I’m back from my Alaskan cruise of the Inside Passage. It was absolutely awesome. Matt and I left 7/13 from Vancouver, BC and returned from Anchorage, AK on 7/20. Our ship was Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas and I think we’re officially spoiled. It was a beautiful ship and we had a balcony room so we were able to enjoy spectacular views from right outside our bedroom. Here’s a few pics of the ship and us relaxing while still docked in Vancouver.
The outdoor pool
The rock climbing wall
Our first day had us cruising to Ketchikan, AK. During that first day we explored the ship, ate, and saw some porpoise. Unfortunately, Matt or I didn’t have our cameras to capture the sighting but the porpoise swam right up to our ship. Outside of our balcony later that day we saw humpback whales.The next day we were on shore at Ketchikan . We didn’t have any shore excursions planned. Ketchikan today is known for their salmon runs and for being a cruise port. Our tour consisted of us walking around the town taking in famous Creek Street. Creek Street has a very colorful past filled with fisherman, trade, and a woman named Dolly who ran a successful “house.” According to the guide books, a place worth plunking down your $5 to tour the home of Alaska’s most famous madam.
In her spare time, Dolly knitted.
We reboarded our boat and took off at 8 pm. For those of you who haven’t experienced Alaskan days, the days were getting pretty long. At this point in our cruise, sunset was about 9:30 pm. Yikes! We sailed on to Juneau, AK where we were supposed to take a helicopter trek to walk on Mendenhall glacier for 2 hours. Unfortunately, Juneau was foggy and rainy… and you know what that means. Our tour was canceled 😦 So we did what we did best at this point. Walked around the town. Took a shuttle to Mendenhall glacier so we got as close as we could. Here’s a pic of this incredible site. Juneau is home to 1500 miles of ice fields. So, your chances of seeing one are extremely high.
Guess what I found. A yarn store on the main drag. It was called Skeins and it’s located on the 2nd floor of a store front. I forget what street it’s on but it’s on the same street as the Red Dog, a famous saloon that is known for having sawdust on the floor. We stopped in but didn’t stay as Matt gets antsy in a LYS. We spent the rest of the day buying souvenirs and smoked salmon. I learned to appreciate salmon dip. So yummy served w/ crackers. For being a state capital, Juneau is pretty small. There are no freeways that lead to Juneau and the big joke is that you have to get to Juneau by air, water, or birth. The next day, we found ourselves in Skagway, AK where we took a train ride 27 miles up a mountain into Canada. It follows the White Pass trail that gold hunters used to get to Dawson City in the Yukon. We saw Dead Horse valley where 3000 horses lost there lives on the ride up the mountain. In order to get to the gold fields, the Canadian mounties required gold seekers to take 1000 lbs of food and supplies w/ them. Some of the men used horses that they bought in Skagway. According to our tour guide, many of these “sourdough” were inexperienced horsemen who loaded their horses with too much weight and beat them to get them up the mountain. The horses died from the heavy loads, beatings, or from starvation. We saw the Canadian/Alaskan border. The landscape was incredible. To end the story of the gold rush, many men found themselves in Dawson City a year too late and didn’t get rich quick.In Skagway, I found my Alexandrite ring. If you ever get to Alaska or find yourself in the Caribbean, please look at this gemstone. It’s absolutely incredible. It is the only natural gemstone that changes from mossy green in natural light to red or purple in artificial light. I also found a LYS. In a town of 800 people, knitters demand a LYS!
The yarn store owner gave me a piece of quivet roving. I have no idea what to do with it though. If there is someone who wants to play w/ it, let me know.
I have more to share but this particular post is getting rather big, so I’ll post more next week:)