Archive for August, 2011

Alaska 2011

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Vacation

How do I break down an amazing 14 days in Alaska, aboard the Radiance of the Seas into a summary??  It was incredible, it was beautiful, and we had a great time.  I can’t believe how quickly 14 days can fly by… but it did.

W/ Richard

29 July – Seward

30 July – Hubbard Glacier

31 July – Juneau

1 Aug – Skagway

2 Aug – Icy Strait Point

3 Aug – Ketchikan

4 Aug – Inside Passage

5 Aug – Vancouver

W/ Mom

6 Aug – Inside Passage

7 Aug – Ketchikan

8 Aug – Icy Strait Point

9 Aug – Juneau

10 Aug – Skagway

11 Aug – Hubbard Glacier

12 Aug – Seward

It was incredible trip.  Richard and I flew into Anchorage the night before boarding.  We wandered around the city and took a bus tour, which was pretty interesting and gave us some of the history of the town.  Richard flew home from Vancouver and Mom flew into Vancouver the night before.  We were able to hook up with my cousin, Mikey, and his new wife, Tanya, and their adorable puppy dog, Fia.  I can’t believe I didn’t get photos of us all.  Hopefully, with them living on this side of the world, there might be a chance to hook up again in the near future.

Best of:

-It was so great to see all of my friends on board, and the ship just went through a revitalization in May, so we got to experience all the new specialty restaurants.  We were given passes to visit the Concierge Club both weeks, which meant free drinks and appetizers!

-I think my favorite town in Skagway, just because it was so pretty and so easy to get around.  Richard and I took the train, Mom and I got to experience a ride in a 1920’s era street car!

-Hubbard Glacier was amazing… we saw one of the largest calvings in years, on Richard’s portion of the trip and caught it all on the FLIP!! PS.  We were watching from the Bridge.  Totally awesome view without being in the freezing cold!!

-I finally got to see a bear!  A 18 month old black bear cub wandered down the path in front of us on Mom’s portion of the trip into Mendenhall Glacier.  He crossed over a beaver dam and about an hour later, we found him snoozing in a tree.

-Both times, we took trips up to the top of Mt. Roberts in a Aerial Tram.  Richard and I hiked to a height of about 2050 ft, which offered an amazing view, and Mom and I saw two bald eagles flying in around the tram on our way down.

It was totally worth it.  I get to cross #22 off my bucket list!!

A few snapshots of our trip…

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