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.
We 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.
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.
Then, we headed to Glacier Bay, with gorgeous views along the way...
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.
The boat sailed on to another glacier, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember:
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!
Overall it was a gorgeous trip and we can't wait to visit Alaska again!