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R & R in Alaska

June 28th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Five days after returning from ~ a month of intense work in Guatemala, dh and I left on our long-planned cruise to Alaska. It was a wonderful experience, especially because we were joined by my DDs and SILs. It was great to see them every day for a whole week, enjoying meals and some excursions together.

Alaska is beautiful and we had clear but cool weather most days. Juneau was the exception, where it rained as we sailed away through the icy fjord. The wildlife is abundant... we saw seals, whales, dolphins, eagles, bears, and even some reindeer.

I photographed this eagle near the Ketchikan rain forest.

The Glacier Gardens in Juneau are alive with color and texture.

Here is a view of Mendenhall Glacier (Juneau) from the observation area... it is magnificent.

This is Dawes Glacier, seen as we sailed through Endicott Fjord.

We saw some beautiful, rugged country on the train excursion to White Pass in Skagway.

The view from our stateroom was amazing.

We had three adjoining staterooms and had fun visiting from our balconies. My DDs/SILs are enjoying the view as we leave Seattle.


6 Responses to “R & R in Alaska”

  1. Campfrugal Says:

    Wow, those are wonderful pictures. what a great experience.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Thanks! I enjoyed the pictures!

  3. monkeymama Says:

    Great pics! We have been talking about an Alaska Cruise. Seems like this was the year - I know 2 others who sailed from SF in the last few weeks. Wasn't Seattle so much more frugal all around? (Assuming you started there?)

    Which cruiseline/ship did you go on?

  4. lartiga Says:

    monkeymamma - We sailed out of Seattle on NCL. I think fares are really low right now but we had made our reservations in 2008. Since fares got lower, before making the final payment I negotiated a lower fare and also got an upgrade to a "penthouse suite," so we were very happy with what we got for the price.

  5. gamecock43 Says:

    Actually this looks amazing. One of the few cruises I think I would love.

  6. baselle Says:

    Sweet - its something that I've always wanted to do!

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