I better do this now or else I never will.
I just took a whole week off from work for the first time since I started a year ago. And it felt good. 🙂
We traded Sunny California for cold, dreary, almost always daylight Alaska. We had been talking about doing a trip like this for years, and then had been talking about the fact that we were doing this trip for over a year. 21 of us signed up, 19 of us actually went–my dad’s sister ‘s family, my dad’s brother’s family, my family and my older sisters in-laws. It was to be the ultimate family vacation. Alaska or bust.
We flew to Seattle where we boarded our floating hotel and home away from home–The Celebrity Infinity–along with 2,200 other passengers. It was a full house!
After a safety drill for the “unlikely event that we needed to abandon ship,” and then it was vacation time!
This trip was a special one for my family as we were finally able to check off the final boxes on a list 20 years in the making–we have now visited all 50 states! When we were little, my parents took a few weeks out of the summer to load us all up in the Dodge Family Wagon and take us across the country. We did several trips and we were waiting on these last two states that we never visited–Washington and Alaska. When we docked in Ketchikan, Alaska, our list was done.
Alaska. Is. Cold. It is hard to believe that this was summer weather! It felt much like our winter’s here in California, but add some cold winds and some rain. At least we were prepared for the cold. 🙂
We got to go through a place called Tracy Arm Fjord. We couldn’t believe how close the walls of rock were to our ship! It was particularly cold here, as ice was floating all around the ship, some with seals on it!
Our next stop was Juneau. Here, we signed up for “Bike and Brew and Glacier View.” We started off a little stressed as we waited to be ferried to shore from our ship and were told that we wouldn’t make our meeting time. Luckily, Keath waited for us!
And ended our bike ride with some local beer from the brewerys in Alaska.
In Skagway, we took the famous White Pass Summit and Yukon Route Railway that was built during the Alaska gold rush. We rode on the train for 27 miles, leaving Skagway and entering Fraser, British Columbia. It was a beautiful ride and hard to believe that people actually hiked through here to get to gold. It was so cold!
So why did we travel 27.7 miles on train in the 40 degree weather? To go kayaking, of course!
That’s right! We went kayaking on water that was 3 degrees and had just thawed out three days prior to us being there. When we stepped off the train and icy wind hit us in the face, we all were thinking what a huge mistake we made.