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Your descriptions are beautiful! My parents took my son to Alaska when he was l4, and of all the places he had traveled, he thought, and still does (he's 30something now) that Alaska is the most beautiful place on earth!!! And your journal makes one want to just rush out there tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend.
My husband and I went to Alaska last August on our Honeymoon trip -- the 7 day cruise with 4 day add on to Denali and Fairbanks. Since it had been over 100 degrees for a couple of weeks here when we left, it was sort of like going from Hell to Heaven. We flew to Vancouver and spent the night there before the cruise. I had found a tour company who took our luggage to the ship and then took us on a tour of Vancouver in the morning, dropping us off at our ship, The Sapphire Princess, around 1 p.m.
Had I ever imagined how beautiful and absolutely fabulous in every way Alaska is, I would have gone a lot sooner. My husband is not much of a traveler, and it is hard to keep him interested on a vacation. Also, he has heart problems and cannot exert too much. Somehow, I had planned the most perfect shore excursions for us, with a little exercise, but not too much.One of my favorites was our visit to the sculpture garden and flower and vegetable gardens in Skagway. We also of course did the mandatory salmon bake. Yummy!!!
On the ship, one of our highlights was wine tasting. Cruises get more and more fun. Now, you can order drinks of your choice in your room -- bottles with mixers. Eating was good too. I also enjoyed the swimming pools. I think I swam just about every day. And we did go to some shows. There was one comedy show Morgan particularly enjoyed.
After the cruise, we took a train trip inland, staying at both of Princess' lodges at Denali. The trip included a park tour and we were fortunate enough to see both the mountain and the moose. I have a friend up in Fairbanks who took us out to the Alaska pipeline and then to the museum in Fairbanks. By then we were pretty tired and that was all we did before our overnight flight.
I can't even begin to describe the scenery. I have been to China and just about all over Europeand a lot of the lower 48 and Hawaii, and have never seen anything to compare to Alaska. It helped I am sure that we had outstanding weather. After the trip, I had about 6 different albums printed by Kodak. I'll see if I can post some photos on my home page.