Thursday, September 1, 2016

Glacier Bay National Park, 2016


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If you'd asked me 5 years ago if I wanted to go to Alaska, I would have said "No way." But here I sit, just back from our first trip to Alaska and eager for more. John Muir, the famous naturalist, once said you should never go to Alaska as a young person because you'll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live... and I think he was onto something.
IMG_0331.JPGWe took a cruise ship from Seattle up to Glacier Bay and back, stopping at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, BC on the way. There are pros and cons to traveling this way - you move slowly, but you get to see a lot along the way, and while you don't get to spend a huge amount of time in any one place, you get to see multiple places in one trip. I think it was great for our first trip - next time we'll probably fly in somewhere more remote and spend an extended amount of time there.
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Juneau, AK
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Mendenhall Glacier
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Gorgeous hues on our hike to the glacier & fall sin Juneau
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There were so many cool mushrooms on our hike!
In Skagway, we took a hike and then a scenic train ride through the White Pass which follows the trail that gold miners took up to the Yukon territory during the gold rush.
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It was difficult to get photos from the moving train, but I did my best!
IMG_0531.JPGThen, we headed to Glacier Bay, with gorgeous views along the way...
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Teeny mountain goat!
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When we got to the main glacier in the park, Marjorie Glacier, the boat parked for an hour and we spent the entire time just staring at the beauty in front of us.
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It's hard to see, but you can kind of see it here: the glacier moving down through the valley at a rate of 15 ft. per day!

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SO MANY TEXTURES!
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The boat sailed on to another glacier, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember:
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And now for the wildlife show! Unfortunately, it's hard to take photos of even the largest creatures (humpback whales!) but I did my best!
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This otter, living the dream...
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Humpback!
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Whale tail
IMG_0889.JPGIMG_0271.JPGOverall it was a gorgeous trip and we can't wait to visit Alaska again!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July Camping, 2014

Last weekend we got to go camping with some of our old roommates from college. With new jobs, big moves, and service internships on the horizon, it was a sort of last hurrah! The weekend was spent reading, napping, hiking, cooking, talking, laughing, playing, frisbeeing, and most of all just relaxing. It was wonderful to get away from the city and stressful jobs and just... be.





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We hope that you enjoyed your weekend and that you had some time to relax, too!

Glacier Bay National Park, 2016

If you'd asked me 5 years ago if I wanted to go to Alaska, I would have said "No way." But here I sit, just back from our...