Almost exactly a year ago, I read an article on Marieclaire.com called On Thin Ice: Can the Fashion Industry Help Save the Planet? and I was almost immediately convinced that I had to take the family to Alaska to go and see these glaciers for ourselves. I wanted the kids to experience it...before they were gone. We decided the most practical way (there's a backstory here) was by cruise. Sustainability feature - not likely, but if you've ever thought about making the journey, this is one way. There was so much to do, and we saw so much. Here, I recount some of our journey, and some of the emotions along the way here.
Our journey started in Vancouver, B.C. where we stayed a few nights enjoying the city and the outskirts. Highlights: The food, the people, and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We stayed at the Westin Grand downtown, which was centrally located to so many places: Gastown, Stanley Park, Yalepark and Chinatown. It was great, and a stop off at Stanley Park is a must.
From there, we boarded the Coral Princess and began our journey north, to Alaska. A seven-day cruise through the inside passage that stopped in Ketchikan (Tongass National Park), Juneau, and then Skagway, and also took path to Glacier Bay National Park and then to College Fjord; simply amazing. Highlights from the trip: Seeing the glaciers, of course, our day tour with Kat from Ketchikan Taxi Cab Tours, the helicopter ride up to Mendenhall Glacier to a dog mushing camp, the White Pass Summit railroad ride, Humpback Whale watching, hiking to waterfalls and lakes, fish and chips at the Alaska Fish House, Ketchikan, waking up and looking off the balcony to some of the most majestic scenery I've ever seen. Alaska is truly home to some of the finest Earth properties there are, I'm sure of it.
If you've ever thought about going, do not hesitate. This, I really believe, was the trip of a lifetime. My thoughts on cruise-life? Well, that might be for another episode. I simply wanted to share our experience and some of the photos here ; ).
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