It was their pick obviously! We sailed without our children for 7 nights to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and to Victoria, British Colombia. Victoria was more my speed and I wouldn’t have minded hanging there a few days and other parts of Canada. The landscape, the culture, the sounds in the streets, the unique shopping, that was my happy place!
On our first day of sailing out of Seattle, it was a little chilly and I felt a big UH-OH about my packing job. I have been on several cruises and all of them have been to the Caribbean. It was difficult to get my mind around cold climates and wearing jackets on a ship.
Which was exactly how the first two days were sailing to Juneau! We literally ran from one side to the other when we were passing the open decks!
To my surprise, and thank God, once we ported there were blue skies and sunshine. In Juneau we zip lined through Tongass Rainforest.
That was an exciting excursion that I’m looking forward to doing again. I have never seen trees so tall and from the top we zipped through many of them. After that we shopped though the town and had the best Halibut fish and chips. We stayed off the boat as long as we could after being so cooped up from the cold. I knew once we took off to our next destination that the temperature would drop again, and it did. As we sailed to Skagway next, we stayed the rest of the night indoors. One neat thing the ship offered was movies under the stars. They positioned all the lounge chairs under the outdoor movie screen and they passed out blankets. Still, I found it to be too cold for me, but it didn’t seem to bother the other hundreds of people out watching.
In Skagway, Trent and I rented bikes and took our own scenic tour through the town and to the Gold Rush Cemetery. The town looked like a set right out of an old western flick. It was filled with saloons right on a dirt road. This was, back in the day, a place where people passed through on their hunt for gold. In the cemetery found it interesting that most of the tombstones declared that people died there around the age of 38. We asked around and were told that Meningitis swept though there in the late 1800’s and killed them.
I love exploring and history so for me this was a fun day.
We hiked up a gorgeous waterfall and once we made it as high as we could I realized how clear and clean the air was there. Honestly, I could have stayed right there for hours just listening to the sound of the water. How could anyone take in such nature and believe in some big bang theory. There is a GOD!
The next couple days were awesome sailing. We lounged around outside under the snow capped mountains and got a pretty good tan! My favorite spot on the boat was an adult only area where you could lay on thick cushy lounge chairs and have full service from the wait staff. Let me just say, I’ve never been in an adult only section because all my life thus far I’ve been a kid and raising kids! It was a nice treat or “retreat”!
Ketchikan was our last stop in Alaska and the shortest one. It was another beautiful day of sunshine and I really didn’t want to do anything but catch some rays. But we got off the boat to say we did and shopped a little.
Might I add that Alaska has 18 hours of daytime so we mostly lived on those hours. The sun rises at 4am so we were up early and up late! Now that I am home I am feeling it for sure!
We left there and sailed to the British Colombia. We stopped in Victoria and spent the evening taking in the city. Victoria is beautiful, and reminded me of London, one of my other favorite cities. I can’t wait to go back and visit there again and Vancouver! If I work on Trent a little more, I may be able to convince him to take me there for the Olympics 2010!
As for my kids, they were very well taken care of by Nana and Papa Jack, and wonderful aunts! I am a blessed woman!!