Back from Alaska
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I am back from my Alaska cruise and what a great time. There were four of us that went, myself, my sister, her DIL and our niece. We flew out Thursday and stayed in Seattle, WA Thursday and Friday night. A friend of my niece lived in a condo 2 blocks from Pikes Place Market and they rent out apartments on a daily basis. We got one while we were there and it was fantastic. Walk to the market, walk around downtown Seattle, had a ball. We took the Amtrak to Vancouver on Saturday morning and then went to our cruise ship.
One of the excursions that we did was the Tracy Arm Fjord and it was beautiful, highly recommend it to anyone going to Alaska. The ship stopped at the entrance to the Fjord and we got onto a 35 ft tri-hull catamaran and off we went. Going up the Fjord we saw 2 orca hunting, there were still seals in by the glacier face. When we got to the glacier we saw seals laying on the ice and got to see the glacier calving several times. On the way back out of the fjord we saw the same 2 orca (distinct dorsal on the one male) and a bald eagle sitting on a large piece of ice. When we moved out into open water we had a humpback that came up near us a couple of times. It was a 6 hour excursion and it was the best thing I have ever done. The scenery was beautiful.
We also sailed to Glacier Bay National Park. It was really foggy out that morning and you could just make out land through the fog. As we neared the glacier face the fog cleared and here is this massive wall of ice. All of a sudden you hear a crack and you start looking to see where the calving is at.
My nieces and I also did a zip line excursion and it was so much fun. I am afraid of heights and so is my one niece but we did it anyway. The only thing that bothered me was standing on the platform, when someone moved you could feel the tree sway back and forth. Really gets your attention when you look out to the horizon and an eagle flies by you! That's when you realize how high up you are. Stepping off the platform didn't bother me, I would pull my knees up to my chest to try and go faster on the zip.
We had great weather but it was hot, it actually reached 85*F one day, that is not Alaska weather to me. We were lucky and only 2 quick rain showers the entire trip. When I get my pictures all loaded I will post some.
My sister was really able to enjoy the trip also since her chemo was 3 weeks prior to the trip. All the bad stuff was through her system and she felt great. She got tired when we did alot of walking so we took plenty of breaks for her. We had a balcony cabin on the ship and she spent a large part of her time right there. Really relaxing for her and she got a chance to recharge.