June - July 2017
  • Day8

    Prince Rupert, Canada

    July 5, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    The boys and I had a great time on a group kayaking excursion. I got a little frustrated towards the end due to being tired and not getting clear instructions, but Ben and Evan were both so supportive and helpful and I wasn't even the last one back. I had a nice talk with our young guide, Chelsea, on the way to and from the kayaking base on the bus. No photos from kayaking because I was afraid we'd lose something in the water.

    We met up with Chris and walked around the town a bit. This day made us want to drive up and explore British Columbia more.
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  • Day7

    Sitka, Alaska

    July 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 54 °F

    Notes on Sitka:

    Chris got to go mountain biking
    The boys and I wandered around the little town with my dad.
    We watched the little parade
    It was still bright out when we sailed away, so no fireworks to watch, but there was a nice party with live music that night on the ship.Read more

  • Day7

    Tracy Arm fjord

    July 4, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 52 °F

    In the grand scheme of things, in this era of global warming, getting iced out of the Endicott Arm fjord so that we were unable to see the Dawes glacier could be viewed as a good thing. We didn't get to watch ice crashing into the sea, but we saw plenty of previously-crashed ice. And, as an added bonus, didn't hit an iceberg!

    It was a beautiful voyage up the Tracy Arm fjord. No complaints.
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  • Day6

    Ketchikan, Alaska

    July 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 50 °F

    Ketchikan is an old frontier town with old wooden boardwalks and a street that used to house a red light district back in gold prospecting days. There are also many totem poles around town, and tourist shops and....that's pretty much it. Oh, and it rains a lot.

    Chris saw a place on the tourist map that said Eagle Viewing, so when we were on the free tourist shuttle bus, I asked the young driver about it. He squinted at my map as if he'd never seen his hometown laid out on paper before, and said, "Eagle Viewing area? I don't know what that is. I never look at a map here." (In a town of 8,000 people the locals don't generally feel the need to consult a map.)

    I said, "I mean, is it even... would there be eagles around, this time of year? Is it worth looking?"

    "The best place I can think of would be right next to E.C. Phillips," he said. "You might see some from there."

    "E...C.... Phillips?" I'm looking at my map.

    "Next stop," he said, starting up the bus.

    At the next stop, he told us to go over to what looked like a warehouse parking lot by the shore and look back towards the trees. We crunched across the gravel as the bus pulled away, and looked around aimlessly. Here, eagle-eagle.

    "Hear that?" Chris said suddenly.

    I had heard it, but hadn't quite registered it. An eagle cry. I turned just in time to see the eagle who had just shrieked above us, swoop in and land in one of the trees behind us. A tree that, now that Eagle #1 had so kindly focused our attention, we saw held 2 additional eagles. The tree next to it held two also.

    Before moving to the Pacific Northwest I never dreamed I would see that many bald eagles in my lifetime, much less all in one place. As we walked back toward town, our highest count was 12 eagles. We watched one clean his feathers, clear as day through the binoculars.

    Thank you, young bus driver who's never heard of the Eagle Viewing Area but knows where you might see some eagles.
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  • Day3

    Bon voyage!

    June 30, 2017 ⋅ 🌙 55 °F

    We boarded the ship at about 2:00 and headed straight to the Team Grill for lunch, hauling all our stuff with us because we somehow missed the luggage porter. We found Kathryn and her family on the terrace, chatted there until we were able to get in to our cabins.

    After a fun afternoon of exploring the ship and watching the sail away, we found my parents, Kathryn and Dave in the horizons lounge. Then, dinner at the Polo Grill. The boys were feeling adventurous--escargots and lobster for Ben, lobster bisque and lamb for Evan. We celebrated Kathryn and Dave's 27th anniversary with a special chocolate cake, a serenade by the wait staff, and an impromptu speech by Dave. We topped the day off by attending the show in the lounge.
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  • Day1

    Itinerary

    June 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

    This will be vastly different from my November cruise, though we're using the same cruise line.

    1) More family members!
    Kathryn and I are bringing our husbands and kids. I'm so excited to share this adventure with the whole family.

    2) More sea days
    Easy to do, since we had zero of them last time.

    3) Only 3 ports
    For this Friday to Friday cruise, we'll be off the ship on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I imagine there'll be stuff to look at on the other days. But I think it will be more relaxation and less adventure.

    One thing that may not be different?
    The weather.
    Alaska in July is looking mighty similar to the Mediterranean in November. 60s and rain, at least for the first bit.

    So, layers, then. Time to find my rain jacket and start packing!
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