Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alaska

by Maggie Sefton


I wrote this post two weeks ago while I was still on an Alaskan Glacier cruise.  To the right is Hubbard Glacier.  


I'm presently sitting in a comfy chair in one of the many lounge sitting areas around the open atrium of the Norwegian Sun cruise ship and staring out at the sea.   We're sailing toward the Alaskan Inside Passage.  I boarded the ship at Seward, Alaska, and seven days later our destination will

be Vancouver, British Columbia sometime in the middle of the night.  After disembarkation, I'll be joining a short 2-hour tour of Vancouver, and afterwards all of us on the tour will be delivered to the airport for our flights home.


To the left is the rainforest near Icy Strait Point.



It's been a wonderful trip, and something I've always wanted to do---see the Alaskan Glaciers.  The Hubbard Glacier which we saw at the beginning of the week is still my favorite.  Huge, old, and reflecting blue from its depths.  It appears that blue is the only color that reflects from a glacier.  All other colors are absorbed.  The next day I walked into the rainforest at Icy Strait Point around the gorgeous Spasski River.  The salmon were spawning and having a high time---tail splashing and jumping.  Alaskan Salmon are big fish, and that river was filled with them.

To the right is the Mendenhall Glacier.


My next favorite glacier view was the Mendenhall Glacier up in the mountains above Juneau.  Clouds were beginning to come in but they hadn't yet obscured the massive glacier which had taken over that
mountainous area.  Another day,  I took a marvelous 40-mile trip up into the mountains above Skagway on the White Pass Railway.  Steam engine and an old-fashioned parlor car.  I love, love trains, so I especially loved that trip.  Skagway is a great old mining town.  Alaska towns all have stories associated with them about their "high times" during the Yukon Gold Rush.  Those of us who live in the Western U.S. know full well how those valuable metals---gold and silver---changed the histories of our Western territories.

Yesterday we were in Ketchican where I enjoyed the town and the Lumberjack show and contest.  Of course, the scenery was lovely---mountainous and green.  Beautiful scenery everywhere I looked.  Right now I see the land in the distance which tells me we're entering the Inside Passage.  So, I'm going to get the "drink of the day" and relax and enjoy the view from my chair in front of the window.  I'll be going into dinner at 7:00pm.  I've done dinner every night at the later time so I can enjoy these great views as long as possible.  Meanwhile, I'm sharing some of them here on the Chicks' blog so you folks can enjoy too.  :)  

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful scenery! Sounds like fun and gorgeous views every day. I assume that when you got to Vancouver, you were allowed to sleep until morning and then took the tour when you could actually see something. I've been to Vancouver several times, the last time in the summer before the 2012 Winter Olympics when my sister and I went to several of the venues. It is an absolutely beautiful city. Cordella

Gram said...

AK is so vast and so beautiful. We took a road trip there in 2007 and even though we were there for over two weeks only got to see a small portion of the state. Denali tip by bus - the state bus - was terrific.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures and info about your trip. I have never been there but my late aunt went and I have her pictures to look at. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Oops, Vancouver Olympics were in 2010. Cordella

Susan said...

I've been on 2 Inside Passage cruises; one on Princess and one on Carnival. I much prefer Carnival, with the exception of the 24 hour buffet on Princess. There is so much more open air and viewing space on Carnival. We also took the WPYR rail/bus trip way up into the Yukon twice and never tire of the scenery. In Ketchikan we opted to just walk around and take pictures of the coastline and the Totem Poles. Beautiful! Mendenhall Glacier is so pretty and the cruise through the fjords is breathtaking. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time!!!!
P.S. LOVE your books!!

Melanie Backus said...

I love your post, Maggie! My husband and I cruised the Inside Passage last month. Skagway and the train, Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier.....wonderful trip! Thank you for sharing and bringing back fabulous memories!!!!!!

Heather said...

Sounds wonderful! I would love to do an Alaskan cruise/tour some day.

Maggie Sefton said...

Yes, my tour in Vancouver was in the mid-morning. I agree, Vancouver is a lovely city even on a cloudy day.

Maggie Sefton said...

Its huge. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

I agree. The Inside Passage has marvelous scenery. I enjoyed the cruise immensely but I did notice a difference in quality of facilities and everything with the Norwegian Sun as compared to my previous two cruises with Holland America, Holland America was superior in every way. Plus the ships have more and are way more well-appointed.

Maggie Sefton said...

Definitely take the opportunity to do so, Heather.