Ports of Call
Alaska Travel Blog› entry 2 of 5 › view all entries
July 12th, 2007 – by: ahtibat17
Our second port was Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. We panned for gold while there; that was really fun, despite how touristy and cheesy it was. After dinner, since our ship wouldn't leave for a few hours, I walked to the Alaska State Capitol building, knowing it would be too late to enter, but I wanted to see it for myself (this is a year prior to Sarah Palin's run for VP, but I enjoy visiting state capitols).
The next port city was Skagway. Each of us co-travelers ventured off on our own adventures -- I went on an excursion that crossed into British Columbia, for the sole reason that I could say I've walked on Canadian soil.
Our final port city was Sitka. Judy and I went on a 4x4 adventure, where we drove Rhinos through the rainforest and on a black sand beach. This has got to be one of the Top 3 coolest things I have ever done in my life. It was awesome; it had lightly rained that morning, so we splashed through the muddy trails. I had so much fun; I was almost giddy with excitement.
We debarked the ship in Whittier, where we had twelve hours to kill before we needed to be at the airport. So, we went on an excusion that took us up close to the glaciers for amazing view. On our bus transfer to Anchorage, our busdriver offered to take us to a nature preserve. There, I saw a moose super up close and personal; I was at the right place at the right time - feeding time. And, I also I ate a reindeer bratwurst -- it was quite tasty.
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