|There's me with the Sunday carpet in the elevator|
As we cruised up the Inside Passage, our 1st stop was Ketchikan (Salmon Capital of the World). We visited the Saxman Village Totem Pole Park (I wouldn’t suggest it), the Libby Salmon Cannery tour (very interesting), a wildlife cruise on George Inlet where we saw a bald eagle (lots of fun), and ended on Creek Street (a nice shopping area that used to be their red light district).
Our next port was Juneau – state capital - on my 30th birthday! Stop by the public library for free internet – it’s expensive on the ship. We visited the Mendenhall Glacier (pretty cool – be sure to walk up to the glacier – my only regret on this trip), a whale watching cruise on Auke Bay with a salmon lunch at Orca Point Lodge (a lot of fun! totally recommend), and the state capital building.
|Two Bald Eagles we saw on the Whale Watch|
|Me in the Yukon|
No one else was in the van so the driver would let us jump out whenever we wanted a picture and he became our personal photographer. This was a perfect reason why it’s good to check out other tour companies – not just the cruise ship’s excursions that might fill up. We even got to stop and take a picture of the Welcome to Alaska sign. In the Yukon, we visited the Emerald Lake, Caribou Crossing Restaurant, and got a dog “sled” ride (our rugged golf cart was pulled by the dogs). Playing with the Husky puppies was so fun! On the van ride from the dog sled ride, we saw a bear! This was one time we did NOT jump out and take a picture. Then, it was time for the trip home on a train! The White Pass and Yukon Railroad is a must do– so beautiful!
|Welcome to Alaska!|