Can you stand a few more pictures? Okay, maybe a few more than a few. We took so many, it’s hard to whittle down to a couple dozen of the best. But I’ll try not to get too crazy! Don’t want to bore you to tears!
As I mentioned yesterday, on the post titled Alaska 2013, the second half of the trip was spent on a big ship cruise (Holland America’s Westerdam.) And, I also mentioned that big ship cruising isn’t my thing. BUT, we thought the kids would love it, and they did.
As we boarded, we took pics with our “Flat Fannies.” You can read about them in my post called “Flat Fanny!” The plan had been to take pictures of them with the bears in Anan, but we forgot!
We set sail from Seattle on Saturday afternoon…
and spent all day Sunday at sea. The girls spent much of the 1st day in the pool. It was pretty crazy to be out in the middle of the ocean swimming in a swimming pool!
Meanwhile, Da’ and the daughter participated in an Alaska Amber Ale tasting of 4 of their ales. They were happy campers!
I treated myself to an acupuncture treatment on my back and liked it enough to do two more during the course of the cruise, and spent some time out on our verandah reading and contemplating…
Monday we arrived in Juneau and did a quick tour of the Mendenhall Glacier. There were at least four large ships in town, and the crowd at the glacier was ridiculous. We went down to the glacier viewing area…
and took a quick walk to see the salmon spawning in the river…
It was so beautiful, but really we couldn’t wait to get out of there. Back in town, Mr. Tattered (the fish eater!) went to Tracy’s Crab Shack for crab legs.
Hannah was horrified, Bea fascinated!
From Juneau we set sail for Glacier Bay to see the Marjorie Glacier. The weather was great, the views beautiful.
But, there was not as much “up close and personal” like at LaConte. I’m glad we went so the girls could see it, but I don’t see another trip there in our future unless it just happens to be on the itinerary next time.
Next up, Sitka, and my favorite stop. I loved the Raptor Rehabilitation Center the first time we went there, and loved it again this time. “Volta” was our educational bald eagle this visit. She was a beauty. I am so impressed with the work they do there in caring for injured birds until they can be returned to the wild, or zoos or other teaching positions found for those too injured to be let go.
Also in Sitka, we walked around Sitka National Historical Park to see the Totem Poles. The girls really liked them.
The next port was Ketchikan. We had never been there before, so we took a tour of the city on a “duck boat” that drove around town with a super corny tour guide, then headed out into the harbor. The girls got a kick out of that!
Last stop, Victoria, British Columbia. We really didn’t have much time there, so just had dinner at a good Indian restaurant and walked around town a bit before heading back to the ship. It’s a beautiful and very diverse city. We’re putting it on our list of places to go again and spend a little more time.
There were some really fun little things about the cruise. The dining room food was good, the buffet food WAAAAAY too plentiful. And of course there was plenty of good wine. Too much good wine. Fortunately, the pastry chef was not the best, so we ate ice cream 2 times a day instead of having fancy desserts. I don’t know if that was good or not! HA! Comparatively speaking, I didn’t do too bad, but even on my best day it was more food than I EVER eat at home.
Our cabin caretakers made darling towel animals – a different one each day – for the girls when they did our “turn down” at night. They looked forward to seeing what each night’s animal was going to be. Then one night when the dining room was pretty quiet, the waiters entertained the girls by making origami animals. Hannah reciprocated by making a couple of them “candy wrapper bracelets” like the chains we used to make out of gum wrappers when we were kids.
I’m still not a big fan of large cruise ship tours, but they have their place. It is convenient to cover a lot of ground in a short time, especially when there are so few choices for getting to these places. And, having a place to hang your clothes and not have to haul them around is convenient, as well. Not having to scrounge for food or places to eat that have vegetarian options is nice, and having lots of options for spending time recreating instead of driving from place to place is especially nice.
So, although I prefer a little “closer to the ground” experience, this was nice, and served its purpose.
Tomorrow I’ll show you my “tattered” view of the trip – the off-beat pictures that capture my attention…