Ports of Call

Alaska Travel Blog

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Our first port was Ketchikan, where Judy and I went to the native Saxman Village.  We saw the cultural performance of the dancers and even saw totem poles being handcrafted.  The four of us then attended the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show which was an awesome display of the lumberjacks' strength and ability.

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.
  On our way, we saw a bear, in a backyard.  Our guide, who was also a nature enthusiast, explained that it was a young bear, who had probably just been kicked out of his mother's care.  We also stopped at Bridal Veil Falls, a gorgeous waterfall, just at the side of the road.

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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The lumberjack show.
The lumberjack show.
The Alaska State Capitol
The Alaska State Capitol
Panning for gold.
Panning for gold.
Bridal Veil Falls... a gorgeous wa…
Bridal Veil Falls... a gorgeous w…
Splashin through the mud on our 4…
Splashin' through the mud on our …
the black sand beach
the black sand beach
eating reindeer sausage... it was …
eating reindeer sausage... it was…