Alaska, you were just as gorgeous as I dreamed you would be.
It's funny, when you dream of visiting somewhere. What will it be like? Who will I go with? Is it everything I hope it will be?
My husband and I had the opportunity to visit Alaska this past August, and let me tell you, it's a world unlike any other. Exactly as I imagined, but better. The air was cool and fresh, but humid. The people were friendly, in flannel and boots. ;) The forest is dense, and actually like a rainforest, but without the palm trees and sand. It's hard to fully explain it's beauty. But it's definitely a location you should add to your own bucket list.
We flew into Seattle (Yes, the home of Starbucks. And I didn't even get a coffee?! I'll blame it on the excitement, but this mistake won't be happening again). Our cruise line was great, like it's own city on the ocean. Shane had never been on a cruise, so it was an experience for him. I think he loved it, the never-ending food and soft serve ice cream, the casino, and all the other activities were right up his alley. He's quite the traveler.
Our cruise ported in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria British Columbia. Each location was completely different from the other, and so beautiful in it's own way. If I had to pick, I would say Juneau and Victoria were my favorite.
Ketchikan: We got a sweet little tour from a local. He took us to see bears, and there were no bears. But isn't that usually how it goes on a tour? ;) We did however learn all about the local Totem Poles and the stories behind them. Many of them are quite sad actually. We devoured the best fish and chips ever, and walked the town.
Juneau: Shane's old College roommate, Ryan grew up in Juneau, and lives there now with his beautiful wife. It was wonderful seeing them, and getting a better tour than we could have asked for. They took us to the Mendenhall Glacier, which is incredible! I was dying to see some bears, and I was able to cross that off of my list thanks to them. If you get a chance, be sure to eat at the Mexican Restaurant, El Sombrero. Ryan and his family have owned the restaurant for quite some time, and I must say, it's some of the best I've had in a very long time! Thanks Ryan and Mallory for the tour, the food, and the great company. We hope to see you again very soon! Let's get that trip planned.
Skagway: I'm not sure there is much to say about Skagway. It's a very small town, with a population of about 400 people. But needless to say, beautiful. We spent the day walking around town, enjoying the sunshine and Shane's Birthday. Wahoo, the big 25!
Victoria BC: Oh my goodness. It's architecture, beautiful ocean front, and downtown had me so in love. Although we didn't have as long as I would have liked here, it was definitely at the top of my list. With our sea legs, we walked from our ship to downtown, allowing us to go through the gorgeous neighborhoods. We did a little shopping, ate dinner, and admired the view. You have to go, you have to.
I could share so much more, and I definitely will if we get the chance to chat! All in all, it's an adventure I'll never forget. Thank's to my husband, I'm so lucky to be able to explore life with you. xo