it once he was there.  He was so well behaved at dinner in the dining room.  The ship employees all went out of their way for him and other passengers were friendly as well.  Joshua napped well, again protesting the rest, but falling asleep quickly, in some cases blanketed by his friends.  We enjoyed our day cruising in the fjord which was so beautiful.  We saw whales and seals and dolphins.  The mountains and glaciers were awe inspiring.  The ice chunks we passed were such beautiful shades of white and blue.  The water a gorgeous green-blue.

In Skagway we did an excursion to mushing camp and met sled dogs and got to play with puppies.  That was very fun for all of us.  In Juneau it rained, but was lovely nonetheless.  We took a tram halfway up a mountain and then hiked down.  In hindsight, we would have done a hike up top as the hike down was pretty but nothing special.  Now we know.  We did have the most delicious crab meal on the dock at Tracy’s Crab Shack.  I was in the mood for something warm and had delicious crab bisque over jasmine rice.  Bill had the bisque and a huge Alaskan King Crab leg.  It was soooo good.  We had a relaxing day at sea and then an afternoon in Victoria.  We walked from the ship to downtown and back.  We didn’t spend as much time in the downtown area because we really wanted to get back to the ship and have our last dinner with the servers who had made our meals so pleasant and special.

I would do the trip again in a heartbeat.  There were a couple of excursions we would have liked to have done but thought they would be too boring for Joshua (a train ride in Skagway and whale watching in Juneau).

The part I haven’t mentioned yet is how much fun we had in Seattle before and after the trip.  We met up with friends for dinner on the 2 nights we were there and had a delicious breakfast in Pike’s Place Market.  The day we were heading home we checked in at the airport and then had several hours to kill so we took the train back to Pike’s Place market and had lunch and bought some yummy treats.

I was not looking forward to coming home and I’m dreading that alarm clock, but I guess that’s what helps make vacation so special.  Now back to the real world.


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