We flew out to Seattle on Friday evening and the ship left Saturday afternoon. It was a huge relief when we finally boarded the ship, because I had been dealing with a partial bowel obstruction the week before we left, and it had been a bit up in the air whether I would even be able to make the trip...but thankfully things finally got moving and we were able to go!
|Leaving Seattle (space needle on the left side)|
We sailed on the Crown Princess, and it was my parents, me, Nick, my brother, and his friend (who is practically my brother too). Our first day was at sea, so we had no stops, just exploring the ship.
Side note: if you ever go on a cruise with my family, be prepared to WALK. Elevators are against our religion (=P) so we took the stairs everywhere (shout out to my amazingly tolerant husband to putting up with the weird eccentricities of his in-laws =P).
Our first port was Juneau. Interesting fact: Juneau is the only US capital that is inaccessible by car. You can only get to Juneau by plane or boat. As we were sailing into the port, we got our first glimpse of Alaska. Like I said, photos do not do it justice, but at least it can wet your appetite for your own trip to Alaska (www.trippinwithjamie.com)!
|Sailing in to Juneau|
|Kayaking along the coast|
|Beach, forest, mountains - quintessential Alaska|
|Tourist train that you could ride up to White Pass|
|Town of Skagway at 6:30am|
I think Skagway was my favorite of the 3 Alaskan ports we visited. My mom and I got off the ship when we got to port at 6:30am to run around the town. Skagway is set in a bit of a valley with the mountains surrounding it. It had a really nice small town (obviously) feel and the scenery was incredible. We did a hike/float trip in Skagway where we hiked 2 miles along the trail that the miners used when they first came during the Gold Rush. Then we got in a raft and floated down stream where we could take photos and see the scenery.
|Overlook of a bay just outside Skagway|
|Hiking - everything is covered in moss|
|BEAR claw marks! These were about 7-8 feet up...|
|Can you believe it was about 70 degrees??|
The day after Skagway, we were crusing in Glacier Bay. Not all the cruise itineraries we looked at went through Glacier Bay, but this was one thing that we all really wanted to do. We made sure we were on a cruise that did go through it, and it was definitely worth it.
|The water was so smooth and quiet the reflections were incredible!|
|Margerie Glacier - It is about 3xs the height of the ship|
|Salmon capitol of the world|
|Built on the side of the water on stilts|
|Lots of fishing boats and homes along the coast|
God is good, and I am so grateful to have been able to do something "normal" with my family and feel more or less healthy. Thank you so much to everyone who was keeping me and my family in your prayers this past week. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to do something fun and get away from doctors and ERs even for a short bit.
|Family (don't ask how many tries it took to get this =P)|